tennisjoel (1223) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this beer at Winterfest 2007. I had some trouble picking out the nose on this one, which is surprising for a Surly beer, which usually is defined by its signature hoppy aroma. Flavor of sweet honey, vanilla, plum/raisin. Very interesting and different. Very sweet flavor profile, and while initially not cloying, I reckon it could become that way after a few of these. Slight alcoholic bite, although nothing off-putting.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed a sample of this at the Surly tour on saturday, luckily got some before it was gone! THe first sip was VERY sweet, lots of plum, raisen taste. Im not a big fan of sweet in my beer, but luckily this mellowed after that and was quite enjoyable. Not sure if i like this style very much, but Surly did a nice job with it none the less. certainly a dessert beer, but i wouldnt want to drink more then one, to sweet.
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 My, my. Surly certainly rips the throat out of so many brewery’s attempts at greatness. On tap at the Happy Gnome, following the high priced anniversary dinner. The aromas are brilliant...rasperry framboise, plum port and caramel. Syrupy, fruity, sugary, pow! Molasses, chocolate, chewy vanilla toffee. Medium to full bodied, magnificent on the palate like licking the frozen walls of a Vermontian maple syrup mountain. A dessert lager? Cheers! and I want more.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"One", an anniversary lager. ("But don’t call it a doppelbock.")
Brewed July 2006, with a blend of 7 different malts and candi sugar. 9% abv, 28 IBU.
Sample bottle poured into a wide-mouth Belgian chalice.
Deep mahogany hue. ("Tawny brown", says the brewer, but we’re both right.) Slim whitish head.
Aroma: nice and malty, lightly spicy, with prominent notes of raisin and plum. Molasses isn’t far off, either. Delicate sweetness.
Taste away: Mmmmm. That’s all I’ll say: Mmmmmm
...okay, seriously, this is quite a slick, delicious treat, and they’re right it’s not a doppelbock, it’s unlike anything I can think of at the moment, and I think it’s brilliant.
Those dark fruit flavors ride on top, coated with a candyish sheen and it’s jostles the realm of the syrupy, but not quite. It grabs hold of the palate with each new sip, drips this sweet concoction all over the palate, coats the senses, then softly fades back, though the beautiful flavor never quite quits.
Alcohol is not as forward as you’d think, going into a 9% lager, but I still would advise against tippling too many!
Finish is long, body is medium to full, and the taste is well-tempered, very sweet, but not too much so, at least not to me. Those who can’t stand a touch of sweetness may not like it. Their loss.
Happy 1st Anniversary Surly!
Here’s to many more!