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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,685 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 766
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,922
Gots: 1,037 | FT: 77
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.

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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Photo of zhanson88
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Appearance: Pours out a deep, dark brown that appears black in the glass. About 3/4" of dark tan head forms, which has pretty good retention and very nice lacing. Pretty good start to this beer.

Smell: Smells pretty roasty, but not overly so, with light coffee bitterness and stronger dark and milk chocolate sweetness intermingling.

Taste: Roast bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness all the way. Good balance of the two. Lingering bitterness from the roast. Not the most complex beer, but what is there is very solid.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is just under full, with an excellent level of carbonation. Overall, a very good non barrel aged stout. It gives up a bit of complexity but is very well put together, and has an excellent sweet/bitter balance. Definitely a recommend.

zhanson88, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Casedogg43
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Casedogg43, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of santa216
4.5/5  rDev 0%

santa216, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Iowacraft
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Iowacraft, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of epyon396
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

epyon396, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

HoppyBastard1, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
4.5/5  rDev 0%

DerekMorgan, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of tconboy
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
Photo of aslamm75
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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

anteater, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Pug
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Davepoolesque, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Kaveman
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Kmlund, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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

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

ScottP, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of DantheMan75
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

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

uncccegr, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of blkcld
5/5  rDev +11.1%

blkcld, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
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
Photo of StPaulSchmitty
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

StPaulSchmitty, Jan 02, 2014
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.