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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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This massive Russian Imperial Stout brings waves of flavors; chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, and toffee. We add a touch of hops to make this delicious brew even tastier. 85 IBUs. Labels:

’07 = Grim Reaper
’08 = Devil
’09 = Mummy
’10 = Vampire
’11 = Zombie
’12 = Werewolf
’13 = Hell Demon


UDBeernut's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (1589) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2012 Bottle at the BA Buffalo bottle share. Pours jet black with a tan head. Milk chocolate, caramel, coffee dominate the senses. Slight floral elements appear on the finish. Mouth is well balanced and the body is big and burly.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (1167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
Sample @ CBC 2014. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits, nuts. Taste is very sweet sticky caramel and molasses, medium bitter chocolate finish, light alcohol note in the finish. Full bodied, smooth carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (2814) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2014
23-MAY-2014, draft @Mikkeller, following DØE Ølfestival. Black with low off-white head. Aroma is roast, molasses, chocolate. Taste the same. Full, full body, soft carbonation. Smooth. Very harmonous. A big beer but not the biggest:-) Also a well made and fantastic beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1437) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2014
[Bottle / 2012] Approximately one year old. Thanks to Kevin. Midnight black color, extremely deep ruby & brown at the edges. Fine bubbled, deep mocha foam, creamy & layered nicely on top. Super sweet aroma of dark currants, black licorice, caramelized brown sugar, bittersweet chocolates, a touch of vanilla, just a small hint of char, ash, & roasted coffee bean. Taste is also very sweet but controlled well. Nice balance of leafy hops & roasted char to counter the sweet notes of baker’s chocolate, cream, brown sugar, plums, star anise, & syrupy molasses. Currants, dates, chocolate, brown sugar, & a hint of coffee bean & roast lingers long into the sticky, coating finish. A delicious beer.

[Bottle / 2011] Thanks, Mike. About two years old. The hops have edged off a little bit, making this version a little more sweet. But still very palatable & not over-the-top compared to many other stouts of this type. Heavier sugary burnt caramel notes with lots of bittersweet cocoa & roast in the finish.

[Bottle / 2009] Thanks, Ed. Getting close to five years old. Huge presence of brown sugar coated dates with a river of sweet baker’s chocolate underneath. Most prominent coffee bean flavor in the lingering finish. No sign of oxidation for this one, even at five years old. Possibly my favorite bottle yet.

[Bottle / 2008] Thanks, Ed. Almost six years old. This bottle probably had the most commanding dark fruity presence of all the Darkness I’ve had. Lots of dates, prunes, currants, coated in brown sugar, molasses, & burnt caramel. Still a very robust underbody of creamy-sweet milky chocolate. Slight oxidation present in the aroma & flavor... A little papery staleness; not completely distracting, but I wouldn’t let this one go for too much longer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (1214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Had at a share. Pours a deep black color with tan head. Cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, and some toffee/caramel notes as well as roast on the nose; got a lot going on in this one. Finishes with a roasted coffee cocoa note. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (854) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2014
shared a vintage 2011 bottle with 2 friends. big thick red waxed bottle! pitch black pour with a verry small beige head. sweet roasted malts, caramel, still some coffee, sweet bakers chocolate, marzipan, toffee, some vanilla, some weird faint fluffy hop taste, wich couldn’t be after 3 years of age? medium mouthfeel, i don’t think it’s getting better with age.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomas15 (671) - USA - JUN 20, 2014
2010 bottle via trade. Arom of nuts, coffee, almonds, chocolate, old hops seem to come across as nutty in the context of the beer. Appears pitch black, seemingly viscous, tan head that settles to half a finger. Spotty lacing. Taste is dark fruits, currants, cherries, chocolate, coffee, with lasting cherry coffee after taste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
Alyona (5) - - JUN 13, 2014 does not count
Surly Darkness Brewed by Surly Brewing Company is the best of the best Surly Darkness Brewed by Surly Brewing Company is the best of the best Surly Darkness Brewed by Surly Brewing Company is the best of the best Surly Darkness Brewed by Surly Brewing Company is the best of the best

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2014
On tap at the POPE for beer week. Aroma of molasses, anise, dark chocolate, and burnt prune. Pours black and thick with a very small amount of dark brown lacing. Taste is dark chocolate, burnt sugar, molasses, anise, and a roasty finish. Reminds me very much of a milder version of DFH’s World Wide Stout. Glad I got to try this gem.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (151) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2014
甘くて苦い ス& 通が好みそう&

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
charlotte (4080) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2014
Draught.Black with no head.Aroma is sweet of dark dried berries,coffee and oile,smooth and sweet flavour of tobacco and fruitys,nice well balanced with long taste and sweet finish.


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