RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
From the 2009 AHA Wort Rally. Huge Brown ale fermented with Belgian yeast and aged in second use Bourbon Barrels

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2012
On tap at white horse in st cloud. Cloudy brown pour with small white head. Sour aroma with slight nuttiness. Very delicious. Sour finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Appearance: Light brown, you cant see all the way through it but light does get through. Some head that fades quickly. Aroma: Sweetness and bourbon. Some vanilla possibly. Malts and more malts. Taste: Boozy spiciness and brown sugar flavors. Bourbon for sure. Mouthfeel: Sharp like a bourbon, light/medium body. Tingly and a lot of carbonation. Drinkability: Decent. It tastes alright, and it does have a whiskey feeling, but at a high ABV, its somewhat self-limiting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW (2011)

Once I got around to Surlys regular line up after a sample of Two I found myself getting into this. The fluid muddy brown body and chocolate pie texture form a sweet sensation accented by the mild bourbon notes. The vanilla comes through more after a sip or two. Even so the refreshing finish does not wear down the palate much. This robust beer sticks to its premise and does a good job delivering a solid experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On draft at the GTMW 2011. I asked "Can I have a brown eye?" and the dude pouring made sure to make a joke of it. I wonder how long that lasted. Pours a deep rich brown with an off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and some alcohol. Flavor is rich, sweet, lots of vanilla and oak. Apparent alcohol towards the finish. Slick body, good, though. Interesting beer from Surly Id absolutely have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at Great Taste. Pours a translucent and hazy brown with a fizzy head. Nose is brown smelling. Vanilla and some alcohol comes through, along with some roast and oak notes. Pretty bland, really. On tasting, it is much the same. A lot of bland and muddy malts that the barrel didnt really seem to help. Perhaps even over-attenuated. JUst not really a fan and dont get a lot of character out of it. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a dark hazy chestnut brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of cherries, toffee and whisky. The taste is tart cherries, citrus and faint whisky. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Tap into snifter at Surly 5th ani party. Pour is a hazy lightish brown, almost creamy looking. Decent head, but fades quick. Ok lacing. Big oaky bourbon character on the nose, lots of big malty profile as well. Caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and a decent hop presence to round things out. Taste is much the same, though more roasty. The bourbon is perhaps a bit much on the end. Lots of malt, tastes darker than it looks. Some dark fruit as well. Def. roasty though, not burnt. Very, very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luke_Hopwalker (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2011 does not count
This Blend of Chocolate Roasted Aroma and Carmel Nose Smoothly Transitions into the taste of Medium body and higher Carbonation. The Roasted Malt flavour ebbs and gives way almost completely to the Cidery Tartness of a Sour Ale. The finish, not too heavy, is sour and slightly sweet with woody notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2010
A thick beer. Bourbon in the aroma and the flavor, but what is there works well with the medium-sweet malts. Generally I wouldnt like a bourbon beer, but this one is drinkable. I did not pick up the Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
sampled at GTMW... dark ruddy caramel brown pour with a frothy light beige head.... soft bourbony and fruity nose most noticibly apple.... semi-sweet, wet wood, and apple flavor. smooth with soft carbonation....didnt do too much for me overall.

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