drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 [Draft, ABR ’07] Pours black with a huge dark tan head. Aroma is almost overpowering with bourbon and oak, but also some nice chocolate and roasted malt there too. The taste is sweet, with roasted malt, strong chocolate, bourbon and oak all coming through strongly. Medium mouthfeel with a very long finish. The bourbon and oak were way too strong in both the nose and taste with this beer...that having been said, it wasn’t enough to completely spoil the beer by any means.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As black as they come. Most stouts have at least a dark red hue to the edges when tilted to the light, this one did not. Thick, dark tan head arose and retained quite well. I picked up plenty of bourbon and vanilla in the aroma as well as some chocolate, but I don’t think I picked up as much coffee notes as others. Taste had more roastiness to it than the nose, but the bourbon was still dominant. Mouthfeel was full-bodied with softer levels of carbonation. Much different from the regular Darkness, which I remember being a hoppy beast. I’d prefer the regular, but this was an excellent treat to have at the GTMW.