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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%
Imperial stout aged in new oak and bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2088) - 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 (2902) - 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 itís impossible to mind that fact that itís 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 (1218) - 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 donít 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 Iím 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 (6442) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3898) - 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 isnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - 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 Iím 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.

   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.

   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.

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