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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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2,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,540
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
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Gots: 1,001 | FT: 66
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:

2007-Grim Reaper
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer

(Beer added by: ryantupy on 10-08-2006)
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Did not have the menacing pour I anticipated - dark, brown light showing through. Sits black in the glass with a dark mocha head. Sticks to the glass but not overly retentive, minimal alcohol legs.

Aroma of heavy roast, dark chocolate, some vanilla coffee. Some dark fruits as well, but not very distinctive. Nice, but not very vibrant.

Taste is huge. Big chocolate, heavy roast, some vanilla and dark cherry - slight molasses. Decently bitter but cut with a nice sweetness. Full, smooth well rounded body.

Very good RIS - not the best I have had, but certainly something worth getting a few bottles of.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:47:03 | More by timc100
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head, about a quarter inch that fades into a ring at the edge. Amazing lacing for the style. Smell is bitter coffee and hops, licorice, milk. Taste is pretty fantastic. Sweet malt, sugary frosting, chocolate and hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is a heavy but perfect. Heavy with lots of lactose, light but fizzi carbonation. For the style, as drinkable as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 04:09:23 | More by nkersten
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks goes out to leftmindedrighty for hooking this up in a fat BIF box(es)

Pours a sickly thick black impenetrable darkness with a large and in charge tan ice cream head that lingers forever and leaves great lacing.

Nose is chock full o roasted malt. Some chocolate makes its presence known along with some hops. Smells like this is going to be quite roasty and bitter. I don't smell the same hop power i got out of the 2007 batch, but its still there.

Wow. A fantastic imperial stout once again. Roasted malt is defenitely the dominant presence out of the gate. Wow. Roasted malt continues as some chocolate flavors begin to emerge. Both continue as some very dark sweet flavors begin to rise toward the finish. Some good crisp hoppiness mixes right in without being too strong or rivaling the roasted malt action. The finish has a nice crisp bitter lick, but also keeps the sweet thick chocolatey flavor going, along with the constant roasted malt, both of which linger on in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is not for the faint of heart. Im pretty sure i can feel my arteries clogging right now. This bitch is nearly milkshake status. which is...awesome. the carbonation is where it should be.

Drinkability is pretty damn good considering the nature of this beast and the abv. Nothing amazing in this category, but certainly above average.

Overall an amazing imperial stout from Surly. Im not sure which batch I like better, but they both are killer beers. If you like big thick monsterous viscous collosal ultra galactic beast stouts, this will be right up your alley. Thanks again to Aaron for hookin a brotha up with this oft desired brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 01:37:43 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CrellMoset... shared along with dkachur.

A: Black as a stout will be, with a fairly light tan head. Very bubbly and sticky.

S: Quite an incredible scent. Big, doughy malts... I get something almost like fresh gingerbread batter. Some chocolate in there.

T: A nice, big, roasted malt... it's quite sweet and chocolatey. Again, I get some hints of gingerbread from it, which is quite nice. On the finish, a little hint of licorice comes out. It takes a little while and some warmth to come out, but it's nice.

M + D: Very rich and sticky... big molasses like consistency. To date, I don't believe I've come across something quite this thick. It can get quite sweet after a while, but it's certainly a very good flavour and aroma. Quite pleased with this one, and it moves away from a trend of a couple weaker offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 02:53:55 | More by Proteus93
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. 2011/ zombie. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours oil black with two fingers of deep khaki head. Small pods lacing.

Nose is pretty good but seems fairly subdued. Cocoa, roast malts and burnt sugar.

Taste is a sweet blend of chocolate, soy sauce, coffee, cherry pits, rum soaked fig/dates and a dollop of alcohol heat. A fantastic blend.

Excellent heavy tongue-coating feel with light carbonation. Lingering sweet finish.

