Four | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pdoran10 on 02-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
310
Reviews:
148
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.3%
 
 
Wants:
438
Gots:
53
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nolster
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kraticus41
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really awesome that they remade a few of these. this is killer beer, and it would have been a shame to never get to try it. a huge coffee stout, but something a little different. even though its a milk type stout, all that lactose seems to do it add body, the sweet part is only on the front end, and the rest of the beer is dry and bitter from the coffee and the roast of the barley, actually earthy and clean by the time it wraps up. lots of bitternss and some acidity from the coffee, i think this originally came out before cold brew was real thing, so perhaps its more acidic because that tactic likely wasnt employed? lots and lots of body here, and a wonderful smoothness and integration of the ingredients, no need for a barrel here to accomplish any of that, and even when it warms up its not too boozy. a really sturdy and striking beer, a great use of coffee, dry in the end, smoky just a little bit, and quite memorable. i like when these are carbonated sometimes too, this is more lively than man of its peers, a nice feature. sure to age well, but the coffee is likely the most forward when its fresh...

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at MacKenzie's customer appreciacion day - this beer is old enough to learn how to spell!

Pours black as sin, with a thin, espresso-like creamy head, and smells like a pastry pantry.

"Oh sweet baby jesus" is more or less what tumbled out of me when I tasted it - this is some seriously rich and thick stuff! Mocha dominates, with a body of creme brulee custard, salted caramel, chocolate ganache, and ancho chili mole sauce. The aftertaste is borderline fruity (more of that ancho), carbonically bitter, and effervescently peppery. It coats the mouth like fine chocolate, and whatever hops are there add a slightly juicy, pleasantly astringent feel.

This is beer heaven. I wish I could've grabbed a bottle back in the day!

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Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Surly. A great mouthfeel, good nose and overall a pretty good taste. What kept this beer from being better though was a slightly tangy, sour taste on the backend of the coffee. It is something I get from coffee stouts that are not quite done as well as they could be. So this beer was good but not great.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hegg4345
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lic217
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thorkelson
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10 oz pour @ happy gnome

L - jet black with off white head - small, milk stout head appears to be lower carbonation
S - huge whiffs of coffee (duh), some dark fruits, milk, general roast
T - absolutely wonderful. Perfect example of an imperial milk stout - coffee hits up front with vigor and finishes sweet & alcohol is masked well
F - just like it appeared, lower carbonation, easily pallatable

this is my favorite surly anniversary beer by far. Thank you for the rebrew!

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Photo of JeffSK
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of N_Schleret
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kenai4
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

at the beer hall into a chalice, this is a re-brew of an anniversary offering brewed first in 2010. Very happy to have a chance to try it! Pours a dark black with a very tight frothy foamy khaki head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Great nose of bitter espresso, baker's chocolate, roasted but not charred barley, biscuit, and hint of milk and vanilla. All this comes through on the tongue, and a little more vanilla bean, but the real treat here, for me, is the earthy bitterness, which comes on stronger and stronger without really every being too much....it plays off the otherwise bittersweet chocolate and milky sweetness perfectly, ultimately winning out in a way that brings everything into a working harmony. Outstanding velvety smooth mouthful that hides the alcohol brilliantly.

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Photo of jrsaffert
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Four from Surly Brewing Company
4.27 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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