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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,494 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,494
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,857
Gots: 986 | 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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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-12-2012 23:41:28 | More by Oboogie
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-14-2011 17:46:57 | More by DJButters
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Jon

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-23-2011 04:19:31 | More by Jon
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Dloude

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-03-2012 19:05:54 | More by Dloude
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-14-2011 18:56:06 | More by kkrez
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djschnabel

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-14-2011 12:42:19 | More by djschnabel
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Sinatra716

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-18-2011 04:41:40 | More by Sinatra716
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Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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rainerfish24

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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osusullins

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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RRC87

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-15-2011 17:09:23 | More by RRC87
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sorvats

California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-21-2013 21:42:46 | More by sorvats
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-06-2012 03:45:44 | More by sjstraub
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CrowElam

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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apasternak

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Bmuncy

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 version

Appearance: It's weakest, which doesn't say much as I've still given it a 5. Near Jet-Black and one of the darkest brews I've ever seen. It's rich and frothy mocha head teases you to take a drink, no begs you. Slight lace retention, though unimpressive. If there is a weak point in this beer, lace retention would be it. However, I feel it's not a very important aspect.

Smell: Devastatingly powerful. One whiff knocks you onto your hills. Deep, milk chocolate and espresso welcomes the nostrils with undertones of vanilla, cherry and hops.

Taste: Strong hints of chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla notes. A very warming beer invites you to a wonderland of flavor. Sweet and roasty chocolate. If Willy Wonka Brewed beer, this would be it.

Mouthfeel. Thick, strong, syrupy, full. These are are appropriate adjectives.

Drinkability: The scariest thing about this beer isn't the vampire on the label, it's the drinkability of this beer. At 10.x% ABV, this titan of flavor and smoothness' scariest attribute is how quickly you can down it. Without realizing it, I drank half the bottle in only a few gulps.

I've never given a perfect score to any beer, not even an A+. I've always waited for that one beer that would destroy every sense of reality that I had to give out such an honor... but here it is... Surly Darkness.... and it does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 18:00:05 | More by Bmuncy
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claaark13

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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deadbody

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HOLY COW. Had this on tap at Groveland Tap, and it was amazing. Pours a dark rich black with a nice creamy tan head, excellent lacing. Strong malt smell, amazing taste, thick and rich with a great bold body. Spectacular mouthfeel, thick and rich. Super drinkable. Really happy I picked up 2 bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 00:18:43 | More by deadbody
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,494 ratings.