CLevar (376) - 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). 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.
jmikolich (1438) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Dave11899 (23) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
MrHangover (2452) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
PriorL (1643) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
sherm1016 (1118) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
bnielsen13 (242) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
SudsMcDuff (5792) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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...
tomthompson89 (1897) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amberish pour. Nose is wood, sweet and boozy. Flavour is hot liquor burn, lotsa wood and sweetness
TBone (12451) - 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 (522) - - 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