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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18969) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2006
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
(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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Ritual Dark Ale
Date: 08/12/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

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
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8552) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a half-inch foamy cream-colored head. Aroma of earthy, sweet caramel, milk chocolate and lots of piney hops. Body starts with a nice malty sweetness balanced fairly well with bittering and flavor hops toward a mildly warming, slightly sticky finish with some lingering milk chocolate. This beer kinda reminds me of Flying Dog Gonzo. Nice, but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bomber. Poured clear, deep brown with a well-retained, creamy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted darker malts with caramel, pine, and herbal notes surrounding.. warmth brought out darker chocolate and molasses.. great uptake of cocoa powder at the end.. quite nice! The flavor primarily had caramel and semi-sweet chocolate with lesser molasses.. pine bitterness surrounded with light fruit skins.. almost refreshing at the finish.. tasty. Medium-plus bodied with a lightly chalky feel to it... brighter finish with lots of residual sugars and bitterness. This was very good.


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