omhper (23430) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Bottled. Dark black with rich but brief head. Strong crystal malt aroma. Sweet and powerful with clean mouthfeel and full body. Notes of chocolaty mud cake with some grapefruity hops on top of it. Licorice finish.
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Aroma shows molasses, grapes, hints of nuts and wort. Interesting dark malt with light molasses and bits of roast. Smooth body, if a bit light. Late alcohol. Shows promise but a bit thin and underdeveloped.
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and mild citrus. Flavor of malt, caramel, and alcohol with a bitter finish.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to egajdzis. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolate, a little smoky, and verly lightly nutty. Tastes of chocolate, and roasted malts. I also had a harder time nailing down exactly what it was that I was smelling and tasting.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Ritual Dark Ale
dark with ruby edges, thin beige head, touch of lace, light sweet malt aroma with hints of chocolate, rich dark fruity malt flavor, touch of sweetness well balanced with a touch of bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
hopscotch (10607) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
slowrunner77 (10112) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"a lot to take in here, but all the big sweet flavors work well, as they are more than balanced with a big hop presence as well. good beer from a solid brewery!"
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.