tjthresh (1873) - 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. tanner0042 (13) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
pours dark black with tan head, good lacing. Thick and rich, creamy, very sweet, but in an excellent way. Lots of flavors collide, chocolate, vanilla. coffee. Make sure you take your time drinking this one. as the temp goes up the flavors get better. IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2009
On tap at The Great Taste of the Midwest. Unbelievable can only begin to describe this beer heavenliness. A rich dark pour with an aroma of rich chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, and toffee was enough to tell me that this was going to be a really good brew. The thick and rich body, accompanied by the best tasting stout I have ever had, made this the best BEER I have ever had. I would go far out of my way to get more of this for it was made so incredibly well. Wow! HopsLOVE (6) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2010 does not count
This is a very smooth beer, it smells of pine, citrus, chocolate, very black beer, the head was very big, overall this beer is of top quality, would love to have it again!!:) kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2013
My new number one beer. The aroma on this beer alone is worth the effort to find it. Smooth roasted malts, vannilin, and a deep espresso flavor are followed by deep red fruits and a tad bit of sweetness. I will chase this beer across the country. Fantastic!
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Poured from a 2011 bomber autographed from the artist into a snifter a pitch black motor oil with a nice tan head that when swirled gets impressive.
The aroma is of thick figgy cocoa & light hops. Smells sweet & so flavorful.
Taste of syrupy dark fruits, chocolate caramel in boozy love. Thick on the palate & exceptionally smooth. This is my second time I have had a 2011. As an avid DL fan this is the closest to perfection one can get.
andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Enjoyed on tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago, IL. I've been wanting to have this for years and am happy that I have the holiday day off to go out of my way to have this. First sip reaction - that's incredible. Appearance is pitch black, oil like consistency, large frothy dark tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is rich in coffee, toffee, raisins, and light almost citrusy hops. Taste has a fantastic chocolate profile, not syrupy, but that consistency which may be an attribute of the fruity characteristics. The cherry / raisin / plum aspects are incredible. It's very smooth as well which is surprising....other RIS brews are fantastic but more of 'sippers', where I could see myself having more than one of these. Very happy that I had this one, definitely one of the best for the style which is probably why it's so sought after. I don't know if it gets a perfect 5 though, and I don't know why. I may bump it up in the future if I get it again. timjr2500 (3) - Boerne, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
Creamy, dark, slight bourbon and nut nose but dark chocolate, toffee and cream flavor. So damn delicious. gnoff (10407) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
2012 bottle (750 ml) thanks to Sgt. B / Brian (not on ratebeer). On January 24, 2014.MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Clear black color with some dark red to brown in it, big fluffy light brown head. Sweet, vanilla, raisin scent. Sweet, raisin, malty taste. Grainy, sweet, chocolate aftertaste. Full rich mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
"Darkness imprisoning me / All that I see / Absolute horror" - Metallica’s "One." Surly’s Darkness is as complex and beguiling as any person. There’s a facade and an inner personality. There’s the badass bottle printing, the slow, black pour, and the stated 85 IBU’s. Then, there’s the true Darkness. Charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, blackened sugar, and hints of smoke - a nuanced, carefully-constructed flavor profile. It’s full-bodied but it’s not too heavy. You don’t have to be a fearless, godless heathen to disappear into this Darkness, though it never hurts.