In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Surly Darkness (2017)

Aroma: “Rich malty base: toffee, caramel, roast/coffee, raisin, dates, milk chocolate, raspberry, toasted marshmallow, and fig. A roasty sharpness cuts through the sweetness.”

Flavor: “Raspberry and milk chocolate with some sweet dark cherry and clean roast. Rich and thick body with a fairly dry finish and a slight ethanol burn. Hops bitterness is there, but well hidden to just provide balance. Some lingering bitterness.”

Overall: “This is a well-balanced imperial stout on the sweeter side. Lots of fruit notes and dark chocolate as well as caramel come out throughout this beer. Not a lot of those pesky hops to bother you either. Would serve warmer rather than colder.”