Surly Darkness 2014 artwork by Minneapolis artist Erica Willams has been released.
Erica’s macabre theme fits the tone of Surly’s Russian Imperial Stout, which is released around Halloween each autumn. This year Darkness descents on Brooklyn Center on October 25th. Are there people in line yet?
From the bottle:
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 dead stare of malevolence. Don’t mess with her Darkness.
She is hoarding this massively opaque barrel aged Stout screaming with notes of chocolate, coffee, dried tart cherries, vanilla, rye whiskey and raisins. The thick body of this Russian Imperial Stout finishes sweet, with a piney resinous hop character.
Dare if you will to open the bottle and steal the from the imagination of our 2014 Darkness artist, Erica Wiliams.
Plenty of people picked up on the fact that Darkness is barrel aged this year. Brewer Todd Haug confirmed the fact on twitter. He also said that there will be even more Darkness than ever, about 30K bottles.
@shwig all 2014 Darkness bottles will contain barrel aged Darkness
— todd haug (@surlybrewer) July 30, 2014