Monday, August 1, 2011

Surly Darkness 2008

My friend Deuane was clearing out some beers from his cellar and brought of some Surly Darkness, vintage 2008, to share with friends. The beer pours a black color with a tan bubbly head. The aroma consists of chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla, oak, and coffee. The taste is smooth, silky, and chocolaty, mostly consisting of dark chocolate, with vanilla, oak, and caramel flavors mixed in as well. The finish is a little dry with toasted malts and another taste of vanilla and oak. The alcohol content is 10.3% ABV. This beer is home to a flavor profile that is large and in charge on the tongue, but comes with an unmistakable smoothness. The alcohol doesn’t really make its presence knows due to the smoothness, making it really easy to drink.

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