Darkness - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Larrytown:
4.53/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had to seek this one out on tap, but it was worth it. Between the style and the name of the beer, you obviously knew it would be dark, but man, this thing is black as black gets with a pleasant brown cap. The aroma is unique. Sweet and dark with more than a tad of fruitiness.
The taste follows suit. It's sweeter than I expected, but it works. Mouthfeel is great: smooth and goes down easy.
Delicious beer and it's not hard for one to become two. The sweetness holds me back a bit, but still a damn good beer.
Serving type: on-tap
04-17-2009 02:03:23 | More by Larrytown
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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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