Four | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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

a - pours into my Black Raven glass appearing to be quite thick [not chunky!], heavy and dark....two finger thick head of sandpaper brown, dissipating over time leaving a heavy lacing all along the glass... beautiful pour!

s - boozey a bit still, but not overpowering....definitely get the coffee/expresso beans, hints of chocolate, sugar, sweetness....quite appealing!

t - damn thats a good beer! chocolate overtones push in front of the coffee notes, melding together though making a nice affect...slightly sweeter side mixed in... Yum!

m - viscous [ both in glass and mouth ], thick and heavy -- but smooth.. excellent..

o - I had 2, swapped one to a friend when I first got them, wish I had more...

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Photo of allouez86
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Surly Darkness Tulip.

A - Pours a dark, inky black with a creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick haze and sudsy ring, leaving sheets of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Dark, "roasty" aromas of espresso, chocolate malt, sweet cream, sugar, and some bitter, ashy malt. Decent amount of coffee character is still left, I can only imagine how intense this was when fresh.
T - Taste is quite similar to the nose, lots of sweet flavors of chocolate syrup, espresso coffee, cream-and-sugar, and dark malt with a bit of raisin and charred wood. Finish is pleasantly bitter, like a dark chocolate, and lingers for some time.
M - Creamy and velvet-smooth, with a medium-full body and lower carbonation. The 10% ABV is hidden nicely, this could pass for a session Sweet Stout easily.
O - Glad I finally cracked this open, as much longer and the espresso character would've been muted beyond recognition. As is, it's an amazing Sweet Stout, and ranks right up with Terrapin's Depth Charge as best in class!

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Photo of Mrpickles
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of motorhed
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been aged in my cellar since purchase. Wanted to see how it would change with age. It's probably past it's prime.

A - Pours jet black with a medium tan color head. Light lacing on glass and the head dissipated quickly.

S - Very sweet blackberry, currant, with espresso lightly in the background. The coffee has really mellowed out since last time i had this and the sweet berry smells are overpowering everything else.

T - The taste of this beer now reminds me of a chocolate covered blackberry mixed with espresso. Definately get the a smooth coffee finish but has mellowed out significantly since it was bottled. Alcohol present on the finish.

M - Smooth and perfect level of carbonation for the style, in my opinion. Can get the alcohol a bit on the backend.

O - Overall, at the time of release, this was one of my favorite Surly beers however it has changed significantly from what i had remembered. It's still a fabulous milk stout but in my opinion, this beer is past it's prime, so if anyone has any, you should consider consuming it now. I'm very surprised at how sweet/tart this beer has converted to, i dont remember it being so sweet orginally - most likely because the espresso was stronger and balanced it better.

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Photo of boofda
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of page101
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Balvenie
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of silentnoiz
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Syzygy00
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of kdpark
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dragomni
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of riverrunt421
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Bob2o0o
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of StoutFest
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Sampled during the epic finewinemike event.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. I get lots of licorice on the nose, along with celery salt, coffee, green tobacco leaf and light vanilla. Talk about a complex aroma profile! The beer was a bit more attractive on the palate, as I got more dark chocolate and vanilla, some tobacco flavor and dry citrus on the finish (I'm guessing that when young, this beer was probably fairly hoppy, especially for a milk stout). Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the slightly bitter finish seemed to dry out the moderate sweetness I initially picked up in this beer. Otherwise, I thought the mouthfeel was just a bit thin, though on the finish I got some nice dark chocolate, coffee and light licorice.

I found this to be very interesting, very complex beer, though probably a beer that needs to be drunk up at this point in its life.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus snifter. I had this the other night during a tasting at finewinemike's place.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Very roasty and a bit ashy. Sweet and mildly creamy with a strong coffee presence.

Taste: Sweet up front with a bitterness in the finish. Lots of roast and coffee with a hint of dark fruits. There is a mild nutty taste in this one as well.

Mouthfeel: The body seems a bit thin given the abv and style. There is tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very good milk stout. I may have liked it better fresh, if the coffee was a little bit stronger. I would have another given the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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