BeerGeek50 (4) - - DEC 24, 2015 does not count
Furious is a fantastic beer, but with an extra essence of the barrel aging makes it amazing! islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
"Special cask of oak-aged Furious dry hopped w/ Simcoe hops," reads Surly Taproom’s Twitter page. Pint pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom. Consumed on 1-16-14. Right off the bat, I should admit that I hardly ever like beers from casks because their flatness/undercarbonation weakens their flavor and aromatics and makes for poor palate effects, so I almost always avoid cask-conditioned beers. I went against my instinct in this case. Very nice hopping in the aroma. I can really smell the Simcoe. Pine, apricot, cat litter, lemon, and brine scents. Strong aroma. Pours copper with very little beige head. Clear liquid with no effervescence. Lack of head, lacing, and effervescence leads to the low appearance score. Based on the attractive color, it had potential for a four. Nice flavor but unfortunately dulled by the cask effects. Lemon, pine, sauerkraut, pickle, pretzel, brine, and seawater elements. Evokes German food. Dirt bitterness both in the start and the finish. Clay or chalk bitterness/ dryness in the aftertaste. Watery and way undercarbonated in the palate; flat. More like drinking a tea than a beer in terms of palate effects. Ugh, this is why I don’t like cask beers. It is easy to drink though, so I don’t have to suffer through the awful palate for too long. This is a good underlying beer presented in a way that makes it not good at all. This ended up being the worst Surly drinking experience I ever had. I really wish I had made a different choice. I tried to give cask beers another chance, but I won’t be making that mistake again for a long time. What can I say except that real ale is real disappointing? jmikolich (1486) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Tea Bagged Furious: On tap at Busters 4Oct2012, woody sweetness up front followed by the excellent furious hop flavor rules. .1 lower than Furious just because the wood mellows out what makes Furious so awesome. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 I have never been a huge fan of Furious, but I must say I really enjoy this one. The tea notes mesh well with the hops. The taste is awesome, has some nice light pine flavors. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
At the cask ale tent at the GTMW. Pours a deep reddish orange with minimal head. Aroma of oak, strong hops, citrus, pine, etc. Flavor is slick, nice hop notes along with the oak and vanilla notes from the barrel aging. Hops are at the forefront from the barrel aging. Nice beer. Cool to try, and a great one from Surly.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Cask on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Tea Bagged Version. Pours a murky amber dulled hue, some light on the edges, a bigger frothy loose offwhite head laces small. Aromas are rich dry hops, grapefruit, citrus, and lemons. Some bread dough, toffee, wet oak, vanilla. Really lively hopping. Initial is dry, lighter bodied offering a healthy citrusy hopping. Grapefruit, pale malts, citrusy lemons, florals, grass. Touches of rich vanilla oak, wet wood. Into the backend offering nice dryness, florals, and dry bread, touches of oak. Really nice. I’m not a huge fan of regular Furious much anymore, but the vibrant dry hopping is dead on, barrel is decent. Really great beer. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Served on cask at GTMW 2011 as Oak Aged Tea Bagged Furious. Pours a murky orange color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big floral, fruity and earthy notes with wood. The taste is bitter earthy hops and wood. Medium bodied. jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Cask at Darkness Day: Lightly orange-amber pour with a large, creamy beige head. Massively thick sheets of lacing. Nose is rather sweet and fruity, mostly citrus. A bit of the tea is present, but comes through much more in the taste. Nicely rounded citrus and malty notes compliment the tea and oak notes. Nice. IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
On Cask at Firkin Fest. I liked the balance between the citrus hops and the medium honey/tea characters. I was a little thrown back finding out that the brew had tea in it but it surprisingly mixed well. Good brew. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
On tap at Firkin Fest March 08. Pours a hazy thick honeyed amber with large amounts of thick honey colored head. Aroma is citrus vanilla hops. Flavor is definite citrus hops, has a spring like fresh note. Medium bodied.