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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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.

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   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). Dont 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 didnt 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sherm1016 (1053) - 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 Surlys best effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnielsen13 (219) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1864) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Amberish pour. Nose is wood, sweet and boozy. Flavour is hot liquor burn, lotsa wood and sweetness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11888) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Keg@CBC2013 Clear deep golden color, small white head. Whitewineish, apple fruity nose. Medium-bodied. Loads of alcohol, very fruity and strong. Booze knock-out. Duh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (408) - - OCT 29, 2013
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 27, 2013
750 bottle. Malty and big fruit flavors. Still pretty busy after all this time. Some wood and oak to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2219) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2013

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. [20130504]

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