Damien | Surly Brewing Company

DamienDamien
BA SCORE
82%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 372 ratings
DamienDamien
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
Ranking:
#5,053
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
372
Liked:
305
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
10.1%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
37
Trade:
3
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Photo of Jlabs
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mschrei
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml shared bottle.
Moderately hoppy, not quite to the level of a black IPA.
Rich aftertaste with hints of burnt toast but mainly dark roasted grains.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of n2185
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours quite dark, nice black color. The head was off white - 1 1/2 finger, and frothy. The taste is fairly mellow. There's some maltiness to it. Maybe some of the wooden barrel. There's some burnt notes in it. Maybe even a hint off sweetness. Very interesting beer. Not as thick as Darkness, it's parent, but not a thin feeling beer either.

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Photo of gopens44
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque blackness under a more fizzy than not beige head that leaves a curtainy lace.

Raisins, molasses and oak figure solid in the nose. Upon exit, something with noble hop quality and maybe a hint of vegetable.

First wave of taste is the oak. Not like whiskey barrel, straight up oak, like the virginal oak you find in a Chardonnay. Backing it up is that noble hop quality. Finally, we have only hints of molasses, but nothing nearly as sweet as what the nose suggested.

Body is not nearly as thick as I thought it would have been, as seriously, I could almost guzzle this. But I won't..... Finish is bitter, wet and finally a touch sweet, maybe.

I love Cascadians, and this one is a good representative of why. Bold, yet quenching

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from brewery. Notes taken back Oct 2016.

Great idea to pull some runnings from Darkness, and this beer coming in at 8% means Darkness would perhaps big an even more massive beer than it already is.

Great take on the American Black Ale, even coming from an Imperial Stout base this is beer does have that roasted character but not so much it would take it out of its style. Well hopped, big but balanced. Its really hard to notice the 8% abv until several sips in. I want to see more from Surly like this beer.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Really dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has dark malt, some sugar, even a hint of liquorice. Taste starts with chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and finishes with just a hint of roasty and earthy bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation. Overall it's quite good but nothing really special.

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

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

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

Photo of MrUse
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cfred371
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First things first: whoever designed the bottle art should be fired. I hate the label, HATE it. Bottled 11/07/2016, so not too fresh, but it's a black ale, so it shouldn't be terribly important.

Look: Damien, while pouring, comes out a brown color, but in the glass appears black, and opaque. A nice slight tan head appears up top, and is nice and thick.

Smell: I first am hit with a wave of chocolate, coffee, and, after swirling, am greeted with the piny hops the black ale is dry hopped with.

Taste: There's a lot going on here: anise, leather, some coffee roast notes, the piney hops, and, surprisingly, not all that much chocolate. What chocolate is there is a bitter, bakers cacao.

Feel: Reminding myself this is a black ale, not a stout, the body is alight. Medium bodied, carbonation prevalent throughout, and a slight bitterness/drying presence in the finish

Overall: This is a tasty beer worth seeking out. While not Surly's best offering, at 7 or 8 dollars a bomber, it is about right for the price.

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Photo of j-rod18
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual sweetness for a stout

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Photo of Zuidman
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Damien from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82% out of 100 with 372 ratings
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