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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,243 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2243
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%


Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labels:

2007-Grim Reaper
2008-Devil
2009-Mummy
2010-Vampire
2011-Zombie
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer

(Beer added by: ryantupy on 10-08-2006)
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tvv375ia

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 2011 25oz zombie bottle into tulip glass

A-very dark brown almost black with about a 2 finger brown head that left some nice lacing as it faded

S-roasted malt, chocolate, carmel and a little licorice type smell everything you want in a big stout

T-some sweet carmel malt to start followed by the chocolate coffee with a hint of vanilla on the finish

M-good carbonation with a creamy not quite heavy body

O-very good beer - worth the price maybe not - worth standing in line for 8 hours to get yes because you get to try so many others in line

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 19:11:27 | More by tvv375ia
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2012 vintage courtesy of stillmatic2232 at the Ithaca Luminous release.

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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.

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Amazing stuff, really glad I finally got to try it.

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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.

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.