Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Surly Brewing Company
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ucis:
4.5/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Overall I wanted to love this beer like a red-headed step-child. I can't believe it has taken me this long to sip this monster. It's oily and resinous and smells so amazing, but the mouth isn't as pleasing as regular darkness. I think it's a hard formula to f- with. It kisses your lips like oily garlic bread, but the smell is what your in it for. So amazing-- So clean. It's absolutely worth a taste if your ever given the chance.
The sweetness is numb and the hops are subdued by the bourbon. Even though the pine resin is there. Don't get me wrong this is one sweet mamma jamma. It is wonderful that it doesn't taste like Darkness with a splash of bourbon. It is something entirely different.
Note to self: I love this beer and would drink it if they ever bottled it. Maybe it will be a regular staple at the new brewery--hint, hint.
Serving type: on-tap
10-24-2011 12:52:55 | More by ucis
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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
99 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.