Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.48/5
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3,933 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:
#131
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
3,933
pDev:
8.93%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
3,309
Gots:
1,564
Trade:
136
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Photo of CSO
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vixie
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has the look I expect from the style, very black with very little tan head, which stays around as a decent lacing across the top.

Smell is chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness

Starts fairly sweet, like a sweet chocolate. There are roasted malt flavors, as well as coffee and a distinct sweetness, maybe cherry or raisin. There is a lingering coffee like bitterness that lingers at the finish.

Pretty smooth feel, although not quite as thick as the pour indicated.

I personally enjoyed this beer, but I do tend to like sweeter ones. It is a big beer, but fairly easy to drink, and a good one if you tend to like beers that tend towards the sweet side.

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Photo of jhlosito75
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sporeg
4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Side by side with a DL. MUCH more balanced that the GL.

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Photo of Hop_Swig
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 batch. Why pay $23 per bomber when Founders is out there?

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Photo of Qdubb
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oskinker
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tiptop
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottling. On tap at Grizzly's in Plymouth.
Body is very dark, no background light seen coming through. Thin tan head, some lacing.
Aroma is very dark chocolate and dark fruits.
Taste is relatively sweet, as if from currants or prunes. Dark roasted malts. Dark chocolate.
Coating mouth feel.
Ready to drink RIS, but will likely age well, and become a little more nuanced. Not a hot alcohol beer upon pouring.

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Photo of cajzr8
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of cgwami
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacobdunne
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just as thick as KBS, but no bourbon after-taste though. I never thought I’d like a Russian Imperial Stout that wasn’t aged, but they did it! Yummers!

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

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

Photo of oddlandf
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmangTown
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zomg
3.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really wanted to like this one, but ended up disappointed.

Pours a nice deep black with a nice layer of head. Smell is roasted, sweet malt and some chocolate. The flavor is far too sweet for my liking. Sweet chocolate and raisin that only becomes more overwhelming as it warms. Almost a tart cherry flavor buried in there as well. Split the bottle with a friend and we ended up not finishing it. I have a feeling the BA version is stronger with the barrel balancing out some sweetness.

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

L: darkness is the key word here. Pitch black like the inside of the coffin.

S: nice roast smell. Chocolate notes come through as well.

T; dark chocolate is a bigger presence than the nose. Actually is a huge hit of it. The end blends to toasty malt and some oak.

F: creamy and smooth. Slight bite. No alcohol. Dangerous beer.

O: this is really a gem. Probably the best non BA stout around. A great example of the RIS style.

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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 3,933 ratings