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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,636 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2,917
Gots: 1,020 | FT: 72
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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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev 0%

03-25-2013 23:33:38 | More by 2dogbrew
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wpqx

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-08-2014 20:38:50 | More by wpqx
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev 0%

2011 batch. Thanks to Hopsbreath for this.

Appearance- Black with a small tan head. Good lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Dominately chocolate and vanilla. Bits of coffee. 4.5/5

Taste- Coffee and chocolate are first in the taste. Little vanilla in the background. Bits of alcohol. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thicker than the average RIS but not by much. Some dryness at the end. 4.5/5

Overall- This isn't the first time I have had it but the first time I reviewed it. Very good RIS. I would have this again for sure. 4.5/5

02-06-2012 14:50:09 | More by MADhombrewer
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Zorora

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

03-10-2014 19:00:35 | More by Zorora
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GoBlue12

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-11-2014 18:57:40 | More by GoBlue12
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.5/5  rDev 0%

05-29-2012 02:12:49 | More by BeerHunter76
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-07-2012 17:56:51 | More by Kopfschuss
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Acropora

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

03-22-2014 03:48:42 | More by Acropora
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emottram

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-14-2013 21:31:34 | More by emottram
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bvdubn

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

04-07-2014 15:17:23 | More by bvdubn
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Jlu73183

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

02-18-2014 00:35:20 | More by Jlu73183
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-23-2012 15:10:50 | More by KWMiles
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev 0%

2011 bottle courtesy of levifunk. Into a Stone IRS tulip. Review #666.

A: Lives up to the moniker, this is a very dark beer, practically black with a tan head that bubbles up to about an inch and falls back away to a light cap that doesn't want to disappear. Lot of small spots of lacing are left behind as it recedes.

S: Surprising amount of hops in here, a bit of a citrus note, then a huge chocolate, almost hot cocoa aroma hits the nose. Underneath the chocolate is a fair amount of roasted barley, coffee, and a touch of molasses. I also get some over ripe cherries and plums in there.

T: Huge chocolate notes, caramel, toffee, and a ton of dark fruits as well, think plums and cherries that are almost passed their prime. A lot of coffee in here as well. Nice bitterness on the finish to round out a lot of sweetness in the beer. A touch of booze finds its way in here as well. A fair amount of hop resins linger for quite a while. Long lingering finish reminiscent of sweet red wine, and dark fruits. Really a fine stout.

M: Nice body, perfect amount of viscosity and enough carbonation to make it velvety and rich, without being over carbonated. Quite sticky on the lips. Just about perfect.

O: A really nice stout, easily one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in some time. I would like a little bit more of roasted barley/coffee note though, that would set it over the top. I like the amount of dark fruit and hops in here. I don't know what this will do with age, but thankfully I have a bottle to sit on for a while, however, it is about perfect right now.

Thanks Levi!

11-12-2011 02:18:54 | More by pokesbeerdude
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NathanFink

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev 0%

07-01-2013 13:27:29 | More by NathanFink
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-09-2013 13:51:13 | More by DSlim71
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

Had this wonderful lovely on tap at the Gnome. I even left the glass at the bar after I drank it! :)

Poured into the appropriate Surly Darkness snifter creating a dark brown 2'' frothy head. Slow to recede, leaving a solid cap and lights thin lace streaks. The brew is black, no light penetration.

Aroma is big with dark fruits, chocolate, molasses, malted milk balls, slight booziness. Some mild spicie aroma coming forward and a touch of grassy hops and floral orange peel cascade aroma in the background.

Mouthfeel as usual is slick and creamy with just a touch of carbonation to balance.

Taste is decadent as always. Seems as though there is a bit less hop flavor this year, which is totally fine, but hops still do exist in flavor, just not as strongly as 2008.
Molasses, a touch of vanilla beans, dark roasted grains and bittersweet b akers chocolate. Some syrupy flavors in there too, with just a touch of burnt oak.

As always an exception brew, not only local but nationally a great beer that must be tried...if you can get your hands on it.

11-07-2009 21:02:50 | More by Buebie
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Beerdudenumberone

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2013 21:30:43 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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AndrewSmith

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-27-2014 23:39:26 | More by AndrewSmith
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silversumo

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

11-09-2012 17:42:14 | More by silversumo
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jamis

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%

07-25-2014 17:38:27 | More by jamis
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev 0%

I had the 2011 vintage of Darkness in a nonic pint.

Appearance- There is one-finger of smooth and dense, brown sugar - colored head. The retention is is really decent. It really does not want to die. Of course, the body is completely black.

Smell- The dark fruits are blasting out of the glass! This is a sweet nose, but it is anchored by the grassy and biting hops and slight alcohol burn. Roast also comes through after a little while. So much going on, and all of it fantastic.

Taste- The drink goes even deeper than the nose hinted at. The front of the drink is slightly sweet with milk chocolate and the dark fruits, like currants. The middle of the drink has a little bit of roastiness and the sweet alcohol taste. Thankfully, it is not overpowering.

The finish is very chocolatey and incredibly hoppy. It is not what you would usually expect from an RIS, but it compliments the beer so well, it makes you wonder why every RIS does not finish like this.

Mouth feel- This one has pretty decent coating, still a little watery. However, The body is pretty big and chewy, so it makes up for it.

Overall- The taste of this RIS is even better than the smell. And the hoppy character adds a nice little spin to the style. I would love to try this one aged for a year or two!

01-08-2012 16:43:52 | More by Pintofbrown
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BeRanger

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2013 12:27:51 | More by BeRanger
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mkennedy119

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

04-26-2014 00:33:54 | More by mkennedy119
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Mcvs1507

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev 0%

05-14-2013 04:04:23 | More by Mcvs1507
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

03-24-2014 03:56:25 | More by arlingtonjoe
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,636 ratings.