goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2007: Poured a golden color with an off-white head. Caramel and toasty aroma. Some earthy and piney hops. Malty caramel flavor. Decent beer.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to theisti for this Surly...love those guys. Golden pour with nice big white head. Hoppy nose with nice pine aromas. Taste is doughy malt with rye, grass, melon, citrus....lots going on really. Good carbonation that leaves a great finish. Not really sure what style this is, but I really love it. Thanks T.
ElGaucho (2120) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Malty. Smells like Furious. Clear, dark amber with very little visible carbonation. Good hop profile for the style. Good brew. Thanks Vikingbeau for bringing this down for me from the Twin Cities.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint-sized can from tytoandero - thanks! What a fine improvisation on the well-worn style, and this is an auspicious introduction to the world of Surly for me. Lovely and dry, but not at the expense of malts; rather, there’s a kind of combo fullness, both rich and notably rooted in the rye. Quite satisfying.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to tytoanderso for the can. Aroma of sweet grains and caramel with the addition of big pine and citrus hops. Fruity taste, along with the malts and hops. Whenever I drink Surly, I’m amazed at how fresh the beer tastes. This is no exception.
theisti (3008) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz. can from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN. Pour is clear orange amber with lots of carbonation bubbles and a one inch slightly off white head. Aroma of fresh pine hops, earthiness and some resin. Taste has quite a bit of the bitter hop bite to start, malt in the middle and earthiness in there as well. The taste also features a sweetness that I can;t quite put my finger on. Its a bitter sweetness, but not quite citrus. The sweetness is more in the malt than the hop. I have had this beer a number of times, and even still have a great deal of trouble figuring it out. It’s interesting, and I can honestly not figure out whether I like it or not.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
drank a ton of this stuff on tap last year and never got around to reviewing. Now that it’s canned, I may consume it within the comforts of home and the computer.
Brilliant orange color, very shiny with a halo of yellow nearer the bottom and edges. Firmly stacked foam of spongy looking consistancy lathers up to a decent height of nearly two inches. Dwindles down slowly to let loose a pattern of thin inky strings across the glass as its consumed.
Aroma is much like other O-fests with a nice firm realm of maltyness creating a sweet soft doughyness and a puff of dark grassyness and whole grains can be easily detected within. Very well-balanced aroma and well placed on the nose with good strength.
Taste is a broadly detailed malt brigade of heavy toasted malty sweetness, doughy, crisp with a spectacular grassy grab at the midway point which then goes all hoppy and drys off the palate with a subtle ease and tone that is incredibly delightful and inviting with grass, toast, and whole grain nuttyness. Quite complexingly subtle and straight up damn yummy.
Feel is about medium with a certain crispness to its malty body. For surely clean and easy. Has a creamy stained under carraige but stays mostly toasted and drys into the finish with a lushfully charming and soothing softness and cleanness with a willingness to venture more.
Drinkable and then some. Enough said. Damn solid O-fest by Surly! Grab your lederhosen, a big Ol’ mug, pour a bunch of this in, and sing yourself a song until you fall asleep and do it again.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz can from hellomynameis, thanks Zac! Clear darkish orange with a one finger beige head, fading before long to a ring and thick film. Tropical fruit and caramel malt nose. There is also an underlying grainy character. Flavor adds plenty of fresh herbal hops into the mix, as well as some toasty malts and spicy rye. Bitterness peaks around a 3 or 4. Medium body with light creamy carbonation.This is a very strange beer, but as I finish the can, I realize I like this quite a bit.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of florals, melon, caramel, apple, and citrus. Flavor of citrusy hops, herbs, and toasted malt.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
hazy dark yellow, frothy white head,
sweet bready malt aroma with light earthy hops,
rich malt flavor, nice bready character, light sweetness is balanced by the earthy hops,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20