RATINGS: 1045   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sudz4Dayz (65) - 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 (366) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (600) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2016
2009 bottle from BelgianBeerGal. Black with a thin light brown head. Aroma is sweet, cherries and chocolate, some toffee. Taste is sweet, fruity, chocolatey finish. Not much coffee. A bit syrupy in texture. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (412) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2016
2016 bottle pours black with a tan head. Vanilla, roasted malt, Ovaltine. Thick mouthfeel low carbonation, mild bitterness that plays well with the coffee and chocolate flavors from the malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ahuth (375) - - OCT 31, 2016
2016. Bottle. Pours dark black with nice thick brown head. The taste is chocolate and fruit. Carmel. Palate is thick full body. Nice and smooth. The big is yuuge. Big dark fruit. Big chocolate. Raisins and the aftertaste is coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emartell (351) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - OCT 30, 2016
Sirly Darkness 2015. Sus aromas principales son a frutos rojos, principalmente cerezas, pasas, caf, chocolate y algo de especias. De color profundamente negro, cuerpo medio, corona de espuma abundante, buena retencin. En boca es dulce, equilibrado, complejo y fcil de beber. Al paladar destacan las notas a cerezas, pasas, chocolate y cafe Simplemente exquisita!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewHaMeister (433) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle poured jet black with a thin off-white head and oily lacing. Aromas of dark fruit, raisens, caramel, and dark chocolate. Flavor is boozy semi sweet. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rosenbergh (10895) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Draught at the Surly Brewing Co, Minneapolis, MN as 2016 Darkness, 12%. Black color with a small tan head. Dry roasted malt aroma with licorice, salt, dryness, mild alcohol and some spices. The flavor is... heavenly... or something equal... roasted malt, dryness, hops, mild bitterness, alcohol, salt and licorice. Really intense and complex. Strong, heavy and intense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mesjasz (1154) - Lodz, POLAND - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle, 2013 vintage at tasting panel at Warszawski festiwal piwa. Aroma is not so intense that Im expected, but very classical imp. Taste is better, sweet, roasty, with cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
simont1 (589) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
Aroma of coffee, toffee, and bourbon. Taste of licorice, raisin, plum, port, bourbon spice and vanilla, a bit bitter acrid burnt finish.

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