Darkness - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Surly Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #18
ABV:
12%
Score:
97
Ranked #268
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 9.56%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
272
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Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  262
Gots
  50
SCORE
97
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Reviews by Thirsty_In_Chicago:
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Thirsty_In_Chicago from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 17, 2015
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brycelarson from Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a simply magical brew. Darkness is, on it's own a powerful brew. It's nutty, fruity, malty and as the bottle says - dark as hell. This adds a new layer to that fantastically complex and powerful beer.

This beer pours almost like a syrup. It coats the glass with a thick, dark film. The head, since it was a cask pour was moderate - but the thickness held it well. It's utterly light-proof in the glass.

The nose starts a bit harsh - the high alcohol content mixed with the bourbon note hits you immediately but mellows to the background aromas quickly. The overall list of what you can smell is nearly unlimited. There are fruits, malt, there's a hop back end and some spice. There's a moderate sweetness in there as well - caramel, coffee, chocolate, cherries, raisins and tons of other scents. The bourbon lays on top of all of those - adding a second layer to everything.

There's a density of flavor that makes this beer extremely difficult to pin down. It rotates in your mouth through almost every descriptor you could apply to a beer.

The mouth feel is heavy and thick and pleasing.

Overall this is a utterly fantastic beer.

Jan 10, 2012
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needMIbeer from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 29, 2018
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sep 20, 2018
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Nedster10 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 24, 2018
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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 30, 2019
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DCLAguy11 from California

3.8/5  rDev -15.6%

Nov 24, 2014
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Hohnbaum from Kansas

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 30, 2015
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wellsnb from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2018
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Narthax from Texas

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 12, 2018
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 19, 2018
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Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 21, 2015
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Nat1975 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 13, 2017
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cd34 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 20, 2017
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cshafer7 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 08, 2018
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DexterWinslow from Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -44.4%

Do you like sickly sweet beers with a hint of oak hanging in the back? This is for you.
On tap, thin white head. Choked it down. Maybe my tastes have just changed because this whole style is just noxious now.

Nov 05, 2014
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wshinevar from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 25, 2018
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Eman17 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 31, 2018
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mig100 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 22, 2018
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boogerisu from Iowa

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 13, 2018
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Dismembered_MC from California

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 21, 2018
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Ludwigkpa from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Dec 03, 2014
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JayGreezy from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 2018
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strandm from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +0.4%

Dec 05, 2014
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scream from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 04, 2018
Darkness - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 272 ratings