Darkling Stout
Revision Brewing Company

Darkling StoutDarkling Stout
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Revision Brewing Company
Nevada, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
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4.17 | pDev: 3.36%
Aug 29, 2023
Dec 30, 2017
The progenitor of our series of stouts, Darkling is smooth yet rich with chocolate notes running the gamut from milk to dark to baker’s. A velvety elixir with a hint of espresso accents to balance.
Recent ratings and reviews.
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 16 ounce can dated 11-30-21 into a snifter.

Look- Black, opaque, medium brown creamy head, above average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Coffee, cacao, medium strength of scent.

Taste- Coffee, cacao, slightly boozy, roasted malt, between medium and high strength of flavor.

Feel- Medium body, average carbonation, moderately bitter, mildly creamy, silky, mildly mouth warming.

Overall- This beer provided a great drinking experience. It was not a complex stout, but it is one that was definitely well done!
Aug 29, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
high quality here, even with some age on the can this drinks rich and frothy and smooth, i was impressed, and remain impressed with revision pretty much across the board. 2021 vintage, thanks to my homie for picking up some cans of their dark stuff to share, always a pleasure! big creamy dark head on this one an inch high and lasting, high shine to the base beer. lots and lots of roast to this, beautifully no frills, no barrel, no adjuncts from what i can gather, simple in the best ways. loaded with dark layers from good strong fresh brewed coffee to earthy dark chocolate or cocoa nibs, i get some tobacco too, and its not heavy from alcohol or residua sugar, kind of a rarity these days in the style, so it finishes kind of quick for what it is. it warms up nicely with some graham cracker and raisin notes in the middle of it, maybe some milk chocolate too, and its full and smooth without being massive, a fine line to walk but they do it well here, i wonder if this has dried out in the can a little bit, as the carbonation is super high for the style and it seems almost curiously fast finishing. very pleasant aftertaste to this, less bitter than expected for how dark it is, and overall a very well executed stout that seems fancy even without fancy elements. aged surprisingly well in the can too. a standout in a fun little dark beer session with my homie!
May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a one finger dark khaki head that slowly dissipates to a thin cap with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with light char, cocoa and a touch of coffee. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light to moderate char, dark chocolate and mild dark stone fruit; coffee and chocolate finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. It's nice to sit down with a classic Russian imperial stout with no barrel ageing nor adjunct flavorings. Not that I don't like the latter, but my project to try as many new stouts as I can means that see the classics more rarely now and many pastry and BA stouts are one-offs. Bottom line, this is a very nicely made and traditional dark stout in the Russian imperial style. The tastes starts a little thin for the style, but finishes with a satisfying and completely authentic burst of chocolate and coffee malt. It's nice to remember that these flavors can be drawn from roasted malt alone. Excellently brewed and flavorful. Revision knows its stouts; I will pick this up again when it shows up.
Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap. Surprisingly smooth, moderately sweet, nice cocoa character, smooth milk chocolate, some dark fruit…very velvety mouthfeel, thick and full bodied. Invisible alcohol. Creamy. Strong non-BA non-adjunct offering here. Solid.
Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Apr 15, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by kaseydad from California

Nov 10, 2018
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From tasting notes 10/02/18
Had on-tap at Round Table Clubhouse in Citrus Heights, CA

Appearance - Served up in a 11.5oz snifter, black with cola brown edging. Mostly barren surface with a fair ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Chocolatey, fudgy aroma with a touch of roast and earth.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolatey upfront and throughout with lesser roast and a touch of nutty character. Faint dark fruit character. Finish is mostly chocolatey with fading roast notes.

Mouthfeel - Near full-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick, slightly creamy texture with a smooth, easy finish.

Overall - Good, strong flavor profile. A bit simple, but a very smooth drinker. I would drink this again, price dependent.
Oct 14, 2018
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the brewery. Looks and smells like a proper RI stout .Taste is roasty and toasty though it seemed a bit on the mild side as it was being compared to 2 other stronger stouts. Wouldn't hesitate to drink again.
Sep 17, 2018
Darkling Stout from Revision Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 8 ratings