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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,601 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,601
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,907
Gots: 1,018 | 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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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-27-2014 23:39:26 | More by AndrewSmith
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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SeanBond

Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +6.9%

Surly is finally back in Chicago, and this is my first time trying Darkness, so I'm pretty excited. I usually prefer BBA stouts to regular ones, so I'll be interested in seeing how this stacks up to both.

The beer doesn't pour as dark as I expected; for something called "Darkness," I figured this would be pitch black, but it's more like a very deep brown. There's a decent amount of carbonation, so you get more head than some other comparable stouts.

The smell is pretty great; complex with berry hints, definitely different than what I'm used to.

Now to the taste: Awesome! Also not at all what I was expecting. There's a lot going on here, with the berry nose also being present in the taste. There's no coffee that I can taste here, but there's a hint of hops; not as much as something like Goose Island's Nightstalker, but enough to make it interesting. Very sweet, reminds me a little of the BCBS Backyard Rye from this year.

Consider me impressed. There's enough flavor here that I'd have bet you this one was barrel-aged. Smooth, and extremely tasty. Probably the best non-BA stout I've ever had. I'm surprised to say this, but this one really lives up to the hype.

Awesome job from Surly; I hope this one isn't too hard to get next year.

01-27-2014 16:32:34 | More by SeanBond
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blue-dream

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-27-2014 13:20:40 | More by blue-dream
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OnWisconsin

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +10%

poured 750ml bottle into chalice. 2013 release.

A - Dark, like black with a beautiful 2.5 finger caramel colored head. Nice retention with a thick collar and good amounts of tan lacing.

S - Earthy hops with pleasant dark fruits, lots of milk and bitter chocolate, roasty malts and some molasses and brown sugars to sweeten it.

T - This is one delicious RIS with hefty amounts of bitter and milk chocolate, earthy hops, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. The roasted malts are a real treat and there is a pleasant dark fruit flavor that blends well with it all.

M - Thick, viscous and creamy with a velvety smoothness to it. The carbonation is spot on for the style.

O - I can't think of a better RIS that I have had. This is an incredible beer, but the price may keep me from obtaining more than one a year.

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,601 ratings.