Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AdmiralDiaz on 12-23-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
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257
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Photo of Kingcom
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Awesome looking bottle with cool artwork and gold colored wax that didn't overly stick to the bottle which is good in my opinion. I think I read somewhere that this beer was aged in barrels for only 3 months so I wasn't expecting much but this beer completely transformed over those 3 months so I'm guessing the barrels were fairly new. Anyways, I shared this bottle between 2 other people at about 50F in a snifter.

L: Pitch black with about 1 finger of head
S: Huge notes of barrel, vanilla, and burnt chocolate
T: Completely tasted like it smelled which was awesome
F: Thick and full
O: I prefer regular BA imperial stouts without the coffee, spices, etc. and this is exactly what you get here. To date, this was one of the best BA imperial stouts I've ever had. It will be interesting to see how this one ages. Try it if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of Nat1975
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunuelian
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage; drank 10/30/14 on draft @ Fischman's.

Brown/black hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Sweet cherry, marshmallow, apricot & booze heat in the nose.

Thick, flat mouthfeel.

Tepid flavors cold; once warm, mocha, fresh earth & booze heat flavors emerged. Just OK.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hopleaf's Super Stout Sunday. Fan-freakin tastic.

Exceptionally well balanced and drinkable at 10%. Barrel really shines through but doesn't take away from the base beer IMO at a

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Photo of kraticus41
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head. Aroma of smooth bourbon notes with vanilla and black chocolate notes are very enticing. Taste is also a nice mix of bourbon notes with vanilla and light woody notes with a mix of black chocolate notes and light roasted malt flavours. Body is full with nice smooth texture and good carbonation with limited alcohol being perceptible. Solid take on the style and something I wish was available more often.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattGrimley
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adamranders
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shuga
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LambicLion
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerOps
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dataylor21
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josholson666
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Darkness - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Surly Brewing Company
4.48 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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