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Surly Barrel Aged Darkness (2007- 2012)

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Imperial stout aged in new oak and bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2014
on draft at blackstone in iowa city. really unimpressive barrel aging by surly, here. on the nose is light charcoal and some floral hops, roasty malts. appearance is fine -- not the darkest of motor oils but with a nice brown head. tastes of bitter flowers, some spruce, bakerís chocolate, and a flavorless bourbon burn. not much barrel presence at all. meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1183) - Nevada, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Since they combined the previous barrel aged listing with the 2014 bottled, Iíll rate the BA draft at Darkness Day here. Has the complexity of the non BA version, but more molasses, oak, and a sherry note from the bourbon. Thick and a long lasting finish thatís not too sweet. For my taste, I preferred the non BA version better, but this is one hell of a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike (1052) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
On tap - the bourbon aging really adds to Darkness in my opinion. Still fairly sweet and now with the added complexity of wood and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Had at ABR, smells sweeter than the original and the barrel is definitely present. Taste is rich and a little ashy. Super smooth and full of dark fruits and some whiskey. Definitely nice but was expecting something a little different. Hopefully I get a chance to revisit this someday.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Very very tasty beer with lots of aroma and flavor pouring out of the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Had this at Surly Darkness, didnít think they could possibly make the beer taste any better. It was nice and thick and sweet and was one of the best beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1372) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Cask. Served at ABR. Pours a very, very heady dark brown color with a reddish brown mahagony color head. The aroma is rich but isnít as barrel and bourbon forward as I thought it may be, which is nice for me as I donít like when BA beers get too much of the barrel. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. The bourbon is a little more noticeable in the taste along with chocolate, vanilla, and some roast. Overall, a balanced BA beer. Probably not as extreme as others would want.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
portableparty (1992) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Glass at brewery. Pours oily black brown with tiny little thin collar. Aroma is sweet vanilla and chocolate. Taste has a awesome wood vanilla and chocolate with a silky malt flavor with a subtle bitterness. Palate is full and creamy slick with a bitter dry finish. Some of the smoothest BA beer to date!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18351) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty bourbon and vanilla aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty oaky bourbon and chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilnatp (630) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Cask - oak-aged version on Darkness Eve @ Stub & Herbís (10.22.2010). Dark black pour, minimal head. Rich roasty aroma and taste. Very similar to regular Darkness, maybe a little "drier" and less rich overall. Slight anise/fennel seed flavor leading to a faint liquorice finish. The oak was present, but could have been more pronounced

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