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Five | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the Surly brewhouse, brewing our Anniversary beers mean one thing: forget what ya know and try something different. In honor of FIVE glorious years we bring you a 100% Brettanomyces fermented dark ale aged in red wine barrels. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak and classic "brett" barnyard funk balanced by dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperature for a couple years.

Added by sarro on 08-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1.5/5  rDev -63.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -57.1%

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1.87/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by beddachedda and later by ramnuts (twice). Thanks, guys.

A: Pours an opaque, maroon body with a finger of tan foam that retains well.

S: Slightly sulfurous, fart-like, shitty (literally... smells like poop). After that fades a bit, I'm able to pick up some dark fruits, perhaps currants or berries, along with a pronounced vinegar sourness.

T: A bit of a letdown against the impressively poopy nose. I was hoping to taste the shit connoisseur's feast, but instead, I pick up a mild, muddled acetic sourness painted with currant tartness and little else. An unremarkable flavor in this day and age, after almost half a decade of outstanding American wilds, many of which are distributed widely.

M: A mild burn in the finish; it could stand to have a cleaner flavor profile. The sourness is well defined, but not pronounced. The beer has some residual sweetness to it.

O: Out of three bottles opened, including two at massive tastings, I have not seen a single bottle finished. I'm not sure I understand the current score of the beer.

The best part of this beer was peeling off the wax for my collection. It's really quite a nice wax, you see. It's a glittery green, the high-quality stuff that was obviously dipped at a lower temperature so it's more viscous and has a thicker consistency than the cheap shit at higher temperatures. It forms a nice coat. Took about 5 seconds to slice through and peel off, because the material has good tensile strength. When you mess with cheap wax, it flakes off and it can take 10 minutes to get it all off, and even then I've left some on the bottle. So I'm really impressed by the quality of the wax used here. It shows a loving attention to detail and a deep respect for craft wax aficionados like myself.

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2/5  rDev -51%

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2/5  rDev -51%

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2.22/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Brown, ruddy, turbid pour, yields zero head. Swamp water. Rotten eggs and dark fruit aroma.

A 2 on the 1-10 sour scale, lot of vinegar/acetic acid notes, brown malt, wet wood and other assorted dark fruits. Like, did they fuck a quad up and call it a wild ale? A little bit of leather, funk, ashtray.

Total fail of a beer.

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2.42/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a muddled brownish red burgandy, but a little darker than that description. No head. Aroma was weird. Sulpher and figs.

Taste was mildly sour and associated with vinegar, raisins, currants, figs, wood, but still muddled and less than impressive. Tartness is just muddled with all the other stuff. Gritty at times. Rarely has something I've had contained so much of a vinegary presence. This was like that recent bad Veritas but with carbonation (although still not as good as even Veritas 09).

More like an unintentional mild sour stout or something else, some roastiness and chocolate (very little) came through in the mouthfeel. What a conundrum this beer is. And don't forget, it also has a taste of Fonzie's jacket.

Cool bottle design. Other than that, don't believe the hype. I loves me some Surly and MPLS Town Hall, but come on homers, not everything is great from them, and this one is far from it.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.51/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Broke this one out for the Super Bowl party I had split this one amoungest fellow BA's and good friends.

A- Pours a deep dark brownish red color with a very thin head. Quite a bit of chunks in this one too.

S- Picking up a ton of cherries here for sure. A touch of vinegar, very wine like, and some funk.

T- Nothing crazy sour, but I'm not a huge fan of anything sour. Tart cherries, red wine like, green apples, and light brunt sugar.

M- Pretty light in body and carbonation.

O- There is no way I could drink this whole bottle by myself. I'll sit on the other one I have for a while....

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2.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Super Bowl Sunday 2012. A-B flute.

Shared by nrbw23. Thanks, Brad!

Brown in color. Loose head of bubbles. Thin retention.

Dark fruit aromas; vinous and such. There is some brett funk, but it's heavy on the wine - grapes and cherry. Vinegar. The feel is weird - thin/thick feel with appropriate carbonation. Tastes much more bretty and oaky. Lots of dank basement and dark funk. Tart, but not out of control.

Better as it warms. A bit bitter, but there are some interesting things going on.

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2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and more than one finger of creamy tan head which disappears quickly. The aroma has tart cherries and grapes, vinegar, oak, Brettanomyces, and a whiff of tobacco.

Does not taste as sour as I expected or hoped, but does have a bit of tartness. Unfortunately, I don't think the base beer is any good at all. I can taste tart cherries and grapes, oak, and some funk from the Brettanomyces. Does not mesh well.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and this beer finishes dry. Not one of Surly's better anniversary beers.

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2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - dark red with a small head

S - sour cherries and oak, some vinegar

T - sour cheries, oak and red wine vinegar

M - fairly lively up front then thins out from the middle to the back

O - I'm not a fan of sours, but this is certainly interesting.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark fruit, roasted malt, and chocolate in the aroma with just the faintest bit of vinegar/sour character. The fruit consists of charred cherries and perhaps raisins. Interesting, though not particularly pronounced, vibrant, or aromatic.

The flavor is an interesting combination of roasted malt, dark chocolate, raisin, cherry, and a mild sourness underneath it all. While all that sounds good on paper, the flavors don't truly combine for all that pleasurable of a drinking experience. The roast and chocolate are dominant and the flavors are very muddied. I would prefer less roast and chocolate and more fruit and sour.

Thin to medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jackieth for the generous sharing

Thick reddish brown oil pours from the vessel
Head - minimal
Nose - rainier cherry flambé and musk. A wild combination
Taste - yep cherry again followed by a dry weird finish

Much better than I imagined and yet still not the best of the lot.
I look forward to Surly 6-50 poured at the new brewery.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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Five from Surly Brewing Company
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