FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 750ml bottle to brandy snifter:
Pours a bright pear/ruby gold with strings of slow, steady beading. A finger of starch white head fades off to a paper thin collar after a few minutes that laces perfectly through thick oily booze legs.
Syrupy hop density on the nose... the alcohol presence is a bit more obvious than others have reported. Sweet cinnamon fruit qualities, apple and grape. Evolving with every degree. What a big, complex smelling beer this is.
Holy hell... not quite as reserved on the tongue. Giant boozy sweet punch up front. Orange cream soda with caramel apple and plum accented with a sting of booze. Fresh vanilla wood notes keep the sugary booze in check. An impressive level of balance for such an imposing drink. My first glass was poured just slightly below room temperature. The only real noticeable difference that came from the second glass, poured at around 55 degrees, is that the alcohol is much more in place. Even a greater sense of balance at this, I’d say more appropriate, temperature.
Surly delivers. Some age would do it some good but it is plenty approachable just as it is. Bravo.
TheCoder (4) - - JUL 24, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I am likely going to be in the minority here but I was grossly unimpressed. I loved the aroma and appearance of Syx.
The aroma was incredibly complex and you could tell this was a beast of a beer. The oak is very noticeable with some fruitiness and the alcohol is there in the nose as well (more so as it warms). The hops are quite there as well.
Appearance is a hazy amber hue with some head that doesn’t last long.
Taste and palate kill it for me. There is so much going on here, the oak overpowered it for me at least when cold. There was a cluster of oak flavors that it killed most of the rest of the taste for me. However as it warmed the oak faded and you got more of the flavors of the malt but that was instantly nuked by the now prevalent alcohol burn of doom that left my mouth tingling all night.
Overall a meh for me, many other American Strong Ales when young I’d go for instantly over this. I have many more bottles so I guess I’ll see how they age before I jump the gun and trade them all as this has massive aging potential that I hope can only help it.
I will revisit this when I give it another go in a few months.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Had this at the All Pints North festival in Duluth, MN. Nice amber color with minimal head that fades quick. Has a nice sweet fruit scent with some wood notes. Taste is some nice spice and sweetness, super smooth for 15% abv. (4.1)
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Re-rate: Out of the bottle I am not enjoying it as much as I did at APN. Scent is a lot more boozy, taste has a lot of burn and I hope it tames out with some age.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2013 July 21, 2012 on tap at All Pints North. Dark orange pour with no head. Aroma was caramel, spice and maybe some wood in there. Caramel was dominant with the other aroma characteristics in there. Super thick and very smooth. Liked the 5 a tad better (obviously very different styles). Pretty bad ass that I got the first rating of this. Had a full glass of this at the Gnome 8.9.12. This one had some nice head on it. The alcohol and wood were much bigger players in the aroma and taste. I am leaving my rating as is (4.0) for now and may adjust if a third tasting is more like the second.Had a 3rd time at Mackenzie on 8.30.13 - more like the version at Gnome but not as hot. I moved palate and overall down 1 to put me at 3.8.