Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

DarknessDarkness
BA SCORE
96.6%
Liked This Beer
4.49 w/ 3,835 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
Ranking:
#121
Reviews:
878
Ratings:
3,835
Liked:
3,703
Avg:
4.49/5
pDev:
8.91%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
3,310
Gots:
1,524
Trade:
139
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4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage; drank 1/28/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black/brown appearance.

Nice tan head; decent lace.

Strawberry, milk chocolate & candle wax notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Strawberry, milk chocolate & candle wax flavors; no booze heat. Sweet but not cloying; an above average treat.

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4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look was pretty standard, black with dark tan head. Smelled really good though, lots of chocolate and some coffee. Feel was also good, pretty heavy for non barrel aged which I really liked.

Tasted great, might be one of the best non barrel aged stouts I've had. Alcohol wasn't too strong and had a nice balance, lots of different flavor notes. Overall fantastic, definately worth the $20.l, or my case, part of a trade for some Fremont BA stuff.

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4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 bottle. Pours blackest black with a minimal dark tan head that quickly dissipates.
Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and sweet milk chocolate.
Taste is huge. Roasted, char, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cherry, booze.
Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and rich.
Outstanding.

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

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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2015 bottle. Just all around delish, can't wait to try again.

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4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.6% out of 100 with 3,835 ratings
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