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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Surly Brewing Company

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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 274
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AdmiralDiaz on 12-23-2009)
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Photo of brycelarson
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a simply magical brew. Darkness is, on it's own a powerful brew. It's nutty, fruity, malty and as the bottle says - dark as hell. This adds a new layer to that fantastically complex and powerful beer.

This beer pours almost like a syrup. It coats the glass with a thick, dark film. The head, since it was a cask pour was moderate - but the thickness held it well. It's utterly light-proof in the glass.

The nose starts a bit harsh - the high alcohol content mixed with the bourbon note hits you immediately but mellows to the background aromas quickly. The overall list of what you can smell is nearly unlimited. There are fruits, malt, there's a hop back end and some spice. There's a moderate sweetness in there as well - caramel, coffee, chocolate, cherries, raisins and tons of other scents. The bourbon lays on top of all of those - adding a second layer to everything.

There's a density of flavor that makes this beer extremely difficult to pin down. It rotates in your mouth through almost every descriptor you could apply to a beer.

The mouth feel is heavy and thick and pleasing.

Overall this is a utterly fantastic beer.

brycelarson, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Shawner
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Shawner, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of DexterWinslow
2.5/5  rDev -45.3%

Do you like sickly sweet beers with a hint of oak hanging in the back? This is for you.
On tap, thin white head. Choked it down. Maybe my tastes have just changed because this whole style is just noxious now.

DexterWinslow, Nov 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Wow!!

BrassHopper, Oct 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

cwehr13, Oct 28, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +7.2%

Nwrightjr, Oct 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

HoistinBrews, Oct 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

SwinginParty, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

braican, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

kgncfl, Sep 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jul 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Cyclone8, Apr 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

DrewSimm, Nov 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

xtrastoutalex, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Jayman931
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark....minimal head
S: Superb
S: Sexy
T: Not quite Darklord but damn its good..
M: GREAT

Top Tier Beer.

So my comment must be 250 characters so let me wax poetically about the greatness of this beer. Tastes greaaat!

In all seriousness its exceptional...second only to 3F Darklord.

Jayman931, Mar 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -56.2%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Hopsiam14, Jan 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

jrallen34, Jan 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

benjaminahudson, Jan 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

joedevivre, Dec 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Philly82785, Dec 18, 2012
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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Surly Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.