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:
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Ratings: 3,819 |  Reviews: 877
Photo of Leftofthedial
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tycoon5000
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super dark appearance (as its name would suggest). Very smooth. A little hot to start but the longer you age it, the smoother it gets. Absolutely worth the wait and the hunt every year.

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Photo of GorillaBean
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daledeee
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First time this beer came to Iowa in bombers(or at all). I got this by accident since there is a frenzy for this.

Poured into my normal glass and got a great light tan head and nose that shows it's colors. Chocolate, booze, malt. The color is very dark brown and "clear".

Taste is true to form. Lots of flavor with dark chocolate, some oakiness, hints of cherries and not overly bitter. I found this to be a very balanced stout. Not quite as thick and high gravity as others but i don't care because the taste is what really counts.

The mouth feel is perfect. Just enough carbonation and plenty of lingering taste. I suggest drinking this at about 50F, This is a top shelf stout. No wonder about 2000 people stand in line at the brewery for this. I walked right up to the register and forked over the cash. Then my kids bought me 2 more so I ended up with three bottles to relish. One of the best.

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Photo of FBarber
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage.

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Photo of Phurley2
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Detlef90
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a pure Russian Imperial with no added ingredients I can't possibly imagine this example of the style getting better. Tastes better fresh than a three year old Expedition or Stone Russian Imperial (and both of those are mighty fine beers!) The mouth, the smell and the taste on this beer all are just magic. I highly recommend this for those that love pure Russian Imperials. There is none better than this one. Rating is based on the style.

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Photo of donaldgarner
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of burns3y
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obrike
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great velvety mouthfeel to this beer, a lot of people commenting on the "chocolate milk" aspect to the flavor and I would agree. I also think this beer requires a certain amount of aging to be fully enjoyed but overall very impressive, very enjoyable

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Photo of Ericshain
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of robertm2152
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Peepskp
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer along with two central waters reserve beers. This beer was very exceptional and I would be happy to drink again. I think the price would be more appropriate around 15, not 20.

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Photo of pstam87
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AuntBea
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinClark23
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
4.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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