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Surly Barrel Aged Darkness (2007- 2012)

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Imperial stout aged in new oak and bourbon barrels.

   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...)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 2007. Pours pitch black with a dense brown head. Nose reminds me of the original. Chocolate, dark malts, roast, plums, dark fruits, oak and a vanilla creaminess. Complex flavors. Strong rich chocolate, red fruit, apples, caramels, toffee, light coffee, bourbon, a burnt bitterness and creamy. Balanced so that this whole rainbow of blackness shoots across my tongue. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
FoBAB 2007, Chicago. yeaaaahhhh! Smell of plum and cherry and currant. Black, soulless body under a rocky head that leaves chunks of itself behind on the sides. strong, but very smooth. Some stout bitterness left in my mouth, but so much warm bourbon texture that it’s impossible to mind that fact that it’s searching for a good vein.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. This brew poured a deep brown hue with a thin head of dark tan foam that quickly faded away. The aroma of the beer was made up of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, burnt malts, and also some oakiness. The flavor was lead by the roasted malts with sublte oak notes and a mild alcoholic presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and full-bodied with light carbonation. A really nicely crafted brew that I would love to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Autumn Brew Review 2007

I thought I had rated this and almost forgot about it. Bourbon here overpowers the stout qualities. I like the way the bourbon was incorporated into the One, but this one it was a little strong. Now don’t get me wrong, this is still a wonderful beer, but the heavy bourbon slightly detracts from it and IMO regular Darkness is better. Still a fun experiment which I’m glad I got to try.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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.

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