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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Surly Brewing Company

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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 272
Gots: 8 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AdmiralDiaz on 12-23-2009)
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Samwhyz, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

sliverX, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

jimelee108, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

hansgruber, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of brycelarson
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

riverrunt421, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

PhineasGage, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

doucmehu, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

MasterSki, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

FreshmanPour77, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Lewbacca, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

herman77, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

AleWatcher, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Jips, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

sprucetip, Nov 20, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer of the Surly entourage, by far. It's like cough syrup. I loved looking at my empty glass, seeing the residue look like syrup. The flavor and pour were my favorite. It was a perfect compliment to a spicy breakfast, specifically chorizo. It was a very smooth beer, with a great bourbon feel from the initial taste to that feeling as it's going down. Love this beer.

carlton012, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

adrock7309, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Alpar, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

thewimperoo, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

biniek13, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

RRC87, Nov 15, 2011
Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Surly Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.