drpimento (3630) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Really freaking good. Upon opening the bottle I ain’t got with so good fresh hops. Aroma out of the class includes toasted malt. Flavor loses some of the pop character but not too much and what stands out is The Malt and the roasted barley soft texture and super drinkable excellent finish killer beer DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Tap. Light black pour, a little carbonation and a nice roasted malt aroma and hops aroma. Flavor is also nice roasted malt, plenty of dry hops earthy and slightly sweet. Stellar beer, I would drink the hell out of this if it was a regular release. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Nonic pint draft at Cafe Twenty Eight in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pour is an opaque deep brown with subtle ruby highlights and a frothy one inch tan head. Head falls with thick coating lacing. Aroma is fresh pine hops, bright tropical fruit, and a nice toasty roasty malt underneath. Taste is bright pine initially, turning towards the pineapple fruit acidity and sweetness of the nose, and clsoing with and ever so slight roast and malt. The pine and roast comes to the front as it warms, retaining great balance and softness. Palate is light to medium bodied, soft natural carbonation and a clean bright hop and dry mineral earth finish. Crazy drinkable. Really interesting and bright flavors. This is far hoppier than I remember Darkness being, and the second running really cuts the malt sweetness. Thoroughly enjoyed this, and was delighted to be able to try it. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours a clear, clean nut brown with frothy tan head. A lot of lacing on glass. Aroma is toffee, raisin and rising bread dough. Flavor is very fresh grapefruit notes with a brown sugar back. Body is light with active carbonation. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Compared to Surly’s usual level of hop aggression, Damien is a pretty smooth beer. Darkness is on the horizon for me, but I haven’t tasted it yet. Still, the fact that its mere leftovers can tame hop bitterness by the likes of Surly definitely says something about the brew’s strength. That’s not to say there isn’t a hop presence. There is. Pine and citrus notes in the flavor and aroma. Mainly, though, there’s a lot of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit flavoring. Feel is creamy yet not as heavy as some of the overcharged Black IPA’s. Hey, the greatest sins are ever so inviting.
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Tap at Darkness Day. Pours dark with a little cream colored head. Aroma is light roasted malts, caramels and other flavors. Flavor matches aromas. Very good beer. Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Like a porter and tastes nothing like Darkness even though it is made from the same used malts as Darkness. Had it once and that was enough for me. commonshawn (1256) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Tap at red cow. Pint. Black with white tan head. Smells of roasted malt and tastes of it too. But has the ipa elements I’d expect as well. Feels nice on the tounge. Well done. RussianDragon (578) - - AUG 20, 2014
On tap at Surly - Glacier dry-hopped firkin aged for 3 weeks puts this version at 9%. Pours a glorious black with a stunning reverse cascade head that fades to a still appearance over time, leaving sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee bitterness, oak, cacao and dark cherries. Flavor is same and gains in complexity as it warms. Delicious. daknole (11049) - 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.