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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2012
16 oz. pour, on tap at Buster’s on 28th. Consumed on 11-4-12. Pours a clear, dark brown with an amber hue and a small amount of beige head. Weak but enjoyable, dry and hoppy aroma features coffee with cream scent. Pleasant taste is well balanced, both hoppy and malty: Coffee, caramel, and some citrus elements. Light to medium body. Lively in the palate. Easy to drink. Overall, the beer is nice but not special.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Enjoyed on tap at Jerry's Andersonville in Chicago, IL during a freezing rush hour snow storm waiting for dinner. Appearance is a murky dark brown/black with a thin off white head. Aroma is subtle, not much in a hop profile, someone mentioned the bar floor and I agree. Taste is pretty good, more malty than hoppy, light pine, chocolate and cocoa. It's good, I enjoy it, but Darkness still rules.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2596) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
On tap at 2014 GTMW, pours a very murky dark brown with a light brown head, the aroma has quite a bit of hops and citrus with a good amount of roast and chocolate too, the flavor has a nice hop front end with a fruity and roasty finish too, love the fact this is only 5%, good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7155) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2015
On tap at The Depot Tavern. Pours black with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of dark grains and earthy roasted malts with a bit of earthy grass underlying. Flavor has bitter dark grains and roasted malts up front with a bit of grass and dark chocolate in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2062) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (447) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4625) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Draft. Cloudy brown pour, with a light tan head. Roasted malt, light ash, dry cocoa powder, citrus, moderate hops, and slight pine. Ok, for a "Black IPA" I wish it had more hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9613) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Poured at Star Bar? Nice deep brown, light brown head. Roasty and hoppy. Both are well represented in this one. Some light molasses and cocoa dance around. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1468) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Smells like a bar room floor. Taste is light grain, grass & hops. Medium mouth. Some roast. Very easy to drink. Huge mouth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1634) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Garnet tinted black pour, lacing to the sky. Pine and citrus oil nose. Some bitter chocolate with tree bark and cinnamon like earth spice. Holly. Flavor is built on a rich, juicy black cherry note. Underneath this, the malt is muted and ashy. The hops are resinous but not especially bold. The thinning out fruit flavors are annoying, but there is a pleasant, middling balance here; the high end/low end noisiness of many an example doesn’t define this one. Clean if somewhat thin palate throughout. Finish leaves behind a gamey roast film, and more of that juicy cherry.


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