Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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DarknessDarkness
BA SCORE
4.48/5
Outstanding
3,923 Ratings
DarknessDarkness
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:
#128
Reviews:
895
Ratings:
3,923
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
3,311
Gots:
1,559
Trade:
135
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Photo of JoeandRyan
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JJH1018
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured black as night with mocha bubble crowning the pour.

Smell - Dark malts and a chocolate led the way.

Taste - Older vintages seem to be more sweet chocolate forward, while newer vintages resemble baker’s chocolate. Notes of black licorice and vanilla hints were also present. The malts linger nicely without being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel - The viscosity of the beer allowed the taste to cling to taste buds.

Overall - The is a well crafted Russian imperial stout that seems improve with age.

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Photo of spav
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 fyi. Not very boozy for 10%+ great beer

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Photo of jmh21
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McDude
3.07/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Oddly rated high. I love Surly, but this isn't that good. Has anyone rating this not had ten tidy?
Look: looks like a stout.
Smell: first thing I noticed was the complete lack of smell. I really had to take some deep sniffs to get anything. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow.
Taste: faint marshmallow, little malty, some coffee, some chocolate. Generally a "meh" as none of these flavors are hitting you. Have to say there is a decent alcohol taste - which I like.
Feel: feel is great, it's everything you expect in a Russian stout.
Overall I'm sad. I saved this for Saturday NFL games. Now I wish I cracked something else.

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Photo of nsiergiej
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NappyB
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gobuccos
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of adidaswp
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TCOlson
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shacawgo24
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of TonyBolognaMN
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeoffAnton2637
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjcuse42
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Samact
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duffman79
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cooperdogbeer
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkness. How "meh" are you this year?
This was actually a good year for Darkness. Generally it is far too sweet and needs at least a couple years to be drinkable (though the BA versions are always great).
Sweet, malty AF, not a lot of dry dark notes, but certainly more than years past.

This is a beer that is devoid of anything to make it exceptional yet consistently rates as one of the best RI Stouts, buy it to trade it, not to drink it because you can do better.

That said, this year's version is the best in years, can't wait to try a BA version, might actually sniff the absurd ratings this middling RI gets every year.

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Photo of Rebrown221
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 3,923 ratings
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