When Surly Brewing Co. announced that its annual Darkness Day would be moving to a different state, the brewery mentioned there would be multiple variants of its Darkness imperial stout and we now know what they are.
According to a post on it’s website, the Minneapolis, Minn.-based brewery will be releasing 1,000 bottles each of three different barrel-aged variants of its Darkness 2018, a Russian imperial stout brewed with pale ale, golden promise, crystal, dark crystal, oats, black, chocolate and roast malts, as well as Amarillo, Columbus, and Simcoe hops that is packaged in 750ml bottles:
- 2018 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry Vanilla Darkness (12 percent ABV) — Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with cherry and vanilla beans added
- 2018 Rum Barrel-Aged Coconut Darkness (12 percent ABV) — Russian imperial stout aged in rum barrels with coconut added
- 2018 Fernet Darkness (12 percent ABV) — Russian imperial stout aged in Tattersall Fernet barrels
Earlier this year, Surly announced that it would be holding Darkness Day 2018 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis. instead of the brewery’s Brooklyn Center facility as has historically been the case.
In addition, the event will be held on Sept. 29, three weeks earlier than last year and more than a month before bottles will be shipped to retailers on Oct. 31.
The Darkness Series started in 2007 and has featured a different monster on the bottle every year since it was first released. Past years’ label art have included depictions of Baba Yaga, “a screeching bat nightmare,” a mummy, the Devil, a vampire, a werewolf and the Grim Reaper. The monster for this year is the Minotaur, a mythical creature in Greek mythology that is portrayed with the head of a bull and the body of a man. Surly had previously announced that Michael Iver Jacobsen produced the art for this year’s release.
An email sent to the brewery for additional information was not immediately returned.
Update (June 16, 2018) — This post was updated to include details on the release date and distribution information. It was originally published on June 10, 2018.