Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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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:
#192
Reviews:
918
Ratings:
4,032
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
Wants:
3,305
Gots:
1,582
Trade:
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Photo of NathanBeets
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black beer in a glass. Dark khaki head with a 2 finger head (aggressive pour). Laces the glass well.

Smell of dark fruit, chocolate and dark malt.

A bit raw on the tongue (because of freshness to my knowledge). Still an outstanding brew at the moment. Will only get better with time.

Fudgy mouthfeel as the beer warms.

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4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Wgkutz
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of socon67
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zenboy99
3.77/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good thickness, just a little too sweet for me

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

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
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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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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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Photo of Dankacheese
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

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 4,032 ratings