Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

BA SCORE
98
world-class
3,819 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


Added by ryantupy on 10-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,819
Reviews:
877
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
Wants:
3,309
Gots:
1,522
For Trade:
139
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4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jkolls
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppity1
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacob17
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SoxFan
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jordanginsberg
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours jet black like used motor oil with mocha colored head.

Aroma - Tobacco, leather, dark fruit and molasses.

Taste - Just tons of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and molasses.

Feel - Full bodied and creamy so very smooth. No sign of the alcohol.

Overall- Just an amazing beer wonderful flavors and smooth.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller Tokyo (Grand Opened party)

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a snifter. No bottle date or abv but it looks like it's a 2016 vintage from the artwork.

Pour is complete perfection. Totally dark with a milk chocolate colored two finger head that slows goes down. Really nice lacing and the head lingers even after 5 minutes of pouring it. Incredible.

Smell is ridiculous also. Roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, hickory spice. Blown away.

Taste is unsurprisingly amazing. Huge chocolate and molasses, roasted malt, creamy vanilla, oak / wood, and a lovely bitter coffee bean flavor. I'm really struggling not giving this a perfect score in the taste category.

Feel is perfect in my opinion. Thick with very little carbonation. The creamy head makes for an amazing mouthfeel.

Overall this is easily my favorite Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had. Honestly may be the best beer I've ever had. This is a flawless beer to me and an immaculate example of a RIS.

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4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 3,819 ratings.
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