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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,529 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,529
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,873
Gots: 1,002 | 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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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-04-2012 14:14:36 | More by wdarcy77
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ddavison

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-03-2012 20:58:11 | More by ddavison
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. 2011/ zombie. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours oil black with two fingers of deep khaki head. Small pods lacing.

Nose is pretty good but seems fairly subdued. Cocoa, roast malts and burnt sugar.

Taste is a sweet blend of chocolate, soy sauce, coffee, cherry pits, rum soaked fig/dates and a dollop of alcohol heat. A fantastic blend.

Excellent heavy tongue-coating feel with light carbonation. Lingering sweet finish.

This is a great imperial stout. I think it might be too sweet to really be a Russian imperial but it's freakin good. Highly recommended and I'd definately like to get more sometime.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 16:39:08 | More by ThickNStout
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev 0%

11-03-2012 05:02:46 | More by Tarks
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-03-2012 02:41:00 | More by tbone1384
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ElfKicker

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-02-2012 19:05:08 | More by ElfKicker
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-02-2012 05:48:43 | More by chippo33
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gpawned

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-02-2012 02:03:12 | More by gpawned
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BierVogel

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

11-01-2012 18:12:13 | More by BierVogel
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dorkinajeep

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-01-2012 01:15:18 | More by dorkinajeep
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steveimthatguy


5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-31-2012 08:18:13 | More by steveimthatguy
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a snifter.
10.3% ABV, 2010 Vampire design.

A - The thick pile of bubbles which rests on the beer displays an oily rainbow color swirling on it's surface. Coincidentally, it coincides with the thick, syrupy used oil-looking beer fills the snifter for a pitch-black darkness light cannot penetrate. Even with the high alcohol level, the head maintains its stature for quite some time, slowly lowering to leave a smattering of light bubbles on the snifter.

S - Sticky burnt molasses, lightly charred oak, and bitter dark chocolate are conjured up from a thick malt bill which incorporates more subdued notes of cold coffee, roasted malt, and cocoa. Hops provide just a miniscule drop of citrus and earthiness into the mix with an old, dusty basement sense pulling through. Even with two years on it, this beer still has some warming alcohol perception on the nose.

T - Darkness' rich malt level isn't surprising in flavor but what is, is the lack of bold roasted, almost burnt notes that the aroma exhibits. The taste compounds are much sweeter and subtler with smooth Hershey milk chocolate, a touch of black licorice, and soft molasses finishing out the back end. Dry cocoa and seemingly absent hops balance the malt sweetness' flavor as does just a hint of alcohol.

M - To describe this beer as full bodied would be quite the understatement. Smooth as black velvet (don't sue me Alanna Myles!) Darkness is almost creamy feeling with a rich, throat-coating finish that carefully teeters on the verge of sweetness and balance. All this while maintaining warming, soothing alcohol and an insatiable draw.

O - I recall Darkness having one of the hoppiest aromas of any Russian Imperial Stout I've encountered while being sweeter than all get-out. Suffice it to say, age has done this beer an incredible favor; rounding out some of the rougher edges for an insanely crave-able, lustful, sinfully delicious stout. For every bottle you hoped would age well and failed, Darkness makes up for, rewarding your patience with big dividends. This chocolaty, roasted malt-rich brew exceeds expectations of greatness and completely satisfies.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:04:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ChicagoShoop

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-30-2012 03:11:55 | More by ChicagoShoop
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InstaBeer


5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-29-2012 23:41:11 | More by InstaBeer
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yokken

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-29-2012 21:11:57 | More by yokken
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seplo

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

10-29-2012 20:18:20 | More by seplo
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-29-2012 14:52:22 | More by EROCK75
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sparx1100

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-29-2012 02:09:08 | More by sparx1100
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augustg

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-29-2012 02:06:57 | More by augustg
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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-28-2012 21:35:40 | More by coz
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AleApostle

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-24-2012 15:55:07 | More by AleApostle
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chrisp450

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-23-2012 22:42:27 | More by chrisp450
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

10-23-2012 15:10:50 | More by KWMiles
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mpetersen

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

10-22-2012 21:51:35 | More by mpetersen
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gawnphishin

Texas

5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-22-2012 05:05:38 | More by gawnphishin
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,529 ratings.