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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,636 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,636
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 2,918
Gots: 1,019 | 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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nollie77

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2014 23:30:34 | More by nollie77
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bralston345

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2014 21:46:27 | More by bralston345
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2014 19:40:47 | More by Cubatobaco
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Ri0

Wisconsin

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
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-26-2014 15:28:05 | More by gr8zehaman
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schimschim

South Dakota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-26-2014 07:32:39 | More by schimschim
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-26-2014 05:24:25 | More by Axnjxn
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-26-2014 05:21:00 | More by dataylor21
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-26-2014 03:23:05 | More by DaPan
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

01-26-2014 02:33:46 | More by Falcone
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-26-2014 02:30:58 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2014 23:14:02 | More by jaydoc
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2014 22:57:38 | More by schmidtmattsays
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NodakEric

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-25-2014 22:46:10 | More by NodakEric
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kustard

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-25-2014 21:08:27 | More by kustard
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773-F-I-B

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2014 20:05:21 | More by 773-F-I-B
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sully11277

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Jet black with a nice brown head that sticks around for the whole thing.

S- You get a lot of an alcohol burn then you get a nice sweetness. You get a lot of cocoa and vanilla. You get a lot of roast. there are so many smells coming off this beer they blend very well.

T/M- You get a lot of sweetness upfront, you get a lot of dark chocolate then you get more of a milk chocolate and vanilla. It is very smooth which i was shocked by because of the alcohol burn you get from the smell.

O- This beer is amazing. all the flavors blend so great together I can not wait to see how this ages.

01-25-2014 18:38:20 | More by sully11277
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Benvarine

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2014 02:01:58 | More by Benvarine
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dazedandconfused

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2014 00:27:52 | More by dazedandconfused
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kreg02

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-24-2014 23:06:35 | More by kreg02
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RussBeercier

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-24-2014 15:44:02 | More by RussBeercier
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kevanb

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%

750ml bottle, 2013 vintage, purchased at Binny's Grand in Chicago (much to my surprise) and poured into a 2012 Darkness tulip. I've heard rumors that the batch sent to Chicago was different than the batch released at Darkness Day in 2013, but I have nothing to substantiate this, that being said, this bottle was quite different than the draft offering I had at Northdown Cafe not a few weeks earlier.

The beer pours a super deep jet black color, wonderful opacity and just a touch of cola brown color when hit by the light. A thick, taut, caramel colored head rises from the beer, not instantaneously, taking its time to thicken and settle before receding slowly and gracefully leaves a few nice spots of lace behind. The aroma is roasty, dark brunt grain with some toasted coffee bean before a rush of chocolate, also a touch charred gives way to a plethora of fruit flavors, cherry, plum, prune and fig, with a bit of brown sugar and raisin as well as some molasses and toffee. The flavors however, are on point, loads of rich chocolate, bittersweet that brings out the fruit flavors impeccably well, huge amounts of cherry and plum with some backing raisin and licorice that leads to a rich malt and brown sugar sweet finish, but boy does the roast get cut down on the tongue. I'm used to this beer exerting some bitterness and hoppyness, especially when this fresh, but this bottle is so rounded and smooth. The body on this bottle is perfection, incredibly rich, soft, smooth, velvety, all of the synonyms for those words apply. It coats the mouth so gently and eloquently that it's almost unnoticed while asserting itself so well. The finish is wonderfully creamy, soft and has a perfect level of warming as it goes down.

Verdict: I always thought of Darkness as a rather unique and inventive take on the style as it was assertively bitter and always had a distinctive piney hop flavor to me, however this bottle changes everything. It's incredibly rich, smooth and balanced. The complexity is astounding and this is deserving of all accolades. Perhaps there is some truth to the notion that the recent distribution was slightly different than the release day batch, but whatever was in my bottle was superb and I want more.

01-24-2014 04:41:42 | More by kevanb
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.1%

01-24-2014 03:51:33 | More by BullBearHawk
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JSBILK

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

01-24-2014 01:27:37 | More by JSBILK
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StPaulSuds

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

01-23-2014 17:27:44 | More by StPaulSuds
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,636 ratings.