Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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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:
Starting in 2014, bottled Darkness will be aged in whiskey barrels. This listing is ONLY for Darkness that is NOT barrel-aged. For 2014 Darkness go here: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/13014/141724/

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:
3,808
Reviews:
877
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
Wants:
3,310
Gots:
1,515
For Trade:
137
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Photo of rypkr
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best non barrel aged stout I've ever had and a phenomenal showcase of brewing talent.

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Photo of Dspader1
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark.. darkness.. great head dark brown almost half glass of nice brown head
S-cherries, dark fruit, smokey, light chocolate, smooth hops
T- raisins chocolate and malt very interesting.. bitter
M- nice warm creamy slightly boozy
M- very good and complex beer

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Photo of Winston3737
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msween21
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Mandypants11
3.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AngEo
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

2013 Bottle poured into snifter; dark(ness), black with little head. Cocoa nibs, coffee and raisins greet the nose. Well balanced - the bitterness evenly coats the palate with the chocolate, raisins and coffee. A heavy medium body that does not disappoint!

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

Photo of LloydDobler
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadzn67
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let it age...

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

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

Photo of OGunner77
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SayBoom
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snaotheus
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016-12-29
750ml waxed/capped 2016 bottle shared at @mr-jj's house, supplied by him through whatever means of acquisition he has. Thanks man!

Pours a very dark brown, with a very small brown head, not a lot of carbonation. Looks good, but not particularly special. Smell is rich coffee and chocolate, I swear some bourbon, vanilla flavors.

Taste is anise, balanced coffee and sweet, soft chocolate and vanilla. Extremely well balanced, excellent beer.

Mouthfeel is very dry, amazing for such a strong bomb. Overall, this is an excellent beer. We tasted this alongside 7 barrel aged beers, and this goes a long way to prove that you can make an incredible, flavorful booze-bomb stout without barrels. I'm sad it's gone, I'm happy I got to try it.

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

Photo of Reich90
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of locoformavs
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 Darkness

A: Pours jet black in color, embodying the name with its appearance. Small 1/2 inch khaki head with minimal retention. Thick, khaki colored lacing throughout.

S: Aromas consist of coffee, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, toasted malts, and toasted marshmallows.

T: Taste matches the aromas very well. Strong notes of coffee, toasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and dark chocolate fudge. Milder notes of dark fruits and caramel. Mild lingering hop bitterness.

F: Full bodied. Thick and very creamy. Silky smooth. Mildly carbonated at a perfect level.

O: Overall, an awesome RIS. This is an extremely well balanced beer. The complexity that comes with balancing all of these flavor profiles is impressive. Surly did a great job with this batch. Can't wait to try some more of the vintages. One of my favorite RIS's.

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Photo of Pletser
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 3,808 ratings.
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