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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Surly Brewing Company

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 261
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Huge Imperial/Double Stout aged in a fresh bourbon barrel.

(Beer added by: AdmiralDiaz on 12-23-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Sparky44, Mar 23, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +4.8%

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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4.9/5  rDev +7.2%

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
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Surly Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.