998 bottles of beer on the wall…Darkness by Surly

(C) 2016 popsonhops

(C) 2016 popsonhops

Tasting: October 8, 2016
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.3%
Beer #: 998

Darkness by Surly

My infatuation with annual event releases started with an Ale Street News article about Kate the Great Day. This event was held for a few years in Maine and attracted craft beer devotees in droves. Since the event drew this kind of attention, my mind concluded that the stout had to be amazing. I guess I’ll never know because the brewery and brew master parted ways and Kate the Great Day ended.

Today, it seems that every brewery has a day to celebrate a seasonal stout release like Cigar City’s Hunaphu Day and 3 Floyd’s Dark Lord Day. Tickets to these annual releases are hot commodities and they are scooped up by beer geeks in a matter of minutes.

In addition, Lost Abbey in California recently held a ticketed event for their release of their uber-rare, Duck-Duck-Gooze. Enthusiast interest was overwhelming. As a result, the ticket vendor’s website crashed multiple times. I can’t imagine the headache of trying to untangle the ticket orders. Hunaphu Day had issues a few years ago due to counterfeit tickets. Therefore, many that expected a four bottle allotment went home angry and empty-handed.

I have made trade connections with a few people that seem to live with their hands on their mouse. They wait to pounce and thankfully, I’ve enjoyed a Dark Lord (97 points) and a Hunaphu (98 points) as a result.

This bottle of Darkness also comes courtesy of a special event day called (what else), “Darkness Day”. Part of my pursuit of special release beer. I acquired this particular bottle about three years ago and on the occasion of my countdown to 1,000, I think it’s a worthy time to pop it open.

While wax necks make for nice presentation. They are generally a pain in the ass to open. Finally, I’m in safely. Syrupy and sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Muted chocolate, coffee and raisins. Toffee. Seems like Dark Lord in a lot of respect. Some warmth yet booze is in check. In conclusion, beer number 998 gets 96 points. Well done.

(C) 2016 popsonhops

(C) 2016 popsonhops

Surly Darkness 2013 Brewcifer

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