Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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4.48/5
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4,022 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This listing is ONLY for Darkness that is NOT barrel-aged, which excludes all of the 2014 bottles, all of which were aged in whiskey barrels. 2014 has a separate entry (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/141724/). Any subsequent years that have barrel aged variants, indicated by gold wax and lettering, also have their own separate entries.

Labels:
2007 - Grim Reaper
2008 - Devil
2009 - Mummy
2010 - Vampire
2011 - Zombie
2012 - Werewolf
2013 - Brewcifer
2014 - Harpy
2015 - Bat
2016 - Cerberus
2017 - Witch

Added by ryantupy on 10-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#185
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
4,022
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
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3,304
Gots:
1,578
Trade:
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Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of illtexzona
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elohim
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmsfish
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rkarimi
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of couchsitta
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tsgooch79
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnyrasputin
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My quest is to try as many Russian Imperial Stouts as I can before I die, and find the best one. This one is now in the top two. Outstanding flavor. Kicks your ass like any superior RIS should. Worth every dollar I paid.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ian_graf
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick viscous black with a tan finger head that leaves substantial lacing. BIG aroma of dark (almost baker's) chocolate and cherries. A huge, complex flavor profile includes figs, raisins, dank earth, tree bark, light roast coffee, and dark chocolate. Smooth, silky, full body with moderate carbonation. The best example of the style I've ever had. Absolute perfection.

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3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prost76
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lsthwy
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has chocolate, coffee, cherries and raising hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced chocolate, coffee, cherries and raisin flavors. The chocolate flavor stands out more as the beer warms to room temperature
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced stout with a strong kick

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Photo of dirtyjerk
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KeithS
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I’d like to give it perfect, but not quite that good. Awesome though.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, and hops.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of hops (mainly in the finish), some dark fruit (raisins, mainly), some cherry notes, lots of dark chocolate, a fair bit of roasted malt (present throughout), and light toffee. Definitely a rich, bold flavor here. This is more or less what you think of as an RIS flavor, but it's also quite subtle. Quite flavorful and complex.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: An incredibly well made and likable beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gopens44
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think when it comes to the look of a stout, the only real make/break is the quality of the head, and this was certainly nice with a thick beige head that leaves behind a creamy looking layer and some decent lacing. Big fragrant beer here, as raisin, molasses, fig and vanilla dominate the smell. The taste starts out abrasive with a bitter coffee upfront that turns towards dark chocolate and hints of vanilla and fig. Under it all is a touch of alcohol heat that plays into the aftertaste

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikaveli
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 4,022 ratings