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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Expose yourself to the Darkness that is Ritual Dark Ale. The color of this ale borders on dark-brown to black with a translucent ruddy hue. The aroma is brimming with notes of fig, dates and hints of red apple. Flavors of toffee mingle with cocoa and a faint hop spiciness. The complexity of Ritual Dark Ale is sure to evoke your senses. Brewed at Sudwerk for ReaperAle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Bottle. Thanks Secret Santa! This beer pours to a really dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma is huge. Dates, red apple skin, lots of roasted malts. Mostly chocolate. The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, figs, raw vanilla cookie dough. The palate is quite good. Rich, creamy, full, alcohol. 8, 4, 8, 4, 16 = 4.0

Re-rate of a bottle at Green Flash per Chuck. The beer pours to a dark cola body with a thin white head. The flavor is fruity yet malty. The fruits are really light and fit well. The aroma is a light grapefruit, deep malts. The palate is medium bodied, cola-ish. Chuck, the brewmaster, says it has changed in the bottle since I last tried it. I agree. 7, 3, 8, 3, 14 = 3.5
I’ll keep my fresh rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Pours a deep brown hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of hops( pine), chocolate, spices (cinnamon, clove) and some toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Initially thick, and frothy, but goes down smooth. Nice sweetness that isn’t overbearing and flavors of chocolate, caramel, and a little tobbacco. This is a very nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a dark red amber with a medium size tan head that laces nicely. Aroma is darker fruits, caramel and some roastiness. Flavor is some alcohol up front roasted malts and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bottle shared thanks to egajdzis. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolate, a little smoky, and verly lightly nutty. Tastes of chocolate, and roasted malts. I also had a harder time nailing down exactly what it was that I was smelling and tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Thanks to egajdzis for this... Appears a dark brown red with a small tan cap that slowly fades. Smell is sweet, faint malt with a hint of nuts, chocolate, and lime. Taste is sweet, roasty, rich syrup, chocolate...very hard to place. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and roasty with bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3186) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
Draught at Liars’ Club, San Diego. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a wispy tan head that left some nice lacing. Very nice roasty/nutty/smoky character in both aroma and flavour. Finish is well hopped, but not to the point of obnoxiousness. Nice stuff, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Poured a reddish brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, caramel malts, smoke, and citrus. Taste of roast, and light smoke, dried fruits, dry bitter finish, and light alcohol as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bottle. Murky dark brown. Very dark red around the edges where minimal light is allowed through. Small tan head. Nose is malty and lightly hopped. Some earthy hops, faded pine, cocoa, dark fruits (raisins, figs, light hints of prunes), and light hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet and hoppy. Lots of sweet malts, ripe fruits (honeydew, light tangerine, cantaloupe, prunes), light pine, cold decaf coffee, and chocolate. The balance on this is rather nice. Body is medium but not as rich or thick as hoped. There is a bit of bitterness lingering on this. Finish and the aftertaste bring forth much more fruit and hops. Lingering coffee, notes and dark chocolate along with light earthiness and sweet malts. Not bad at all, but lacking a bit of umph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bomber bottle sent to me by Foolish_Mortal (many thanks once again) and enjoyed in my Stone RIS snifter:

Displays a deep brown hue with nice ruby highlights when exposed to bright light, fading off-white head and good lacing. The nose detects a interesting combination of piney and grassy hops as well as chocolate and biscuity malts. I found some fruity (apple and prune) components in addition to a bit of nutty and smoky notes floating around. The taste is equally interesting with the hoppy bitterness balanced nicely with a malt sweetness and a good amount of a fruity/acidic nature too. A smoky and earthy finish works well within the framework of the beer. Lingering grapefruit and bitter aftertaste from PNW hops, yes HopHeads should enjoy this as well. The feel is medium-bodied with a doughy and astringent quality. What 8.5% ABV, I could not find any hint of it!

Overall I found myself digging this beer more and more as I drank it. Another nice surprise from this brewery that I think doesn’t get enough credit for making solid and very quaffable brews. Reaper Ale is more than just a fancy label, there is some beer to be found within the bottles. IMO, this is quite like a hoppy porter in style and that is a good thing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badczech (2) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2005 does not count
Aside from Sleighor Double IPA, the might be ReaperAle’s best. Pours dark with crimson highlights. Dense, respectable head. An eclentic palate of aromas: oak, rich, roasty malts, hints of molasses, raisins, and even bit on the sweet side. Alcohol is apparent, but not overly aggressive. An overall, well-made strong beer. Tasty. :)

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