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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
From the blackest depths of the brewhouse comes Damien, Child of Darkness. Spawned from the usually discarded remnants of Darkness, Damien is a dry-hopped black ale. Flavors of roasted malt and dark brown sugar suffocated by aromas of tangerine and pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2011
On draught at Darkness Day
Pours bascially black with a small head and good lace.

The aroma is quite pungently wonderful featuring lots and lots of dank and piney hops.

The flavor is bitter with some spicy and piney hops right up front. The hoppiness fades about mid palate but keeps some nice citrus and allows some of the roast to shine. There really isn’t a lot of competition between roasty bitterness as most of that roastiness is very subdued giving the beer a more lightly toasted character, which works well here.

The palate is pretty gosh darned thin, I was surprised to see that this had 5% abv, I would have guessed it a bit lower in gravity, but it is highly drinkable and doesn’t ever come across as watery really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours a dark dark brown, just light enough that you can tell it’s clear. Smell is bread with some pine and citrus notes. Like a very resinous black IPA. The taste definitely holds that pine, but with quite a bit more bread, some toffee, and a pleasant brown-sugariness which I fell in love with. I don’t know if they’ll ever do this again, but I’d drink more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
On tap at Darkness Day. Poured brown black with creamy tan head. Light aroma of smoke and resin. Light carb and med bod. Balanced tasty charred hop taste. I dig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2013
On tap at Surly. I have to say I prefer this to Darkness. It is almost like an American Strong Ale with a Darkness base. Nice combinations of the roasted malt, with some added sugar and citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mongo1965 (15) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
A great younger cousin to Darkness. Made from the spent grains and overall is a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2551) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft at Surly. Thin black pour, slightly hoppy nose. Nice balance of toasty malt character with pine hops. Yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014 (both regular version and a cask version dry hopped with Glacier): Pours black with a medium light beige head that diminishes gradually to a wispy film. Short strings of lace. Aroma of roasted malt, piney hops and fruit. Light-bodied with flavors of resiny hops, burnt malt and citrus. The finish is moderately bitter with a piney hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2081) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2014
On tap at Firkin. Pours black/brown with a brown head. Sweet brown sugar/caramelly malty, with some pine, and some roasty bitterness. Then down in the glass some citrus pokes through as well. Fairly balanced between bitter and sweet from the malts, and medium bodied. Not as hop forward as the best of style -- including their own Blakkr -- but tasty malts with some hoppiness makes this one solid. 14.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (819) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Tap in a pint glass from Muddy Pig. Pitch black in color. Light on lacing but it sticks around. Aroma is mostly hops...not much of the coffee bitterness you find in other black IPAs. Taste has a smooth, chocolate feel. Mostly hops with a slightly sour finish. An easy to drink option. Solid effort from Surly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2553) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Mahogany brown in color... Aroma of smoked malts, peat, whiskey, anise, raisins, dates... Flavor is black licorice, candied prunes, raisins, anise, light smoke... Slightly sweet finish, dates, smoke... Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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