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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 The pour reveals a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, soy and dark fruits with some sweetness. The flavor has diverse elements which is good but the roasted malt, dark fruits and the sweetness in the finish donít seem united and blended, they seem to be battling each other to get the drinkerís attention. The body is light with a dusty and chalky texture and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Clearish dark ruby brown pour shows a thin beige foam with gentle lacing. Rather chalky, dry nose offers whiffs of raisin bread, figs, general fruit juice and a dry dark malt counterparts varying from ashes to dusty cement. Seriously roasty, slightly yeasty though in a simplistic manner. Rather thin on the palate, bay leaves and growing chalkiness shuts the flavour experience promptly. Light carbonation, thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2006
22 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Pours a clear dark mahogany under a firm and creamy beige head with good retention. Aroma is fruity with some toasted and caramel maltiness, light alcohol, light chocolate malt, and a little bing cherry. Flavor is caramel, chocolate malt, and dark fruits up front with alcohol, bitter hoppiness, and caramel on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, fairly soft, carbonation. Texture is fairly creamy. A decent drinkable beer, but I canít help but think that itís lacking in direction. One of those beers where you drink 22 ounces and youíre still wondering what style it is. I guess thatís why we have the catch-all of American Strong Ale, but Iíd like at least some frame of reference.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours with a deep, almost black, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear dark ruby-amber color when held up to the light. The head is frothy, fairly large bubbled, and is an amber tinged tan color. The aroma is malt focused with notes of toffee, sweet caramel and a bit of a fruity sweet raisin note. I can’t quite tell if it is just the maltiness, but there might even be a hint of oxidation here already.

The beer is pretty thick and chewy, I should have guessed from the concentrated malt notes in the aroma. Notes of sweet caramel and toffee are found up front, but quickly a roasted note begins to become noticeable. The roasted note gains a burnt grain astringency as it moves towards the finish. This note in the finish is joined by a solid, astringent hop bitterness. Actually this beer is fairly malty throughout, hoppy notes of citrus and sharp herbal notes. While this beer is pretty enjoyable, and has lots of flavor, I just can’t quite get past the fact that it seems too unbalanced. The sharp, astringent notes from both the hops and the dark grain just don’t jive with the rest of the flavors.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, courtesy of Blankboy. Dark brown, lots of red - very small head. Nice aroma - lots of alcohol, chocolate malt, roast, and some bakerís chocolate. Strong alcohol in initial flavour. Lots of roast, some caramel sweetness. And lots of hops come through as well. Full bodied. An excellent beer, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and tupalev -- courtesy of DarkElf. Pours a very dark ruby-brown with an average size mostly lasting tan head. Nice sweet roasty aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, chocolate and light hops. Flavour initially hits you with lots of hops and alcohol followed by some roastiness, chocolate and caramel malt and finishes with a nice hoppy, slightly alcoholic finish. Medium bodied. A damn good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboyís bottle. Poured very dark mahogany with a solid creamy tan lasting head. Decent balance of light resiny hops and slightly lactic toasty malt, chocolate and yeast and fruit, alcohol on warming. Taste - initially big hit of booze and hops, orange juice woody malt takes up the rear, almost grassy bitterness, and a burnt caramel malt finish. Mouthfeel is a bit burnt, decent body, sort of acidic - these guys make solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Any first impressions?
-A misty head rests atop the brown-purple murk.
-Roasting berry skins and dust conjure up a decent aroma.
-Withered spices. dried dates, and prevalent roastiness agree.
-A frail mouthfeel proposes ample, frothy carbonation, almost Belgian.

What if you dig deeper?
-Ashy, roasted malt bitterness lingers.
-Blackberries, grapes get lost quickly in the roastiness.
-Tea-like tannins evolve in the finish.
-Not quite American, not quite Belgian, a decent, but harsh strong ale.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle from DarkElf. Pours a near black color, slight bits of ruby show at the edges when backlit. Head formation is initially rocky and composed of bubbles in varying sizes. Eventually everything compacts and fades down to a small 1/4" head with a beige color and leaving good lacing behind. Aroma is molasses, a bit of lactose and some dark fruit. Full bodied and rather smooth/creamy on the palate. Initially sweet with a nice hop finish. Pretty nice ASA.

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