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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,526 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,526
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,871
Gots: 997 | FT: 66
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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fanboy77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.1%

12-12-2013 20:19:23 | More by fanboy77
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-12-2013 17:11:24 | More by MacQ32
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 and 2013 next to each other.

2013 stole the show, hands down. The grade is reflective of that one.

Great color and head on both beers.

Aroma on the 2013 was much more powerful in terms of coffee, chocolate and hops. 2012 was sweeter smelling with a lot of dark fruit.

Flavor was much of the same differentiating factors. 2013 was balanced, hoppy, smooth and delicious. 2012 had a weird metallic 'twang' to it with every sip, and was just way too fruity and sweet with no hops or coffee/chocolate to add a little bitterness.

Overall, I was very disappointed with the results. While I am now glad I traded away my older bottles, I was expecting something a little more 'badass' in terms of a vintage showdown. Oh well, maybe my bottle just didn't age properly. Either way, the fresh bottle was outstanding and on par with my favorite RIS...Stone RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 05:52:40 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-12-2013 00:43:36 | More by canucklehead
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BeerSquirrel

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-12-2013 00:32:09 | More by BeerSquirrel
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-11-2013 23:40:34 | More by Sarge3130
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thedarkestlord

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

12-11-2013 18:15:18 | More by thedarkestlord
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socalbrewlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

12-10-2013 23:41:24 | More by socalbrewlvr
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-10-2013 18:34:24 | More by DersOne
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Chunkysedated

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-10-2013 15:40:15 | More by Chunkysedated
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dylntbrown

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-10-2013 01:26:40 | More by dylntbrown
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

my first darkness, as is common with many of my lucky rare beer scores, thanks to drlovemd87 for hooking this up for us last night. an impressive example of the style for sure, but a top 50 quality beer? I don't know. its rather straightforward as they go, excellent no doubt, but it reminds me of a great many other stouts like this out there on the market. rich creamy dark brown pour, sudsy mocha head, dense but not thick, attractive. the nose is muted dark roasted barley and unsweetened bakers chocolate. no alcohol at all, extremely impressive. the flavor, and I love this feature in this style, is all about the grain. I taste a few layers of varying roasted barley and chocolate malt, but no coffee, no vanilla, no bourbon barrel, no oak, none of that stuff. I do taste some dried cherry type notes in the finish, and as it warms even more fruit comes out, but this is a no frills example of the style, and I appreciate it for that. perhaps most impressive is that its massive alcoholic content is entirely absent from the smell and taste, its just not there. a real creeper, something to look out for when drinking darkness. I loved it with chocolate cookies, and could imagine a million other food pairings for it. expert quality stuff, but not different enough from some of the others for me to rate it off the charts. great beer though, they all are from surly.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 17:24:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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PopnLoads

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-09-2013 05:21:06 | More by PopnLoads
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Showboat66

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-09-2013 00:56:36 | More by Showboat66
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Shawner

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-08-2013 21:53:31 | More by Shawner
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matto4444

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-08-2013 16:41:58 | More by matto4444
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

12-08-2013 03:35:48 | More by Brewski
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MNMike

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-08-2013 02:00:05 | More by MNMike
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Hammdesigns

New York

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 Bottle

A- This stout is black as night with half a finger of head. Tan mocha-ish colored head with small, tight bubbles dissipating slowly. Alcohol legs present.

S- Dark chocolate, mocha espresso, hints of vanilla, dark fruits. A very nice smelling beer.

T- Chocolatey up front, getting a lot of coffee in there as well. A slight roastiness and coconut flavor on the palate. Do not taste the alcohol on this one.

M- Very smooth and silky. Creamy on the palate. Chocolate soaked raisins coat the mouth pretty well.

O- Surly comes through once again with a fantastic stout that lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:49:52 | More by Hammdesigns
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Nivek43

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-07-2013 09:45:50 | More by Nivek43
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Ish1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-07-2013 04:09:15 | More by Ish1
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Luff

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-06-2013 23:36:01 | More by Luff
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jono0101

Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-06-2013 18:04:21 | More by jono0101
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Wetenkamp

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-06-2013 12:23:39 | More by Wetenkamp
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NWer

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-06-2013 00:00:48 | More by NWer
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,526 ratings.