This is a great imperial stout. I think it might be too sweet to really be a Russian imperial but it's freakin good. Highly recommended and I'd definately like to get more sometime.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 16:39:08 | More by ThickNStout
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a black with a dark maple brown hue. A dark tan, soapy head fades out into a gentle cap and leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy pine, and oakiness up front followed by molasses, caramel, and cocoa. Sort of reminds me of Storm King with the hoppiness up front.
Taste is of cocoa, sugar, molasses, and plentiful of citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, lingering of chocolate, bitter, and mildly astringent.

Serving type: growler

01-10-2007 18:08:40 | More by weeare138
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 edition

Pours jet black with about an inch of dark brown creamy head. Beer looks very "alive" so to speak and is about as nice as you can expect a RIS to look.

Nose is pleasant with mostly notes of chocolate. Not what I would call a strong smell (in contrast I found the taste much stronger and distinct) but still a very pleasant one with minimal sense of alcohol.

Taste makes me think of chocolate milk.... to me that seems like the overpowering note, which I enjoyed immensely. Coffee there too and a few slight underlying flavors that my palate isn't good enough to identify with certainty. The longer I drink it the more the sweetness of the beer starts to take front stage, but never to the point of being overpowering.

Keeping with the chocolate milk theme, the mouthfeel is fantastic. As creamy of a RIS as i've ever had and fantasticly easy to drink for such a high abv.

In total a great beer that I think probably benefited a good deal from cellaring a year. I had this a day after having a 09 dark lord and its amazing just how different two huge beers made in the same general style can be. Glad I finally got a hold of this one, but unless I move to minnesota for some reason, I don't anticipate going through the trouble of obtaining it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 17:39:02 | More by mechamifune
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year, I was lucky enough to get the hook-up: my very own bottle of Darkness. Huge thanks to the one, the only, the bearded, the recently deceased backfat for this rare opportunity.

2012 batch, brewed pretty recently; the werewolf bottle art might be the most badass bottle art I’ve ever seen.

A: Deep, thick body in a midnight black hue, propelling a head of pure brown cream up to two fingers. The head compresses to a thick, bubbly retention, like the foam you get when pour chocolate milk too fast (only darker, shining wet in the light). Layers of sandy lacing everywhere, encircling the glass in a ring of tan color.

S: There’s a very aromatic nose on this, and with spectacular complexity. Tons and tons of fruit scents waft up a profile of bright cherry and raisin, which turn out to be the main aromas of this nose. Never had a Russian imperial stout smell like this before, but I love it! Toffee cascades over aromas of icing, sugar cookie, Hershey’s chocolate syrup (dead-on), and coffee with cream for the secondary layer, filling out every available portion of the nose with complexity. The nose rounds out in a cloud of vanilla, spicy bourbon, and whipped cream. Just astounding.

T: Bittersweet palate, emphasis on the bitter, though rich, dark flavors reach out at every turn. First tastes consist of toasty chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and toffee, but soon after, it’s an absolute bitter-fest – lemon rind, char, tart raspberry, acidic coffee, astringent alcohol, and pine, absolutely tongue-smacking in the hop taste. The astringency is almost overwhelming at times. The cherry and white raisin from the nose come in next, enveloping the palate in a genuine sweetness that overcomes the overly-present bitters; add the accompanying chocolate sauce taste that comes after and you have yourself a chocolate-covered strawberry. Finishes very bright – cherry puree is strong here – and with only a momentary, roasty notion that you just drank a 10% ABV stout. What a ride.

M: I’ve heard this year’s batch is hot, but I only got a touch of fire on the way down. Apart from that, it’s all smoothness, enough to even seem like a porter in strength – insanely drinkable.

O: Beer like this don’t come around to often; this is a stout the likes of which I don’t think I’ll find anywhere else. To be honest, it was hard to get acclimated to the Darkness at first (probably because of the hop presence), but I truly enjoyed every sip. This is worthy of a full day of celebration, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 04:24:25 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage served on tap at Groveland Tap.

A: Black as Satan's soul, nice amount of dark brown head and lacing

S: Strong roasted smell, some sweet chocolate, slight coffee, and a little booze

T: Roasted malty liquid goodness, chocolate is quite present, with a slight coffee follow-up, and a subtle sweet finish.

