omhper (18366) - 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.
bu11zeye (11740) - 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.
argo0 (11124) - 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.
Oakes (11031) - 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.
kp (10887) - 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 (8393) - 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.
hopdog (8254) - 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.
MartinT (7317) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.