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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,629 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,629
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,915
Gots: 1,017 | FT: 71
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

*MY FIRST REVIEW*
I was lucky enough to have one on draft @ FFF 15 anniversay party as well as to score one at Map Room in Chicago.

I am new to the Imperial Russian Stout Game, but I know what I like. Big coffee notes up front, kinda like a double brewed slightly sweetend cup of joe. Then that mocha sneaks up on you. These flavors do a great job of hinding the alcohol, especially when you let it warm up to room temp. I love looking at the rim this beer leaves behind in the glass, it reminds you of what was once there.

It's such a complex beer, but any fan of the the Russian Imperial can truely appreciate the craft that went into Darkness.

11-23-2011 07:00:11 | More by iceboi15
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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siege06nd

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -2.7%

2011 vintage poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Shared with IrishColonial.

A: Black as night. A three quarter finger dark brown head appears and just as quickly fades to a quarter finger head. Decent lacing down the sides. Good.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, and an assertive hop profile in the bouquet. Has a barleywine-esque quality. Lingering in the background is a very pleasing dark fruit scent. Expands and softens as it warms. Chocolate and dark fruit become more apparent and the hops take a step back. Nice.

T: Lots of chocolate and some light coffee roast. Sweet and creamy. Warm dark fruit on the mid and finish. An assertive hop presence for the style, but it never dominates. Would be interested to see where this went with a year of age on it. A little bit of heat, but not offensive. This tastes infinitely better as it warms up...the fruits start to come foward, the hops take a step back. Wow, this is damn fine.

M: Really excellent. Carbonation is perfect. Darkness is a full and viscous beer, coating the sides of my palate with its creamy, fruity deliciousness. Flavors are very well balanced. If I have one nit, it's that the hops stick out a little too much for the style. But I imagine that would settle with some age. It's a minor complaint, though, when faced with the wonderful integration of flavors that is Surly Darkness.

O: The smell on this was misleading...I was expecting a dry-ish, hoppy stout. Instead I got a full-flavored, chocolatey, fruity beast of a brew. Good for me. It's complex, creamy, and smooth. One of my favorite qualities in an imperial stout is the ability to bring dark fruit into the flavor profile and Darkness is one of the best I have found in that regard. I think this beer could only benefit from 6-12 months in the cellar, but it certainly drinks quite well now. Excellent job, Surly.

11-20-2011 01:09:07 | More by siege06nd
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
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