The artwork for Surly Darkness changes every year. In keeping with the theme, each offering is dark, just like the much sought after beer.
The 2014 artwork is a creation of Erica Williams. The beer, that’s Surly’s Russian imperial stout, and in oak barrels. Wicked good indeed.
The legendary Harpy tortured unwary travelers by stealing their precious food and drink This year’s cruel creature defends her cauldron of Darkness with razor claws and a dead stare of malevolence. Don’t mess with her Darkness. She’s hoarding this massively opaque barrel aged Stout screaming with notes of chocolate. coffee. dried tart cherries, vanilla. rye whisky and raisins. The thick holy of this Russian Imperial Stout finishes sweet, with a piney resinous hop character. Dare if you will to open the bottle and steal from the imagination of our 2014 Darkness artist, Erica Williams.
Surly Darkness 2014 will be released in 22oz bombers at a brewery event on October 25th.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (Houston, TX) Bishop’s Barrel No. 7 arrives today. This 7th release in the series is an imperial stout that spent 11 months in bourbon barrels.
It was more than a year ago that Bishop Barrel 7 was brewed. In June of 2013, Saint Arnold transferred it to Woodford Reserve barrels where waited patiently.
But first there is Bishop’s Barrel No. 7, a bourbon barrel Imperial Stout that pours a deep black with rich notes of bourbon and chocolate. The grain bill for Bishop’s Barrel No. 7 is slightly different than for Bishop’s Barrel No. 1 and Bishop’s Barrel No. 3 (also both bourbon barrel Imperial Stouts) resulting in a slightly sweeter, rounder character to the beer.
Saint Arnold Bishop Barrel 7 is very limited, and only available in Texas and Louisiana.
11% ABV, 49 IBUs
Previous Saint Arnold Bishop Barrel Releases:
#6 – Pumpkinator, aged in Rum Barrels
#5 – Wee Heavy in Bourbon Barrels
#4 – Weizenbock in Bourbon, with Cocoa Nibs
#3 – Imperial Stout in Bourbon
#2 – Old Ale in Chardonnay with Cherries
#1 – Imperial Stout in bourbon barrels
Surly Brewing’s anniversary is technically in February, but this beer celebrating eight years is done, when it’s done. That’s a brewery saying. Every release is vastly different than the seven before it. Head brewer Todd Haug is given carte blanche to create as he sees fit. Surly Eight is a described as an oat-wine style, with milk sugar and aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels.
This beer was designed for barrel aging, so it’s been a great opportunity to work with our friends at High West Distillery® in Park City. Utah. Brewed with Golden Promise and Aromatic malt Oats, and Milk sugar fermented in stainless steel then aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels, this golden hued Oat-Wine style ale summons notes of spicy vanilla marshmallow and aromas of honey and whIskey.
Style: Barleywine (w/ Lactose. Barrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Availability: 750ml Bombers, Draft
Surly Anniversary Releases To Date:
One – “Quadruple Bock” 8.3% ABV
Two – Imperial Stout with cranberries. Aka “Cranimal”
Three – Black Braggot, 8.3%
Four – Double Espresso Milk Stout, 9.4%
Five – Brett Dark Ale, 7.5%
Six – aka “Syx”, American Strong Ale. 15%
Seven – “SeVIIn, Belgian-style Strong Ale, w/ Brett