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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Our second anniversary brew is a dark ale made with over 40 pounds of cranberries per barrel.

2008 vintage - 8.3% abv
2016 vintage - 9.4% abv


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Pours an opaque dark brown with an off-white head. Sour and extraordinarily bitter. Tart with aromas of berries and lots of oak. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Tart, bitter finish with more oak (too much).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (9821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a dark brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was nice with a combination of roasted dark malts and quite tart cranberries. Flavor began with dark grains and roasted malt the melded beautifully with the growing tart cranberry flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Tap. Got to try this beer at Great Taste of the Midwest this past weekend. What a treat. This beer poured a maroon reddish black color with a slight head. Surpirisingly the aroma was still very much of cranberries along with the traditional IS notes of dark roast. The taste is well balanced between the cranberry and dark stout flavors. No hop presence to speak of really. Medium mouthfeel. Not sure why but at this point I thought this beer would have gone down hill, not the case at all. Still very good and delicious. Do yourself a favor and never pass up a chance to try this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16391) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2010
Bottle, 75cl, from trade with Akevitt. A dark brown beer topped by a dark beige head. Vinous, berryish nose with cocoa and roasted malts. Very smooth, if one can use that word when talking aroma. Slightly roasted flavor, with berries and hints of cocoa, quite vinous, but not much alcohol warming. Full-bodied. Some berry-like sourness finishes the whole thing. A lovely beer! Smooth, vinous and slightly sourish, all very well balanced. 091113

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Poured a hazy brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was on the tart side with a soy component and some woody notes. Overall vinous in the nose. Tart vinous flavor. Mildly bitter on the finish. Medium bodied. I wrote #168 so I am guessing this was the bottle number.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2010
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Bottle courtesy of Immy. Big raisin aroma with sweet maltiness. Cloudy dark brown with small tan head. Sour very roasty with raisin and slightly astringent roastiness. Chocolate and coffee. Finish is dry and tart with a hint of woodiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2009
0.75 L bottle, kindly shared by yngwie. A coarse, yellowish, foamy head upon a very dark, mahogny colored body. Dry, vinous aroma. A prominent smell of berries up front. Fresh, natural, with a rounded tartness. Chocolate notes and a mild coffee in the background. Suggestions of wood and cellar. Taste is complex and balanced. A rich cranberry flavor, dry, tart and fresh, blends well in with the lightly toasted, chocolatey malts. Coffee notes and a touch of vanilla and wood. Well-bodied. A pleasant astringency on the palate. Dry, vinous, berry-fruity finish. A lovely fruit beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3523) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Shared bottle that cellared quite well. Poured black/brown with ruby tones showing through, and a bubbly head that diminished so quickly that it was hard to get a read on the color. I guess somewhat off white/light tan, leaving a very small ring, light film, and some spots of lacing. The aroma was tart dark fruit and a touch of vinous nature. The flavor was tart cranberries, only a hint of sweetness, dark chocolate, some moderate hop bitterness and a dry, slightly tannic finish. The alcohol didn’t seem to show up. As I said when this first came out for Surly’s 2nd anniversary. A big fruit, novelty brew, that was enjoyable trying once. But in this case, twice, and better than a year and a half later.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2009
(Bottle, thanks Guerde and OSLO!) Pours dark brown to black with a light brown head. The aroma is of sour cranberries with (chocolate/dark bread) roasted malt in the background. Undertones of raspberry vinegar, honey, vanilla covered green apples, mouldy basement, wood, coconut and butter. The flavour is light sweet, light bitter and medium acidic with notes of tart cranberries, roast, wood, vanilla, butter, vinegar and hints of fruits. The mouthfeel is astringent and tart. Dry finish. Medium bodied. More interesting than fantastic. Still one of the best fruit-flavour stouts I have tried.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4022) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Sampled at the ’09 RBPTE, courtesy of treyrab. Light fruity hops with cherry aromas, cranberry and mint?, a bit of oxidation and mild malt sweetness. Dark brown-ruby murky body with spare light brown head. Medium body with lively carbonation and a chalky astringent after. Fairly tart with good acidity and only light sweetness and bitterness. An interesting beer.


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