Surly Brewing Company

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #311
Ranked #32,298
3.74 | pDev: 20.86%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Brewed For Fourteen Years of Beers

Presenting Fourteen, our massive barleywine aged in Parker Heritage Wheat Whiskey barrels and Tattersall orphan spirit barrels. Rich malt character defines this beer, offering notes of caramel, toasted bread, and toffee combined with a kiss of hops, all finished by vanilla, oak, cocktail bitters, and burnt sugar flavors from the barrels.
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful clear honey orange with a thin off white cap that lingers and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is caramel, malt and booze. Flavor follows the nose, sweet up front with only mild bitterness in the finish. Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall another great beer from Surly although I would classify this in the "English" barleywine category.

Oct 29, 2020
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blissfulNemo from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Dactrius from Wisconsin

2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Oct 22, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

16oz can in a box. Shared by 'Pense

Lighter than I'd imagine, smell is slight paint varnish. Very hoppy as you'd imagine, but blended well into the rest of this Big Beer for guys with Beards

Not impressed and if I'd have paid for this can I'd try to get my money back. Just not an enjoyable beer, and I love barleywines

Nov 12, 2020
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MykeJ from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 19, 2020
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Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 21, 2020
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 09, 2020
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Gemini6 from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Nov 15, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly taking a page from Firestone Walker (& others I’m sure) with the box & overpriced specialty beer. Better than a $25 bomber. I guess.

The pour is classic haze-free filtered barleywine; a lovely clear liquid copper. Smells like it’s straight out of the American Barleywine playbook: light malts, light hops, whiskey. Not a bad combo.

Fourteen is delicious. On top is the wheat whiskey which brings heat, whiskey, & a lovely subtle spiciness that is ringing my bell. High level of hops – a lot higher than most NE “IPAs” – brings mid-palate bitterness that melds with the wood in an interesting manner. Also interesting is that the malts play third fiddle here & it’s not close. A little toffee that fades back into the whiskey. I am not unhappy at the sixteen ounce serving size.

It’s been a loooooong time since Surly knocked an anniversary beer outta the park (Five) & there have been some stinkers in there (I’m looking at you Syx). This is better than most – an excellent beer.

Oct 16, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man, I miss bombers. I miss big, bad-ass bottles. The last Surly anniversary beer in a bomber was Eleven. There were eight before that (they didn't bottle One or Three). (Ask me about Two, though, or look it up here yourself.) They didn't release Twelve. Thirteen was the first released as a can in a box for about twelve bucks. The tradition continues.

One tradition I thoroughly enjoy is that of barley-wines, especially barrel-aged ones. Long may they wave.

Clear, bright crimson coloring, slim ivory head.

In the nose: Caramel, vanilla, cherries, oak. Sweetness abounds. And so much more...

In the mouth: A malt monster. Huge and sweet. So many flavors abound: burnt orange, caramel and toffee, candied fruit. Minor hop bitterness, major malt, increasing alcohol every step of the way, and amassing and amazing richness. Juicy, fruity, powerful and potent. A blockbuster and a barn-burner in one neat little can. I was thoroughly struck by this offering, and can highly recommend it. I will even proclaim it Yum a Dum Dum. Even Super YADD.

You know, a 16-ounce can for $12 versus a 25 ounce bottle for $24 is not that bad of a deal. I just miss bombers.

I believer that I will procure more of these and stash them away for future consumption, as has been my habit through the years. This one feels just a little bit young.

Oct 17, 2020
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Bunuelian from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2020
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rye726 from Colorado

1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OK, so the appearance wasn’t half bad, and neither was this aroma. But the taste, the body or mouth feel and overall impression of this beer was a big fat zero. Especially for a beer from a World class brewery, aged in a world class whiskey barrel that cost $11 a pint! From the liquor store! This is by far the worst valued beer I have ever had. I haven’t reviewed anything on this website for a very very very long time. And I am so angry about the quality of this beer that I went through the whole entire process to reset my password just so I can login and tell the world how terrible this beer is.

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Nov 03, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, beautiful honey amber body; tons of fine carbonation, rapidly rising; thick, towering head, dense and sculpted. Big toasted grain and honey flavor; slightly charred wood. Honey flavor with a strong bourbon presence; rich caramel; toffee; heavy sweetness. Heavy body; thick and sticky on the palate; huge boozy heat.

The beer is a brute and, overall, pretty tasty. The booziness probably could have been dialed down a bit as it kind of overwhelms the malt character. It's not an ABV kind of thing, it's the the barrel aging that seems a tad over-the-top (and I love a great shot of bourbon, neat). This is one that would probably age very nicely. I think some time would cut the edge off of the whiskey presence. Hmm, may have to buy another one to test this theory out...

Oct 19, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 8/18/20; drank 10/10/20 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Ginger, dill pickle & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Ginger ale, dill pickle & mild caramel flavors up front; mild booze heat on the finish.

Everything Revolution does right with barrel aged barleywine, Surly does wrong here; it's too hoppy, which clashes with the barrel and the booze and creates an abrasive experience. Not one I enjoyed.

Oct 11, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. White head with lace. Clear burnt golden orange color.

Toasted malts. Bready. Orange peel and zest. Toffee with light caramel. Dried apple skins and pears. Oak and whiskey notes. Warming. Seems to lack depth for what it’s supposed to be. Still, pretty solid and enjoyable.

Oct 15, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color with a khaki fresh head with some lacing. Smell was barrel,wheat,dark fruits,prunes and fig. Taste had an nice barrel presence with dark fruits malts and above smells nothing extraordinary here reminded me of a wheat wine. I’m a fan of wheated bourbon so I’m a fan of the barrel in this.. Mouth feel was on the thin side for the base barleywine but the barrel was nicely infused with the base with some some good fruits with light hops and some bitterness. For and Anniversry brew this was just average + from Surly. As a BA Barleywine it was good. I do love the boxed can format over the 750ML waxed bottles. Overpriced at $13

Oct 06, 2020
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morimech from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attractive looking brew with the pour resulting in a clear, medium amber with a finger of dense head. The head settles to a thick cap. Interesting aroma of whiskey and wood with notes of dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla. So I am left wondering how something that smells so intriguing results in a flavor that is so muted. I expected a $12 (or was it $14) a can worth of flavor, and I definitely did not perceive that. I get a lot of woody barrel but very little of the better aspects of an oak barrel such as the whiskey that was aged in it and vanilla. I do get some caramel and toffee. Sneaky hidden alcohol as I do not get the impression that this is 11%. Does not feel like a big beer either and it is easy to consume. Has nice carbonation.

Oct 12, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly Fourteen BA Barleywine, 11% ABV. Pours thick and hazy orangish brown, with a 3-finger off-white head that left foamy lacing. Nose is caramel and alcohol. Taste is caramel, toffee, and toast, slightly sweet and moderately bitter. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Nov 06, 2020
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Vonerichs from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 15, 2020
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