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Darkness (2006 - 2013) - Surly Brewing Company

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Darkness (2006 - 2013)Darkness (2006 - 2013)

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2,654 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,654
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2,923
Gots: 1,032 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Starting in 2014, Darkness will be aged in whiskey barrels.


2007-Grim Reaper
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer

(Beer added by: ryantupy on 10-08-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

DerekMorgan, Jan 11, 2014
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4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BREWCIFER - Lord of Darkness

Thanks to Bru for the Christmas present.

Appearance: lives up to it's name. Nice pillowy caramel head fades quickly to a surrounded light film.

Smell: Oh boy! Chocolate, coffee, sweetness.

Taste: The complexity! Rather fantastic, hence the perfect rating. The dried tart cherries and raisins are there and blend with that coffee, chocolatey (don't you red-underline me!) treat that we anticipated (see smell).

Mouthfeel: As you would expect from an RIS. Moderate carbonation. Dangerously smooth finish.

Overall: A wonderful treat. Wish this wasn't such a rare gem. Not my favorite style, but enjoyed this beer with the best of them.

tconboy, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

aslamm75, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

anteater, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Davepoolesque, Jan 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Kmlund, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

cbgoods, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

NooseJustice, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

ScottP, Jan 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

DantheMan75, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

BumpkinBrewer, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

uncccegr, Jan 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

blkcld, Jan 02, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

spinrsx, Jan 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

heresy22, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

StPaulSchmitty, Jan 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JPeezy, Jan 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

nguasta2, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

beergorrilla, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

karlt, Jan 01, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

spoony, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

jmdrpi, Jan 01, 2014
Darkness (2006 - 2013) from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,654 ratings.