M: Quite thick moderate carbonation, love it.

D: Highly drinkable, @ 10.3%, it was masked extremely well. It is a big beer, very filling, with a lot of substance.

Overall I think this lived up to the hype, it is truly an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2010 21:33:52 | More by therobot
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage

Poured pitch black with a nice 2 finger head. A great looking beer.

The smell of this beer is of dark fruit and molasses.

The taste is of smooth dark late but not overbearing. I thought it would be a little fuller than it was. Still great just not what I expected.

The mouthfeel was awesome. This beer does not taste like a 10.3% beer at all. It is without a doubt one of the easiest beers to drink (of this style) that I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:58:21 | More by mcgwire756
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle initially served at cellar temp (55) and revisited after 2 hours.

A: Quite dark. Distinguished itself in a heavy lineup. Thick and lo-carb of course, but produces a fair finger thickness tan head that slowly dissipates into a tightly knit ring.
S: Malt extract and stout reduction. Some volatile acids apparent, but not in an offensive way. Nothing exceptional, but smells delicious.
T: Malt extract again here, with a lightly burnt roast edge. Chocolate not as pronounced as expected, and there is a light sharpness from acidity and/or hops that keeps this fairly 'fresh.'
M: Lighter than anticipated. Not significantly heftier than alot of normal production stouts, which isn't a bad thing. Not palate fatiguing. Full bodied.
D: For a big beer, I could see this getting dangerous. Good enough to want more. Goes down almost too easily.

An excellent brew that I'd gladly trade for again. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 23:24:18 | More by oregone
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the bavarian lodge in lisle, this was pitch black with a nice creamy brown head and lasting lacing. smells and tastes of dark milk chocolate, espresso, and dark dried fruit. alcohol is well-hidden. huge malt sweetness with bitterness and roastiness providing balance. finishes semi-sweet. very thick, almost reminds me of a slightly lighter-bodied and less hoppy dark lord. sweet malts are so dense they leave a stickiness on your lips. surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 03:50:27 | More by MrMcGibblets
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours black with a tan creamy head.

S. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, some bitter hoppiness, and some dark fruit flavors.

T. Similar to the smell. A nice balance of hippy bitterness with dark fruit flavors and mild chocolate sweetness.

M. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D. Quite good. I'm surprised I like this as much as I do.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:58:33 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shrek086 for sending me this long time want!

2010 vintage with the vampire artwork.

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch puffy dark khaki head that settles to a dense small cap. A latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and an alcohol aroma. Taste is of dark roasted malt, slightly sour dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, and some roasted coffee bean flavors. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip. There is a bit of a soy sauce quality in both the smell and taste but it's not at all unpleasant. This beer has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good RIS that deserves its status as a highly acclaimed beer. I am very happy I finally was able to snag one of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 23:12:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Mummy edition - Thanks to Tumpster in a trade

A: Very dark brown pour that has light coming through on the pour. I hesitate saying black because it just isnt quite black but close...Healthy tan head with large and small bubbles and spotty lacing.

S: sweet malts, chocolate and cocoa mixing with a sweet brown sugar smell. Definitely some crystal malts in here to flavor and round out the malt profile. Aroma is right up my alley with the sweetness I enjoy in an imperial stout.

T: Taste is greatly rounded. I picked up a lot of chocolate and crystal malt flavors with cocoa and brown sugar flavors. There is a lot of sweetness in here and I am really enjoying it. Flavors start of strong and sweet, very closely following the flavors I find in a good barleywine. Caramelized sugars also bring out some berry and marshmallow flavors. Medium bodied for the style, some may say light but at 10.3 this really comes through without any heat at all.

