emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at white horse in st cloud. Cloudy brown pour with small white head. Sour aroma with slight nuttiness. Very delicious. Sour finish
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown, you can’t see all the way through it but light does get through. Some head that fades quickly.
Sweetness and bourbon. Some vanilla possibly. Malts and more malts.
Boozy spiciness and brown sugar flavors. Bourbon for sure.
Sharp like a bourbon, light/medium body. Tingly and a lot of carbonation.
Decent. It tastes alright, and it does have a whiskey feeling, but at a high ABV, it’s somewhat self-limiting.
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GTMW (2011)
Once I got around to Surly’s regular line up after a sample of Two I found myself getting into this. The fluid muddy brown body and chocolate pie texture form a sweet sensation accented by the mild bourbon notes. The vanilla comes through more after a sip or two. Even so the refreshing finish does not wear down the palate much. This robust beer sticks to its premise and does a good job delivering a solid experience.
HonkeyBra (3956) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the GTMW 2011. I asked "Can I have a brown eye?" and the dude pouring made sure to make a joke of it. I wonder how long that lasted. Pours a deep rich brown with an off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and some alcohol. Flavor is rich, sweet, lots of vanilla and oak. Apparent alcohol towards the finish. Slick body, good, though. Interesting beer from Surly I’d absolutely have again.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Great Taste. Pours a translucent and hazy brown with a fizzy head. Nose is brown smelling. Vanilla and some alcohol comes through, along with some roast and oak notes. Pretty bland, really. On tasting, it is much the same. A lot of bland and muddy malts that the barrel didn’t really seem to help. Perhaps even over-attenuated. JUst not really a fan and don’t get a lot of character out of it. Meh.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a dark hazy chestnut brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of cherries, toffee and whisky. The taste is tart cherries, citrus and faint whisky. Medium bodied.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap into snifter at Surly 5th ani party. Pour is a hazy lightish brown, almost creamy looking. Decent head, but fades quick. Ok lacing. Big oaky bourbon character on the nose, lots of big malty profile as well. Caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and a decent hop presence to round things out. Taste is much the same, though more roasty. The bourbon is perhaps a bit much on the end. Lots of malt, tastes darker than it looks. Some dark fruit as well. Def. roasty though, not burnt. Very, very nice brew.
Luke_Hopwalker (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Blend of Chocolate Roasted Aroma and Carmel Nose Smoothly Transitions into the taste of Medium body and higher Carbonation.
The Roasted Malt flavour ebbs and gives way almost completely to the Cidery Tartness of a Sour Ale. The finish, not too heavy, is sour and slightly sweet with woody notes.
JK (5563) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A thick beer. Bourbon in the aroma and the flavor, but what is there works well with the medium-sweet malts. Generally I wouldn’t like a bourbon beer, but this one is drinkable. I did not pick up the Belgian yeast.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at GTMW... dark ruddy caramel brown pour with a frothy light beige head.... soft bourbony and fruity nose most noticibly apple.... semi-sweet, wet wood, and apple flavor. smooth with soft carbonation....didn’t do too much for me overall.