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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma has some cocoa, earth, and slight dark fruit hints. Flavor is of an "off" dry stout that can’t seem to pull it all together - I get some chocolate, earthiness, hops, and assorted flavors but nothing special. Not bad, but the constituent parts don’t come together to make a standout. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bomber pours clear deep amber – brown with lasting tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma reminds me of aged Sierra Nevada Bigfoot with rich caramel, sweet roasted malts, muted pine hops and dark fruity esters. The taste begins with both dark fruity esters of sweet black grapes, boysenberries and red apples along with roasted to caramel malts. Seems a bit thin and lacking in depth possibly due to the beer’s age. The pine hops are a muted shadow of their former self. Tasty brew that has held up well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights. Big off-white, somewhat frothy head. Smells a bit sweet and malty. I’d have to say that so far this is my favorite brew of this style of beer. Tastes dark and malty, nice and toasty. I also taste grapes for some reason. A bit thick on the palate but just right I think. Nice carbonation. Like I said, a great brew from a somewhat unknown brewer. Once I heard these brews were contracted through Green Flash I had to try them. OOB now, but they’ll be back up and running soon.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Rather enjoyed this porteresque ale. My bottle was almost two years old, and hops were probably mellowed down, and roasted malts were coming forward. Chocolate and coffee flavors abound, with fruity aleness in the middle. Tasty dark ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Bottled, consumed on 12/25/07. Pours a medium/dark brown from bottle but is somehow nearly jet black in glass. Gorgeous light tan head forms and lasts until bottom of glass: pillowy, fine bubbles. Aroma has sweet wine and molasses notes. Mouthfeel is watery, thin. Big flavor: roasted malt and chocolate. First sip tasted off somwhow, but all subsequent quaffs were fine. Slight hint of sour cherries. Lightly bitter (choclate, coffee) aftertaste with slight astringency. Very good, if a tad simple.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 13, 2007
$5.99 bottle from beer store near 78/Santa Fe. Was told by Green Flash brewer that this beer is getting good now. Was happy to see this and Sleighor thus. I think this beer should be retired now, because it was last brewed 1 yr ago in Nov 2006, according to Chuck the brewer. Deep dark tan. Small head quickly diminishes and is replaced with a nice 1mm creamy layer of wisps on the surface. Nose shows signs of cardboard oxidation. Not unpleasant, but not the pleasant sherry oxidation I like. Stored in a 40F frig, so this is a little surprizing. Aroma is hard to pick out otherwise. Nice bitterness blends level. Not sweet, nor dry. No other off flavors other than the O2. Good. Pretty drinkable, but not super interesting. Maybe a decent pizza beer. 3.6-3.7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pours a dark brown copper with a huge off white head. Also has some nice floaties pillaging around in there. Aroma is malts, hints of nuts, hops. The hops come out a little more in the flavor and are on the bitter side. Nutty, malty, light smoke and I thought I noticed a hint of maple as it started to warm up a little bit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bomber courtesy of Darkelf. Pours dark brown with a copper hue and a thin white head. Smells of spice, roses, perfume and raisins. Tastes of pepper, caramel, dark chocolate, figs and some sugary hints. Palate is thick. Finish yields lots of molasses.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Bomber. Clear, very dark mahogany with a huge brown head that disintegrates rockily. A few chunky floaties. Malty sweet nose, raisin and dried fig, molasses and a touch of pine. Rich flavors of cocoa, a bit of pine resin, raisin and fig. Maybe a wisp of smoke. Becomes just a bit boozy after fully warming, but it does not detract from the experience. Body is just a shade to the thin side. Malty sweetness reappears in the finish, followed by a mild alcohol tang. Nice!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 bpmber poured a tan cola like color with tan head, Nose was like cola also???? Taste was a bit of chocolate with some spice and a touch of alcohol and malt sweetness. Not quite sure what this is aiming to be, the beers I have had below are porters and stouts and this is not that?


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