Light carbonation and overall a very good Impy stout. I can see why this one gets the hype, just hope that they continue to produce it in numbers as large as they have been in order to quell all the profiteers.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:08:52 | More by alpinebryant
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5
from a bottle, not on tap

Bottle number 10 thanks to johnbjaeger

A - Well, after wrestling with a nicely waxed bottle to remove the cap, I poured it into my pint glass to get a dark brown, almost black color with a few inches of a nice frothy tan foam that had no intention of going anywhere. It did leave some nice lacing and it slowly went down

S - Really nice roasted malt aroma with hints of tobacco, chocolate and smooke. None of those overpower the other and just blend nicely.

T - Nice smooth taste, rum, raisins and other dark fruit, a slight smokey quality along with chocolate, molasses, vanilla and roasted malts. The smokiness seems to come back around in the finish just after pushing away a nice sweetness.

M - Really creamy mouthfeel with a low carbonation but just a bit of a tingle on the tongue. The whole experience seems to disappear quickly and is slightly dry and makes you want more.

D - I could easily put this bottle away in a matter of minutes. I find it to be very enjoyable and I can't wait to see what it is and seek out more.


so lets unveil
Surly Darkness 2010
awesome! thats a pleasant surprise and I will now seek out some more. It was just way too enjoyable and drinkable. This box from John just seems to never stop. Good going!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 04:53:44 | More by mikereaser
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008. 750 ml bottle poured into my Cigar City tulip. I think thanks go out to ditmer for this brew, if I'm mistaken, sorry.

A: Pitch black, not a hint of light shines through. Huge two fingers of mocha head appear, retains nicely, and leaves great spotty lace.

A: Super sweet. Big molasses, raisin, fig, bittersweet chocolate, and cherry. Great chocolaty and roasty malt flavor is put in balance by the earthy hops.

T: Magnificantly complex. The molasses, dried fruit, chocolate, and cherry are great. But I am really diggin the sweetness of the malt. The earthiness gives it a balance that is supurb. The perfect amount of hops give it a smooth dry finish.

M: Super viscous, velvety smooth. I can't say anything more. Just perfect.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great. This one is about a year old, and the flavors have melded perfectly. Would really like to compare this to a fresh bottle, but couldn't wait to pop it open. Just a great example of the style. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:16:09 | More by Gtreid
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured at cellar temp into a glencairn, received in trade from AdamU726.

A - almost opaque, very black with brown hints. very nice fluffy head formed thin and hung around a bit leaving tiny amount of lacing and a ring.

S - plenty of roast, dark chocolate, some hints of molasses, vanilla, slight sour cherry, coffee. odd tartness that isn't funk, but a bit acidic?

T - quite complex IS. stuff keeps developing as it warms, but mostly dark chocolate up from, little overbrewed coffee and vanilla following, with that slightest hint of sour dark fruit that cuts through the dark roasty notes nicely. became more sweet as it warmed but was still in balance with the chocolate and roast.

M - very nice. medium-full bodied for style, but great residual coating in mouth and appropriate carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. not too sweet or cloying, not too roasty, alcohol well blended. definitely recommended. with the body being so full but overall a little sweet this should age very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 17:53:14 | More by jhimstedt
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drunkenly trading a Dark Lord for this, and then this for an Abyss at DLD 2010, I'm finally trying Darkness. Poured fresh into a snifter at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap:

A - Black, with a little brown showing at the edges. Billowing beige head of 2 fingers is retained well and leaves elaborate lacing on the inside of the glass. Very unusual for an RIS, but it looks great.

S - Strong, assertive nose features fresh coffee beans, dark fruits, and molasses. A subtle hint of dark chocolate as well. I'd like a candle with this scent. Only Dark Lord and BCBCS smell better.

T - Everything from the nose, in delicate balance. A bit of anise in the aftertaste. Very very tasty.

M and D - Smooth, medium to full body, with decent carbonation, maybe a touch more than is usual for the style. A little syrupy but not cloying, this is one to sip and savor. Excellent brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 20:46:55 | More by AJacob81
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter - 2010 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose shows signs of hops along with some vanilla and dark chocolate. It's got an earthy aroma as well.

T: The taste is really great. There are big flavors of honey, chocolate, dark fruits, earthy hops, and a touch of citrus on the finish.

