Darkness - Surly Brewing Company
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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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