Damien | Surly Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
371 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): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Ungertaker on 10-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
371
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
37
For Trade:
3
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One of my favorite beers from Surly.

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4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black with a one finger off-white head.
Smells of toasty nut, hop and chocolate with slight hop.
Roasted coffee and chocolate malts up front. Bitter hop and licorice join at the end. Wonderful warmth from hop and alcohol.
Good mouthfeel for an ale. Awesome brew!

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4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I think this beer succeeds in so many areas where Darkness comes up short. The chocolate seems a bit heavier which keeps all the roasted notes in place very well. The slightly heavy hops really supplement this beer greatly. Bravo

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4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. A few months old. I love how even though Surly is now a fairly large production brewery who are held in universally high esteem they still sometimes do bottle art that looks like it was taken from a high schooler's notebook in 1997.

A dark pour. A pour... of THE DAMNED. Very black, very opaque, with a light head and good lacing.

Smells charred and chocolatey with minimal hop presence--basically everything I look for in a black ale aroma. The grain bill takes center stage, and it's assertive and interesting enough to carry the whole show.

Tastes burnt, fruity, peaty, and creamy. Perhaps a little aged, but not unpleasantly so. Starts with charred grain with some balancing nodes of coffee and chocolate, the middle is sweeter with strong nodes of ripe, generic fruit, and then at the end there's finally some American hops with a hint of marshmallows. The finish is of an old school RIS, sticky and vaguely vinous.

This is a rare beast for 2017, in that it tries to innovate within a stylistic frame rather than just do its own thing outside of any means of mooring. This is a black ale that starts like a stout and ends like an APA but then the aftertaste like an old, English russian imperial.

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Damien from Surly Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 371 ratings.
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