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Surly Barrel Aged Darkness (2007- 2012)

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overall
100
97
style
Serve in Snifter

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unknown

on tap
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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial stout aged in new oak and bourbon barrels.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1387) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2009
I have been lucky enough to have this beer twice, both times at the FoBAB. This year’s vintage was a bit thinner than the last one, at least from what I remember. Pour is black with a thin brown head. Aroma is huge malt, light bourbon, vanilla, and a very fain hop character. The barrel seems to have diminished the hops a bit. Flavor is still exceptional as far as Im concerned. Not quite as full bodied as I was hoping. Lots of huge malt, mild but present bourbon, and light wood and hops. I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
FoBAB 09. This was the first beer I went to go taste and I thought it was good...but a little let down from the normal Darkness beer. It is still sweet, but now has wood and bourbon added in as well. Good, but plain Darkness was better.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBunker (930) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Fobab 09. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is of oak, bourbon, chocolate, malt, vanilla, and rubber bands. Taste is a big mess of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, smoke, and some dark fruit. All the flavors mix into a big, muddled mess that doesn’t work. There was also a strange rubbery presence, that apparently several other had people noticed, too. The malt base is lost somewhere in this mess. Mouthfeel is a thick, sticky mess. I was horrendously dissapointed by this beer, which really sucks since I love the regular Darkness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
FoBAB tasting 09. Really dissapointed in this beer, expected a better version of the regular but actually didn’t like this one. It was a mess of sweetness and rubber. Poured thick looking, smells like wood, coffee, vanilla, and malts. Taste is too strong of sweet stuff. I wanted to like it but really missed on this one. Had to have a huge glass of water to clean the palate off.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Sampled at FoBAB 2009. Pours a pitch black opaque pour, small brooding dark brown head, dies to a small head. Aromas are chocolate chip cookies, caramel, some smoke, faint hopping, light bourbon oak and sweetness. Thick, initial is thick, full, sweet, brooding. Chocolate, coffee, cookies, caramel, bordering cloying but the oak and bourbon pull it back a little, sweet, hops have faded, coats well. Vanilla, full, smoke on a smaller level. this grows on me and the big pour doesn’t hurt. Warming, bourbon comes in fuller further in. This is nice, coats and sticks well, but is far too sweet for normal consumption.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3724) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
The first beer I tried at FoBAB 09. Thick, dark, ugly pour with little head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon and smoke. Sweet god this is delicious. I get some hops, dark chocolate, smoke, earth. Creamy, boozy, an absolute beast of a brew. This beer could make me a religious man. Only while I’m drinking it, though.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap at FoBAB ’09 (#3) Poured very dark brown from the pitcher with a substantial frothy brown head. Aroma was burnt sugar, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Flavor featured all of the above, but was cloyingly sweet. Almost undrinkable. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. I actually enjoyed the non-BA version of the ’08, but was incredibly disappointed with how this turned out. Perhaps the hoppier ’09 will fare better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 FOBAB - 2nd beer tasted- 2008 vintage tap. Pours a deep brwon with a small tan head. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, sweet malt balls, black locorice, spoiled milk, molasses. Dry. nice body. This was okay, but there was some moldy character to the taste that was a little offputting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2008
[tap] Poured jet black with a small, creamy brownish head. Aroma was candi sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor was surprisingly sweet. The bourbon doesn’t overpower the beer, which is nice. The alcohol is not hidden at all, but doesn’t detract from the brew in the least. There are very little hops present, and the bitterness has faded, which would have to be my one complaint about this otherwise fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2008
Happy Gnome Surly dinner: pour of thin oil. Viscous demon blood. Huge tangy aroma of seared venison and chocolate, with fruit impartations of blackberries and burnt pineapple; withering spice of cinnamon, leaving a near-dominant and enormously intriguing note of aged balsamic to coat the senses, given some breathing. Citric, bitter hops have faded to the dominance of oak. Chewy, burly roast and bourbon flavor; charred beef, toasted coconut, vanilla. Bourbon is noisy but can’t dominate. Like honey marinated rare red meat in its impression. All milk chocolate in the mid palate with hints of sweeteners and some greenness of roasted sweet vegetables, though again the piney hops of the fresh version are noticeably absent. Smoothness of oats abundant and caressing. Finishes on a long, sweet, marinade and caramel pulse that turns to wet leather after a bit. Stellar, balanced example from start to finish.


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