Tmoney99 (15043) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
A - Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing.
S- Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel, hops and alcohol aroma.
T - Heavy bittersweet roasted malty flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration.
M - Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.
D - This is a standout beer.
Poured a completely opaque black, though there was some chestnut brown around the periphery of the glass. Aroma was shockingly sweet, not must roast present. The flavor was an even bigger surprise, as it was far to syrupy and cloying for my liking. Glad to have tried this one, but I was more than just a bit let down. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 WOW this sob was disgusting. Im just kidding it was fantastic. poured out a black with a thick dark brown head. aroma was very hoppy and had notes of dark chocolate, malt, and molasses. flavor was sweet with a big smack of hops that was subdued by the malt back bone on this bad boy. a great brew indeed. Ratman197 (15474) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
750 ml bottle 2008 recieved in trade with ATLBeerDog poured a clear dark brown that becomes an opaque black in the glass with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of black malt, prunes, raisins, dark chocolate, licorice, light coffee and light roastiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of Prune, raisin, bitter chocolate, black malt, licorice, light coffee and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
2008 Bottle. Black, but not black enough according to Ethan. You learn something new every day. Nose is sweeter than expected, with all the typical players. Flavor is more syrupy than expected and the malts are pretty complex. Big, strong, and burley. Good stuff, but I am quickly tiring of this style.
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle shared by Turd. Given the hype, this was actually surprisingly good. Velvety black pour with light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, mild coffee, some hint of fruit, nuts, and roasted malts. Silky, creamy mouthfeel pleases the palate. Sweet fruits come out more in the taste. Hot damn, this is good. Alcohol well hidden as well. Believe the hype. shigadeyo (3797) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2009
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2009
1/14/2009: Surly Darkness has a nearly black color with red highlights and a dense, tan-colored head. This beer has a seriously rich and caramelized aroma accompanied by welcomed vineous and sweet orangy-citrus hoppiness. The flavor is quite sweet with a predominent orage citrus syrup hop flavor. That runs throughout the flavor and is integrated into the rich, creamy milky chocolate and sweet caramelized maltiness. This beer is full bodied and it is unbelieveably smooth (smoother and creamier than milk) and nothing like I expected. However, if it isn’t anything in your mouth though, it is sticky as crap everywhere else. It isn’t the typical chocolate/coffee/roasty impy stout. This is something more and very difficult to describe. The hop flavors are large, but well-balanced - no well-integrated - into the other underlying flavors. The flavor and texture just hangs there. Wow, very interesting and different and memorable and very different that any other Imperial Stout that I have had.
750 ml black wax-sealed bottom shared by alexsdad06. Wow, thanks a ton Brad. Damn fine brew! Rating #268 for this beer.
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Rating #400. Bottle courtesy of Ed at Heritage. Quite possibly the most generous act of beer sharing I have yet to see. Cracked this at the 09er for friends. Pours like motor oil with a pillowy tan head. Smells of charcoal, wood, and hops which carry into the flavor. Very earthy. Tastes of added notes of dark fruit, caramel, bakers cocoa, and faint coffee. Noticeable alcohol on the finish. Dangerously drinkable. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2009
RERATED: On tap at Hop Leaf. Pours inky black with a reddish brown head. Aggressive with grapfruity hops, smoked bacon, and soy sauce. Puts a hurt on your palate. Drinking a pint of this felt like an accomplishment.
Dark black pour. Nose of chocolate notes, cocoa, malt, coffee, and alcohol. Was pretty solid, but maybe too hopped for my big-dark stout liking. I like some hop for sure, but it was actually a little harsh. Glad I didn’t overpay for a bottle, but would love to get a sampling of a year old bottle for sure. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Pours midnight black with plenty of brown head. Nose of soy sauce, and all of the hops that I have been told that are in this beer. The flavor is different to say the least. It starts of with some maple, then slips into a big date or fig finish. I get all the hops in the finish as well. Full body but it seems to be easily drinkable. Gosh...believe the hype.