Review: Surly Furious Black IPA


Manitoba is (for now) the only Surly market in Canada, so it's always exciting to get something new/unique from the Minneapolis brewery. Last week, they brought out their Furious Black IPA to town - Their Furious Black IPA is described as being recognizably Furious with roasted notes and black in colour. The regular Surly Furious was the first beer I ever tried by Surly.. and you can read the review here.

Appearance: Furious Black pours a thick, hefty, and black body with a good deal of a reddish-caramel hue to it, which reminds me of the reddish-caramel body on the regular Furious. There's a good amount of head to begin with - thick amount of yellowish-beige head to start off. The head diminishes pretty quickly, leaving behind a liberal amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma: The bitter and somewhat tropical hop presence you know and love in Furious IPA, in fact - the first whiff of aroma I get when I open up this bottle is the hops. There is a great presence of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and other floral and citrus notes in there. Then there's also the dark roasted notes that we all know and love in Black IPAs and Porters and Stouts - notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, a light breadiness, and a very light hint of roasted coffee note popping up once in a while. I'm surprised that the roastiness isn't anywhere near as dominant as most Black IPAs.

Taste: Wow.. the hops are definitely the star of the show here again - this is bitter, citrusy and a light amount of dark beer heft to it. I'm getting a liberal amount of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and a bit of other citrus flavours. The richness of the dark side of this beer definitely makes more presence here than what we saw in the aroma - there's a moderate earthy presence that's tasting like a combination of peat and roasted coffee. The notes of cocoa and dark chocolate are still present.. decently sweet. The aftertaste is a bit of an earthy yet bitter presence that diminishes pretty quickly.

Overall Thoughts: Easily worth the $13 CAD ($10 USD). Absolutely tasty.. and I think I like this more than the regular edition of Furious. I love beers with heavy roasted notes up front, but it's nice to see something like this come out for a change where the hops have the ability to overpower the roastiness. 

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