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Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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4.48/5
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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:
#133
Reviews:
886
Ratings:
3,867
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
3,313
Gots:
1,542
Trade:
135
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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big big, dark (of course), eyeball piercingly black as night stout that threatens to take your very soul to the depths of the earth. Enjoyed this on draft, and was extremely glad to find it on the menu.

A truly dangerous beer, given that the high ABV really creeps up on you. This is such a drinkable stout, where the roasty malts and pleasantly solid amount of hopping comes together and makes this really 'more-ish'....as in, you won't struggle to take it down despite the powerful, amped up elements on display.

Raisin sweet lick on the back end melds with bakers' chocolate and cherry. A delight.

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 3,867 ratings
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