Damien | Surly Brewing Company

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3.96/5
Very Good
410 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,622
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
410
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
45
Trade:
2
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Photo of NodakEric
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mush
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMN44
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly Damien Child of Darkness Ale, 6.5% ABV. Pours black, with a nice two finger tan head. Nose is roasty and slight caramel, taste is caramel, roast malt, piney hops, slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of sportscrazed2
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

world class!!

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Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: After an impressive bubble show, the head settles in on three fingers of tan foam; the liquid underneath is fudge colored with ruby highlights; webby lacing

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and coffee tones wrapped in a pine cone hug

Taste: Black bread, roast and black licorice forward, with piney hop flavors building, through the middle; a berry fruit character builds, after the swallow, adding a sweet aspect to the finish; overall, the roast and hops are dominant and there is a hop bite on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I find myself going back and forth on this beer; I have had far better and far worse ABAs but I almost think of this in a different category as there elements here that are not typically found in that style

Thanks, NathanBeets, for the opportunity

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRFounder
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ambruns1979
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of s_minette
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like beer!

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeandRyan
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle, pours jet black with a fluffy khaki head that holds incredible retention. Dark cocoa, roasted barley, and molasses for aroma. Bold roasty malt with dark chocolate cover the palate tasting similar to Darkness, but a bold piney hop presence creates increasing bitterness on the finish that melds well with the roasty charred grain; caramel and a bit of raisin come through as it warms. Full body, piney hops resins coat the palate, starts roasty and ends bitter. Overall, a cool beer creating something out of left-over Darkness otherwise discarded. I find the label a bit creepy, but the beer inside is good!

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of d5001986
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crow
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sanders246
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Damien from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 410 ratings