Surly Brewing Company 2021 Barrel-Aged Darkness
What the brewers say
"This special edition of our massive Russian imperial stout matured in Elijah Craig 12-year bourbon barrels and brings waves of chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, and cherry flavors, enhanced by the oak and bourbon character of the barrel and its previous occupant."
What our panel thought
“Compelling aroma of vanilla, dark fudge, smoke, boysenberry, anise, dried cherry, caramel, coffee. Flavor reveals sweeter hints of sherry, vanilla, caramel, turbinado. Beautifully orchestrated.”
What our editors thought
“Bold dark malt nose with subtle berry and candi sugar highlights. Finely tuned sweetness and body. Artful. Unrelenting.”