surly darkness

I’m definitely more of a wine person than a beer person.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like beer.  But I tend to buy and consume more wine.  I take wine classes.  My next one starts in another week.  This time it’s about wines of France.  I’ve taken enough classes so that this current one is half off the regular price!

On Friday I went out with friends.  We went to this lovely restaurant which was having a Friday night fish fry.  The food was excellent!  But one of the main reasons we were going was for the beer.  There is a local brewery with kind of cult following.  Each year they have some special brews.  Some are anniversary brews and some are seasonal brews.  Right around Halloween, Darkness is released.

I’m usually not a dark beer fan, but I think I may turn into one.  Darkness wasn’t at all like I expected.  It hardly seemed like beer.  It was an imperial stout with great flavor.  Here’s the description: This massive Russian Imperial Stout brings waves of flavors; chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, and toffee. We add a touch of hops to make this delicious brew even tastier.  We treated this glass as dessert.

I had a pint of Bender with my dinner.  That was another dark brew.  What’s the Bender like, you ask?  This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, caramel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

I took the descriptions directly from the Surly Brewing site.  Feel free to check it out.  It was such a good experience, I have a feeling that there will be more dark beer in my future.



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