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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Old rating. [Bottle, shared by Guerde] Pours amber with almost no head. Aroma has a huge lemon poppyseed character which bursts out of the glass. The taste is an absolute booze bomb. Industrial cleaner and the weird lemon is there again. Wow, Im glad to have tried this, but it is an absolute trainwreck. Drainpour. Definitely appreciate you sharing the bottle though, Andy!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8910) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (662) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - 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?).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11059) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5865) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7866) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5819) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
LtDan (1784) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Huhzubendah (2650) - 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.


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