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Damien - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

189 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ungertaker on 10-22-2011)
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2/5  rDev -50.2%

BierVogel, Nov 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -30.3%

Enjoyed on-tap w/ BrewMaster Todd @ the Surly Brewing Company's Darkness Day 2011 in Brooklyn Center, MN for $5. Tapped from the black and plain handle into a 12oz Surly Cup.

Aroma- Tons of hop in the aroma and grain as well. Nothing huge in this aroma but it was nice to see such a big hop presence.

Appearance- Received with almost no head at all... I didn't care for this... Has the deepest brown aroma that could be available in a glass. Leaves no suds or any type of lacing at all.

Flavor- Has a ton of malt and roastiness but very watery and light... No hops found in here and goes down like nothing that should be classified as an English Brown Ale (btw, this one shouldn't say American Black Ale on top- talked and hung with Todd of Surly).

Mouthfeel- Very light bodied (which is okay), no carbonation, and a huge hop presence. Watery and very light on the palate at the finish and didn't mind.

Overall Impression- I'm sorry to do this but this beer went no where and did nothing for me. The left over grains from Darkness were used in this and I feel like this was all they used except for added hop. Sorry Surly but not a fan...

DCon, Oct 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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Cyclone8, Feb 27, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev -16.7%

Served on-draught into a 12 oz stem-goblet at the Republic Bar in Minneapolis. Cost was $6.00. Reviewed from notes taken earlier this month.

A: Pours a half finger khaki-tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, but poor retention. Body colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, dark malts, roast, and hints of coffee. The pronounced roast is particularly inviting. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, a bit of coffee, dark malts, and hints of cream. Licorice. Balanced and decently built, but not complex or subtle. I do like it, but I expect better from Surly. Well layered. Pleasant.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit sharp. Good thickness and pretty good carbonation. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and flavorful, but Surly has far better beers. I doubt I'd get it again, but it was nice to try once. Hides its ABV well. Fairly priced.

B-

kojevergas, Nov 30, 2012
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Damien from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.