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Damien - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 17
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ungertaker on 10-22-2011)
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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Kenai4, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of nucmedmario
3/5  rDev -25.2%

nucmedmario, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of stealth
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at darkness day 2011. The black ale style was new to me at the time, so the citrusy/hoppy backbone really surprised me on the first taste. The clincher for me, though, was the chocolate and roast overtones that made this one a real unique treat. I hope Surly has this on-tap next year.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of FullObs
3/5  rDev -25.2%

FullObs, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.2%

nmann08, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of dragomni
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of riverrunt421
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

riverrunt421, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of emdawg
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

PhineasGage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of brewnic
4/5  rDev -0.2%

brewnic, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a half finger of creamy tan head. Thick head. Color is a dark brown with a caramel hue on the edges.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Chocolate and caramel. Floral, piney, and grapefruit notes. A lot of flavor for a small beer.

Taste: Very floral. Pine with grapefruit. A lot of hops here. A light roast with caramel and chocolate. A little bit of orange. Very citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky, but good.

Overall, this is a fantastic small beer. Super hoppy. Reminds me of an ipa. Still, it has a nice malt profile to it. Perfect blend. I could drink a lot of this.

mothman, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of bigben94
3/5  rDev -25.2%

bigben94, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of langfot99
5/5  rDev +24.7%

langfot99, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Schlais, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brydog22
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

brydog22, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of readbaron
3/5  rDev -25.2%

readbaron, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of deebo
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Darkness day 11.

A-Dark as night with frothy tan head.

S-Very fresh citrus hops with plenty of malty sweet aroma.

T-The fresh hops really shine in this beer. This beer has a significant malt backbone but the hops are up to the challenge and gives a very satisfying taste.

M-Medium bodied and carbonated.

D-Very good, could drink the hell out of this beer.

O-Excellent beer, would love to get some more of this. Great balance of an overload of hops and malts. My favorite beer on DD.

deebo, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +24.7%

FreshmanPour77, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going through my backlog of notes.

Poured from the tap into a sample glass at FFF XV party.

Pours a deep black with a wispy tan head that fades almost into nothing.

Smells of roasted malts and some piney hops.

You can tell this is Darkness's little bro from the taste. Good roasty malts with a hint of chocolate although the hop bite still powers through to make its presence known.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the lighter side, but only for those who like black beers thick like me. Fairly oily finish.

Very solid beer by Surly, but not earth shattering. Still if they canned it, I'd probably seek it out.

jmarsh123, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of herman77
4.25/5  rDev +6%

herman77, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev -0.2%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev -0.2%

emaciated, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF XV into a tasting glass.

A - Pours black, cream-colored head, thin ring, wisps on top.

S - Roasted hops, nice level of bitterness, some nuttiness. The level of hops and roast are nicely balanced...neither overpower the other.

T - Similar to the nose. Hops, roast, some dark chocolate, slight pine. I think I enjoyed the nose a bit more with this one, but still, a solid beer.

M - Perhaps a bit too thin, good carbonation, oily roast finish.

O - I think I was expecting a bit more from this one, being Surly really can do a number of different styles well. That said, it's still a nice beer and it was good, just not great. I would drink again, but not seek out.

Sean9689, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple pints at the Blue Nile because it was damn tasty. The body did feel a touch thin, I'm guessing do to the nature of second runnings, but the infusion of biting grapefruit hops kicks things up a notch. The malt is on par with a great, but light porter full of chocolate roast with a dry, bitter finish. The hops are expertly balanced against the malt, and the sessionable body makes this beer stand out in a style crowded with great options.

tempest, Nov 25, 2011
Damien from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.