JStax (5034) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle thanks to my secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a translucent copper with a soapy white head. Aroma has some grape jelly notes. Nearly too sweet. Too much overall.
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Was hoping to like this one, but didn’t hit the mark as I would have hoped. Burnt orange pour, clean white head and decent lacing. Sweet wood smell but too sweet tasting. Decent oak taste with some alcohol burn. I like big beers but will pass on another bottle of this.
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a nice sweet woody scent. I aged this one for about 9 months so the abv isn’t so aggressive. Flavor has an Oaked wine flavor up front, I’m getting a lot of tropical fruit in the background. I’ve also has this fresh and still enjoyed it quite a bit. Anyone who complains about the alcohol burn needs to realize that this beer is 15 percent abv and it’s pretty much impossible to hide that. I love this beer and wish I had a few more bottles!!
AdamChandler (4507) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden Orange - minimal head
Honey, bourbon, milk duds
Very sweet, loaded with honey and bourbon. Some red wine acidity. There’s this intense maltiness balanced by sweet oak and vanilla. It’s a big beer but very approachable. The booze is easy to recognize. The big downside is the very medicine like astringency but that is common with a beer this high of an ABV
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Really stoked to land a bottle of this as I’ve been impressed with everything Surly in the past. Unfortunately, this one not only missed the mark it nearly killed a passer by! Golden tangerine pour with a small ivory head. Nose of candied citrus, Del Monte fruit cocktail in simple syrup, peaches, and alcohol. Flavor is butane, ethanol, aspartame, nectarines, citrus, oak, vanilla, and lemongrass. Not a fruit flavor combination I enjoyed. Thick, peanut-butter sticky, and chewy. Still glad I had an opportunity to try this one!
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Clear, dark amber pour with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The malty, boozy aroma is a muddle of caramel, butterscotch, red apple and moonshine. Full-bodied, velvety and almost chewy with Key West carbonation. The flavor is a blend of malty caramel sweetness and acute hop and ethanol bitterness. Finishes hot and moderately sweet. Although it’s pretty rough around the edges, I really enjoyed this beer. It hit me in all the right places – although a little harder than I would have liked. I wish I had a couple more bottles to cellar for a few years. I have to go against the grain on this one. World class effort by Surly!
riversideAK (6098) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Apricots peach candy floral herbal hops sugar alcohol. Nose burning. Gold pour thin gead. Flavors of alcoholic canned peaches garbage and rotten grassy hops. Hot as fuck. Thick unpleasant.
bbark10 (1) - - FEB 20, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Second time tasting syx. Booziness went completely away. Lemony and refreshing with a great aroma. Wish I had a couple more bottles!
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Tons of alcohol flavor and power here. May be the first time I’ve said this, but this particular beer could benefit from turning down the ABVs. Respectable beer though.
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2013. Gold color with a medium head. Very boozy aroma with strong medicinal hops. Quite a slick mouthfeel. Strong sugar. Very lightly tart. A bit of wood character