M: The feel is on the fuller side of medium with a great creamy finish.

O: The age has toned down the hops a bit and let the other flavors really come forward. We drank this side by side with a 2011 and the newer bottle was a bit on the harsher side as far as the hops but the flavor was still really good.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:05:41 | More by GregSVT
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black body with a dark mocha head. Standard RIS appearance.

S: Very citrusy hop aroma is the most prominent aroma. Some roasted malt in the background but not really any chocolate or coffee.

T: Strong roasted bitterness is right up front followed by a quick burst of sweetness, possibly caramel. It fades into a decent chocolate and then bitter aftertaste. Hop presence isn't as strong as it was in the aroma.

M: Thick and heavy. Perfect for a RIS.

D: The hop aroma is out of style for this beer, but is interesting none the less. A bit more chocolate would have been nice but I'll see what happens with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 23:10:54 | More by drseamus
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4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Zombie bottling sent by my awesome Surly hookup (you know who you are!). Red waxed & capped 750ml split with my brother and poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours as dark as ANY beer I've seen...dense and black and opaque with a cap of brown.

S: Dark roast character with intense notes of dark fruits and chocolate, with hints of coffee as well...burnt caramel, dark raisins, cherry pit, fudge, hints of molasses.

T: Right in line with the nose, dark and sweet malty notes with plenty of roasted backbone, deep dark pitted fruits, brown sugar and molasses, dark cherries, semi-acrid coffee, brownie batter. Still a bit of alcohol on the finish.

MF: Fuller mouthfeel, sticky and viscous. A tiny complaint, but it could be 'bigger'.

O: This is a very good-to-great beer. I can see why this one gets the attention it does, and I'm so glad to have tried it. Excellent stout in a world that's full of options.

Thanks Aaron!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 15:58:22 | More by Scotchboy
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with new friends in Minnesota Mark, Dan, "Mo" and Robin at The Day of Darkness on tap.This brew marks my 100th review with more to come.

Appearance: Pour Jet black with brown head into a plastic cup.

Smell: Dark chocolate and piney almost simecoe hops, hint of licorice.

Taste: Opens with rich dark malts that last till the very end. There is a piney/ licorice that comes into the flavor profile with hints of vanilla from the middle to the end leaving dark malty and barely hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, with absolutely no cabonation

Drinkability: Would definitely have this again regardless of its popularity. I would recommend this to those who like a dark malt and roasted brew with subtle hints of black licorice and vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2009 23:01:01 | More by capra12
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4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

2010 edition. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Many thanks to the guys at Ale Arsenal for sharing.

A: Blood-dark red. Viscous. No head.

S: Smell is amazing. Loads of coffee. Licorice. Aggressive bitterness. Hops?

T/M: This is nutzo good! Kinda balanced, which is shocking. Very thin bodied. Hint of coffee. Hops. Roasty. Actually tastes like a stout. Lingering aftertaste is nutty and delicate. Dry. I love the roasted malt here.

O: Great imperial stout. Delicious and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 18:17:34 | More by AgentMunky
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4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage
First review of 2010
Compliments of BuckeyeNation
Served in a crystal snifter glass

Pours a deep chestnut color with a two finger head of frothy and firm light brown foam. Bubbles cascade briefly as it rises up to a peak and settles slowly down, leaving a sheet around the inside of the glass.

Complex nose of dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, currant and subtle hops.

I'm struck first by the velvety and luscious mouthfeel, creamy and smooth and rich. This leads into the rich and complex flavors of cocoa and vanilla, a little milky upfront, morphing quickly to bitter espresso and molasses, charred bark and tart cherry. Finishes slightly dry, a bitter and puckery tartness lingers, punctuated by piney hops that underscore all the other flavors moving around. The alcohol strength is well hidden, but a slight warmth does move up the cheeks.

Tremendous beer, very flavorful and very drinkable despite its strength and depth of flavor. Many many thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending this my way purely as a gift, happy new year my friend.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 22:40:14 | More by far333
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,540 ratings.