The Surly Brewing Company originated in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and now also has a destination brewery in Minneapolis. Darkness is their annual special Russian Imperial Stout release.
The beer pours jet black. There is over
an inch of light brown head, thick and foamy. The aroma is dark
roasted malts and dark fruit, raisins, prunes, sweet, yet charred,
along with some dark chocolate. The taste follows the aromas, hitting
all the same notes, darkly fruity and roasted. There is sweetness,
but it comes to a finish that is just more dry than sweet, with a
moderate bitterness. The beer drinks with a very silky smoothness.
The way this drinks, I really hope I get a chance to get the
barrel-aged version of it. This is very nicely done, but compared to past vintages I have been able to try, this one just lacks the same oomph and complexities of flavor. It does have perhaps the best mouthfeel though.