Darkness - Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged - 2017 | Surly Brewing Company

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4.42/5
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34 Ratings
Darkness - Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged - 2017Darkness - Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged - 2017
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SaxmanRick on 02-09-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,877
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
34
pDev:
7.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
23
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Purp1eOne
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released February 2018; drank 4/24/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big tan head; thick tree-rung lace.

Raspberry, oak, milk chocolate, mild whiskey & faint spicy rye notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel. 1

Milk chocolate, raspberry & oak flavors up front; mild whiskey & faint citrus notes on the finish.

A satisfying stout; not mind-blowing but certainly above average. I'd have another...

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrUse
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJCouillard
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this. Will be my first Surly beer besides a Sierra Nevada collab. Not even had the base Darkness.
Well the beer pours a pitch black with a thin crown of caramel/mocha color. Love the color of the crown but would like a little more of it.
The smell surprises me with the rye that comes through. Rye, vanilla, cholcolate and a whiskey that leaves a sting in your throats after a deep breath.
The taste is much of the same. Has sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate and even molasses followed by the whiskey and the barrel. Even some slight tobacco notes. Really well balanced.
The feeling is warm all the way through. A little thinner on the body than you would expect from the style but not too thin. It works great.
Overall, I didn't know what to expect from this with threads of it not being good and then some arguing it is. Seemed like very mixed reviews. Well I guess I'm on the high side, because this is a very solid beer to me. Great balance and well made. Very multi dimensional. Thanks Surly.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

In a time where bourbon barrel aged stouts are getting darker, heavier and more syrupy, this one stands out as more uniquely constructed. It dares to embrace a lighter feel, don't worry it is still plenty dark and heavy, but for a BA RIS it is lighter, yeastier, more balanced, almost how a great trappist ale is balanced. Flavors are outstanding, everything stands out well while complimenting one another. Each sip is a little something different. Serve warmer for a treat!

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Photo of SadMachine
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eptar
4.89/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mig100
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and, well... dark. A thin layer of effervescent, audible head that quickly dissipates like a soda. Vinous notes from the base RIS that get amplified by the barrel treatment, which gives a very tempting level of rye spice, as well as some more Belgian esters of banana and clove, capped off by a full, nearly-perfect mouthfeel.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surly Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Darkness 2017, 12% ABV. Pours black with a real nice one finger brown head. Wondrous nose is whiskey, chocolate, dark fruit, and vanilla. Taste follows with slight sweetness and moderate bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. But not as outstanding as my final bottle of 2016 BA Darkness which I had a few weeks ago.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFACRKnight
3.33/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda sad about this beer. Another uber hyped Midwest beer that landed on local shelves. Pours nicely, almost black with a dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Nose is booze, roast, burned sugars. That's all. No barrel, no rye whiskey. This beer is sweet. Brown sugar, booze, burned coffee. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a big ass stout by today's standards. Overall, while I was initially put off by the sweetness it wasn't undrinkable. It's a throwback to the heyday of regional barrel aged stouts garnering hype. Colorado has ba yet I from the same period. But compared to beers like ba dark star, this beer is an antique.

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Photo of wshinevar
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Darkness - Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged - 2017 from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 34 ratings