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

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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:
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Reviews:
15
Ratings:
46
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of herman77
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to tacosandbeer for this bottle.

A - Dark brown pour that's borderline black with thin toffee colored lacing.

S - Oak, dark chocolate, spice, bourbon, light smoke and char.

T - Spicy rye, chocolate, oak, and cherries.

M - Thick and silky soft texture with some alcohol effervescence permeating the sinuses and some heat on the back end.

O - Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Muss42
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.37/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tempest
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at MSP's Stone Arch bar. Wow, what a beer. I'm not often impressed by giant stouts, but this is rich without being heavy and there's a crazy chocolate and bananas foster aroma. Tons of a cocoa and cold brewed coffee, initially sweet with a little cherry before the balancing bitterness rolls in. Hint of heat in the nose as it warms.

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Photo of jmh21
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KingTen144
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is definitely one of the best beers I have ever had, possibly the best. Dark brown pour with light tan head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel, along with the scent of the rye whiskey. Taste is similar, but adds some chocolate notes and brings just the right amout of earthiness from the barrel. Has the perfect amount of bite in the aftertaste as a reminder of the booze that used to be in the barrel. I don't know if I'll ever get my hands on one of these again, but I'd happily welcome the opportunity!

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Photo of hophugger
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost pitch black. Half finger of tan head that disapates rapidly. Aromas of vanilla, dark fruits, sweet malts. Taste is well balanced and quite complex with raisins, dark cherries, unlit cigar, sweet chocolate and a nice blend of bourbon and barrel. Clean finish. Slightly thinner body than I would have expected but an amazing beer

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrUse
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJCouillard
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Darkness - Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged - 2017 from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 46 ratings