badgerben (4809) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Happy Gnome. Almost black color but a bit of rubiness on the edge. No head. Aroma is a very mild sweetness, maybe vanilla. Very slick, sweet taste. Full of dark malts, raisins and a little chocolate. Lots of sugar. Couldn’t find hops to save my life, which is odd for Surly. Not a bad contraption.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap- Bryant Lake Bowl. Like a sweet sherry but less intense and balanced by some dark caramel. The sweetness does not prevent it from being endlessly drinkable. The act of bowling while drinking such a classy lager is one of the beauty’s of the marriage between two minnesota gems: Surly and BLB.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark ruby. Very little head, just a few wisps. Not much nose, a bit of cherry, some caramel. Flavor is chock full of cherries with some chocolate and vanilla tossed in. Candyish. Not exactly a hopbomb, but there’s enough here to balance the sweetness pretty well.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown, next to no head. Lightly carbonated. Sweet caramel and brown sugar in the aroma. Sweet flavor with toffee, vanilla, faint raisin, and then more brown sugar in the finish. Too thick and sweet for me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the Blue Nile, who knew: A limpid ruby brown with nary a head to be found. Hmmm...I sense a malty "One", perhaps a skimpy collar and a whispy residue is strewn across the top of the liquid. Lacing minimal within a few strings and spots, but mostly a clear oily-like film is covering alll areas the liquid touches.
Aroma is sweet with a ample dispaly of freshly squeezed fig and raisin paste and a slice of dark candied bread.
Taste is more sweet to go with the smell...and a whole lot more. It’s Doppelbock meets Belgain Dark with a good load of super fresh raisin and fig innards, squishy sweet and sticky with dark fruit gum and glues. Nice dark Belgian candy-like tendencies spark and develope as it draws out through the finish. Leaving long sticky sweet stuff all over the palate. Not drenchingly so like mollases or syrup, but with a high, dark sweetness that encompasses the Doppelbock realm. Yet the candy flavors mixed within pull from the malt flavors more then what they can make up for and make for a nice drinkable lager. Or is it an Ale due to its Belgian likeness? Well, what ever you want to call it, or label it, or decide to call it or label it, it’s a sweet ride, as in sweet with a whole bunch of malts and candy goodness. Its tender and longing with a big sweetness all across its character.
Body is super smooth and silky sticky with all sorts of stuff holding on to your cheeks making for a sweet and heavy, yet, smooth bodied brew. This "One" is completely drinkable! The overall sweetness in flavor is a little much after a while, but somehow not bothersome at all as this was still downable enough and really quickly due to its finely crafted soft silky smoothness. Its a pretty decent Doppelbockish-Belgain Dark-thingy-lagered-ale.
Happy Anniversary Surly! Keep em coming.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Blue Nile. Faint tangy malt, with some wheat sugars and a number of rested cherry pits. Dark ruby and mahogany pour, with little head. Clear and deep. Flavor is an intense chewy amalgamation of brown sugar, bourbon, molasses, black cherry ice cream, nips of cold sherry and lots of bold hazlenut, with wisps of aged pipe tobacco. Fantastic, especially for a lager. The nuttiness is complex and complementing to the bravado of the fruit character, which stays mid-range and sweet. Texture is silky, liquid smooth and bright. Lots of residual sweetness and the candi sugar shows, but it doesn’t have any unpleasent cloying qualities. Hops appear as a bit of an afterthought with some long vegetal quality. There’s been some discussion as to what this really is and I think it can be best described as a Belgian Dark Lager. If that makes any sense. I just get a real grasp of the chewy, rich malt complexity of darker belgian beers, with the piquant fruitiness of German Lager techniques, yet a mouthfeel somewhere in between. Go Surly!
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
not even sure what to call this a strong lager i guess tried it at the brewerey. not my style but man o man what a flavor explosion it comes frm everywhere i taste plums suger vanilla whow really i recommend trying this at least SURLY ROUTES
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque dark brown color with a whitish head (what little was there). Aroma of spice, hops, malt, and plums. The aroma was not as strong as I personally prefer. Flavor was similar but with an additional mild chocolate and vanilla flavor. Somewhat syrupy and full bodied in the mouth. The finish is mildly sweet with tinge of alcohol. This is a very well balanced lager.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Blue Nile. This is a very nice brew that doesn’t stick to any catagory like most of their other offerings. The thing I liked the most about this is the way it acted like a chameleon as it passes from the front to the back of the pallete and into the aftertaste. Plum/raisen up front to sweet molases in the middle with the best part hitting the back with fruit and a very nice, not to strong alchohol burn which warms your insides but isn’t overbearing.
tennisjoel (1326) - 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.