Surly Barrel Aged Darkness (2007- 2012)

 
overall
100
98
style
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial stout aged in new oak and bourbon barrels.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3054) - 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 its impossible to mind that fact that its searching for a good vein.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4599) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle share at Toms. Big boozy aroma, slick and sweet. Dark black pour, small ring of dark beige head, slippery feel. Lots of alcohol heat, accents the nice rich roast malts. Molasses, coffee, etc. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6471) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
September 19, 2015 - at Beaverton for the Rainbow event - draught. Even though I pretty much despise all bourbon, I was super stoked to finally get a chance to rate this one. Gorgeous beer - deep brown-black pour, with a large lasting brown head - doesnt get much better than that. Theres a complex deep roast malt coffee/chocolate/herbal impy there, but wow is there a ton of bourbon overlaying it; oh well. Taste is better balanced - oddly sweet, with restrained alcohol. Syrupy, a bit still, a little too bourbony in the cloying finish - nice life to it - If I didnt hate bourbon so much I would be about 4.2

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gopherfan99 (1591) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2017
Tap (Winterfest 2017); pours black with a thin mocha colored head; aroma is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, and hints of wood and roast malt; taste is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, malt, molasses, and some wood notes; dry, boozy finish; excellent

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2017
2016 bottle shared by a friend. Pours darkest brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, green apple and bourbon. Malty and chocolatey flavor with bourbon and cherry accents before a roasty finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (7115) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Sampled at an ESBlS. Black with a lighter tan head. I taste coconut and massive dark malts. Sweet stuff. Wood, vanilla, and only a little bourbon. Brown sugar and big sweetness. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2015
This rating is for the 2015 version...shared with the fellas...great beer but spendy as hell...silky smooth....tons of chocolate and berries...delicious stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (6015) - Denver, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackadutton (65) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
Keg at Beavertown, Rainbow Project 2015. First of all - its 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juffage (171) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (3436) - 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.


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