RATINGS: 1052   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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
14 = Harpy (bottled reviews have separate entry in database)
15 = Bat
16 = Cerberus

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
2010 (vampire) This long time want graciously provided to me by bauermj. Poured into my new Darkness glass that was sent by Beeruser in perfect timing. Appearance The beer flows forth languidly, boasting its full body and robust color. The collection in the glass is dense and blackened. An undertone of burnt red, much like the color of the wax that crowns this bottle, gives the beer warmth and character. The head is a yellowed khaki with a frothy and soft pretense. Creeping rings of lace adorn the glass in short order, fueled by the ever-present ring of foam. Smell Darkness carries with it aromas of soy sauce and tobacco that are uniquely its own. Rich molasses and brown sugar lay a sweetened backdrop to licorice, steak sauce and freshly laid mulch. The bouquet is indeed full of darkness but encompasses the realm of caramelized and aged sugars and sweets. A consideration of the final glass of the bottle yields strong aromas of prunes and hints of chocolate covered raisins. Taste The soy sauce and molasses flavors are the dominant ones. They grip the sides of the tongue with a sharp, rum soaked fruitcake flavor that is bracketed by sweet pipe tobacco. There is a milky creaminess that tries to push through but the denser molasses and anise flavors suppress it for the most part. As the glass warms, caramel and a faint citrusy hopping come out. A fleeting hint of smoke pops out just at the end, and only after this beer warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel The best part of this beer is the way it slides over the palate, offering little resistance. It feels frictionless. Its very low and fluffy soft carbonation furthers the effects of the full body. There is a little bit of stickiness left on the lips, but this is a sweet beer, that should be expected. Some alcohol warmth and an oily, licorice flavored coating is left behind for a long finish and aftertaste. Overall This is a great stout. Its large in stature and silky smooth and thick. It is, however, quite sweet and wrought with tobacco and soy sauce notes that get in the way of its roastiness. So, all things considered, this did not live up to what I expected from it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3429) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Draught at Mikkeller & Friends. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, nuts, licorice and coffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits, licorice, bourbon, chocolate and oak. Excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MetalNHopHead (1736) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 30, 2017
"Darkness imprisoning me / All that I see / Absolute horror" - Metallicas "One." Surlys Darkness is as complex and beguiling as any person. Theres a facade and an inner personality. Theres the badass bottle printing, the slow, black pour, and the stated 85 IBUs. Then, theres the true Darkness. Charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, blackened sugar, and hints of smoke - a nuanced, carefully-constructed flavor profile. Its full-bodied but its not too heavy. You dont have to be a fearless, godless heathen to disappear into this Darkness, though it never hurts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (2041) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. A- Cherry wood, leather, tobacco, dark fruits, cocoa. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head, subtle booze. T- Roasty, tobacco, leather, chocolate. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- This beer was outstanding yet at the same time Im not just it quite lives up to the hype. Certainly dont get any coffee or raisins, or cherry, or toffee and I wish I did. Still amazing as hell. Very balanced and very smooth. Also not crazy sweet. A true RIS. Cant wait to see how it tastes after 1-2 years of age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ronritter (434) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2017
On tap at surly pours pitch black with tan head very much cocoa and dried fruit nose taste is chocolate and raisin very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Rich black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted/smoky sweet malt, anise/licorice, dark fruit, dark chocolate, & vanilla; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and black licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeBibere (45) - GREECE - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle 2015 (The Bat).Pours pitch black with beige head.Aromas of dark chocolate, some roast and dark fruits with a hint of vanilla. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.Sweet, but not overwhelming taste of chocolate and some fruits along with some booze.A hint of roastiness in the aftertaste.Really good Imp. Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and huge roast malt. Medium to full body, flavour is medium sweet berries, moderate liquorice, chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Korcz (2409) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. 2013 vintage. Wspaniały, likierowy Imperial Stout. Zdecydowanie na słodko. Czekolada, praliny, wiśnie, kandyzowane owoce. Fantastycznie się starzeje.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sudz4Dayz (114) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
2016 bottle shared with Sam and Julien. Pours jet black, light mocha foamy head. Dissipates a little quick but not too quick. Smells boozy, light roast and smokiness. Nice strong cinnamon, dark fruits, slight vanilla bean. A bit of irony metalicness to it as well. Not bad. Tastes smooth vanilla and strong cinnamon throughout. A bit of dark fruits, boozy, a nice roastiness and slight smoke at the end as well. Although all these flavors are present, theyre not as satisfying as one would hope. Good medium mouthfeel. Nice aftertaste. Its ok. Definitely let this one warm up. Youll be disappointed drinking it cold but it gets better. Decent pub beer but not the "Whale" is sought out to be.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (378) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
Fles 2013 Hell Demon verkregen via een trade, voor een Cantillon Saint Lamvinus, met dank aan Thijs! Gedeeld en uitgeschonken in To Øl Teku en Uiltje tasting glazen. Gitzwart van kleur olieachtig, met een geweldige hoge lichtbruine schuimkraag, met fijne bubbels erin, ook lang stabiel in het glas. Bij het openen van de fles komt het geweldige aroma je al tegemoet. Zoete chocolade, kersen, koffie, rozijnen/krenten, toffee. De hopaccenten zijn krachtig, maar zo mooi in balans, aroma kan niet beter voor een niet BA Imperial Stout. Het smaakpallet is heel zoet, maar ook vol romig, met uitgebalanceerde hop notities. Met tonen van geroosterde mout, koffie, chocolade, kersen, blauwe bessen. Daarna een overgang naar donker gedroogd fruit als rozijnen, krenten, vijgen en dadels, een mooie diepe complexiteit in zowel aroma als smaak. De afdronk is meer bitter, pure chocolade en hopaccenten. De carbonatie is medium tot zacht, met een olieachtig, zacht crème mondgevoel en textuur, de alcohol van bij 10% is gevaarlijk goed verborgen. Eindconclusie: een fantastische Imperial Stout deze Surly Darkness, een van de betere die ik op heb. Wel heel erg zoet, ik kan me voorstellen dat niet iedereen dat kan waarderen. Maar persoonlijk vind ik de balans tussen zoetheid en de complexe smaaklagen, zeer goed en interessant. Speciale vermelding voor het gave artwork op de fles en de rode was. Nogmaals dank aan Thijs voor het regelen van deze fles. Het zou ook interssant zijn om smaakverschillen in de nieuwere of de BA batches te kunnen proeven, als ik nog ooit dit bier nog kan verkrijgen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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