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.
(notes: January, 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.
(this was hard to categorize, as it's not a double pilsner, not a malt liquor,...I thought I'd err on the safe side and just enter it as an all-malt lager.)
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.
And, though I tried not to copy the brewer's notes, yes, there's vanillla and licorice in there, too, can't deny it.)
Taste away: Mmmmm. That's all I'll say: Mmmm
...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 tongue and it splashes the roof of the mouth, 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!
Finally getting around to reviewing this beer. Had it again last night at Arborfest and have had it many times around town.
A - Pours a dark brown chestnut colored body. Head is about one finger, light brown, and creamy looking. Decent retention and excellent lacing.
S - Big and sweet. Dark fruit shines through big time with raisins and dates combining with brown sugar. A bit boozy on the nose.
T - Big and sweet with tons of dark fruits, just as the nose suggests. Raisins, figs, dates and prunes are all very present. Sugary with brown sugar and some molasses. The main complaint that I hear about this one is that it is too sweet for people, but I doesn't seem to wear on me.
M - Medium full bodied. Smooth and a bit creamy.
D - As I said earlier, this one doesn't wear on me like it does for some. I could drink a bunch of this, but I know I won't since it is only still at a place or two around town. Thanks for another great brew Todd!
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