DrnkMcDermott (2882) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bavarian Lodge; Surly Darkness tapping! I’ve done this backwards: had the barrel aged version before the main bottle. Anyway, in the 12 oz. snifter goblet, it seems suitably black. Deep brown head shows some staying power. Smooth nose of dark malts with little distraction. Taste starts with some coffee and chocolate. If this had been my first RIS instead of Goose Island BCS years ago, it would have been the same revelatory experience. I find this has a ton of flavor, making the BA version seem like overkill. I’ve got a lot of Imperial Stouts in my cellar, but there’s something to be said for having them fresh. Still a lot of hops and unfermented malt here, too. And a lot of attitude.
kkleu357 (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Cooper’s Tavern. Only $6 a glass. I’ve had Darkness 2014 a few times, from the bottle only though. This was on draft and lacked the nice bourbon oak taste that I remember. Still, was pretty darn good. More of the chocolate and raisin flavor came through. And hell, at $6 a glass, that was one awesome deal.
shoulderbroken (2643) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at APEX. Boozy, smooth, coffee liqueur, chocolate. Thick, toasty, smooth, fudge.
maxodom (44) - - MAY 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share. deep black, decently thick. overall deep malt flavor but i didnt get too much else from it. overall good, but wouldnt seek out again.
jayzz (482) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is an excellent imperial stout and Surly has executed it very well. This is definitely a new favorite for me and I need more!
Malin_aiisa (102) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: salty chocolate, caramel fudge,
Looks: dark, Brown head.
Taste: sweet, alcohol, not bitter. Long finish. Toasted dark bread.
Lovley Bottle. Nice as dessert
vjohans (381) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:alcohol. Coffe, rosty chocolate. Cherries.
Apperance: hazy, black, tanned medium head
Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, a bit sour. The balance is wonderful
Palate: full body, long finish
raphael (981) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
the mix of alcohol, roast & bark chocolate aroma generates an chemically 4th note. probably this should not be so cold. on tap at apex. thick like syrup-what do I pour this on--but not cloying.a bit sweet, chocolate and cherries. sticky finish
thepeter (324) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black oi with tan head as expected. aroma of roast malt, raisins, hint of spice alcohol toffee. taste is roast malt, bit of dark fruit, toffee lending sweetness. Straight up solid Imp Stout. a bit dry at end balancing out the sweetness.
teorn88 (3561) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared at The Cad’s 10yr anniversary at CBC Clerkenwell, massive thanks to Ed for this gem! It pours pitch black with minimal mocha head. Aroma is big bold sweet tones of caramel, molasses, jam, chocolate. Taste is again big bold and sweet with minimal alcohol, caramel, sweet brown sugar, molasses and roast chocolate. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very sweet and bold RIS.
Bricks (703) - Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark roasted malt, dark fruit. Smells good. Great color, tan head. Chewy mouthfeel with some dark fruit in the taste.. caramel, some chocolate.