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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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2,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,840
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,986
Gots: 1,096 | FT: 80
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Starting in 2014, bottled Darkness will be aged in whiskey barrels. This listing is ONLY for Darkness that is NOT barrel-aged. For 2014 Darkness go here:  http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... 14/141724/ 

2007-Grim Reaper
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer

(Beer added by: ryantupy on 10-08-2006)
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Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HopsSchnapps! Thanks man!

Cracked at midnight last night, but couldn't finish. Going at it again!

Black. Void of light. Pours with a dark brown finger of head. Smells of char, roast, chocolate and an intense coffee. Tastes more chocolaty. Still some charred notes and roasted notes. Slight hops on the finish. Body is full, creamy and luscious. Finish is so clean and smooth it's scary.

EgadBananas, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

riverrunt421, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sepia inky dark appeance with only slight carbonation with an unremarkable nose but followed by a velvety smooth, lushous abundance of pleasantly dark slightly bitter flavors pursued by a vague sweetness, not overbearing or fruity, just a pleasant finish to a highly sip-able beer perfected for a cold winter's night: boozy without burn, sweet and slightly dry.

CaptainNomihodai, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

tsatem, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

ColdPoncho, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

DWolf, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

ABVforMe, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Bob2o0o, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

twohearteddean, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

LornaLee, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

dsuedbeck, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

hurfer, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

zulufactor, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

HuckinFippie, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

gbbass16, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Darkness 2011 on tap at Stout's Pub in Falcon Heights, MN. Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter (per my request).

A: Beautiful inky black with one of the most dense heads I have ever seen. Lace is a timeline of pure savoring bliss.

S: Bitterness over dark fruit. Light pipe tobacco, alcohol, candi sugar, tamarind.

T: Yes. This is what beer is all about. While it drinks like an aged port it holds up the beer end with dark malt profile. So complex in flavor, I am sure a million descriptors are necessary. Raisin, rum, merlot grape, currant, leather, charcoal, dates and figs, coffee-like bitter, pumpernickel, sherry, a little hazelnut or pecan, molasses, cherry tobacco...I keep finding new elements here as the beer warms and airs out.

M: Rich and lucious. Syrupiness isn't overbearing and carbonation is so tight that this is a physical pleasure to the palate as much as it is a (taste) sensory one.

D: Overall, easily the best of the style I've ever had. One of the best beers I have ever had. One of only a handful of brews I have ever had a guttural moan involuntarily emerge from my lips upon nearly every delicious sip. I don't give 5's easily, Surly has earned them.

ForWhatAlesYou, Dec 24, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had from tap and poureed into a small brandy snifter. Pours near black that is almost like a black hole

Big, bold, and pungent with very rich aromas of malts, warm caramel, spices and some bits of hops

full bodied with a great and smooth feel. Rich with powerful flavors of roasted malts, caramel, and some hops

Lived up to my expectations. This was one to savor, mostly because the alcohol was no joke either. There was a small touch of heat from it, but it wasn't too much

KDawg, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

SolarMikey, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

SummitVA, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Antnyd82, Dec 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jon, Dec 23, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was part of a 08-11 Darkness Vert! I found the 09' and 10' were my favorites, 08 was still good, but slight oxidation was detectable during the tasting.

This review will be a combo of my two favorite years.

A: Single fingered head that exhibited solid retention that slowly reduced to a thin film leaving some lacing in its wake. As the name suggests, this brew is completely black.

S: The 10' still had a slight hop profile while the 09' was full of toffee and raison scents. Molasses follows on both and was fairly potent.

T: Similar to the scent, the 10' had some bitterness from the hops and was balanced well by the sweet molasses that followed. The 09' was sweet, not too sweet for a 6 or so ounce tasting, but I would definitely struggle drinking a whole bottle. As the scent indicated the flavor was primarily comprised of toffee and dark fruits. The alcohol was not detectable in any vintage.

M: Medium/heavy bodied, nice and creamy, well carbonated.

O: A fantastic brew from my home state brewery. I suggest others do a vert if they can, was surprising how much this brew changed over time.

tjkinate, Dec 22, 2011
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,840 ratings.