Darkness - Surly Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Review is from the February 2007 issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.
Only 12 barrels were made, and we've been blessed with a 1/2 gallon, sent directly from the brewery on ice packs. Kickass!
Aptly named, this is one hell of a black brew. Its dark crown is rich, creamy, tightly formed, and coffee colored. Looks like a freshly frothed coffee. Blackberries, strong sherry, velvety dark chocolate, perfume of soft dried fruits. Thick, viscous, chewy, round, smooth and creamy. Semi-spicy alcohol is caught in the center, surrounded by char and smoke, and grasped by a ﬁ st of sweetness. Malty sweet, but not cloying; molasses, dark brown sugar, charred raisins, juicy, ripe black cherries in a sharp, dark berry middle, and an exotically acrid dark-roasted coffee bite. Hop bitterness rises from the depths, along the sides of the tongue, stabbing at the palate here and there with some leafy and oily notes. Smoky-char linger in the ﬁ nish, with a residual, deep, dark sweetness. Alcohol creeps, lurks and eventually strikes a warming blow to the skull.
Dark Lord Imperial Stout, kneel before Darkness! All hail Darkness! The best American-made Russian Imperial Stout we've ever had!
Serving type: growler
08-12-2008 17:47:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
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
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
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