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A Whale A Week: Surly Darkness 2014

Surly Darkness 2014
This week we return to our continuing A Whale A Week series on Surly Brewing‘s Darkness.  This beer is Surly’s take on the Russian Imperial Stout, and was first brewed in 2006, in a very small batch and released in growlers.  I never got to try that first year’s release, but at the time it was pretty “ballsy” to put out an expensive-to-brew RIS for a very young upstart craft brewery.  They are called Surly after all.
The second year they released a limited run of bottles (under 500) that they released in the very first Darkness Day event at the brewery.  The event went well and the beer met with high praise.  The bottle for 2007 Darkness featured a Grim Reaper, and while I have held an unopened bottle in my hand, I have yet to taste that batch.  Anyone still have one of these gathering dust in a cellar?
For 2008 Surly increased production of Darkness to around 5000 bottles, a big increase from the previous year, but still a small run.  The bottle was wax dipped and the

Source: JABlog: A Minnesota-Centric Beer Blog

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