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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,540 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,540
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,877
Gots: 1,000 | 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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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-19-2011 18:09:59 | More by Texasfan549
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Shag

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-19-2011 16:20:26 | More by Shag
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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-19-2011 14:16:32 | More by kjkinsey
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kojevergas

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet in a cafe in a suburb of Minneapolis. I was extremely excited to try this per its reputation. Reviewed from notes.

**This review largely reflects the 2011 Darkness, but I did try the 2012 Darkness as well and found it more hop-forward

A: Pours a two finger beautiful tan colour head of excellent cream, thickness, and retention (considering the ABV). Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Brilliant mix of cream, coffee, chocolate, and nuts. A light strength aroma.

T: Heavy (yet subtle) chocolate, coffee, and wonderful cream lacing. Rich and complex. The alcohol does come through unfortunately, which jabs into the otherwise well-executed balance. It's surprisingly hop-forward for the style. Dark malt and caramel heavy. It's quite well built, though I don't think its ABV is warranted. It'd be better at a lower ABV so the flavours could come out. I do quite enjoy it otherwise.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet, but too thick. More dryness and coarseness would be ideal; it feels more like a porter than a stout as is.

Dr: Hard to drink due to the ABV (and more importantly, how obvious it makes itself), but the mouthfeel makes it slide down easily. I like its subtlety. It's pricey and hard to find, but I do like it. I don't know that it's worth seeking out like some other Russian imperial stouts.

B

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 01:01:12 | More by kojevergas
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -33.3%

12-19-2011 00:21:40 | More by bpgpitt10
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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California

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,540 ratings.