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Surly Barrel Aged Darkness (2007- 2012)

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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2008
6th Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bottle provided by Tiptop, via the brewers at Surly. This is a rare treat. Pours black like oil with a light brown ring. Nose of bourbon, oak and sweetness. hops absent from this version. Taste is sweet, chocolate, big bourbon and aggressive, very very nice. Awesome!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2008
On tap at the 2007 Great Taste: Worth the line! Dark chocolate and coffee dominate, but lighter flavors keep coming up: toast, cherry, vanilla, wood, charcoal, brandy, burnt sugar, avocado. Very complex. Alcohol makes itself known in the nose and finish, but toherwise clean throughout. Full body and smooth, but a little cloying towards the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
pours dark, dark deep brown, with a thick, thick tan head. coffee and alcohol in the nose. flovor was chocolate, alcohol, chocolate & alcohol. finished kinda creamy. an after dinner brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2008
On tap at 2007 GTMW Black color with a cappuccino colored head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Taste is oak, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted malt, and cola. Light carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Nice beer, but a touch too boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2007
This poured out thick and black with a tall, creamy tan head. The aroma was heavy with Bourbon and alcohol (fine with me), also with burnt dark malt, cocoa, vanilla, oak, and dark caramel. Much the same with the flavor except that a sharp astringency developed near the finish that was something of a distraction. Otherwise, a dandy little beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at the 2007 GTMW: Pours a completely opaque with an airy rich dark brown head. Aroma of heavy sweet dark chocolate and caramel malts with a big, fresh grapefruity hoppy presence and some mild bourbon oaky notes with a touch of vanilla. Body starts full, sweet malty and viscous with lots of dense dark chocolate caramel and fresh resiny grapefruity flavor hops toward a sticky, bittersweet warming finish. Good balance of oaky bourbon throughout. A smooth, flavorful and enjoyable, dense, barrel-aged imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2007
FOBAB07- pours thick motor oil dark dark black with large tan head. Nose big on bourbon alcohol, very minimal but present dark fruits, vanilla, big time chocolate, dark burnt malts, oak. Flavor mixes them all together extremely well with a nice cherry note added on. Probably my favorite from the fest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Tasted at FoBAB ’07. Pitch black, nice medium tan head. Vanilla, bourbon aroma with lots of roasted grain. Slight bourbon flavor with nice pine hops, dark chocolate, roasted grain, vanilla. excelent balance. Medium to full body, creamy though almost syrupy. Pretty amazing, great bourbon and stout balance, started off the festival with a great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 FOBAB ’07.....appearance was deep dark almost black but couldn’t really tell with the lighting. thin tan head to boot....aroma: dark fruits, chocolate, light on the vanilla and soft bourbon notes.....taste: smooth silky and buttery mouthfeel. dark fruit, tons of chocolate, soft bitter finish and light on the bourbon which is nice since bourbon often times drowns the character of the beer.........very nice. can’t wait to try the standard variety next week.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
FoBAB 2007. love the body. not too carbonated but not flat. weird tacky flavor in the middle of that flavor profile. i couldn’t figure that out. lots of chocolate, and very good overall. not really a RIS (not sure how that got into my note...)

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