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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: 764
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2,923
Gots: 1,031 | FT: 73
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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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shrek086 for sending me this long time want!

2010 vintage with the vampire artwork.

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a dense small cap. A latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and an alcohol aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, slightly sour dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, and some roasted coffee bean flavors. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip. There is a bit of a soy sauce quality in both the smell and taste but it's not at all unpleasant. This beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good RIS that deserves its status as a highly acclaimed beer. I am very happy I finally was able to snag one of these.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute pleaseure to finally have the opportunity to enjoy this beer. Absolute chocolatey notes with licorice and char blend beautifully in this molassas-rich Imperial Stout.

An very viscous pour of oily black liquid falls from the bottle- this is going to be one full beer. Completely opaque, the beer lathers into a thick, lightly browned, dense foam stance that seemingly never waivers. Both lacing and legging have a convincing say in the coatings left behind on the glass.

Robust aromas of both semi-sweet chocolate morsels and dry cocoa powder lead the way with a heafty sidekick of burnt cherries, licorice, rum, and fruitcake. Mouthwatering and seductive, the aromas are near flawlessness.

The chocolate-heavy tone continues in flavor, similar to fresh baked brownies and Hershey syrups. Background fruity notes of cherries, grapes, currants, and dates are accompanied by deep roasted coffee, char, and roasted marshmallows creaminess. Molassas sweetness brings these flavors together seamlessly while giving a soothing taste to the aggressive roast.

Full, viscous, creamy, and oily in mouthfeel, the beer has a slow transition from early thickness to a late sweet, warming, and bitter finish (bitterness is in form of both char and hops). This beer is obviously intended for after dinner compliments or in place of dinner alltogether.

A special thanks goes out to Shango42 for the unique opportunity to finally enjoy this beer. He gets my right arm if he ever requests it.

BEERchitect, Jul 27, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

indianabeerman, Friday at 02:54 AM
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4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

just_in, Friday at 02:48 AM
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

factoide, Thursday at 08:58 PM
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

ethanmc12, Thursday at 02:22 AM
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

CarlosNed, Wednesday at 03:07 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ricknelson, Sep 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Boozecamel, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

smekermann, Sep 14, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +4.4%

mlhyatt, Sep 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

SawDog505, Sep 13, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%

halo3one, Sep 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

chadwicktorres, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

creepinjeeper, Sep 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

A dark motor oil beast of a beer! wow! I really liked this beer. Poured a deep, dark, molasses black. Has a roasted, traditional stout aroma. The taste is just awesome. Dark fruit, molasses and coffee make this masterpiece a must seek, must find, must have beer. 2013 version acquired at Darkness Day, this beer lived up to the hype. I have had many good stouts and this one as of now is the best.

Bottom Line: 2013 Darkness is one heck of a beer!

themind, Sep 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

aapp, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

eyemustard, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

MikeAndrews, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

gordnbiers, Sep 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

djhowell, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Jaywalsh20, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Darkness pours a bold black color with a big tan head. There is a weaker aroma, with sweet date aromas. Their are big creamy flavors, big sweet and dry fruit flavors, nice noticeable warmth from the alcohol. Big bold flavors. Overall its a big bold beer, lots of fruit flavors, on the sweeter side.

vette2006c5r, Sep 02, 2014
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1.24/5  rDev -72.4%

jl1394, Sep 02, 2014
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Darkness (2006 - 2013) from Surly Brewing Company
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