RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Surly Brewing is celebrating its sixth year by releasing our strongest beer yet - SYX. The 15% ABV Strong American Ale, aged on six different types of wood and features some demonic artwork by Michael Berglund on the bottle.

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TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2012 (Madison, WI). Pours a richer glowing orange hue, healthy amber orange hues, fairly transparent. Some frothy whitish head, dies to a ring and laces small. Aromas are sweeter, oaky vanilla, touch of spice. Sweet toffee, biscuits, and mellow toffee. Some gentle orange, some American hops. Initial is medium bodied, woody and a touch of smoke, with some spice. Wet oak, mellow sweet malts, bread, and some vanilla. Gentle spice. Toffee, some bread and biscuity malts. Fairly hot into the back. A bit sticky in the middle, some oranges, some heat and spice into backend and finish. Some dryness, heat grows. Interesting, a bit hot, oaky, spicy. Not bad, not totally my jam though. Hot even lingering on the esophagus. A bit dissappointed, I think.

mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle. Aroma is of an IPA malt and hoppy. Taste is a sweet hop mess I taste no barrel. Pours orange nice head. Bottle is wicked

arkurzynski (2461) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
GTMW. Deep orange/red/brown. Aroma mostly big fruity malt and hops, a tinge of booze, and some background wood notes. Flavor is, again, largely the grab-bag mix of fruity-like malt with hop bitterness to match. Sweet, but not too sweet. Big and bold with some dry woodiness towards the middle to end, that I think is brought out even more from the alcohol. Mild to moderate booziness, slight tannin. I actually think this drinks pretty good right now, but certainly could use some age.

Atom (2579) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
On tap pours a copper/orange with a large white head. Aroma of wood, oranges, caramel, honey, not picking up the booze that is about to slam me. Taste is almost straight booze, sweet under the heat, some wood spice, caramel, and citrus. It’s just dominated by booze. I can’t even tell if this would be any good if the abv was less. I’m not even sure this will age well as the booze is just too heavy and the other flavors, already light as is, will fade too. Time will tell though, but at this point I couldn’t finish the glass.

mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Tap. Bright copper color with a medium sized fluffy head. This looks very nice. Messy aroma. Oak, honey, slight citrus, and boozy. Not starting off well. Sweet as balls. Thick and syrupy body. Lots of fruit, plenty of residual sugar, some bitterness in the finish. I’m not liking this. Thick, sweet, boozy. This shit is the Black Tuesday of the Midwest. I can’t fathom taking more than 3 sips of this, as the first 2 have already been difficult.

TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
On tap at White Horse in St. Cloud, MN (only $6!) out of a tulip glass
Solid aroma that poured a nice hazy orange color. Initially very sweet then the hoppy flavors shone through with a strong finish. Not as boozy as I was expecting. Overall a fun beer to drink, excited to see how the 4 bottles I have age and change.

Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Bottle at Home, courtesy of Armin. Thanks Man! Poured golden-orange in appearance with a small head that quickly dissipated. Spice, alcohol, wood, toffee, and fruity esters. Taste is oak, clove, a hint of vanilla, boozy, but very wood-forward, if that is even a thing. Light body with medium carbonation. Pretty hot right now and a touch sweet, but not really my thing.

cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of Armin. Thanks! A touch hazy, golden orange appearance with a cream colored head. Boozy, spirit, herbal woody, light orange citrusy, quite sweet aroma. Tangy, zippy, white grape, somewhat spicy, woody, lemon, orange citrusy, caramel, herbal flavor with some boozy, sweet, woody finish.

arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL, clear orange pour with white head, aroma has notes of fruit, some hints of sweet caramel, lots of wood, bread, biscuit, some sweet vanilla, touch of booze, hints of orange and white fruits as well. Taste is a mix of tart fruits and acidic malts, hints of caramel, vanilla, lots of oak and woody notes, some heat in there. Its ok, but really thin and empty in flavors, maybe would be age well but not really a fan.

nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
I would say this is like a triple or quadruple IPA with slightly less malting and thickness than you would expect. Huge hops and fruity, citrus notes. Very boozy nose and finish. A very pleasurable sipper though, because you know you are getting good flavor combined with the intense waft of booze.

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