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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 236   ABV: 7.87%
In honor of Surly Brewingís fifth anniversary we brewed a 100% Brettanomyces fermented brown aged in used red wine barrels. Brettanomyces is a yeast used in place of "normal" brewing yeast, it produces a unique flavor profile. Pentagram is a single barrel "tasting" of Five. Five (with all barrels blended together) was released during spring 2011 in bottles and kegs. Surly Five has strong flavors of earthy black cherry and raisins with a sour finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joromiller (22) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
Back log. Enjoyed at a tasting with some local beer buddies 2 weeks ago. Aroma is tart as is the taste. Solid beer and fun to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2459) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this one at the Brew Crew Bash in Ann Arbor on May 21. This one was poured from a 750 mL bottle. The pour on this is incredibly dark for a sour/wild. The pour looks like Coke. There is a dark brown body with a lighter tan cap of slowly fading foam that recedes to a thick and chunky collar. The aroma is pretty good. There is a lot of dark fruits. Cherries, plums, and raisins definitely do a lot of the controlling here. There is a Bretty funk that doesnít really seem to fit in with the fruits or the malts that are present. There is a bit of a roastiness that just doesnít mesh well with the sour aspect. Itís not bad by any means, itís just messy. The flavor is Brett from the start. There is an earthy hop and malt addition and the fruits struggle to break through the bite of the Brett. The cherry does get through on the back end, but itís almost like there is a bit of chocolate with it there. The mouth feel is pretty decent. Itís definitely thicker than a sour should be. The carbonation is a little soft, but just bubbly enough to keep it interesting. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity and tart, with a maltiness that creeps in. Itís interesting, but Iím glad I didnít have to drink an entire bottle of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14108) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2016
Sampled from bottle @ "Het is allemaal de schuld van Koen" tasting. Opaque very dark brown color, red-brown glare coming through, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste dark malts, sourish, tart, grapepeel tart. Decent body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (649) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Bomber shared at tasting. Dark brown pour with minimal head. Nice acidic sour ,very similar to pentagram. Taste follows. Can tell thereís a little age. Very tasty still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5563) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle @ joes goes whale hunting. Dark brown to black colour with a small off-white head. Smells sour, fruity, cherry. Tastes sour, fruity, cherrypeel, nice. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle tasted at a hotel share in Athens, OH. So, this is definitely tasting pretty sour right now. Some dark chocolate, vinous character. Dark brown color. Thin tan head, some loose bits of lace. Some vinegar. Cbocolate, grape, dark fruit. I dunno, Yeah itís brett and sour and dark. Not bad but not loving the end result here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle shared by "hannont". Colour...dark brown with a slight garnet hue. Nose...moderately acetic and very fruity, especially stone fruits. Palate...nicely tart and delightfully fruity with loads of peach, plum skin and apricot stems. The mid palate is funky and dry and still quite fruity. The finish is long and bitter and pit like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6669) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle at Side Project tasting night; dark coca cola pour with a thin light tan head, aroma has dark cherries and tobacco, taste has dark fruits, a hint of sourness, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong vinegar, black cherry skin. Thin mouth with tart cherry, dark fruit, lingering sourness, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle from the cellar split with a couple crackas. Pours a clean deep maroonish brown, pushing black, thin mocha head. Aroma is cherry, molasses, brown sugar, horse dick. Moderately tart, cherry, chocolate, caramel. High carbonation. Not bad at all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Sept í14 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma was strong fruit and spice. Taste was dark fruit and had a sour bitter funky finish.

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