Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.48/5
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3,968 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
2017 - Witch

Added by ryantupy on 10-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#137
Reviews:
902
Ratings:
3,968
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
3,303
Gots:
1,565
Trade:
137
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Photo of McDude
3.07/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Oddly rated high. I love Surly, but this isn't that good. Has anyone rating this not had ten tidy?
Look: looks like a stout.
Smell: first thing I noticed was the complete lack of smell. I really had to take some deep sniffs to get anything. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow.
Taste: faint marshmallow, little malty, some coffee, some chocolate. Generally a "meh" as none of these flavors are hitting you. Have to say there is a decent alcohol taste - which I like.
Feel: feel is great, it's everything you expect in a Russian stout.
Overall I'm sad. I saved this for Saturday NFL games. Now I wish I cracked something else.

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Photo of nsiergiej
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NappyB
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gobuccos
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of adidaswp
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TCOlson
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shacawgo24
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Marvicsin
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyBolognaMN
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeoffAnton2637
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjcuse42
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbcrunch
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samact
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duffman79
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cooperdogbeer
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkness. How "meh" are you this year?
This was actually a good year for Darkness. Generally it is far too sweet and needs at least a couple years to be drinkable (though the BA versions are always great).
Sweet, malty AF, not a lot of dry dark notes, but certainly more than years past.

This is a beer that is devoid of anything to make it exceptional yet consistently rates as one of the best RI Stouts, buy it to trade it, not to drink it because you can do better.

That said, this year's version is the best in years, can't wait to try a BA version, might actually sniff the absurd ratings this middling RI gets every year.

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Photo of Rebrown221
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Academymike
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of tan head.
Smell definitely lives up to it's name, lots of darkness going on here. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and fruits dominate.
Taste is very similar to the nose, dark chocolate, prunes, roated malt, coffee, some vanilla and tobacco.
Full bodied but not overly chewy.
Overall a wonderful beer I am grateful to have tried.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottle poured into a Tulip.

Pours a dark brown body with a tan colored two finger head that reduces slowly, leaving some lacing and a good layer of retention. This is not as dark as others describe, looks like a porter or a heavy brown ale.

Aromas of coffee and milk chocolate, dark fruits, roasty malt. Taste is lots of chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, light roastyness on the follow through, dark chocolate on the finish. Mouthfeel is lacking, this is thin. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a very black body from the bottle. Nice finger amount of creamy tan head. Head and lacing lingered about while drinking.

S: Aromas are a nice mix of roasty chocolates and dark fruits. The fruits add to the typical stout smells that are present for the beer.

T: Roasty malt flavors up front on this beer. Bits of chocolate and coffee mix with fruits like raisins and pruins. Beer flavors blend well.

M: For a double digit ABV this one is smooth and easy to drink. I wish the beer was thicker however. The beer seems a tad thin.

O: Very good representation of a stout. The fruit flavors add a lot to the usual flavors/aromas. The beer is easy drinking for a high ABV but could use a bit more body overall.

2016 Vintage

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 FYI

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Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 3,968 ratings