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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,628 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,628
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,914
Gots: 1,017 | FT: 72
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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MilwaukeeBeerMaker

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Thailand

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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dar482

New York

4.69/5  rDev +4.2%

On a '13 bottle, the beer has a really wonderful complexity for a non-barrel aged stout. Chocolate, dark fruit, umami, woody and earthy hops. A good transitioning of flavor that makes it quite different from other imperial stouts because of its substantial, but restrained hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium plus.

I had the 2012 Vintage of this.

The beer in the front has roasted malt, chocolate, and slight coffee flavors. The mouthfeel throughout is actually only medium plus, without being as full as other imperial stouts. The beer also begins with a heavy amount of sweetness. On the finish, there is a heavy hoppiness. It's a bittering that is still tannic, earthy, and drying.

08-11-2014 15:45:12 | More by dar482
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markcp

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Justinsosmart

California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Mattyice4

Georgia

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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GreenMind

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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BeerDazed

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Desimoaj


5/5  rDev +11.1%

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jhillwastaken

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.1%

08-10-2014 02:19:56 | More by jhillwastaken
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StoughtonGuy

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -55.6%

08-10-2014 01:56:57 | More by StoughtonGuy
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Albertno5


5/5  rDev +11.1%

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bnelson997

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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Peteld

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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deedric

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev 0%

2012 Surly Darkness split between 4 people served into snifters at 55+ degrees

A - Appearance is dark as night with minimal light being able to penetrate. 1/4 inch khaki to tan foam head appeared. Solid lacing with this beer.

S - Dark fruits are extremely prevalent in this with, oak, cocoa, bourbon barrels, and floral aromas coming through as it warmed.

T - Taste wasn't honestly as good as I was expecting there was slightly too much floral hoppiness and dark fruit for an RIS for my tastes. Although I drank this on a night of BCBCS, Prairie Bomb!, Abraxas, and 1 other massive stout. There is chocolate and coffee not he tongue mixing in with the hops but for some reason this beer just wasn't drinking up to the hype for me.

M - Mouthfeel was smooth, thick, with a decent amount of carbonation. May have to re-visit

O - I thought it was an amazing stout don't get me wrong, but for me the flavor was not what I was expecting and will have to give this one another go in the future.

2013 bottle - Re-review

Taste and flavors were all much the same. I have dipped further into craft since the first time I had this.

The dark fruits, raisins, figs, and plums really cut through and blend well with the chocolate notes that come through on this beer

Quite the treat once you appreciate this beer for what it is.

08-08-2014 14:56:58 | More by drmcleod10
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brewnic

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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irish-hawkeye

Iowa

5/5  rDev +11.1%

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mnbearsfan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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a_beckman25

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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grrrah

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -11.1%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -11.1%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,628 ratings.