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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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: 2,856
Gots: 985 | 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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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

09-26-2013 01:16:12 | More by IdrinkGas
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

12-20-2013 14:28:40 | More by montrealbcr89
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badboy7113

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

08-27-2013 18:17:04 | More by badboy7113
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kraticus41

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

11-23-2013 00:53:32 | More by kraticus41
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Stoutsman

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-14-2012 22:25:09 | More by Stoutsman
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-03-2012 02:42:48 | More by smutty33
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EB1

California

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

06-01-2014 19:13:40 | More by EB1
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

09-30-2013 23:43:03 | More by IpeeA
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klipper

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

11-14-2011 07:43:31 | More by klipper
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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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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

07-02-2014 18:25:37 | More by GClarkage
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared at the "Black Friday" tassting 2009. Thanks fbm115 for the bottle.

The beer is black. It's Darkness. The head is a dark brown but it dies to just a lace around the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with only a hint of dark flavor in the back. Doesn't really live up to the Darkness title, as it it more bright and hoppy. Pine and citrusy orange peel come through with DIPA strength.

The flavor is mostly hoppy, with a syrupy, dark chocolate flavor hiding in there. There is a burnt, bitter finish from both the hops and the roast. Fruity hop flavors come through as orange and cranberry, reminding me of a chocolate covered fruits. There is a bit of a garlicy flavor as well from the overboard of hops.

The mouthfeel is thick, resiny, and oily. Slightly chalky finish. Slight warming feeling from the alcohol. This beer is hurt by the overboard of hops for the drinkability. Overall it seemed like there was too much going on, but I'd like to see how this tastes with some age on it when those hops calm down.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 21:41:43 | More by jeffthecheff
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Vermonthiker

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-15-2013 12:29:20 | More by Vermonthiker
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domtronzero

California

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-09-2013 23:39:01 | More by domtronzero
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WillRadar

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-03-2012 18:01:26 | More by WillRadar
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

01-31-2013 23:22:26 | More by CityofBals
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Eric15

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

03-04-2014 22:10:16 | More by Eric15
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

04-16-2012 17:38:29 | More by deapokid
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Jones153

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

12-21-2013 17:04:35 | More by Jones153
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Got a bottle of this beast and was extremely excited to try it out. Split it with a lucky buddy.

Pours pitch black with no light penetration what so ever. Average sized dark brown head.

Damn this beer smells good! and strong! As others have noted it is very sweet, roasted, fruity, chocolaty, smokey and generally dark and damn strong.

The taste is the same thing. It is almost overwhelming. The flavour is good, sweet chocolate, strong coffee, toffee, caramel and fig flavours abound. Overall, the beer is much too sweet. I think that is the major problem.

Feels nice and smooth on the tongue, coats your mouth nicely, the alcohol is also extremely well masked.

The aroma and taste go right into your head and assault your temples. I had a headache halfway through. I really wanted to like this beer more than I did... It is also way to expensive; I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:51:40 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage: Pours out black, you know the story. A dark fruit aroma, plum, prune, fig, raisin.

Taste, reminiscient of dark lord, but a little thinner. Sweet, dark sugar. This really is right up the alley of a traditional RIS, sweet, not super thick, no coffee, chocolate seemed to be on the lacking side for any kind of stout. Boozy, didn't pick up any vanilla, lots of wood, probably oak, oak was all over this.

Was comparable to tenfidy also. Not my favorite RIS, but definitely solid. But I'd rather have coffee bender, abrasive, furious or wet. This would be no big deal if it was in a can.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:58:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tarheels86

California

3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL 2010 vampire ed courtesy of beeranddogs. Pour pour is clear ruby to deep brown looking opaque black in the glass. A massive mocha head erupts with infinite retention and bit webby, sticky lace. Aroma isn’t all the massive or even pleasant: salty olives, brine, lots of wood. As it warms the only thing that comes through is oxidized red apple slices. The taste is dry oak, spicy oak, slightly hot alcohol, sweet molasses and prunes. Palate is very soft, not too syrupy, ending somewhat chalky and powdery. Comes across as very basic and mediocre. How this is in the Top 100 and Midnight Sun Berserker is not baffles me. There are just so many better imperial stouts out there. 12/12/2010 6/5/7/4/13=3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:56:54 | More by tarheels86
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antoines15

California

3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would like to start bu saying that I liked this more than I liked this year's version of Dark Lord. Had it on tap at Tribes and have never hsad it before. I won't stick to the formt of beer reviews but still get my point acrdoss. It was very sweet at first but the finish semmed a bit more roasty, wich reallu balanced it out for me, Iam srill not sure of i like dthis beer or not after a fw 'buzzed" minutes to think abut it, I would give it B as a score. NOt bad but not anything to kill yorself tryin gto get. O'Malley!

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 01:28:23 | More by antoines15
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

4 oz. pour into a small snifter at Churchkey DC. Vintage 2011.

A real nice dark cocoa brown head is presented, falls slowly. Manages to leave a real nice whispy puck and collar while finishing. Body color gives a slightly good oily sheen, but nothing filimy, and the body color is nearly jet black (I'll go walnut black)

Nose hits with mild char, faint milk chocolate, incredibly soft bodied and silky smelling, like whipped up mocha. Unfortunately there's something also medicinal on this as well.

Taste goes to sweetened coffee, and warming hot cocoa. A very noticeable taste of confectioners sugar, maybe even some maple. It's nicely balanced though between all these palate flavors, maybe even some faint hop bitter on the finish. Palate matches the sense of smelling velvet and rich silk. But incredibly sweet tasting though and mostly just "noticeably sweet" which makes it a bit one dimensional.

Overall though, it reminds me too much of CBS on tap but nowhere as impressive, and has that noticeable sugar sweetness which gets to me a bit. It's an impressive beer, but I just don't enjoy drinking this at all compared to others I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 00:25:14 | More by smakawhat
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Aw Yeh for splitting this beer with me. Our first beer of the night as we set out to relive childhood memories and complete A Link to the Past in one night.

Appearance - Well the first challenge was actually sawing through the quarter inch thick black wax. Poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter. A delicious chocolaty foam head foams up immediately as it rises to the brim of the glass. The beer itself is pitch black; no way any light is shining through this one.

Smell - Rich in its chocolate malt profile. Slight hints of coffee as well. Light barley and hops are present in the background. Smells slightly sour due to fruit scents.

Taste - A very complex taste. I didn't know where to begin when trying to identify it. A slightly bitter swallow filled with chocolate and slight ethanol. The aftertaste is a very sweet chocolate and dark fruit that could even have some honey in it as well. A slight sweet bourbon note as well. I don't get many hints of coffee in this, but when I do; it is very faint. Slight spices linger on my tongue at the finish. The taste is almost unplesant at times though, due to how complex it is. I don't feel as if the flavors blend together very well at times.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A little hard to swallow at times because of the ABV, but it is definitely a tasty beer. There is no mistaking that this is a Russian Imperial Stout. Filled with hints of dark fruit, honey, spices and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 02:04:43 | More by Jesse13713
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,494 ratings.