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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle shared with friends. When I saw that this was a Strong Ale I figured it would be dark and murky with a good amount of alcohol in the nose. Well I pretty wrong. The color is somewhat clear, light brown, with good carbonation. The aroma didnít really have any alcohol burn to it, more woody malty presence then anything. Not sure how I felt bout the flavor, but I was pretty surprised that the the 15%ABV was masked so well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3089) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2012
On tap at GTMW - Pours amber with a light white head. Nose is savory herbs, mango, with light malt, garlic, and a metallic twinge. Taste is the same--a very weird mix of flavors. 15% isnít too present, but for a warm belly. Lots of smooth carbonation, but the whole thing feels weird and off. Not going to track down a bottle of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Enjoyed at GTMW 2012. Pours to a bright amber with a medium creamy head. The taste was very strong and metallic. It was average but nothing I would choose to seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2012 (Madison, WI). Pours a richer glowing orange hue, healthy amber orange hues, fairly transparent. Some frothy whitish head, dies to a ring and laces small. Aromas are sweeter, oaky vanilla, touch of spice. Sweet toffee, biscuits, and mellow toffee. Some gentle orange, some American hops. Initial is medium bodied, woody and a touch of smoke, with some spice. Wet oak, mellow sweet malts, bread, and some vanilla. Gentle spice. Toffee, some bread and biscuity malts. Fairly hot into the back. A bit sticky in the middle, some oranges, some heat and spice into backend and finish. Some dryness, heat grows. Interesting, a bit hot, oaky, spicy. Not bad, not totally my jam though. Hot even lingering on the esophagus. A bit dissappointed, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikem409 (1816) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle. Aroma is of an IPA malt and hoppy. Taste is a sweet hop mess I taste no barrel. Pours orange nice head. Bottle is wicked

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1773) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
GTMW. Deep orange/red/brown. Aroma mostly big fruity malt and hops, a tinge of booze, and some background wood notes. Flavor is, again, largely the grab-bag mix of fruity-like malt with hop bitterness to match. Sweet, but not too sweet. Big and bold with some dry woodiness towards the middle to end, that I think is brought out even more from the alcohol. Mild to moderate booziness, slight tannin. I actually think this drinks pretty good right now, but certainly could use some age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Atom (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
On tap pours a copper/orange with a large white head. Aroma of wood, oranges, caramel, honey, not picking up the booze that is about to slam me. Taste is almost straight booze, sweet under the heat, some wood spice, caramel, and citrus. Itís just dominated by booze. I canít even tell if this would be any good if the abv was less. Iím not even sure this will age well as the booze is just too heavy and the other flavors, already light as is, will fade too. Time will tell though, but at this point I couldnít finish the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Tap. Bright copper color with a medium sized fluffy head. This looks very nice. Messy aroma. Oak, honey, slight citrus, and boozy. Not starting off well. Sweet as balls. Thick and syrupy body. Lots of fruit, plenty of residual sugar, some bitterness in the finish. Iím not liking this. Thick, sweet, boozy. This shit is the Black Tuesday of the Midwest. I canít fathom taking more than 3 sips of this, as the first 2 have already been difficult.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1771) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On tap at White Horse in St. Cloud, MN (only $6!) out of a tulip glass Solid aroma that poured a nice hazy orange color. Initially very sweet then the hoppy flavors shone through with a strong finish. Not as boozy as I was expecting. Overall a fun beer to drink, excited to see how the 4 bottles I have age and change.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (3304) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Bottle at Home, courtesy of Armin. Thanks Man! Poured golden-orange in appearance with a small head that quickly dissipated. Spice, alcohol, wood, toffee, and fruity esters. Taste is oak, clove, a hint of vanilla, boozy, but very wood-forward, if that is even a thing. Light body with medium carbonation. Pretty hot right now and a touch sweet, but not really my thing.

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