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Darkness (2006 - 2013) - Surly Brewing Company

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Darkness (2006 - 2013)Darkness (2006 - 2013)

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2,654 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,654
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2,923
Gots: 1,032 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Starting in 2014, Darkness will be aged in whiskey barrels.


2007-Grim Reaper
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer

(Beer added by: ryantupy on 10-08-2006)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

MADhombrewer, Feb 06, 2012
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

pokesbeerdude, Nov 12, 2011
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Buebie, Nov 07, 2009
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Darkness (2006 - 2013) from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,654 ratings.