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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Brewed July 2006 with a blend of 7 different malts and candi sugar. This is our first in a series of anniversary beers. Look for something unique from Surly every new year. We let Todd brew whatever he wants for this series. Yikes! Only 10 barrels of this beer are available. Notes of licorice, vanilla, plum, raisins, and malt. 9% abv, 28 IBU, Color--tawny brown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Draft @ Brewery. Deep crimson pour with a tan head. Aroma of light lemon & citrus w/ bready caramel malt. Flavors had a good amount of caramel, bready malt, light yeast, candied fruit, with tinges of smoke. Medium/thick body, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, sweet/malty/smoky with a malty/sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at the brewery on 6/23/07: Pours a transparent dark amber mahogany with a nicely-lacing frothy light tan head. Sweet sugary dark caramel German malty nose has a hint of light fruits and dough. Starts thick and dark caramely sweet with some toffee and authentic German lager yeastiness with a hint of mildly tart light fruits before a sticky, grainy caramel finish that hides the alcohol well. A good doppelbock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draft @ Brewery: Amber ruby color, white nice head and lacing. Nose of bright fruit and alcohol, a dark malt and ethanol fest. The flavor is sweet and chewy with raisin and plum, nice caramelly cherry and honey. Grapes and alcohol, cotton candy, nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Anniversary One
Date: 06/23/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery

clear dark ruby red, frothy tan head, light sweet dark caramel malt aroma, big sticky body, lots of sweet dark caramel and munich malt flavor, caramel candy sweetness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
On tap at brewery after RBSG tour. A ddp amber pour wht a light tan head. A slight hint of malty brown sugar on the nose. An interesting malty drink with alot of sweetness and a presence of abv. Mouthfeel is as soldi as the flavor. Carbonation is excellent. If you like a sweet beer you will love this offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Draft at the Surly brewery, RBSG 2007. Clear reddish brown with a tan head. Malty, sweet nose, light berry and an odd fruitiness I can’t nail down. Very sweet flavors of malt, fruit, light wood, caramel and light citrus. I’ve been on a bit of a sweet beer kick lately - this fit the bill well!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG Surly tour (thanks Omar) I had tried this when it first came out and wasn’t a big fan, but either I had a bad day a few months back, or it has mellowed because it was very nice. Nice sweet nose with hints of raisens, mollases, and caramel. Very nice sticky mouthfeel with a great balance of light hoppiness so the sweetness doesn’t overwhelm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 This actually looks sweet. The body is a blend of dark red, grainy mahogany and shimmering gold. A creamy beige head tops the body and fades slowly, never fully. The aroma is very sweet and moderately alcoholic. Notes of various citrus and nuts are dwarfed by looming ethanol. Anise and vanilla in fleeting clumps. Caramel is pleasant, as is a sturdy hop profile. Light toast conncludes the sensory delve. The alcohol is also too prominent in the flavor. Incredibly heavy sweetness throughout. Other than that, the flavor is lightly bitter and quite good. Caramel and grain notes are top notch. Finishes cloying, sticky and warm, caramel lingering a short while. The mouthfeel is velvety and substantial. Good carbonation level, medium-full body, incredibly sticky and clinging. Just too sweet to be thoroughly enjoyable. This beer screams of quality ingredients, that’s a great plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
(Draft, courtesy of Omar) Pours a clear burgundy body with a creamy medium-sized beige head. Aroma of citrus, nuts, and maple syrup. Flavor of caramel, raisins, plums, and dark malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Draught sample at brewery during the Surly tour, RBSG Minneapolis, June 23 2007. Thick dark red -rust/blood- brown with a light semi-stable beige head....pungent hops, hints of seaweed and minerals, light caramel, and just a touch of not-so-pleasant industrial cleanser, though that disappears by the end of the sample....body too, alas, has a somewhat unpleasant soapy/bleachy edge to it, and the extreme sweetness doesn’t help.....there are some nice maple/vanilla notes, and the syrupy thickness is mostly malts and not candy-cloying, with just enough finishing dryness to keep it from disaster, but....this one really didn’t work for me at all; my friend Kathy and I tasted this apart from the general group and were both surprised at the high marks other people gave to it....oh well, ya gotta be the odd man out some time; at any rate this doesn’t detract from all the other great beers that Omar & company are putting out, and I’m sure glad I got to sample it.

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