Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Surly Brewing Company
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by DeschutesNut:
4.97/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Tasted this at the 2011 Autumn Brew Review at the Historic Grain Belt Complex in Minneapolis. Attended the first session. Was about 10th inline for this right as the gates opened.
Aroma smelt of bourbon and dark roasted malt. Head was a dark brown that was thick. filled half of my taster.
Tastes chocolate and a slight vanilla. Bourbon was there but was surprisingly smooth. Easily top 5 of the fest.
Serving type: cask
09-19-2011 01:33:37 | More by DeschutesNut
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4.79/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A: Dark....minimal head
T: Not quite Darklord but damn its good..
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2013 02:09:58 | More by Jayman931
4.9/5 rDev +7%
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.
Serving type: cask
01-10-2012 16:14:18 | More by brycelarson
Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Surly Brewing Company
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