DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Very very tasty beer with lots of aroma and flavor pouring out of the glass. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Had this at Surly Darkness, didnít think they could possibly make the beer taste any better. It was nice and thick and sweet and was one of the best beers I have ever had. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Cask. Served at ABR. Pours a very, very heady dark brown color with a reddish brown mahagony color head. The aroma is rich but isnít as barrel and bourbon forward as I thought it may be, which is nice for me as I donít like when BA beers get too much of the barrel. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. The bourbon is a little more noticeable in the taste along with chocolate, vanilla, and some roast. Overall, a balanced BA beer. Probably not as extreme as others would want. portableparty (2347) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Glass at brewery. Pours oily black brown with tiny little thin collar. Aroma is sweet vanilla and chocolate. Taste has a awesome wood vanilla and chocolate with a silky malt flavor with a subtle bitterness. Palate is full and creamy slick with a bitter dry finish. Some of the smoothest BA beer to date! anders37 (26251) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty bourbon and vanilla aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty oaky bourbon and chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate and bourbon finish.
wilnatp (692) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2011
Cask - oak-aged version on Darkness Eve @ Stub & Herbís (10.22.2010). Dark black pour, minimal head. Rich roasty aroma and taste. Very similar to regular Darkness, maybe a little "drier" and less rich overall. Slight anise/fennel seed flavor leading to a faint liquorice finish. The oak was present, but could have been more pronounced chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
341ml bottle poured into my Darkness tulip...A slighter darker than average coca cola with a disappointing amount of head, no lacing at all...Average aroma of peat moss, light coffee and a grain alcohol prominance that is distracting. Roast presents lightly...The taste starts alcoholy again, this is a disappointment in every aspect. Light bitter from alcohol but roasty or coffee.
Not sure what they were thinking here, but unsuccessful. LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Cask at Stubs to finish a great evening with armin. First people to get served in the basement, our waitress was awesome! No head, minimal carbonation, no lacing. Pitch black. Aroma suffers a bit from lack of carb...not as much rushing out of the glass at me as with regular darkness. The wood seems to mellow some of the flavors, eliminating some of the complexity of the original. Still a wonderful beer though...bliss on the tongue BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Cask - oak-aged version on Darkness Eve @ Stub & Herbís (10.22.2010). Dark black pour, minimal head. Rich roasty aroma and taste. Very similar to regular Darkness, maybe a little "drier" and less rich overall. The oak was present, but not terribly forward. I like regular Darkness better, but this is still awesome. arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2010
The dry-hopped, oak aged cask version at Firkin Fest 2010. Pours deep black with creamy thick brown head. Aroma is BIG hops, and I mean big, followed by some creamy chocolate and coffee. Huge hop character up front melds seamlessly with a big chocolate, coffee, mocha taste that finishes sweet. Great brew, only complaint is the lack of depth that was in the original Darkness. Another stellar showing from Surly!