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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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world-class

2,546 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,546
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,885
Gots: 1,008 | FT: 67
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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hopslam11

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-19-2013 13:47:41 | More by hopslam11
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nmeierpolys


5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-19-2013 06:21:21 | More by nmeierpolys
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Skunkyluvmuffin

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-19-2013 00:39:48 | More by Skunkyluvmuffin
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mndanika

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-18-2013 18:39:47 | More by mndanika
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ralerwen

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-18-2013 18:24:35 | More by ralerwen
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stonequarrywest

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

12-17-2013 21:59:13 | More by stonequarrywest
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Bigtwin

Michigan

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-17-2013 14:14:04 | More by Bigtwin
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MastaShonuf

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-16-2013 07:00:33 | More by MastaShonuf
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imfrommichigan

Utah

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-16-2013 06:14:35 | More by imfrommichigan
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salvy31

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

12-16-2013 05:16:48 | More by salvy31
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_-CARP-_

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-16-2013 03:22:52 | More by _-CARP-_
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CaptainPancakes

California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-16-2013 01:39:11 | More by CaptainPancakes
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-15-2013 15:56:00 | More by JohnnieNepal
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-14-2013 21:48:35 | More by MichPaul
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 20:13:34 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 20:05:40 | More by TasteTester
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-13-2013 15:27:52 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2013 03:47:32 | More by XmnwildX12
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B_Faust

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to open my 2013 but I did have a few bottles of the prior years. Very distinct in it's quality. Nose was great, mouthfeel was fantastic, and the flavor was over the top. Chocolate, raisin, coffee, hops, fruity, toasty and rich goodness. Warming alcohol, but little smell or flavor, not solvent-like other big RIS's. Just a great experience. I had my first few fresh, can't wait to open my 2013....don't know how long I can wait! Surly never fails to amuse me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:47:08 | More by B_Faust
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-13-2013 01:29:20 | More by cistercian12
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fanboy77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.1%

12-12-2013 20:19:23 | More by fanboy77
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-12-2013 17:11:24 | More by MacQ32
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2012 and 2013 next to each other.

2013 stole the show, hands down. The grade is reflective of that one.

Great color and head on both beers.

Aroma on the 2013 was much more powerful in terms of coffee, chocolate and hops. 2012 was sweeter smelling with a lot of dark fruit.

Flavor was much of the same differentiating factors. 2013 was balanced, hoppy, smooth and delicious. 2012 had a weird metallic 'twang' to it with every sip, and was just way too fruity and sweet with no hops or coffee/chocolate to add a little bitterness.

Overall, I was very disappointed with the results. While I am now glad I traded away my older bottles, I was expecting something a little more 'badass' in terms of a vintage showdown. Oh well, maybe my bottle just didn't age properly. Either way, the fresh bottle was outstanding and on par with my favorite RIS...Stone RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 05:52:40 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-12-2013 00:43:36 | More by canucklehead
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BeerSquirrel

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-12-2013 00:32:09 | More by BeerSquirrel
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,546 ratings.