SŸX | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 07-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Its been a long time since I've said FTB (fuck this beer) but this one firmly brings those emotions and feelings back into the fold. Pours an orange colored liquid that if I was guessing uninformed style, might be a double ipa. But alas, this is far from it. Hot burning alcohol is the first thing in the nose, then a little bit of honey to try and cover it up, but it fails. Miserably too. Throw some shitty old person toffee/caramel/butterscotch candy up in there too.

Taste brings out even more alcohol sting. It is the primary mover and shaker in this beer, just straight up Ralph Wiggum style, "it tastes like burning." The malt base is admirable but it can't soak up this abomination of taste. I would be interested to know what something like, half this strength tastes like. For me, 20 year old candy + everclear grain alcohol is the one line sentence review of this beer that can get bent. Still miss you Dr. Carroll. Tom Petty next week in Hollywood, the final show on the final tour!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is just too much, holy cow, its all of 15% abv, one of the strongest tasting and feeling, booziest beers i have ever consumed. shared generously with me by a good friend, this bottle was a lot for even two seasoned beer drinkers to finish. amber liquid without a ton of head or bubbles flows into the glass, i can smell the heat without even bringing the glass to my nose, lots of sweet malt too, barleywine-esque. i think its really cool they have aged it with six different types of wood, but its hard to tell what they might be, and its more of a novelty sort of fact about this beer than it is a real flavor nuance, it tastes woody sure, but i would not be able to say it was multiple varieties if i didnt know. tastes less like barrel and more like spirals or something, no whiskey or anything, just the wood, earthy and kind of bitter, nice with all the sugars in the base of this one. time has not been as good to this as one would think it would be in a beer like this, it tastes a little oxidized, a little stale on the malts, and like some of its interesting layers have faded, its pretty straight forward boozy and sweet, but this beer is real old now, so who knows what might have been lost. the alcohol is so intense it almost hurts going down, fusel for sure, burns like cheap spirits on the finish, and it ends up turning my stomach a little bit. a heck of a night cap, a guaranteed hangover even in a shared context, and a neat beer, but not the amazingly aged expression of wood we hoped it would be... if you have one, time to find some buddies and open it up, not a lot of value in keeping it in the cellar any longer i wouldnt think...

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Photo of Tyecko
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grodd87
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Umdrunner
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cellared bottle, Poured hazy orange with fluffy white head. Strong boozy scent with notes of sweet honey and citrus. Flavor is quite boozy with upfront flavors of honey and toffee, lingering orange flavors with boozy finish. Carbonation levels held up very well while aged.

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Photo of dabear85
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B-Town
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SDDLSK
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheFizzinator
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Autumnotter
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citrus and whisey and caramel and oak and overripe banana in aroma. Alcohol and amazingness

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Photo of Josholson666
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robgage
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!

750ml Bottle.

Jet black in color. Decent strong ale. Doesn't stand out in crowd. Average.


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Photo of stephensinner
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the 2015 GTMW. Wasn't seeking it out but walked by the Surly tent and saw they had just tapped it so I figured I'd give it a try. A full bottle of this would get to be a little much but as a small pour, this was an interesting, outstanding beer.

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Photo of AnalogErik
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from Rutger a couple summers ago and just haven’t been up for taking on this big bruiser alone. Finally found a couple willing volunteers to help out. Cheers for the brew man!

From a 750 into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, creamy, off-white head with good retention. Clear safety orange in color with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap with lots of lacing down the glass. A foamy ring remains leaving some splotchy lacing sticking to the sides of the glass as it empties. Looks pretty nice, really.

SMELL: Lots of toffee, caramel, some butterscotch, lots of piney hops, some melon aromas, and some nice notes of citrusy hops. Huge nose. Very bold with lots of everything going on. A touch of spice as well.

TASTE: Toffee, caramel, some nice melon sweetness and alcohol up front. Quite fruity with lots of honey sweetness. Some alcohol at the swallow with a big finish of toffee sweetness, honey, piney and citrusy hops and lots more booze. This certainly is a bruiser.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, goes down smooth enough with a bit of a scratch and finishes surprisingly dry. An astringent finish for sure.

OVERALL: What a beast. Some good flavors here for sure, with lots of malt character and plenty of hops for fun, but it is certainly boozy and the feel is too astringent for it to really be an enjoyable big beer. I understand why this beer is so divisive. I wasn’t the hugest fan, but the other two I drank it with were much more positive, with the one person absolutely loving it. Obviously a beer like this isn’t for everyone, which is what makes it so much fun. Thanks again Rutger! This one was good times.

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SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 358 ratings
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