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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007. Dark dark brown with a thick (huge) tan head. Settles slower than average. Big oakiness. A little bourbony more than stouty. Chocolate still sneaks through, aided by vanilla. Tannic still! Creamy smooth mouth. Not too thick, but not watery. Very hot, but balanced by nice tannins, sweetness, and of course, vanilla. Tannic oaky cherry. Chocolate is understated and oak overwhelms roast. This is a sipper with a nice sharp fruity cherry char bourbon finish. Surprisingly dry. One of the best I had at the fest.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6292) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 Rerate FoBAB 2009: Much less impressed this time around, this one seems too boozy and bourbon driven with band-aid notes. Kills the base beer character. perhaps it is the been redone with a newer vintage? AR: -1, FL -2, OV: -2

FoBAB 2007: Opaque with a huge creamy head and outstanding lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, charred malt, chocolate, fig, oak, and vanilla. The flavor starts with rich malt, chocolate and vanilla overtones. It is kind of fruity in the middle and tart towards the finish. There are moments of smoke and wood as well. The mouth feel is a tad thin and aggressive. A solid brew and worth a try, I suspect the barrel aging thinned out the mouth feel. Look forward to trying the regular version to see how it stacks up.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 on tap at FoBAB V: pours black with small tan head. nose of oak, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. flavor is really chocolatey and roasty, with hints of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. this barrel aging isn’t overdone at all. lost that great darkness body. i prefer regular darkness but this was really nice.4.1.

8/08/08, on tap ’06 vintage. thanks to the beerspot guys for hosting and buying beer for everyone. and BA Darkness no less. anyway, the hops are what make darkness great and this has none of that, just a solid impy stout in a bourbon barrel but its not like regular darkness.3.8.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
This was tasty, but as always barrel aging is a crap shoot and while this sucker was still quite good I’m not sure I would say it improved too much from aging. Still a decent hop presence and still full of flavour with a nice chewy thick mouthfeel. Bourbon on the nose and more in the flavour. A lot going on and still a great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
ABR 2007. Mnnn. bourbon.... mmmnnnnn.. darkness. A nice combination. The usual suspects in a bourbon aged beer, but well done and more hops survived from the darkness than I anticipated. Almost chewy mouth feel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
draft at abr..........AND WOW its good honestly i like the fierce hops in the regular stuff. but. this aged stuff is so complex and thick. cant ecev describe it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Draft ABR 07. Oh yeah, it was every bit as good as I anticipated. Poured a thick dark black, with a nice tan head. Very nice smokey oakiness on the nose as well as chocolate, light vanilla, some floral hoppiness, and a littel coffee. Very full mouthfeel with a good dose fo the the nose coming through. A great dry oakyness on the finish as wlell. It is tough to beat fresh Darkness, but this is still very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2007
I had this at the Autumn Brew Review on draught. Very dark in color. Oak and bourbon in aroma with a chocolate and bourbon flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4747) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 A very good beer, but not as incredible as standard Darkness. But fortunately, the bourbon hasn’t ruined the beer. It compliments, rather than overwhelms the flavors. As a beer that relies heavily on hops for its flavor, this might be a bit past its prime and has come to taste differently than probably intended. Bourbon in the aroma along with roasted malt and red wine. Flavor has slightly more bourbon that compliments the sweet malt and hops. Thick and heavy palate.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Sampled on draught at the ABR 07 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours an opqaue almost black brew with a thick and slow dissolving tan head. Most excellent lacing. Aroma of dark roasted chocolate malt, coconut, bourbon, dry oak, and just a touch of vanilla. Taste is full bodied, very little carbonation with flavors of dark chocolate, coconuts, bourbon and some slight grassy hops. Finish is awesome. Smooth, near syrupy with a good balance of bourbon and dark malt with chocolate. Was it worth the wait in line for 25 minutes? Yeah. No problem!


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