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gator wrote:

@The Rube, Surly Darkness must be the same concept as Schell’s Snowstorm. The name the same, but the recipe is different every year. Some years it’s a homerun and some years it’s just ok.

Pretty much every special release is like that. Hops/yeasts/malts vary a little from year to year, depending on weather/crops/etc, even though they use the same types every year. They can mute or enhance the different flavors that the beer has. Given how complex a Russian Imperial Stout is, that is not surprising. It also makes having a vertical of said beers quite interesting, to taste the “arc” of how aging the beer changes things. A year or three of aging can make all the difference.