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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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.


CLevar's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 After seeing a few high rates, I wanted to get some notes down on this one, from a sample I had at All Pints North (The very first sample of the day, Surly tapped all beers at gate open). Don’t take this the bad way: I love Surly, I love (almost all) of their beers, and I will continue to support my local breweries. After having at GTMW (Previously 3.0) , I upgraded my rate a bit. Maybe it was because my palate was killed, maybe it was because this pour had more carbonation, but I enjoyed this significantly more than the pour at ABR. ~2oz pour to a taster yields a clear copper gold body with no noticeable head, just a few soapy bubbles. Viewed from the side, it is obvious that this beer is THICK, what carbonation streamers there are seem to fight to reach the surface. The aroma is fairly nice, with lots of big caramel and toffee notes, backed with a bunch of floral honey, and a fair bit of booze. Wood is just barely present, not at all what I would have expected for this beer. The taste....well, I really enjoyed the first sip. Lots of liquid caramel (almost like LME), a slug of that same floral honey, with some indescribable wood more prevalent. Some more bready malt character, but really dominated by the caramel, toffee, and floral character. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Fair bit of alcohol burn that warns me off that second sip, but what the heck. Second sip is downright cloying, with a weird mix of sugar and booze. Floral and wood character still present, but are being overtaken by the palate coating sugar and booze. By the third sip, I was having a really tough time with this one, and didn’t end up even finishing my sample. The mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, with a tongue coating finish and a retro-nasal burn. More carbonation, more restrained alcohol, and a more balanced profile in general would have been nice in this one. With all this said, I did go out and buy two bottles on the day of the release, and will look forward to seeing if this one sorts itself out in 2-3 years.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (12274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber color. Aroma of vanilla, stone fruit and booze. Taste is boozy, fruity, complex. A big beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berntholer (943) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
ivorywhite dense head leaves no lacing. amber colour. aroma is boozy, caramel, honey, strawberry. taste is very salty, boozy, caramel with a wry and sour bitter finish. medium body and carbonation. too bad, the first beer from surly i really dislike. bottle 75cl

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1458) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Goodbye world, drinking this after 2 pub stops and a few other beers at home, big thick body which I thoroughly enjoy, massively orange and virgin wood taste rocks good amount of heat in the finish but not unpleasantly so. Good hearty beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dave11899 (23) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Poured from the limited one time release bottle. Nearly 2 years after available (on 06/22/14). Pours a cloudy orange with a off white white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is of floral hops, alcohol and bright refreshing characteristics. Similar to an IPA on a hot day. Taste is boozy with honey, bread and slight caramel. This isn’t a bad thing as it is still sweet up front with a slight hops bitterness lingering. Palette is average. Nothing note worthy. Just sharp and awakening. Overall. Incredible. I will continue to search for more bottles. Probably the best beer to come from Surly except for Darkness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (2524) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle, thnx to Summer Santa. Cheers. Pours a clear orange beer with a small white head on top. Aroma is very strong, oranges, Belgian yeast, red fruits, booze. Flavor is very strong, lots of alcohol and oranges with some apples in the background. Very fruity, loads of yeast and booze. A bit unbalanced and it has a strong alcoholic burn in the finish. Very full, complex but a bit messy. Nice, but tad too old I guess.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1979) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
At Zeebra Beer Festival, THX to everybody sharing today’s beers. APPEARANCE: clear darker blond beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, florar. TASTE: hoppy, fruity, rather sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sherm1016 (1158) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Draft at MacKenzie. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is fruity, peach, plum, acetone. Medium to heavy on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, boozy, a little oak, vanilla, caramel malt, some bread, maybe some dark fruit, raisin, some grass, with a weird, boozy, fruity finish. Not Surly’s best effort.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnielsen13 (245) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours orange with a light tan head. Aroma is wood, sweet, citrus, toffee. Flavor is oak, citrus, boozy, some dark fruits. Just okay.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SudsMcDuff (5863) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
what-a-mess .. . had this a couple of times and age is making it worse .. . boozy and un balanced .. . deep brown tan .. mild foam .. . just a hodgepodge of boozy malts and sticky woody bastards .. . . went to the dentist the other day. he was disappointed...

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Amberish pour. Nose is wood, sweet and boozy. Flavour is hot liquor burn, lotsa wood and sweetness


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