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Drink Fri Nov 14 2008

Surly Darkness

surly.jpg Surly Darkness, a gorgeous limited release Russian Imperial Stout from the Surly Brewing Company, is currently back on tap in Chicago.

Only a couple dozen barrels are brewed each year and most bars have a two glass maximum per person. (Which isn't a bad idea at 10.3% ABV.) The beer pours thick and is a deep brown/black with a silky brown head. The flavors run through chocolate, blackberries, molasses, coffee, chicory and roasted malt.

The supply may not last the weekend, so it may be a good idea to call ahead to your favorite bar to see if it is available. Three great bars that still have it (as of this afternoon) are:

The Map Room
1949 N. Hoyne
(773) 252-7636

3258 N. Sheffield
(773) 281-4989

Small Bar Wicker Park
2049 W. Division
(773) 772-2727


Lorna / November 15, 2008 10:41 AM

Had some at the Hopleaf last night. It's a must. Totally complex, kind of sweet but with that bitterness of chickory and some smoke... quite the treat.

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