11thMan (20) - Dennison, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2007
On tap at the Happy Gnome, a very good brew. Hints of fig and raisons. very sweet, but in a good way. Would of been better if served a bit warmer, but still a great beer! GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Opaque dark brown color with a whitish head (what little was there). Aroma of spice, hops, malt, and plums. The aroma was not as strong as I personally prefer. Flavor was similar but with an additional mild chocolate and vanilla flavor. Somewhat syrupy and full bodied in the mouth. The finish is mildly sweet with tinge of alcohol. This is a very well balanced lager. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2007
"One", an anniversary lager. ("But don’t call it a doppelbock.")
Brewed July 2006, with a blend of 7 different malts and candi sugar. 9% abv, 28 IBU.
Sample bottle poured into a wide-mouth Belgian chalice.
Deep mahogany hue. ("Tawny brown", says the brewer, but we’re both right.) Slim whitish head.
Aroma: nice and malty, lightly spicy, with prominent notes of raisin and plum. Molasses isn’t far off, either. Delicate sweetness.
Taste away: Mmmmm. That’s all I’ll say: Mmmmmm
...okay, seriously, this is quite a slick, delicious treat, and they’re right it’s not a doppelbock, it’s unlike anything I can think of at the moment, and I think it’s brilliant.
Those dark fruit flavors ride on top, coated with a candyish sheen and it’s jostles the realm of the syrupy, but not quite. It grabs hold of the palate with each new sip, drips this sweet concoction all over the palate, coats the senses, then softly fades back, though the beautiful flavor never quite quits.
Alcohol is not as forward as you’d think, going into a 9% lager, but I still would advise against tippling too many!
Finish is long, body is medium to full, and the taste is well-tempered, very sweet, but not too much so, at least not to me. Those who can’t stand a touch of sweetness may not like it. Their loss.
Happy 1st Anniversary Surly!
Here’s to many more!
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
On tap- Bryant Lake Bowl. Like a sweet sherry but less intense and balanced by some dark caramel. The sweetness does not prevent it from being endlessly drinkable. The act of bowling while drinking such a classy lager is one of the beauty’s of the marriage between two minnesota gems: Surly and BLB. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
On tap at brewery after RBSG tour. A ddp amber pour wht a light tan head. A slight hint of malty brown sugar on the nose. An interesting malty drink with alot of sweetness and a presence of abv. Mouthfeel is as soldi as the flavor. Carbonation is excellent. If you like a sweet beer you will love this offering.
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
On tap at the Blue Nile. Faint tangy malt, with some wheat sugars and a number of rested cherry pits. Dark ruby and mahogany pour, with little head. Clear and deep. Flavor is an intense chewy amalgamation of brown sugar, bourbon, molasses, black cherry ice cream, nips of cold sherry and lots of bold hazlenut, with wisps of aged pipe tobacco. Fantastic, especially for a lager. The nuttiness is complex and complementing to the bravado of the fruit character, which stays mid-range and sweet. Texture is silky, liquid smooth and bright. Lots of residual sweetness and the candi sugar shows, but it doesn’t have any unpleasent cloying qualities. Hops appear as a bit of an afterthought with some long vegetal quality. There’s been some discussion as to what this really is and I think it can be best described as a Belgian Dark Lager. If that makes any sense. I just get a real grasp of the chewy, rich malt complexity of darker belgian beers, with the piquant fruitiness of German Lager techniques, yet a mouthfeel somewhere in between. Go Surly! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
On-tap at the Blue Nile, who knew: A limpid ruby brown with nary a head to be found. Hmmm...I sense a malty "One", perhaps a skimpy collar and a whispy residue is strewn across the top of the liquid. Lacing minimal within a few strings and spots, but mostly a clear oily-like film is covering alll areas the liquid touches.
Aroma is sweet with a ample dispaly of freshly squeezed fig and raisin paste and a slice of dark candied bread.
