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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,495 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,495
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,857
Gots: 986 | FT: 67
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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

08-27-2012 23:36:43 | More by Wilkison
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BWHD

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

08-27-2012 14:07:01 | More by BWHD
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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-26-2012 01:04:53 | More by assman79
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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-25-2012 04:00:23 | More by kspongeworthy
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Drunkonmusic

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

08-23-2012 02:57:42 | More by Drunkonmusic
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jrkoller

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-22-2012 02:55:11 | More by jrkoller
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-19-2012 22:47:23 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Shared the bottle with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown with some dark red notes. Sits close to black in the glass. Head is the color of fresh espresso crema. Chunky and rocky and creamy. Decent retention. Chunky cap.

Smell: Huge dark fruit. Plums and bing cherries. Big roasted compliment. Leather and touches of char. Chocolate malts and cocoa powder. Lingering booze. Dry-dusted chocolate coffee beans. So much leather. Burnt and roasty. Booze soaked plums. Layers of chocolate.

Taste: Leather and cocoa. Huge hits of roasted malt. Burnt malts. Char. Raisins and ripe cherries. Loads of burnt malts. Milk chocolate sweetness layered in the back. Almost brownie like chocolate in the back. Nicely sweet. Alcohol runs through the back. As it warms the leather and burnt malts take the forefront. Hints of vanilla and caramel. Dutch cocoa. Bitter dryness

Mouthfeel: Full body, but a little thinner than I expected. Mild carbonation. Slight astringency.

Overall: Solid, very solid. Great flavor, but the body ultimately falls a little short given the intense malts of the beer. I've tried it at beer fests and in a blind stout tasting. It comes out just over the middle of the pack. Incredible flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 16:56:10 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Massive cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring and sharing this

Note: 2011 vintage (zombie)

Consumed 8/19/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown with some around the edges - big, tan head, keeps a nice cap, some streaks of lacing - looks like an RIS should

Smell: Dark, roasty, and burnt - cooked, toasted, roasted, and charred malts - milk chocolate and some dark chocolate - molasses, with a lot of sweetness - sweet, dark fruits - interesting, but not remarkably complex

Taste: More sweetness than darkness - molasses, brown sugar, and a ton of port-like boozy sweetness - dark fruits, milk chocolate, and some sweet coffee - roasty and burnt, but the dark fruit/port/sugary sweetness really overpowers - (2012 bottle) smoke and tobacco in abundance

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, creamy, some boozy stickiness, but it works because it is nicely carbonated

Overall: Good, but too sweet to be legendary

I am very happy that I finally had a chance to sit down with a glass of this. I've had it at BA fests and at an epic stout tasting, and I always thought it was too sweet. And apparently I was not imagining it. It's just too sweet. But if you're into that, I guess this would be epic.

Update: 2012 bottle

Slightly better than I remember. It's still overly sweet, but it's quite tasty overall. There is more smoke and tobacco than I remember. Maybe it's just more interesting than the first bottle. Scores upgraded slightly (taste and overall bumped up .25).

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 16:55:42 | More by angrybabboon
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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KevSal

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Zombie vintage 750ml split into 2 bruery snifters. Was gomna save this for the premier of walking dead butt dammit I can resist it no longer! Huge thanks to birtchstick for this long time want. Let's see what the fuss is all about

A- looks thick and creamy with a nice thick mocha head, looks promising

S- as soon as I cracked the cap the huge dark fruits fill the room, I know this is going to be good. Right up front huge dark fruits. Some roastyness lots of richness and malty sweetness

T- this guy is huge on taste. Dark fruits upfront, slight roastyness followed by some sweetness. Fantastic chocolate. This one really delivers, packs a wallop

M- mouthfeel on this one is perfect, huge rich and creamy, couldn't be more spot on. Coats the mouth with huge flavor.

O- I really wasn't expecting to this guy be this good. There's a lot of hype surrounding this guy and I can now see why. The dark fruit is huge, actually reminds me of mission street 2011 anny if you can believe it.0 I really hope to make darkness day one day. Hopefully next year they chose a succubus

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 05:05:33 | More by KevSal
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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

07-26-2012 01:55:29 | More by SaxmanRick
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Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-23-2012 00:41:02 | More by Hanzo
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,495 ratings.