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Damien - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | 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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5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-18-2011 23:42:12 | More by lakersfan16
Photo of gatornation


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap in a surly pint glass

A- pours a solid black color with a tan head and a fresh collar a little thin lacing on the glass

S- is grapefruit hops with charcoal,roasted malts,some smoke and wood,lots of hops

T- nice citrus hops upfront, with roasted malts and seared meat on the grill tastes,malt finish

M- light carbonation a little thin

O- a nice offering on tap very tasty very easy to drink hops and malts with a smoke/charcoal taste

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 22:59:26 | More by gatornation
Photo of Mdog


4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights, good head.

Smell: Wow, this smells great, big citrus aroma. Without the visual I'd think it was an IPA.

Taste: Gives a touch of hops before going towards roasted flavor and finishing with hops. The middle kind of drops out of the beer, seems really light in body.

Drinkability: The light body makes it go down very easy. Session beer--a light stout/bitter mix is how I'd describe it.

A very interesting beer to try at the Hanger Room. It reminds me of the very light stouts like Guinness or Donnybrook from Victory, but with citrusy hops instead of a bitter roast finish. Very light body makes it easy to drink. Glad I got to try it!

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 00:34:10 | More by Mdog
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-15-2011 18:49:48 | More by JoRado
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 16:59:49 | More by cmannes
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 16:17:53 | More by bwiechmann
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-15-2011 16:11:34 | More by mikennat
Photo of MasterSki


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the FFF 15th Anniversary Party. Served in a plastic cup.

A - Tan foam with good retention settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark brown body with some transparency when held to the light.

S - It's hoppy! Plenty of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of cat pee as well. There's a vague cheesy aroma that suggests the beta acids are starting to break down. Plenty of roasted malt character in the background. I know Todd at Surly says this isn't a Black IPA, but it sure as heck smells like one.

T - Taste has more chocolate and roast character, and less of the citrus hop flavors. There's some sugar cookie, and a bit of smoke and char as well. Medium hop bitterness, with a bit of black malt astringency.

M - Medium bodied, smooth texture, lower carbonation, and some residual hop oils and resins that linger through the finish and beyond.

D - A pretty enjoyable hoppy black ale. I suspect this was even better a few weeks ago. Hopefully this becomes a regular offering released alongside Darkness, as it satisfies some of my hop fix that isn't met by the most recent iterations of Darkness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 15:14:15 | More by MasterSki
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 03:24:33 | More by allouez86
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 01:58:40 | More by imperialking
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-14-2011 22:12:58 | More by zeledonia
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 18:12:27 | More by hoeg0015
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 17:23:22 | More by stevef03
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 17:13:41 | More by Yulles
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 15:33:18 | More by millelacsmark
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 12:42:12 | More by djschnabel
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 07:24:44 | More by larsenju
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 07:14:47 | More by Sender
Photo of Florida9


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown. Forms a thin but very stable ligh tan head. Some light lacing.

S: roasty malts and citrus hops

T: thinner than expected. Roasted malta, coffee, grapefruit. Coffee acidity.

M: on thinner side of medium. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: a very nice, very drinkable small beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 21:25:56 | More by Florida9
Photo of robwestcott


3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cold and black from the tap to a first class plastic cup at FFF XV party with no head.

big hop aroma and perhaps a bit of smoke in the wayback.

grassy hops forward, smoke a bit of roasty malts.

light bodied, medium carbonation, medium bitter.

nice black IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 21:07:39 | More by robwestcott
Photo of MattyG85


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and black with a little bit of brownish ruby red on the edges. Decent three finger light tan head that slowly fades into a patchy layer. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus hop aroma up front. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Also some hints of herbal pine resin. Solid presence of dark roasted caramel malts. The toasted malts are noticeable but the citrus stands out the most.

Taste: A lot like the smell, big taste of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Hints of pine resin. Bitterness from the hops is fairly mild. Dark roasted caramel malts give some balance in the background with hints of coffee, chocolate, and bready biscuit that lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium and carbonation is moderate. Feels somewhat prickly and kind of light for such a heavily hopped beer. Finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty solid black ale. Lots of tasty hops with a solid dark background. Lighter body makes for a very easy drinking beer. Great option if you want a lighter dark beer with a strong hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 20:06:22 | More by MattyG85
Photo of emerge077


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice Omen reference, this hellspawn of Darkness is aptly named.

Two pints, one after the other. Body appears black, with a thin layer of tan foam across the surface. It ebbs away slowly, lasting long enough to leave some spotty lace around the sides of the glass.

Dry hopping is evident in the resiny hop aroma, it's fruity and earthy at the same time. Roasted malt is there too, providing an interesting contrast to the citrus element. Hop aroma is really nice and assertive here.

Mild bitterness, assertive hops, some grapefruit and orange meld with a dry coffee roast, with a lingering bitterness from the two elements combined. Light bodied and very drinkable. Light carbonation, very drinkable. Dry aftertaste. Much hoppier than this years' Darkness, it later made an interesting blend with a little bit of Darkness in the mix.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 05:18:26 | More by emerge077
Photo of ndolover


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This Black IPAish beer was served at Darkness Eve at Stub Herbs.

A: Black with ruby highlights. No real head, with small bubbles

A: chocolate malts with black treacle. Citrus hops with spicy overtones. Plum and fig present after it warms

F: Classic Black IPA with a overt chocolate twist. A bit astrigent, but well balanced with the malts.

M: A bit thin for my taste. Low cabonation, and some electric fire from the roast.

Overall: This is a fun beer with some unique flavors. Small beer from Darkness makes for a not to style Surly signature item. However, I did not enjoy this beer like I thougt I would. It was a bit astrigent, perhaps from over sparging? I would drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 01:45:47 | More by ndolover
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served from a keg, waiting in line at Darkness Day. It was poured into a plastic Surly cup. This review is from my notes.

Appearance- The body is black with a finger of dark brown foamy head. I don't notice any lace on the cup at all.

Smell- That is a pretty good nose. There are definite citrus notes that make the caramel malt seem really tangy. There is also a distinct pine note in there. I like it well enough, but it certainly isn't my favorite type of beer.

Taste- The roasted malt is extremely tangy mixing with the orange and tangerine hop flavor. The finish presents more of the pine hops and dark malt notes. There's even a bit of chocolate in there.

Mouth feel- The mouth feel is a little light for the malt present here. It's just on the cusp of medium bodied. I wish it was a little smoother, but with the hop notes it finishes a little dry.

Overall- This beer was all right. It may just be the fact that black ales aren't my favorite style, because in Surly's defense, the beer is really balanced. If you ever see it, by all means try it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 22:22:00 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of ucis


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I wasn't disturbed or disappointed by anything made from Darkness remnants.

Subtle rye flavor and nice big hop profile for a black ale. It was a bit thicker than other brands in this style.

This would make a great session beer. Not to sweet, but still a nice looking beer. See through dark with a small dark head.

My friend David from France said this was the best beer there. Not too overpowering yet still nice and clean.

Is there really a bad beer made by this company? Subjective I know, but I have yet to try one.

So put on your makeup and take one for the team.


Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 13:08:33 | More by ucis
Damien from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.