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Review by SAP on 10/31/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2008
Quite a dark, concentrated amber-brown color that is topped by a tan'ish frothy head. This is very strongly aromatic, with lots of Bourbon-like notes (vanillin, coconut, a hint of butterscotch and some light spicy oak that kicks in towards the finish along with some nose burning alcohol). There is a touch of non-descript fruit character underneath the strong barrel aromatics; definitely a bit too dominated by the barrel character though.

This beer is lightly tart somehow and not nearly as sweet or rich as I was expecting. There is a spicy oak and alcohol burn that is fairly evident in the finish and is more dominant than the other barrel-like notes that I noticed in the aroma; there is a touch of butterscotch here though. The beer is actually quite astringent, with a quite noticeable tannic quality to it in the finish. The body is a touch thinner than I was expecting, though it certainly makes it more drinkable. The noticed tartness adds / accentuates some flavors of tamarind, tart raisin, cranberry and sour prune (this last a product of the tartness and some rich malt notes).

This is not bad, but certainly not quite what I was expecting; the tartness and barrel character seem to mix in odd ways at times and it is missing the malt richness that could carry both notes a bit more. I had no idea while drinking this beer that it had cranberries in it, but the tartness certainly makes sense now.

Served In: Tulip

Review by bakes on 10/16/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
many thanks to Tip Top for gracing me with bottle 341 (or is that 347? 349? Got me...)

Pours an opaque black with hints of red, a tan head that lasts a long time. Really fun aroma- dark malts, cocoa powder, a tart fruitiness, maybe hints of musty whiskey barrel or other darkly alcoholic aromas.

Had this at Great Taste twice, and now again - That tart bite, that damnable addictive tart "just bit into a cranberry" bite slays me every time. That bite yields to an immediate dark--fruit-and-cocoa flavor that serves as the undertone to the cranberry's tart lead. Perfectly dry balance. Tart in a way unlike lambics. the alcohol is extraordinarily well hidden. Mouthwatering finish - tart, slightly roasty.. wonderful.

Not thin, not thick - this one's just right. Ungodly drinkable.

Definitely a brew for the ages, and easily in my top 10 ever. Great beer made by great people in a great brewery.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by feloniousmonk on 08/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
(notes: January, 2008)
Appearance: Reddish black, with a dependable, sturdy cocoa head. Looks every bit the part for a cranberry stout.

Aroma is tart fruit, slightly sour, slightly sweet, ultimately dry, and very likable.

Taste: the tart grips the tongue first, snappy, fresh, fully flavored, and other elements lie underneath. Solid malt, abundant cocoa, dark malts in unfailing supply, but the cranberry flavor keeps bobbing on top and dominates the taste. Alternately sweet and sour, and then dry, still some roast felt below the fruit, making for a satisfying drink. You've got to love the fruit, though, if you don't, it's not for you.

Alcohol is barely evident, and despite being a hearty, full-bodied ale, the fruit aspect helps make this surprisingly refreshing. Easy to drink, but one to pause and ponder with...I'd dig this if anyone made it, but it's extra cool as an anniversary one shot from our local bad boys
...relax and enjoy...reflect on two years of great beer...happy 2nd, Surly! May you prosper through many more!

Served In: Snifter

Review by Kegergator on 08/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2008
Thanks to Tip Top for this brew>

Bottle #351 poured into a snifter

A- Very dark with a really thick creamy dark tan head. Really nice looking.

S- Interesting. Tart hits me first, followed by some chocolate and alcohol. Smells kinda like a freshly bit into chocolate covered cherry. Slight alcohol comes through on this brew.

T- Whoa,very much different upfront. Tart and very bold. Very smooth creamy middle(furls), with a light cocoa presence. The finish is extremely smooth. Alcohol is really well hidden here. Almost vanishes off the palate. One last bit of tart hits as it slide off into meh belly. Very nice.

M- Very good.

O- A very good brew. It is up there in the tart arena in my book. Easy to drink on.

Served In: Pint Glass

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