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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
On tap at the brewery during 07 RBSG. Jewel like ruby red color with a foamy beige head. The nose was really sweet with honey, candi sugar, juicey ripe fruit and alcohol. The sweetness carries through to the flavor, with caramel, toffee, burnt table sugar, along with some sherry, raisins and an almost cherry note. The alcohol is noticable, but not distracting. This is a huge lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Draft… RBSG 07… Crystal clear, very dark ruby lager with a medium-sized, creamy, khaki head. Incredible retention. Very vinous and sweet in both the aroma and flavor; plenty of toffee, port and caramel. Full-bodied with ticklish carbonation. Dark fruit, caramel, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2007
RBSG 2007 Tour at Surly - Deep copper, creamy kahaki colored head. Nose held nice notes of sweet caramel and cherry with lightly breaded fig notes. Honeysuckle and dark fruitcake-like flavor dominates from start to finish. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sweet dark fruit finish. Thanks to Omar for breaking this out. Very nice change of pace...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12943) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2007
(draft, thanks to Omar) Creamy beige head with nice lacing atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, caramel, lager yeast. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, caramel, honey, some fig/plum. Smooth medium-full body, some sticky. Seems like a doppelbock to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
On tap at the brewery: Pours a clear deep red with an off white head. Aroma, some fruity notes, yeast, sweet malts. Flavor, caramel, fruity, molasses, sweet with some slight floral notes as well. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (39643) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
Sample from tap at the brewery. Pours brown/amber with an off-white head. Aroma is slight citric. Very pleasant and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavoured, mild raisin notes, dried sweet fruit. Very tasty, mild and creamy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 On tap at Surly Brewery during RBSG 07!! Flavor: sweet malt, molasses, faint hop. Not your typical American Dark Lager!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
On tap at the RBSG 2007 Surly Tour - Special Tasting thanks Omar and Hellomynameis: Zach. Nice head, little lacing. Sweet honey flavor that burst out in the nose. Did not taste the licorice unless it was cherry, but I dont really like licorice! Nice combo Todd but a tad tart in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2007
On tap at the RBSG 2007 Surly Tour - Special Tasting. Clear mohogany body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with a fruity overtone. Sugary sweet raisin and molassas flavor. Probably should be classified as a doppelbock.

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