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Darkness - Surly Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,543 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,543
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,883
Gots: 1,004 | FT: 67
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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sstudham

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-01-2013 22:31:28 | More by sstudham
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

12-01-2013 16:19:17 | More by tommyguz
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle with the Wolfman (2012) and red wax on top. Generously shared by Regen. Poured into an unlabeled snifter to begin the tasting. Also just recently had a 10oz pour in a Darkness glass at the Surly Tap Room yesterday, 11/29/2013.

Pours a very dark black body, thick and viscous with an impressive 3-4cm mocha head that retains quite well for any imperial stout. Eventually it recedes into a thick-ish brown film on top of the beer. Not much lacing to speak of.

Now this was a pretty hoppy beer with good dark fruits, lots of milk chocolate, roasty malts and some molasses-like sweetness in the nose. Smells excellent.

The taste is awesome. One of the best Imperial Stout flavour profiles I've had. Tons and tons of roast malt sweetness and flavours- chocolate, black coffee, chocolate-covered raspberries. There's a nice earthy presence too.

Mouthfeel is great. Thick bodied, creamy and smooth, well carbonated and resinous. So easy to drink, so flavourful on the back-end. Not a lot of booziness here either.

Going to call this one one of the better RIS's out there. Definitely beats Dark Lord in terms of one-day brewery-only release event beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:22:51 | More by Stevedore
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philerman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-30-2013 04:44:10 | More by philerman
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-29-2013 18:18:50 | More by vinny21bal
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MCain04

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle of 2013 vintage poured into Surly tulip glass at cellar temp, 54F.

Pours a dark brown, black body, beige head of creamy texture, good retention and lacing.

Smells chocolatey with roast and coffee beans, some dark fruit, and cherries.

Taste is akin to the smell but much more full. Dark fruits and cherries are quite prominent and complement the strong chocolate taste. Coffee and roasted malts present as well. Bitter with a good hop bite, but the hops don't take over at all. Sweet but not cloying. Perfectly balanced. Alcohol is almost undetectable.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and silky. Medium-to-full body. Dry sticky finish. Extremely drinkable.

This is incredibly tasty and overall is very drinkable. Dark fruits and cherried are very present and it is overall sweet, but is balanced well. This isn't the roastiest stout, but it is one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:44:54 | More by MCain04
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LSMroz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-28-2013 06:41:06 | More by LSMroz
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

11-28-2013 06:21:46 | More by kbuzz
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cwehr13

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle into a snifter glass.

The appearance was black but not as thick as I thought it would of been. It also had a off white head about 1/4 inch.

It smelled smokey with a hint of Chocolate and it had an alcohol smell as well.

It has kind of a bitter smokey taste, not as sweet as the 2012 that I had in the past. It coated my mouth and it was very good to drink.

Over all It was a great beer, I can not wait to try this 2013 with a couple years on it, hopefully it will get a little sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 16:57:43 | More by cwehr13
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bismarksays

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-27-2013 16:03:35 | More by bismarksays
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

11-26-2013 13:31:24 | More by Phillyz
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-26-2013 04:01:45 | More by Hugonaut13
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

REVIEW # 666 - Darkness 2011 (Zombie)

A - The body appears thinner than I expected; the glass is not "stained" as I move the zombie molasses around the glass. Opaque black with a small, warm tan head that lasts.

S - Hmmm... rum raisin, some slight char/smoke, bakers' chocolate, and coffee... All of the somewhat usual suspects, but it seems a bit fruitier for an RIS, which I like.

T - First off, this reminds me of Black Albert a lot due to the dark fruitiness I am picking up. The taste follows the noise quite well, but the char flavor lingers on the tounge for a bit longer. Not overly sweet, and the alcohol is well hidden, but then again, this is not even hitting 11%... I'm used to having 14-15% stouts lately, so this is a nice change of pace.

M - Not overly heavy or syrupy, which is quite pleasant. Too many sought after stouts get overly thick and syrupy. Don't get me wrong, I generally like that in my stouts, but in moderation.

O - A great stout, and I'm glad I was able to trade for it. Thank you to whoever traded this to me back in the last part of 2011.

***I had CBS on Canada Day '13, and now I've had Darkness as my 666th beer... I am a beer nerd.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:53:23 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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BrianStu22

Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 Brewcifer bottle, lucky to get 2 of these. Unfortunately drank it out of Days Inn disposable coffee cup. Shared with friends before Black Crowes concert. I don't rate many beers but this one deserves praise. Appearance is dark and chewy, difficult to say from Styrofoam cup. Smells awesome, chocolate, raisins, hot spicy rum. This tastes great and the best RIS I have ever had. Can't wait to try the second bottle after it ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 22:42:43 | More by BrianStu22
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Ak555667

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-23-2013 20:24:12 | More by Ak555667
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dsimmons

California

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-23-2013 13:24:49 | More by dsimmons
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kraticus41

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

11-23-2013 00:53:32 | More by kraticus41
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blabaer

California

4.5/5  rDev 0%

11-21-2013 02:54:06 | More by blabaer
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage

A-Pours thick and black. The body even looks dark falling out of the bottle in a well-lit room. A stocky, tan head rises from the DARKNESS! Slithering lacing stains the glassware.

S-I can now see why this beer is such a legend, I'm not necessarily saying that I am absolutely smitten by it but it's definitely very unique and admittedly quite intoxicating. It's unlike many big Stouts I have sniffed. The label states there are cherry notes and I am detecting them for sure. There is also a relevant hoppiness. The standard chocolate, espresso, roast and the like pop up too but it's the unique qualities that make this one so neat.

T-The flavor is even better. I recently had Kate The Great (may she rest in peace) by Portsmouth and while the beers have their blatant differences, there are some general similarities; this is probably why both are so highly regarded. Darkness has a whimsical, dark fruit fruity/cherry note that dances and weaves between the other flavors. The hops don't really give you much descriptive flavor but they add a bitterness that is more complex than general roast bitterness. Standing pat twitch the unique flavors is a great Russian Imperial Stout. Some char, chocolate, coffee and the like.

M-Not elite in the feel. Could stand a bit more thickness of body. It does have a nice creamy aspect to it. A little hot but I'm not surprised, nor do I frown up heat from a big beer. Tingly bubbles.

O/D-I was really happy to try Darkness, any geek should be. I found myself having a distant respect for the beer rather than a full fledged lust for it. It's well crafted, unique and yummy but it didn't click with me like others have. I still really enjoyed this brew and would love to try an older vintage.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 02:05:41 | More by VelvetExtract
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N3ptune

Virginia

5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-20-2013 22:48:31 | More by N3ptune
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-20-2013 21:37:46 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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22Blue

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev 0%

11-20-2013 00:17:38 | More by 22Blue
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev 0%

11-19-2013 19:57:34 | More by ElGallo
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jakan1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-19-2013 06:10:09 | More by jakan1
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

11-19-2013 05:40:59 | More by jim_carignan
Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
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