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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date. Poured a blackish, light coffee brown with a small foamy off-white head that settled into a fine lacing. Aromas of roasted nutty coffee malts and dark ripe fruits, a little medicinal alcohol. Moderate carbonation and a softly crisp, slickish, smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Pleasant tasting strong ale, bitter roasted coffee poured over figs and dates, a light apple fruitiness, some toasted nuttiness, a bit of sour candied fruitiness, earthy, herbal hoppiness, a subtle medicinal alcohol, warming in the palate, and a dryish earthy, malty finish. A good American Strong Ale, nice, easy sipping drinkability, well worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Twenty-two-ounce bottle. Poured an almost perfect black. When held just inches from a lightbulb there is a red glow to it. Thick off-white head that led to nice lacing. To me, this is exactly what a beer should look like when poured. Dark fruit smell with earthy hop undertones. Sweet almost plum-like fruity taste at the front of the mouth with a slightly metallic, earthy hop taste in the back of mouth. Suprisingly hoppy for a beer this dark. More coffee and chocolate notes come out as the beer warms.Rich mouthfeel. Truly a unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Poured from my 22 oz bomber deep and dark with a big rocky head. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor threw me a bit ... gritty and chalky, but like bad chocolate. Bitter, but not in a good way. Bit of an off-putting nuttiness ... but as it warms, so do I. Settles into a decent toffee-based bitterness. Donít serve this one too cold.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
this beer sucks its like bitter alcholic infused toilet water used to make coffee. it actually made me want to kill myself

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2542) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Decent sized fizzy head. Reduces pretty quickly. Good carbonation. Rich and malty aroma with some roasted grains, molasses, dates and raisins. Color is a very dark brown with a hint of red. Big roastyness in the flavor that lingers for quite a while. Strong alcohol presence. More dark fruit and malts. A bit of cocoa like the description says. Some bitterness but mostly very roasty. Dry lingering roasty aftertaste. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Nice. Not at all what I was really expecting. Got some coffee flavor and some liq heat right out of the gate but that gave way to some spices shortly thereafter. Borderline porter, if I am inclined to say so. Wait, I am inclined to say so. Hence this box Iím typing in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2006
22oz - thanks zug4abby - Aroma of chewy carmel and toffee, dark fruit, milk chocolate, and some hops. Pours deep brown-red with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a bit more chocolate and hops. Palate is creamy and tart. Different and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2006
fruity nose, cherries and caramel, dark brown body, dense, nice laced tan head, super sweet flavor, light roast, maple, smokey finish, woody, well hopped, though they don;t stand out among all of these other flavors, warming, complex on all levels, a good ale for sure, buy one AND drink it

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Dark brown foamy tan head. Fruity, bitter bite, smells almost like dirty sneakers but taste GREAT! Very strong warming sensation, relaxing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (668) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 30, 2006
bomber. dark brown and chewy, it seems sililiar to Stone 8th anniversary, but Stone is more complex and full. This is good but not great imho.

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