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Surly Barrel Aged Darkness (2007- 2012)

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

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3788) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 9/24/15. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and light bourbon. Rich and full bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackadutton (37) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
Keg at Beavertown, Rainbow Project 2015. First of all - itís a magnificent looking beer. Lively and carbonated, but an incredibly rich cappuccino head (3-4 finger head). Aroma of caramel, vanilla ice cream, roasted malt and slight coffee. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, mild coffee and dark fruits. Really enjoyable and dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juffage (136) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Oh keg at Magic Rock Tap, Rainbow Project 2015. Is this retired, really? I enjoyed this. Has a nice vanilla ice cream thing going on. Slight red chili aftertaste, bitter dark chocolate. Slight whisky presence - bourbon and a little peat. Super duper head retention for any impy stout, leaving a small dark brown soy-sauce looking head around the rim. Everything seems to achieve a really harmonious balance, with no one flavour dominating. You really want to live in it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2015
CBC 2015. Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and fudge. Taste is caramel, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, fudge and roasted barrel notes. Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety with no carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2015
Tap @ CBC 2015, yellow session. Black body with a medium light brown head. Roasted malt, molasses, mild coffee, soapy notes, wood, vanilla, dark fruit and bourbon. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
Poured dark reddish brown with a beige ring. Aroma of sweet honey, berries, fudge. Full body, flavour is heavy sweet, lightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (1973) - SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
Pours dark with low light brown head Aromas of bourbon, dried fruits, dark malts Taste has vanilla, bourbon, figs, dades, raisins, muscavado. Nice sweet

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (2879) - SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
Pours black with low, thick tan head. Aroma of molasses, dates, bourbon, vanilla, coffee. Taste is sweet, creamy vanilla and chocolate, light coffee finish. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2014
on draft at blackstone in iowa city. really unimpressive barrel aging by surly, here. on the nose is light charcoal and some floral hops, roasty malts. appearance is fine -- not the darkest of motor oils but with a nice brown head. tastes of bitter flowers, some spruce, bakerís chocolate, and a flavorless bourbon burn. not much barrel presence at all. meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1308) - Nevada, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Since they combined the previous barrel aged listing with the 2014 bottled, Iíll rate the BA draft at Darkness Day here. Has the complexity of the non BA version, but more molasses, oak, and a sherry note from the bourbon. Thick and a long lasting finish thatís not too sweet. For my taste, I preferred the non BA version better, but this is one hell of a beer.

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