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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Ratings: 371 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of DrKarl
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of strohme2
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

It is a medium viscosity jet black with an ample amount of light brown foamy head. Really good retention. Leaves a noce film and some slotty lacing, and is easily agitated back into some soapy bubbles.

Smells very one dimensional. All hops. Very, very strong floraly pine. A bit of charred aroma and some licorice being suppressed in the background.

Very surprised by the flavors. Much more balanced than I would have ever expected. I was thinking Founders Dark Penance, but it has a nice amount of roasted, slightly charred malts, some brown sugar, some sort of baking spice, and licorice. A hint of tobacco, and a significant amount of orange/tangerine. There is a bit of lingering resinous pine needles.

It has a pretty good amount of carbonation. Lively feel. The consistency is a bit more watery than I would like.

While the flavors are good, and nicely balanced, the depth is lacking a bit. The roasted malts just don't come across very strong and it is a bit thin tasting and feeling. Pretty good beer, but not toward the top of my black ales list.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is this a "small beer" ? The answer is no, for sur on this one. Pitch black pour with a solid head which fades to a persistent froth. Aroma is light slightly burnt toast whole grain toast (no jelly, no jam) and not much else. The hops come out in the taste which is right down the center of a black ale. Enough there to rate it well.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Damien pours a black color with a big, long lasting and lacing head. Big smokey and bitter aromas. The taste is bold, smokey, with a harsh bitter aftertaste. Slightly watery body. Overall, very tasty and smokey black ale.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
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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Photo of gibgink
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ElGallo
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L (4.5) - Pours a very dark cola color. Almost black. Thin brown head on top.
S (4.5) - Smells like an IPA, kinda. But definitely masked by those roasted coffee-esque aromas.
T (4.5) - Tastes very good. Definitely get the roasted tastes at first, but plenty of the bitter hops to balance out. They kinda play tug-of-war with your taste buds.
F (4) - Smooth drinking beer but probably should be a little drier?
O (4.5) - I compared this to Blakkr, which I may like a little better. But I kinda bought this on a lark and was not disappointed. Good example if you're not familiar with the Black IPA types of beers.

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strix
2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Deep black, brown edges. Good initial head, fades to nothing.

Coffee, roasted malt, a little wood in the nose.

I'm not really sure what's going on here, but the actual taste is really bland. Like an old, cold, cup of coffee. I let it warm up hoping something else made an appearance but no. Basically like Guiness, but with less flavor.

Mouthfeel thin and near flat. I think this is part of what sinks this. My tapwater is chewier than this.

I've never had Darkness, but if it's anything like this I no longer need to.

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Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at the Brewery into a tulip glass.

Jet brown with walnut dark highlights and quite opaque a bit, some transparency through the bottom of the head. A creamy tan head is presented, very light looking and almost orange in color. Neat looking beer.

Very different mix on the aroma. Slight fruity indistinct ester. Clean and very subtle flavors though being a bit closed. Hints to slightly raisin and hop accented fruit tones with a faint spicy to clove sweetness. Very pleasant but involves some exploring.

Very light bodied for a Casacadian on first sip. Slight roast in the mid palate with a bit of a hop punch. Very good hop tangerine orange like citrus finish while swallowing. Unfortunately missing some malt depth and is quite watery.

Tastes like a sessionable black IPA essentially. Good for what it is but was hoping for a little more.

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

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

Child of Darkness Ale tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 750 ml bottle on October 22, 2016. Bottled on 09/16/16.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dactrius
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave2234
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dexterk1
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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