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.
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a nice sweet woody scent. I aged this one for about 9 months so the abv isn’t so aggressive. Flavor has an Oaked wine flavor up front, I’m getting a lot of tropical fruit in the background. I’ve also has this fresh and still enjoyed it quite a bit. Anyone who complains about the alcohol burn needs to realize that this beer is 15 percent abv and it’s pretty much impossible to hide that. I love this beer and wish I had a few more bottles!!
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 750ml bottle to brandy snifter:
Pours a bright pear/ruby gold with strings of slow, steady beading. A finger of starch white head fades off to a paper thin collar after a few minutes that laces perfectly through thick oily booze legs.
Syrupy hop density on the nose... the alcohol presence is a bit more obvious than others have reported. Sweet cinnamon fruit qualities, apple and grape. Evolving with every degree. What a big, complex smelling beer this is.
Holy hell... not quite as reserved on the tongue. Giant boozy sweet punch up front. Orange cream soda with caramel apple and plum accented with a sting of booze. Fresh vanilla wood notes keep the sugary booze in check. An impressive level of balance for such an imposing drink. My first glass was poured just slightly below room temperature. The only real noticeable difference that came from the second glass, poured at around 55 degrees, is that the alcohol is much more in place. Even a greater sense of balance at this, I’d say more appropriate, temperature.
Surly delivers. Some age would do it some good but it is plenty approachable just as it is. Bravo.
bbark10 (1) - - FEB 20, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Second time tasting syx. Booziness went completely away. Lemony and refreshing with a great aroma. Wish I had a couple more bottles!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.
S - Bready and biscuit malts, grapefruit, pineapple, and other citrus hops, oak, vanilla, booze.
T - Caramel, bready, and biscuit malts, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and other citrus hops, some bitterness, oak, vanilla, booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Nice hoppy profile with good base beer that holds up to the oak character.
hopscotch (9962) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Clear, dark amber pour with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The malty, boozy aroma is a muddle of caramel, butterscotch, red apple and moonshine. Full-bodied, velvety and almost chewy with Key West carbonation. The flavor is a blend of malty caramel sweetness and acute hop and ethanol bitterness. Finishes hot and moderately sweet. Although it’s pretty rough around the edges, I really enjoyed this beer. It hit me in all the right places – although a little harder than I would have liked. I wish I had a couple more bottles to cellar for a few years. I have to go against the grain on this one. World class effort by Surly!
Finhead (1301) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, copper-orange pour with a white head. The aroma has apple, mild citrus, and some earthy notes. It has a full body with a smooth, slick texture and average carbonation. The taste is mildly sweet with a lot of alcohol warmth and a slightly tart finish. I was very impressed with this beer.
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don’t advise a big glass of this as the first beer in a tasting of big beers... wow, quite a beer. And very engagingly curious, with the woods giving the nose a lovely complexity, though it is a burning complexity. Clear golden. Pronounced sweetness makes it a more marmelade-style pine/orange hop monster. I ended up liking this quite a lot. Well done. Bottle.
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured mildly hazy, golden orange with a thin, off-white head. Honey sweetness on the nose with a hint of wood. Warming alcohol, but amazing balanced and drinkable for the high abv. Woody incense tones, herbal, tea-like with earthiness, some malt sweetness. Honey-like and toffee-like sugars. Folks I was tasting with thought it was quite bitter, but I didn’t detect much bitterness on this one for me. The wood and sugary tones really came through on my palate.
Bacterial (1981) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a nice thick white head, a little of which will stick around as you sip. Nose is sweet, tart, fruity and bright. And then the mosh pit of flavors hits you across the face like a strong backhand from Todd (ok, I’m just imagining this, he never actually hit me). There is no style for this beer. Nothing like this has been done. The various woods used come together to balance out the sweetness of this beer/Barleywine. There is some warming, but not hot heat booze. What heat there is gets balanced out by the hops that linger. This beer has some chameleon properties, changing with temperature and with what you happen to be eating. Very unique. Some folks will hate it, some will love it.