Darkness - Surly Brewing Company
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4.81/5 rDev +6.9%
Surly is finally back in Chicago, and this is my first time trying Darkness, so I'm pretty excited. I usually prefer BBA stouts to regular ones, so I'll be interested in seeing how this stacks up to both.
The beer doesn't pour as dark as I expected; for something called "Darkness," I figured this would be pitch black, but it's more like a very deep brown. There's a decent amount of carbonation, so you get more head than some other comparable stouts.
The smell is pretty great; complex with berry hints, definitely different than what I'm used to.
Now to the taste: Awesome! Also not at all what I was expecting. There's a lot going on here, with the berry nose also being present in the taste. There's no coffee that I can taste here, but there's a hint of hops; not as much as something like Goose Island's Nightstalker, but enough to make it interesting. Very sweet, reminds me a little of the BCBS Backyard Rye from this year.
Consider me impressed. There's enough flavor here that I'd have bet you this one was barrel-aged. Smooth, and extremely tasty. Probably the best non-BA stout I've ever had. I'm surprised to say this, but this one really lives up to the hype.
Awesome job from Surly; I hope this one isn't too hard to get next year.
01-27-2014 16:32:34 | More by SeanBond
4.95/5 rDev +10%
poured 750ml bottle into chalice. 2013 release.
A - Dark, like black with a beautiful 2.5 finger caramel colored head. Nice retention with a thick collar and good amounts of tan lacing.
S - Earthy hops with pleasant dark fruits, lots of milk and bitter chocolate, roasty malts and some molasses and brown sugars to sweeten it.
T - This is one delicious RIS with hefty amounts of bitter and milk chocolate, earthy hops, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. The roasted malts are a real treat and there is a pleasant dark fruit flavor that blends well with it all.
M - Thick, viscous and creamy with a velvety smoothness to it. The carbonation is spot on for the style.
O - I can't think of a better RIS that I have had. This is an incredible beer, but the price may keep me from obtaining more than one a year.
01-26-2014 18:48:05 | More by Ri0
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,630 ratings.