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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: 2,870
Gots: 998 | 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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tubbnik

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-22-2013 18:10:55 | More by tubbnik
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AlphaKingKegger

Ohio

4/5  rDev -11.1%

04-19-2013 02:47:10 | More by AlphaKingKegger
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dseanv

Texas

5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-27-2014 11:21:26 | More by dseanv
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SacoDeToro

California

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 2007 GABF. Poured by Omar himself.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a nice dark brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and ash. Some tobacco in the aroma as well.

The flavor of the beer was focussed on roasty malts to the point of being slightly ashen. Mid-palate could've used a little more molasses/dark fruit sweetness. The hops seemed slightly citrusy and pretty up front. The finish had a faint tobacco note as well.

The mouthfeel was full, but was not too heavy. It finished pretty dry for a RIS. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

This beer is good, but overhyped IMO. There are much better imperial stouts out there that eclipse Darkness in both complexity and drinkability. KtG, DL, and BCS are few that come out ahead IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 20:06:36 | More by SacoDeToro
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap last night at Small Bar...quite the nice surprise on a Tuesday afternoon when I heard from a friend they were tapping it that evening. If anyone was wondering, no I was not one of the two guys on their laptop surfing BA while at the bar...on to the review.

A: Black in color, with some brown around the edges when held up to a light. Nice 1.5 finger cappuccino colored head that had moderate retention and excellent lacing.

S: The smell was definitely the worst aspect of this beer in my opinion. The smell was not intense whatsoever. There was some faint citrus hoppiness, particularly orange as well as a little bit of alcohol at the finish. The malts were to me, undetectable on the nose, which I found to be a disappointment

T: Lots of milk chocolate up front mixed in with some caramel. With that being said, the beer is not very sweet as some RISs are. There were some nice toasted malt flavors in the middle and a smidgeon of coffee. At the finish, there was a medium-high level of hoppy bitterness for a stout. Overall, there was a nice balance between the malt and hops.

M: Great, thick viscosity, and a nice aftertaste in this beer. The carbonation was a little higher than in some of my favorite stouts, but it worked well in this beer.

D: Overall my first 8 ounce snifter was much, much more drinkable than my second snifter. This wasn't due to fullness or inebriation, but rather I feel the dry hoppiness at the finish caused it to become much more of a slow, sipper over time. With that being said, I felt this was an excellent beer and was very drinkable. I would equate it somewhat to a Goose Island Nightstalker, though not quite as hoppy...more like a blend of Nightstalker and Darklord. The beer has wonderful balance. I would love to try it out of the bottle sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 21:49:49 | More by glazeman
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dasmusik

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-19-2011 17:45:21 | More by dasmusik
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Disease

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

05-07-2014 23:11:36 | More by Disease
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CaptainQ

Washington

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-21-2013 05:50:59 | More by CaptainQ
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MaximumYuks

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

03-17-2014 01:46:27 | More by MaximumYuks
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Jips

Kansas

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-23-2011 18:13:41 | More by Jips
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tvv375ia

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 2011 25oz zombie bottle into tulip glass

A-very dark brown almost black with about a 2 finger brown head that left some nice lacing as it faded

S-roasted malt, chocolate, carmel and a little licorice type smell everything you want in a big stout

T-some sweet carmel malt to start followed by the chocolate coffee with a hint of vanilla on the finish

M-good carbonation with a creamy not quite heavy body

O-very good beer - worth the price maybe not - worth standing in line for 8 hours to get yes because you get to try so many others in line

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 19:11:27 | More by tvv375ia
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Sisky

California

4/5  rDev -11.1%

04-26-2014 00:51:48 | More by Sisky
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BRClemons

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

07-11-2014 19:22:59 | More by BRClemons
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Jpepe08

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

01-22-2014 02:42:59 | More by Jpepe08
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

06-01-2013 19:15:20 | More by Ragnarok88
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dsuedbeck

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-28-2011 16:12:23 | More by dsuedbeck
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NW2285

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-16-2014 17:11:47 | More by NW2285
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont Circle, unknown brew date, poured into a snifter glass, drank 3/28/13 over ~one hour.

A: 4.75 - black, no clarity (wouldn't it be ironic if there was any? ), soft vertical bubbles and substantial legs, one finger frothy tan head that resolves into subtle glass lacing;

S: 5 - chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, some dark raisin/fruits in the background to boot

T: 5- minimal hop bitterness on the front of the tongue that quickly dissipates into rich and substantial dark chocolate and coffee flavors, vanilla bean and minor molasses sweetness on the back of the tongue

M: 5 - incredible smooth, silky mouthfeel, thickly coats the mouth and lingers for days; this is the epitome of mouthfeel for RIS

O: 5 - I never though that I would try this beer considering that it is only released one day/year in Brooklyn Center, MN with very limited local distribution but thank goodness for the CBC 2013 in Washington D.C.; like all of Surly beers, this one lives up to the extreme hype and is overall the most complex RIS that I have ever tried; I have never tried Dark Lord or Marshal Zhukov but I cannot imagine it being better than this

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 14:13:21 | More by MNishCT77
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

07-09-2014 22:17:54 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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thegoon55

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%

03-12-2013 19:13:13 | More by thegoon55
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Finatic

Florida

4.5/5  rDev 0%

11-25-2011 23:02:37 | More by Finatic
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yanosh

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

08-30-2013 21:35:03 | More by yanosh
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Flight317

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev 0%

07-11-2014 03:47:51 | More by Flight317
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-01-2011 12:48:37 | More by jwelsh
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saxclar123

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

06-03-2014 03:16:23 | More by saxclar123
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,526 ratings.