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)

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Added by SaxmanRick on 02-09-2018

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Reviews:
17
Ratings:
52
pDev:
7.48%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nmann08
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barnzy78
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL, 2017 release. Pitch black body with a thinner light brown head that fades rather quickly. Rich nose of roasted barley, boozy whiskey barrel, anise, and dark cocoa. Rich and boozy flavors as expected; extremely complex: dark chocolate, roasted barley, char, oak, spicy rye whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit (fig, plum, cherry, raisin, date), tobacco leaf, anise, and earthy hops. Full bodied, nice carbonation, sticky sweet but the boozy edge keeps it from being cloyingly sweet; roasty, boozy, and spicy rye lingers on the semi-dry finish. Wow. Just wow. Darkness is one of my favorite beers and this was a totally new level of appreciation for Darkness I'm super-happy to finally try!

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Photo of MacMalt
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I received this from @vidblain in a BIF box. Bottled on 1/25/2017. poured into a snifter glass. An absolutely black, oily pour with an attractive, creamy khaki-colored cap and thick sheen of creamy lacing. Its nose features roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, nuts, oak, and a whiff of freshly-brewed coffee. As the glass warms, the smell of rye whiskey emerges. The taste is outstanding! There is rye whiskey up front along with roasted malt, rich milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, nuts, and black cherry. As the glass warms, the whiskey and cherry become more apparent. The tastes compliment each other very nicely. It has a thick, viscous mouth feel that gets chewier as it warms, with light/moderate carbonation, and the 12% ABV is dangerous because you don't feel it at first; just some moderate warming. Overall, this is a superb Russian Imperial Stout. One thing I really like is that the rye whiskey is so delicate; it doesn't distract for the flavors I enjoy in a RIS. Darkness has been on my radar for several years and I'm grateful to @vidblain for having the chance to enjoy it.

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Photo of npachl
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of herman77
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopBelT
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Muss42
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.37/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of tempest
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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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4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KingTen144
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
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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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Gambyt20
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Darkness - Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged - 2017 from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 52 ratings