Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

BA SCORE
98
world-class
3,825 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:
3,825
Reviews:
878
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
Wants:
3,306
Gots:
1,521
For Trade:
139
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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DemoniChris
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of JCastaBarry
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aricwarner
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beagleyx2
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jabels
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cokes
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely jet black under a promontory rise of dark sandstone froth.
Wet rye bread, dark rum, molasses, canned fruit cocktail, and chocolate brownie batter aroma.
Densely dark chocolately as it initially assaults the tongue. Scrapings of char and espresso. Quells some with a broader glazed donut notion fills the mouth. Spiciness hits and it's like biting into a rye loaf, and equally as mouth filling. Fruitiness washes in with burnt peaches, grilled pineapples, bruised pears, blackberries, and blueberries. Backing notes of molasses and, vanilla give it a Caribbean dark rum aura, complete with vapors of heat. Rides out with touches of burnt fruit alcohol sourness and chocolate chip cookie dough batter.
It's thick as fuck. Crazy big. But somehow still never over sweet, over big, or over boozy.
I just needed to join the choir here. So many Whales don't deliver in full. I was glad to finally track down a bottle (and then was less pleased to drop $20 for it).
But I'd do again, and again, and again.

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Photo of Doc571
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Flounder57
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: A one mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted, toffee, caramel, molasses, toasted, dark fruits, and nice subtle warm alcohol.

Taste: Very tasty, nice flavor, so smooth, some soy, light bitterness, and very enjoyable. Definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, light bodied, silky, creamy, medium carbonation, slight warm booze, and light light bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid RIS. Holding onto the other 2 bottles for several years down the road.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Virby44
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcotom
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Awesome Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My buddy scored this in a beer trade. Poured into three mini snifters.
Creates a small pale Caramel colored head that recedes quickly but leaves some lacing. Smell is dried cherries. Hint of chocolate. The taste is hard to pick apart at first. But once it warms up, You get the cherry, chocolate and raisin. The feel is unlike any other beer

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Photo of fireazzi
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2016 version of this. Wasn't really familiar with this one when I had it but definitely want more. Dark color look, followed by a nice boozy chocolate taste. The mouth feel was really smooth for a high ABV beer. Great smell and chocolate notes on this one.

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Photo of Filabee
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 3,825 ratings.
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