Beer 350/365 – Surly Darkness (2009)

Surly Darkness

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5%

Purchased at: Sent to me by Mike @ BonBeerVoyage

What makes this beer different: The lightest bodied of the “Mega Stouts” that I have had thus far, pretty hoppy as well.

Will I be drinking this again: Not this years version, but I am trading a Bourbon Barrel Aged Blackout Stout for one of this years. Thanks Doug!

Grade: A

10/24/2010: Okay so the background for this picture was a terrible choice on my part. Of course I wanted to go for the dark theme, but didn’t think the color of Surly Darkness would literally be pitch black just like the background. Well regardless it certainly does prove that this is one super dark brew. Aptly named to be sure. Thanks again to Mike and Ruth from BonBeer for sending me this.

The nose is a bit boozy, roasted chocolate, and hops! That was unexpected. The flavor in order of dominance, roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, booze, earthy hops, dark fruit, and licorice. The mouthfeel is way on the opposite end of the spectrum when compared to Dark Lord. Dark Lord was a bit too syrupy, and Darkness is a little too light in the mouthfeel department. If you combined the two, you just might create the perfect beer. Overall don’t get me wrong this is an awesome beer my only complaints are that the booze is a bit too prevalent, and the mouthfeel is lacking just by a bit. I also cannot imagine how hoppy this must be fresh, as it is by far the hoppiest RIS that I have ever tried, and thats with an entire year of age on it.

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Beer 328/365 – Surly Hell

Surly Hell

Style: Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier

ABV: 5.1%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Not much special about this one, just a smooth drinker.

Will I be drinking this again: Maybe! This would make for a good tailgating beer.

Grade: B+

10/2/2010: This is my first beer within the Zwickel/Keller style. Looks like its not all that popular of a style considering the most reviewed beer only has 152 ticks on Beer Advocate. Apparently its one of the older styles of beer out there, dating back to the middle ages. From what I can tell its not meant to be an overly complicated beer.

The nose is clean and simple, all I am really getting is grain and some breadiness. The flavors are light but refreshing, mostly light toasted bread flavors, and slightly bitter hops. The hops give off a bit of lemon flavor. The body is light with medium carbonation. Overall a good refreshing beer, could just use a little more flavor.

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Published in: on October 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 249/365 – Surly Coffee Bender

Surly coffee bender

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.10%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: The first coffee flavored brown ale I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I would love to. Might have to trade for it.

Grade: A-

7/15/2010: This technically is the last beer in my Surly Beer week, I almost forgot that I already drank the Abrasive Ale about a month ago. Description below.

This beer is our regular Bender beer with a cold-press coffee-brewing process. We steep 20 gallons at a time, so this beer will pop up at Tours, beer fests and special tappings. The coffee is roasted locally at Coffee & Tea Limited in Linden Hills.

I am a big fan of any coffee flavored beer, but this is the first brown ale I have had with such flavoring. My favorite coffee beer thus far hands down is Perkulator by Dark Horse. Coffee Bender might have just jumped into the #2 spot. The smell is french roasted coffee and sweet brown sugar. The flavor really reminds me of an iced coffee; coffee, creaminess, and just sweet enough. The mouthfeel from the oatmeal really helps this beer just as it did the regular bender. Overall I really like this Coffee Bender, but needed a bit more of a coffee punch to jump into my #1 spot for coffee flavored beer.

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Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 11:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 248/365 – Surly Furious

Surly Furious

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: So bitterly hoppy, yet I still enjoyed it?

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out of my way for it, but it was good.

Grade: B+

7/14/2010: Beer #3 in the Surly beer week is their best seller; Furious. Didn’t realize this beer ranked so highly, but its in the Top 50 on Beer Advocate. Description below.

Like Hops? You’ll like this fire-hued beer. This is the beer I have always dreamed of making. This is the beer that would come to mind while spending the last two years tearing down walls, hanging sheetrock, moving kegs, power washing the ceilings, arguing with various agencies, and cutting the water main. Without Golden Promise malt, made by family-owned Simpsons Malt, Furious would just be pissed offed. From Scotland, this malt is still produced in the tradition of turning over the barley by hand, resulting in a malt that is unsurpassed in its quality. Golden Promise is also used extensively by premium whisky distilleries such as The Macallan. This malt provides the backbone for the intense hop character. Four American hop varieties are used at a rate of over three pounds per barrel. The result is a rich malt sweetness infused with bright hop flavor and aroma from beginning to end. Oh yeah, it’s about 6% alcohol and around 100 IBUs.

Wow talk about long winded ha. Anyways this might be the hoppiest smelling beer I have ever encountered. The flavor is an assault on your taste buds, tons of hops, and a bit of relief is given with the caramel malt. The hops are mostly citrusy, and a flavor that I really can’t put my finger on. Mouthfeel is somewhat full for an IPA, but I think its fitting for the flavor profile. I am sure hop heads absolutely love Surly Furious, and it is damn good, but a little too hoppy for me to “love” it.

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Published in: on July 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm  Comments (1)  
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