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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Surly Brewing is celebrating its sixth year by releasing our strongest beer yet - SYX. The 15% ABV Strong American Ale, aged on six different types of wood and features some demonic artwork by Michael Berglund on the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9972) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
Big bubbly head and lacey. Hoppy, fruity with tart fruit skins. Orange, sugar, tangerine. Very strong melange, a sour finish. A big beer. A kitchen sink of a beer that can be sipped only. Thanks Johnsense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (665) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
Clear light reddish amber. Aroma of fruits. Impressive flavours of grapes and tangerines. Alcohol 15% noticeable but not overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Waxed bottle. Poured a hazy orangish/amber color with an off white head. Woody, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, boozy, and fruity. Yeah the booze was there, but it is 15% and I did not find it overly boozy (does that mean I have a problem?).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good malt, wood and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy smooth sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7415) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small off white head that leaves some patchy lacing. The aroma is tingly citrus, caramel, wood, and alcohol. I originally stated a surprising amount of alcohol before I saw that it was 15%. The flavor had some dark fruit, booze/alcohol, caramel, wood with sticky citrus. There is nothing subtle here, but unfortunately the alcohol seems to hide much of the flavors (especially the wood). Nice bottle art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9957) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Nice smell, not too harsh but sweet and boozy. Orange appearance. Flavor is straight candy, straight candy. It si boozy and hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7106) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bomber to snifter (thanks mikem409). Looks solid; a semi-transparent orange with off-white lacing. Smells sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with what seems to be some hop notes. Good on the palate for the abv too. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a thin tight cap of white.

Aroma: Peach, white wine, fresh cut wood, solvant, grapefruit juice.

Taste: Alcohol and more alcohol. White grape, tangerine, tannins for days. Hot!

Mouthfeel: Juicy, astringent, moderate bubbles.

Overall: A very difficult beer to drink. The concept sounds great, and I would imagine you wouldnt be able to treat a beer with lower alcohol on 6 different types of wood. Surly makes consistently great beer, but this was an experiment with no so great results.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Huhzubendah (3089) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 Shared by Darrell. Thanks man! I very quickly consumed half a bottle of this. As Darrell pointed out, better to get it over with as soon as possible. The beer is orange hued with a small white head. Lots of booze in bothe aroma and flavor. I would definitely describe this as hot. Oak and alcohol with a ton of malt and some citrus soaked in alcohol. Flavors clash and the overall presentation of the beer is off kilter. Overall, this was not that great. Not a repeat for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Thanks, Darrell. Note impressed with this one at all. The nose is overloaded with malt and a bit of backing wood. Flavor is overly sweet with some backing woodiness and spice, plus a hefty amount of alcohol. Nothing I liked about this beer.

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