CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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). Donít 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 didnít 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.
TBone (11282) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep golden color, small white head. Whitewineish, apple fruity nose. Medium-bodied. Loads of alcohol, very fruity and strong. Booze knock-out. Duh.
CloakedDagger (285) - - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 75 cl. Pours an almost clear amber with a white head. Aroma is dominated by honey and BOOZE - tons of booze. Not overly heavy in body, again honeyish, some vanilla and a slight tartness. But again, this is really all about the booze and nothing much more. Not overly refined. 291013
drfabulous (3381) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle. Malty and big fruit flavors. Still pretty busy after all this time. Some wood and oak to the finish.
jmagnus87 (2033) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Boozy vanilla and a good dose of citrus to finish it off. I need a bottle of this for myself.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Day 2, Session 2. Pours clear, bright gold with a fine, white foam head. Sweet and very boozy with a quite basic pale malt character. Full bodied with average carbonation. Very hot on the finish, super boozy, sweet. Not impressive.
fonefan (31777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Blue Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Clear medium to dark orange colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dried fruit, caramel, alcohol, sugary - candy orange, light wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, fruity, alcohol, caramel, dried fruit, light to moderate wood. Body is medium, texture is oily but thin, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. 
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC 2013. Pours clear pale amber with a small off white ehad. Aroma is sweet malty piny almonds. Flavor is sweet vinous pungent piny bitter peppery acidy.
cbfobes (1942) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at 2013 GTMW, since this was at the GTMW I specifically asked for a small pour of this, but in typical Surly fashion they filled the entire glass up, most ended up on the ground, for mostly my sake, pours a clear brown with an off white head, holy smokes this thing is boozy, a nice touch of fruit but most of the nose is all heat, the flavor is really sweet on the front end with a ton of alcohol in the finish, really intense, glad I didnít finish my entire sample or else I wouldnít have lasted the rest of the festival.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Amberish, fiery, moderate sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Strong bready/honey like nose, slight tartness along with noticeable alcohol.   Very tart on the tongue, almost sour.   Strong honey like
pale breadiness.   An odd beer, like a Strong Golden crossed with some sort of Sour.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, albeit a bit full because of simply trying to choke this down.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full,
but I am not sure if thats good in this case.   Finishes like a very rich honey Strong Golden, with a sour tinge on the backside.   This was a really weird one.   As if a Strong Golden needed to be any bigger, this one seems
like an Imperial Strong Golden or something.   A little tough, even though its almost a year since its been bottled.   Interesting, but an ass kicker for sure and hard to finish by ones self.   Thankfully I had help!
Thanks to Skyiview for the bottle!
Palme (2689) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. A dark golden clear one, a little bit of sidesticking off-white head thatís sticking to the sides. Itís quite strong and somewhat alcoholic sweet on the nose , lots of ripe fruits, some paint and traces of something oily acidic. Really sticky and thick on the mouthfeel and soft prickling on the carbonation. Big flavors. Lots of sweetness, fruits, glazed dried sweet fruits that is, apricots, papaya and honey melon. Really stingy warm and slightly boozy finish. That sticks around for a while as well. 04.05.2013