Daily Archives: October 31, 2012

Surly Brewing Company

Happy Halloween Everyone!


Surly Brewing Company is based out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Surly’s Owner, Omar Ansari, received a homebrew kit as a gift in 1994 and in 2005 a brewery was born.

I had Surly’s Darkness, a Russian Imperial Stout and it slowly grew on me as I drank it. I tasted the flavors of chocolate, coffee and roast. Additional flavors in the Darkness are cherries, raisins, and toffee. The hops is 85 IBU with 9.8% ABV. The color of this beer was like a dark chocolate and it came out of the bottle and into the snifter with a little heft and thickness. What surprised me was not the hops, but the overall sweetness to this brew!

Style:  Russian Imperial Stout

Malt:  Pale Ale, Golden Promise, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Oats, Black, Chocolate, and Roast

Sugar:  Belgian Dark Candi Sugar

Hops:  Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe

Yeast:  English Ale

I loved the bottle that Darkness came in – pretty cool design!

Enjoying a Glass of Darkness (Photo by RSheridan)

The Front of the Darkness Bottle – Pretty Cool (Photo by RSheridan)

The Back of the Darkness Bottle (Photo by RSheridan)

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