Darkness - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by ForWhatAlesYou:
4.9/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Darkness 2011 on tap at Stout's Pub in Falcon Heights, MN. Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter (per my request).
A: Beautiful inky black with one of the most dense heads I have ever seen. Lace is a timeline of pure savoring bliss.
S: Bitterness over dark fruit. Light pipe tobacco, alcohol, candi sugar, tamarind.
T: Yes. This is what beer is all about. While it drinks like an aged port it holds up the beer end with dark malt profile. So complex in flavor, I am sure a million descriptors are necessary. Raisin, rum, merlot grape, currant, leather, charcoal, dates and figs, coffee-like bitter, pumpernickel, sherry, a little hazelnut or pecan, molasses, cherry tobacco...I keep finding new elements here as the beer warms and airs out.
M: Rich and lucious. Syrupiness isn't overbearing and carbonation is so tight that this is a physical pleasure to the palate as much as it is a (taste) sensory one.
D: Overall, easily the best of the style I've ever had. One of the best beers I have ever had. One of only a handful of brews I have ever had a guttural moan involuntarily emerge from my lips upon nearly every delicious sip. I don't give 5's easily, Surly has earned them.
Serving type: on-tap
12-24-2011 16:27:59 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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4.7/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2012 vintage courtesy of stillmatic2232 at the Ithaca Luminous release.
Pours a dark, abyss depths-like black. 2 inch head mocha head, good lacing in the glass.
Smells like dark roasted malt, some dark fruits, chocolate, and espresso.
The taste is similar. One of the biggest expressions of dark fruits- raisins, plums, dark tart cherries- I've had in a sout. The roasted malt and chocolate keep the dark fruit flavor from being too cloying. Some espresso bean flavors as well.
Thick, syrupy mouthfeel, sweet start, bitter finish. No alcohol presence, despite the imperial ABV.
Amazing stuff, really glad I finally got to try it.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 21:45:39 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.55/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a Surly Brewing Company Darkness Russian Imperial Stout branded goblet/snifter
Pours black as pitch with a huge two finger medium tan head. Excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Tons of dark fruit notes, dark chocolate, and boozy alcohol on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate, bold black cherries, and plum and prune notes. Molasses and raisins midpalate. Finishes with some dark roast coffee, boozy alcohol, piney hops, resin, and continued mixed dark fruit notes. Smooth and silky huge, full body with somewhat syrupy on the finish. Low to low/moderate carbonation. I've found every vintage of Darkness to be excellent and the 2013 vintage is no different. One of the better brews to be found in the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 04:28:11 | More by chanokokoro
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
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