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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,890 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,890
Reviews: 778
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 3,025
Gots: 1,104 | FT: 84
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. This listing is ONLY for Darkness that is NOT barrel-aged. For 2014 Darkness go here:  http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... 14/141724/ 

Labels:
2007-Grim Reaper
2008-Devil
2009-Mummy
2010-Vampire
2011-Zombie
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark molasses colored with a thick creamy head that subsides to an even, frothy layer that's clingy and with a lot of legs.

S - Black anise, licorice, deep roasted caramel/toffee malt, molasses, light bourbon.

T - Dark molasses and dark roasted chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted caramel cream, toasted sherry/bourbon/oak.

M - Thick, rich, full bodied, sticky, and viscous.

O - Outstanding and seek out.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thick mocha head. Great lacing. So much happening on the nose - lots of dark chocolate, vanilla and stone fruit with hints of roasted malt and smoke. Outstanding aroma! Palate follows the nose, dark chocolate, vanilla, cherries, and dark fruity notes. The malt and smoky notes are even more apparent on the tongue. Body is ridiculously smooth with a medium body and light carbonation. Overall, if there are any faults in this stout I can't discern them. This is not only the best non-BA stout I've had, it's the finest example of a Russian Imperial Stout I've had, period!

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2012 bottle poured into a couple taster snifters....

Pitch black pour with a beautiful one finger head and perfect brown head with a sticky lace retention. So much chocolate and cherry in the aroma and taste. There's a beautiful coffee and caramel finish in the taste. Full body and low carbonation with a silky smooth finish. This beer is absolutely sublime. It's a chocolate coffee marshmallow dream. The 2 years created a perfect symmetry. Epic!

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,890 ratings.