Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Surly Brewing Co.: 2010 Darkness

2010 Darkness
Surly Brewing Co.
4811 Dusharme Dr.
Brooklyn Center, MN

Aroma: (10/12) 
The beer was served very cold on tap, and because of that - there isn't much aroma. After letting it sit and warm, I definitely get more malt sweetness and roastedness.
Appearance: (3/3) 
What else is there to say, besides that it is jet black! Brown, half-fingered head. Very good lacing for a 10% beer!
Flavor: (18/20) 
The malt sweetness and sugars/lactose hit you first, quickly followed by the balancing hops. The beer is amazingly balanced for a beer of this strength and style!
Mouthfeel: (5/5) 
Huge body! Residual sugars level is absolutely crazy. Very sticky.
Overall Impression: (9/10) 
This is a uber huge beer. The level of sugars and stickiness, I have not yet had in any other beer! The roasted malt, alcohol level and hopping is amazingly balanced. Very little to no alcohol noticeable; that's saying something!.
TOTAL: 45/50 

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