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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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2,954 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,954
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,061
Gots: 1,125 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ryantupy on 10-08-2006

Starting in 2014, bottled Darkness will be aged in whiskey barrels. This listing is ONLY for Darkness that is NOT barrel-aged. For 2014 Darkness go here:  http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... 14/141724/ 

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown with a lot of brown head. The head sticks around for quite a while. Smells sweet and hoppy. Some nice fruity citrus on the nose. Tastes really nice and hoppy. The hops melds really well with the malt profile. Lots of pine on the tongue and just a really smooth feel. Vry drinkable and incredibly well balanced. This one is so so good!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle with the Wolfman (2012) and red wax on top. Generously shared by Regen. Poured into an unlabeled snifter to begin the tasting. Also just recently had a 10oz pour in a Darkness glass at the Surly Tap Room yesterday, 11/29/2013.

Pours a very dark black body, thick and viscous with an impressive 3-4cm mocha head that retains quite well for any imperial stout. Eventually it recedes into a thick-ish brown film on top of the beer. Not much lacing to speak of.

Now this was a pretty hoppy beer with good dark fruits, lots of milk chocolate, roasty malts and some molasses-like sweetness in the nose. Smells excellent.

The taste is awesome. One of the best Imperial Stout flavour profiles I've had. Tons and tons of roast malt sweetness and flavours- chocolate, black coffee, chocolate-covered raspberries. There's a nice earthy presence too.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick bodied, creamy and smooth, well carbonated and resinous. So easy to drink, so flavourful on the back-end. Not a lot of booziness here either.

Going to call this one one of the better RIS's out there. Definitely beats Dark Lord in terms of one-day brewery-only release event beers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I traded this beer with Sean (claaarck13) and his wife Amber for some westy beer. We had a great time in Belgium when we met in may 2011.

I poured out this bottles during a beertasting at my cousin Peter's place. There were a lot of starting beer geeks who could not believe that there are so many good beers in the world.

Poured out in a wineglass this was one of the highlights of the day. Very soft taste and dito smell. Soft taste but also full of taste, chocolate, dark candy lakritz. This beer made the participants quiet.

Thanks for this beer Sean!

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,954 ratings.