Darkness - Surly Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
11-30-2009 21:41:43 | More by jeffthecheff
3.5/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
11-15-2010 01:51:40 | More by EwaldEichstaett
3.53/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
12-27-2010 03:58:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5 rDev -21.6%
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
10-02-2012 15:56:54 | More by tarheels86
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,632 ratings.