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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1232) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1664) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 My, my. Surly certainly rips the throat out of so many breweryís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2007
"One", an anniversary lager. ("But donít 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 weíre both right.) Slim whitish head. Aroma: nice and malty, lightly spicy, with prominent notes of raisin and plum. Molasses isnít far off, either. Delicate sweetness. Taste away: Mmmmm. Thatís all Iíll say: Mmmmmm ... ... ...okay, seriously, this is quite a slick, delicious treat, and theyíre right itís not a doppelbock, itís unlike anything I can think of at the moment, and I think itís brilliant. Those dark fruit flavors ride on top, coated with a candyish sheen and itís 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 youíd 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 canít stand a touch of sweetness may not like it. Their loss. Happy 1st Anniversary Surly! Hereís to many more!

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