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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 14/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Very dark brownish black color witha small swashy soapy head. Smoked nuts in the aroma and stale peanuts and roasted chestnuts. Tastes like dark nut soaked water. Very smooth, smoked, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005
dark brown almost balck color with some off white head. smells like boiled peanuts, very interesting. some starchy smoked aroma. smoked flavors with some wheat and rye breads, some oak and vanilla and black pepper round this one out. a little acidity to it but not too bad. bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2005
Dark brown-black-red hue with a tall, creamy, tan head with some large bubbles. Chesnuts, plums, cherries, coccoa, apple, oak aromas. Coccoa comes out a little more in the flavor than in the aroma. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Nice chocolate aftertaste. Medium-full body, watery (almost velvety) texture, lively carbonation. Fnord!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Reddish, caramel-brown body with a filmy tan head. Aroma of raisins, plums, licorice, pumpkin, toffee, and spiced apples. Interesting dark malt qualities with mild, pleasing roast and deep, earthy hops. Medium bitterness with some grainy astringency suggesting burnt husks. Unique and interesting beer overall. Thanks DarkElf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle: Dark brown, hues of ruby, moderate off-white slightly beige head, frothy, spotty lacing, mild carbonation.   Big malty nose, seems to be a combo of chocolate and caramel malt, soft hop underlies.   Big malty start, strong hop presense.   Fairly smooth and less agressive compared to other big American Strong Ales.   Roasted malt backside, very soft bitterness, even somewhat chocolatey on the finish.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Fairly clean finish, strong yet subtle enough to really enjoy.   Good stuff!   Thanks Bob!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Dark as night with very minimal head. Aroma is not brimming but some notes of toffee, malt and spices are there. Has a nice clean smooth flavor. Has that plethora of flavors, spices, malts, and the alcohol content is there but not overwhelming. Aftertaste has a little hop bite, smooth with some roasted notes. Reminds me of a vienna lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2005
The deer departs the 22-ounce brown bottle a deep bruin to almost black with a modest frothy tan head that dissolves rather quickly leaving a nice coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a slight hint of hops, mainly fresh and clean malt sweetness, maybe some caramel, start is slightly sweet with a rather tolerable grain profile and a top to match. Finish has a redeeming hop spiciness that I liked along with a suitable acidity and the aftertaste quite dry, quite drinkable in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and light hops. Pours a dark brown with some red hilights and a decent off-white head. Caramel and fruit up front with a chocolate and citrus hop finish. Citrus hops linger for a little in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
22 oz Bomber from BevMo. Pours dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light and a thick, creamy tannish head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is rich, roasty malts, prune, molasses, soy sauce and french roast coffee. Flavor is complex and heavy, sweet brown sugar initially, with burnt coffee notes, more soy sauce, prune juice, bitter chocolate and a noticible floral hop presence with alcohol detectable as well. Full body and subtle, creamy carbonation. Very interesting and rather enjoyable. Made my wife say "ick" which is always a sign of a complex, dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2005
22oz Bottle: Large cushionsy head of slightly chocolated milk color. Splashes of lace litter the clear sides of the glass. The liquid beneath lay very dark with subtle brown notes coming alive when hit with light. Malty, grapey aroma with an interesting grapey sourness and underlying caramelly nuttiness. Alcohol comes through strong in the aroma too, in a brandy-ish kind of way. Unfortunately though, there’s a somewhat artificial cola-ish character beneath it all. Figgy, dried fruit flavors come about too and the alcohol, though just noticeable in the flavor, seems to hit the nervous system rapidly..I’m dizzy.(Maybe its the heat..or maybe its the fact that I drink but once a week these days)...Its ok, but it has that artificialness to it and I have no idea wheres that coming from.

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