SŸX | Surly Brewing Company

SŸXSŸX
BA SCORE
3.79/5
358 Ratings
SŸXSŸX
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 07-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
358
pDev:
16.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
162
Trade:
7
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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big bubbly head and lacey. Hoppy, fruity with tart fruit skins. Orange, sugar, tangerine. Very strong melange, a sour finish. A big beer. A kitchen sink of a beer that can be sipped only. Thanks John.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, alcohol, fruits, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a fruity finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with orange-red wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired in Minneapolis, Minnesota last year in a trade and served into a Guinness goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 15% alcohol according to the label. I'm not sure which style this is; none is indicated on the label.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as the bottle is poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and decent creaminess. Nice even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is an orange-copper. Nontranslucent/nontransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's pretty clean.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance, but I can't discern the style. A bit confusing, but generally appealing.

Sm: Abundant tropical fruit. Floral hops. Pineapple, mango. A biteen boozy. Generic fairly pale malts. It's a hard aroma to peg.

No yeast character or spice is detectable.

A confusing aroma of above average strength. There aren't many distinct notes here.

T: Boozy orange, pineapple, mango, and tangerine notes. Floral hop character. Pale malts. Tepid orange juice. Lots of ripe fruit character. Some questionable bitterness comes through as well.

I'm not getting any yeast character at all. There is some noticeable alcohol warmth.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I wouldn't call it simple, but it's not real complex. Not subtle, nuanced, or intricate either.

Mf: Warm, smooth, wet, and way too thick. Too full-bodied. The heavy presence here isn't justified given the lack of depth, diversity, and complexity of flavour. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: The whole warm tropical fruit vibe of this beer isn't doing it for me. I don't know that we'll finish this even with seven of us at this tasting. The alcohol warmth coupled with the relative lack of appealing flavour results in an underwhelming beer. Not sure what they were going for with this one. I hoped for better given it's Surly. Sort of an orange liqueur attempt.

High C

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Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet alcohol with some juicy citrus notes. I'm getting a strong pineapple note here too.

Taste: Quite sweet with tons of juicy citrus fruit notes. Like the smell, I'm getting lots of pineapple, but there is some apricot too. There is some warmth from the alcohol along with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is really drinkable given the high abv. The fruity notes were really nice. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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

Photo of billab914
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

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 XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Cloudy burnt orange. Off-white hefty head. Settles very quickly. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Hoppy. Smells very barleywine-like. Boozy. Caramel, but not very rich or sweet smelling.

Taste - Sharp alcohol. Sharp hop bite, too. Less malty than I thought it would be. Very bitter. Surprisingly bright flavors for such a big beer, but it's kinda harsh by that same token.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Not too heavy. Well carbonated. Harsh bitterness.

Overall - Gets sluggish and tough to drink.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

I very quickly consumed half a bottle of this. As Darrell pointed out, better to get it over with as soon as possible.

The beer is orange hued with a small white head. Lots of booze in bothe aroma and flavor. I would definitely describe this as hot. Oak and alcohol with a ton of malt and some citrus soaked in alcohol. Flavors clash and the overall presentation of the beer is off kilter. Overall, this was not that great. Not a repeat for me.

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