Darkness - Vanilla Bean & Pappy Van WInkle 15-Soaked Red Oak - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by mothman:
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.01/5 rDev -25.3%
Was lucky enough to score a pour from this cask before it kicked within the hour or so.
Pours a fizzy tan head. Color is near black.
Flavors: Light acidic flavor. Tannin. Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar. A lot of oak present, but minimal vanilla. Not as sweet as the regular version. The bourbon isn't overly apparent either.
Mouthfeel: Much lighter bodied than the regular darkness. Lower carbonation. Fairly hot.
Overall, the mouthfeel of this beer really drops the score for me. Too thin. A lot of good flavors, but just not what I was looking for in this beer. The bourbon and vanilla flavors hardly showed. I was a bit disappointed.
03-18-2014 00:15:12 | More by mothman
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4.91/5 rDev +21.8%
Lucked out and visited MN the week the taproom decided to open this beauty. A cask of Surly Darkness aged on vanilla beans and PVW soaked red oak.. And I thought regular Darkness was good.
Enjoyed this beauty on cask at the taproom on January 8, 2013.
Appearance: pitch black, no light penetration, 2 finger creamy, iced coffee colored head, dissipated quickly
Smell: rich roasty coffee, dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla, caramelly bourbon, oak
Taste: a lot more of the vanilla and bourbon caramel flavors up front, coffee, chocolate, and cherry coming through the middle with a nice oaky finish
Mouthfeel: thick, thick, thick, this beer has that nice motor oil consistency that I like in a good RIS, and it was a perfect warm up beer on a day when it was below zero outside
Overall: nothing more to say really, Darkness on its own is fantastic and this special-conditioned version just brings it over the top.
Cheers to the Surly team for this one!
01-10-2014 03:53:57 | More by tpaetow
Darkness - Vanilla Bean & Pappy Van WInkle 15-Soaked Red Oak from Surly Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.