Taste is more sweet to go with the smell...and a whole lot more. It’s Doppelbock meets Belgain Dark with a good load of super fresh raisin and fig innards, squishy sweet and sticky with dark fruit gum and glues. Nice dark Belgian candy-like tendencies spark and develope as it draws out through the finish. Leaving long sticky sweet stuff all over the palate. Not drenchingly so like mollases or syrup, but with a high, dark sweetness that encompasses the Doppelbock realm. Yet the candy flavors mixed within pull from the malt flavors more then what they can make up for and make for a nice drinkable lager. Or is it an Ale due to its Belgian likeness? Well, what ever you want to call it, or label it, or decide to call it or label it, it’s a sweet ride, as in sweet with a whole bunch of malts and candy goodness. Its tender and longing with a big sweetness all across its character.
Body is super smooth and silky sticky with all sorts of stuff holding on to your cheeks making for a sweet and heavy, yet, smooth bodied brew. This "One" is completely drinkable! The overall sweetness in flavor is a little much after a while, but somehow not bothersome at all as this was still downable enough and really quickly due to its finely crafted soft silky smoothness. Its a pretty decent Doppelbockish-Belgain Dark-thingy-lagered-ale.
Happy Anniversary Surly! Keep em coming. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
Dark Brown With Red Hue and a White Ring. Sweet Syrup and Cranberry Aroma. A Childhood Memory of Cap’n Crunchberries Comes to Mind. Medium to Heavy Mouthfeel. Sweetly Potent and Syrupy. Dark Fruit...Noticeable Alcohol, But Not Overly So. Nice Dry Ending...Wondefull Creamy Depth to This Brew..Similar to Darkness, in that Respect. Very Nice Overall. I hope the First Anniversary Comes Back Every Year! islay (3115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2016 Original rating, 7-17-07:
<P>Approximately 4 or 5 oz. pour on tap at the Surly Brewing Company brewery tour as part of the RateBeer Summer Gathering in the Twin Cities, MN on June 23, 2007. Thanks to Omar (MrSurly) for the free sample. I thought I had missed this one and would never get the chance to try it. When I heard that Omar was busting out some "RateBeer favorites" for a special tasting after the tour during the Summer Gathering, I was hoping this would be one of the ones featured (no pun intended). While everyone else was drooling over the possibility of trying Darkness, I was drooling over the possibility of finally trying One. (Darkness is awesome, but I had tasted it for the second time just a few days before). My wish was granted. And oh by the way, the tour, general tasting, and RBSG tasting at the brewery were a blast!
<P>Yeasty, floral aroma that is less sweet than I expected. Vanilla scent. Chocolate hints. Certainly not hoppy. Pours a clear, red/amber-brown with a moderate amount of light tan / dark beige head. Produces extensive lacing. Sweet, sugary taste. Fruit punch and berry juice flavors. Reminds me of Barley John’s Barrel-Aged Rosies Ale (Batch 2), which I had tried the previous day; One, however, is not as strong. Perhaps a tad too sweet, if I have one complaint, but by no means offensively sweet. A touch of hops in the finish. Liqueur-like. Very smooth, syrupy, and sticky in the palate. Full-bodied; amazingly thick for a lager (thickest lager I’ve ever had). Could stand to be a bit crisper; otherwise, I would have given it a perfect score in the palate segment. If I didn’t know this was a lager, I would have sworn it was a sweet barley wine. One is strong across the board and yet another success from Surly, which has quickly and rightfully earned a reputation as one of the best breweries in the world.
<P>Original rating: 7/4/8/4/17=>4.0
<P>Revised review, 2-26-16:
<P>4 oz. pour of the re-brewed version, on tap at Surly Beer Hall. Consumed on 2-18-16. Dark amber. Beige head. Nice color. Dusty, sweet, malty aroma. Plum scent. Malty-sweet flavor. Belgian/German taste. Vanilla. Plum. Dusty. A bit meaty. Medium body, quite light for the ABV. Good, crisp, lager palate. I’m not thrilled, but it’s still a decent beer.
<P>Revised rating: 7/4/7/4/14=>3.6
<P>Normally, I combine the two ratings, but, in this case, I’ll respect the original. akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 On tap at Surly Brewery during RBSG 07!! Flavor: sweet malt, molasses, faint hop. Not your typical American Dark Lager!