Darkness | Surly Brewing Company

DarknessDarkness
BA SCORE
4.49/5
3,845 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
Ranking:
#123
Reviews:
881
Ratings:
3,845
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
3,311
Gots:
1,529
Trade:
139
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Photo of Stillyman11
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours jet black like used motor oil with mocha colored head.

Aroma - Tobacco, leather, dark fruit and molasses.

Taste - Just tons of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and molasses.

Feel - Full bodied and creamy so very smooth. No sign of the alcohol.

Overall- Just an amazing beer wonderful flavors and smooth.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Abbbp
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bennetj17
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Silky black appearance, semi-viscous. Nice 1/2 inch deep tan foam, holds a minute leaving some decent lace. Smell is quite hoppy, with mix of roasted malt. Almost reminiscent of Stone 11th.

The first sip feels very smooth, with a subtle chewiness. The grassy hops are strong in the flavor also, with the bitterness creeping in slowly. This is not much of a typical RIS, as the burnt roast is downplayed by the heavy hand of IPA-like hops. The malt tastes quite sweet and chocolatey. With hops being the focus, perhaps I should have drank this thing fresher?

This beer did not live up to the hype. There is something missing in the balance here. I don't mind a really hoppy stout, but the overt sweetness was too much. There needs to be more of a dry roasted character, and beyond that some more complexity. Again, this was alot like the Stone 11th Anniversary, althogh I would say that was balanced more perfectly than this. Worth a try, but otherwise overrated...

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Photo of tim007007
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jfstilling
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bammer21
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of brittanylicious
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jakemn91
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phatz
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for sharing this beer. A chance to sample this next to the coveted Dark Lord from Three Floyds proves that Surly Darkness is an Imperial Stout worthy in the company of the best available. Roasty chocolate cocoa and hops leave this beer a bit more drinkable than the boozy monster previously mentioned. It is a different animal but quite tasty as well. A berry tart attribute orange hops parallel the espresso and dark malts. Full bodied rich and beautiful, this beer is everything I hope for from a RIS.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of CoolEthan
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Photo of robwestcott
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage -- big thanks to wisonsinality for this one.

poured cold and black from the bottle to a 10oz surly darkness snifter with a full finger, small bubbled, frothy, mocha head leaving spotty, receding lace after each sip.

aroma of espresso, candied figs and dark fruits.

semi-sweet baking chocolate, creamy cappuccino, ripe dark fruits and a hint of smoke in the wayback. at the FFF XV party, i had this one on tap and i recall a fairly evident hops profile that i'm not getting from the bottle (?)

big bodied, medium carbonation, creamy smooth, hot.

overall: great RIS, its one i'll come back to every year.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with 2 fingers of creamy brown head that leaves sticky patchey lacing everywhere.

S - Milk chocolate, slight soy sauce, hints of smoke and roasty malts.

T - Similar to aroma. Milk chocolate, dark fruits, hint of soy sauce and licorice, some smoke and roasted malts.

M - Very creamy but slightly thin. The mouthfeel reminded me of a creamy porter.

D - The lighter body made this one too easy to drink, even at 10%+ ABV. Tasty.

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Photo of Nuggetz
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkness from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 3,845 ratings
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