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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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world-class

2,602 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,602
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,908
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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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

01-08-2014 03:05:23 | More by anteater
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Pug

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2014 21:26:28 | More by Pug
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-06-2014 16:32:13 | More by Davepoolesque
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Kaveman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-06-2014 02:40:41 | More by Kaveman
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2014 00:51:10 | More by Kmlund
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cbgoods

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2014 00:44:13 | More by cbgoods
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

01-05-2014 06:32:40 | More by NooseJustice
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-04-2014 18:41:01 | More by ScottP
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-03-2014 20:55:47 | More by DantheMan75
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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-03-2014 16:30:38 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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uncccegr

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-03-2014 05:14:43 | More by uncccegr
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blkcld

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-02-2014 22:02:34 | More by blkcld
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%

Bomber from the end of year Ottawa Tasting

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oats

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and vanilla. There is also some coffee, roasted/toasted nuts, and some oats.

Overall - Really smooth and enjoyable to drink. A great balance of flavours and something that I would drink a lot if it was regularly available to me.

01-02-2014 17:50:28 | More by spinrsx
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heresy22

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-02-2014 17:11:59 | More by heresy22
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StPaulSchmitty

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-02-2014 04:15:47 | More by StPaulSchmitty
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JPeezy

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-02-2014 03:27:42 | More by JPeezy
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nguasta2

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-02-2014 00:39:02 | More by nguasta2
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-01-2014 21:57:51 | More by beergorrilla
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karlt

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-01-2014 14:52:19 | More by karlt
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spoony

Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%

From a 650 ml bottle (2013 batch) into a snifter.

A-A gentle pour produces about a finger of medium brown foam. The retention is so-so and in less than a minute I am left with a patchy cap. The cap hangs around for a bit before dissipating to a collar. The beer underneath is pretty nearly black and opaque with a little bit of sheen.

S-The aroma is sweet and complex with suggestions of molasses and a warming background of alcohol. I detect some dark fruit, a touch of licorice-like spice, and nice roasted flavors. There is dark, semi-sweet chocolate, as well. The heavy-roasted bitterness is well integrated into the sweetness and the result is inviting.

T-Ultra-rich and creamy with a taste that includes many of the same flavors I smelled. Dark berry fruit, lightly bitter semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, and a little kick of spice. The alcohol is rolled in really well and gives a bit of fruity sweetness and warmth. Complexity is off the charts. Each sip reveals a new flavor.

M-The body is moderate to full and the carbonation is average for the style.

O-This is a great beer. What I especially enjoyed is how the roasted flavors managed to meld and balance the sweetness and fruit flavors. Unlike many RISs, this brew is not a complete char bomb or a soy sauce bomb, but a great balance between the two styles. The flavors are intense and complex. Perhaps the best non-barrel stout I've ever had.

01-01-2014 08:30:35 | More by spoony
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-01-2014 05:49:12 | More by jmdrpi
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cp45

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-01-2014 04:22:15 | More by cp45
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ms333

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-31-2013 22:23:27 | More by ms333
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nellayesac

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-31-2013 14:00:42 | More by nellayesac
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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

12-31-2013 06:35:04 | More by teamwiggum
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,602 ratings.