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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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2,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,886
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,017
Gots: 1,102 | FT: 81
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/ 

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glass- 10oz snifter- small bar division
Look-it was real dark, had a tan head that would not go away for atleast a half an hour.
Smell-it has a smell of banana chocolate light coffee and vanilla
Taste- it starts with banana and dark chocolate up front and finishes with vanilla and light expresso bean oil with a splash of toffee.
Overal -it's a great beer and I will be at darkness day next year for this one, cheers!

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at smallbar tonight. Poured into a 10oz snifter.

A - very dark. plenty of head. looked oily and fantastic

S - lots of chocolate, some coffee. Definitely some bourbon, no alcohol smell.

T - delicious. makes you want more. not overly complex. wish it had more flavor actually. perhaps it is too cold.

M - thick but not too viscous and moderately carbonated.

O - Very very good. Liked it a lot but did not think it was as complex/fun to drink as others in the same field (parabola, etc.)

UPDATE - Group review from second tasting.

Darkness – on tap at the Map Room. 10oz poured into a snifter. (thanks to the bartender for pouring us more like 12-14oz ☺)

A – Black motor oil. Love the look. Very excited. Head grabs the side of the glass with a death grip.

S – Subtle smokiness taps me first. Hmm maybe not smoky, but a roasted smell. Almost like a cherry or Maplewood. This is followed by cocoa. Really nice smell.

T – It’s like eating chocolate in front of the fireplace. After chocolate comes a touch of alcohol followed by the roasted woody taste you’d expect from the smell. It ends sweet, chocolaty. Like eating chocolate. Yum.

M – So thick. Coats the mouth beautifully. Decent amount of carbonation. Chewy, almost syrupy.

O – This is very well balanced. Really really good. I’m not one who loves indulging in straight chocolate, but this hits the spot for me.

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,886 ratings.