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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1458) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, 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. Don’t serve this one too cold.

1.5
   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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2359) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (532) - 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 I’m typing in.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, 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

3.5
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Poured from a 22oz bomber a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was caramel malts, dark fruits(date/fig), and a touch of hops. Flavor was complex with dates and chocolate and roasted malts and a bit of hops all mixed together with just a bit of alcohol warming. My complaments to reaper for a great beer.


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