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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep maroon color. Slightly sweet Belgian candy-like aroma. Also has a little bit of chocolate in the nose. Has a stout quality up front. A bit of a hoppy bite in the middle and finishes off with a roasted coffee/malty flavor. Very rich flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Pours dark brown (ruby red when held up to light) with a medium beige head. Neat aroma of roastiness, brown sugar, piney hops and caramel. Flavor has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and piney/grapefruity hops (it works by the way). Pleasantly sweet and malty, the hops provide good balance. Medium body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. I like this one - kind of like a strong porter with an American IPA hop bill.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2005) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2005
22 oz bottle. This is pretty good stuff. Pours magnificent. Very dark with a very light head. Great contrast. Head lasted a very long time and left great lacing. The aroma was very malty with much molassas and other tones of darkness. The flavor was nice too. Mostly malty but with a decent, unoverbearing hoppy finish. The alcohol was barely even noticeable unitl I got through the first glass. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Courtesy of Pialhead. Pours dark brown, semi-transparent. Big grainy, nutty aroma. Flavor much the same with some bitter chocolate through the middle and some hop biterness in the finish. Aroma and flavor hurt the overall on this, rather muted.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Deep ruby in color with a variable grey head. Much is included in the aroma: grapes, raisins, pecans, sauna panels, tobacco, winter frost on mulch, cocoa powder, grape soda and wet dog. Big on flavor. English pipe tobacco, clothes chests, unrefined cocoa press, cherry pits and dark figs. Sweetening ensues from concord grapes and dark candi sugar. Fairly engulfing palate feel - not syrupy, but nearly an oil slick. Effervescence is dead on. Applaud the reaper. Finishes like a Christmas blend of pipe tobacco in cohorts with pinot noir. Nice stuff - thanks for landing me a bomber, tpkenned!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Pours a dark brown. Aroma is a nice balance of malt and hops. Flavor is sweet and sugary, but never offensively so. Palate is lush and coats quite nicely. Another quality effort from one of my favorite brewers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle… Clear, mahogany ale with a large, frothy, beige head. Good retention. Chocolate, alcohol and molasses aroma. A hint of cola. The flavor is alcoholic and a touch harsh with burnt notes of blackstrap molasses and cocoa. Full-bodied and syrupy with fizzy carbonation. Burnt, lightly bitter, dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured a ruby brown with light head. Aromatics of very light toast and malt. Body thinner than expected. Flavors ok but could be stronger in my opinion. A decent effort.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2005
(22oz bottle) Clear red-black body with fluffy beige head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, pine, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, raisin, grapefruit, some cocoa, light smoke. Alcohol pretty well hidden, but does become more noticeable as it warms. Medium body, feels a bit thin relative to the flavors, but then again, it does a fine job of handling the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Bottle. Thanks Secret Santa! This beer pours to a really dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma is huge. Dates, red apple skin, lots of roasted malts. Mostly chocolate. The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, figs, raw vanilla cookie dough. The palate is quite good. Rich, creamy, full, alcohol. 8, 4, 8, 4, 16 = 4.0

Re-rate of a bottle at Green Flash per Chuck. The beer pours to a dark cola body with a thin white head. The flavor is fruity yet malty. The fruits are really light and fit well. The aroma is a light grapefruit, deep malts. The palate is medium bodied, cola-ish. Chuck, the brewmaster, says it has changed in the bottle since I last tried it. I agree. 7, 3, 8, 3, 14 = 3.5
I’ll keep my fresh rating.


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