DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winterfest 2009. Pour was a dark brown/amber with nice strong bourbon aroma. Flavor was a lot rich sweet malts, some vanilla and smooth bourbon all the way through. I can see why this was voted the best of winterfest last night.
WisconsinBeer (699) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, Winterfest 2009 St. Paul MN. Pours a deep brownish red color with a thin whispy head. Huge sugar sweet malt flavors to start, rolls into notes of Bourbon with a White Oak aged finish. Lingering stickiness on the palate. Notes of alcohol toward the end. Thick and chewy. A bit sweet, but overall solid.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Name: BA One
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate and dark caramel aroma, nice touch of bourbon is well integrated and not overpowering,
Flavor: rich dark caramel and dark chocolate flavor, nice touch of bourbon, vanilla sweetness, light oak,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008
Immediately after clearing the palate with some Hell it was time to begin the assualt again. This was the 4:30 special tapping and well worth the wait. Probably the second best beer at the festival I would love to try a regular version of One to see how the aging has altered in. Like a rich bock it is high in alcohol yet still deceptively smooth.
Aroma / Appearance - A brown burnt liquid filled my glass along with the smell of vanilla, malt, oak and caramel. Very balanced it reminded me of an old ale that has mellowed with time. The bourbon was there but did not overpower at all.
Flavor / Palate - The bourbon was most obvious in the thick mouthfeel. Creamy vanilla coated every nook and cranny of the mouth in sweetness. The dry finish was like vanilla ice cream which had melted into liquid form. Another one that I could have pondered for hours I wish this were more than a one-off release.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GTMW ’08. Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Smelled of cereal grain, bourbon, and toffee. Medium to full bodied and sweet. Thick and malty with caramel, toffee, cereal grain, vanilla, and a substantial amount of bourbon flavor.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong bourbon aroma and flavors. Rich and tasty. Good chocolate flavors. Dark with small off white head.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happy Gnome Surly dinner: pours dark amber with bright orange highlights and a still head of beige skin. Immediately quiet aroma of coconut, plum skins, and powdered sugar; creme brulee, cake batter and pomegranate sangria provide the richest of sweet affectation underneath, though far from contrived or overbearing. Full of malt and bourbon and sugar and force but still amiable; never obvious, with lots of mysterious earthy depth. Flavor full of milk chocolate, tangy vanilla, sweet smoke and the general tones of good bourbon. Raspberries. Honey. Lots of lagered fruity depth still present and punchy with robust character. Apple cider vinegar and peppery alcohol glinting the surface. More fruity toffee tinted sweetness. Honeydew melon, pineapple, cherry; details just rampant and ripe, but still controlled. Palate is smooth, the body heavy. Finishes with pungent, earthy and alcoholic sweetness, long and hot. Bourbon aging near its peak in this example; a rare example of a base beer not better off without the barrel.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
13th Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bomber via Tiptop from the brewers at Surly. Damn I really Really like this one. Pours black with a light brown ring. Nose is sweet and malty and full of bourbon. Taste is sweet and chocolatly really really choco big, this is the kind of taste i like in chocolate cereal, great maple syrup sweet yummer. This was fantastic, yum yum yum.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark puplish with lacy brown head. aroma is coffee and chocolate sweetness. much too sweet for my taste, and not enough bourbon influence. the sweeness sticks with you and begins to cloy. i was dissapointed that there was not more bourbon lurking here.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NOTB; I believe this is my first beer from Surly. Thought it was a good idea to age this style of beer. Aroma was of vanilla, caramel, toffee and bourbon; notes of sweetness. Agree with golub’s barlewine comment. Liked the amount of sweetness and more subtle than most bourbon hints.