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Russian River Damnation Batch 23/46/69 (Oak Aged)



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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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We turned our regular Damnation recipe into a Tripel. It is bittered with Tomahawk and has Sterling and Cascade in the mid-boil and finish. The beer was then aged on new American oak chips for two to three weeks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6413) - Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle shared with Tmoney99. No real pop upon opening. Pours a hazy orange golden color with no head due to the lack of carbonation. The aroma had citrus, oak, vanilla and some sweetness. The flavor has tangy citrus, some alcohol, oak, vanilla, hints of funk, very smooth and soft due to the lack of carbonation, I would not guess that this is 11 %. I would have liked to have had a regular Damnation next to this for comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3787) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Sept ’14 Tasting: Poured a golden to copper with white head. Aroma was oak, strong fruit, and light bready. Taste was very boozy with strong fermented fruit, malts, and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"review from a few months ago, so details lacking. nice belgian strong/tripel (though a little dark and sweet for a classic triple). the oak aging was evident. fruity belgian yeast esters. very nice. only real flaw? the alcohol shows a wee bit too much."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2469) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to Ontape ! Pours a hazy orange golden color with two fingers of sticky foam. Nose is sour oranges, rotten stonefruit, sweet caramel, vanilla, toasted oak, some hoppy citrus hints. Palate follows with a sensitive balance between sweet toffee tripel character played off heavy oak influence and some tart complex fruit character. Toasted vanilla lingers with a tart peach quality... pretty unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3031) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle at home. Batch 69. Pour is hazy orange with a big white head and good lacing. Big sweet fruity aroma - banana bread, clove, cookies, doughy, sweet figs, orange peel, caramel, oak, and fruit peel. Taste is slightly oxidized, banana peel, sweet cookie, light spice, doughy, pepper, grapefruit, and caramel with a lightly bitter finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Pretty tasty, but seems to be a bit past it’s prime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (721) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours hazy yellow with big soapy head and some lace. Aroma is beautiful soft full tangerine, light Brett, light coriander. Flavor is lovely sweet, super, juicy, vineous, astringent, herbal bitter, fresh light bread, and yeast. Feel is cooling and velvety while lively and deeply warming. So satisfying. A masterful beer. I like it so much more than the regular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (9932) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Batch 23. Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma of pale malt, yeast, citrus, mild wood. The taste is pale bready malts, citrus, pith, yeast, mild wood notes. Medium bodied, slight sweetness, mild lingering tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontape (434) - Valley Village, California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Wow. Very different from the regular Damnation but you can definitely spot the connection. Looks like a RR brew in the glass, elegant. Taste is complex like fine white wine; lots of oak, but also fruit, Belgian yeast, slight tartness, more. Sweet but well-balanced. 11% ABV sounds right but it doesn’t call attention to itself as in many strong ales. Didn’t expect this to be a favorite but it kinda knocked me out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3368) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle (375 ml). Batch #069. Thanks to Scott for this one! Clear golden with no head and no lacing. Aroma is of candi, fruity notes, spices/yeast, alcohol, oak, some sweetness and minty notes. Taste is moderately sweet with oak, malt, light spices, candi, mint and a light warming (alcohol) finish. Medium body. Almost completely flat. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Ok Tripel, but the absence of carbonation don’t help what could have been a good beer... it decrease drinkability and gives to much place to the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro. pours hazy pale golden without a head or lacing, bummer. loads of candi and honeyed lightly caramelish toasted malts, minty dusty yeastiness, spices, bit of pear and apple juice, gently oaky leaving some coconut and vanilla traces - adding a bit more depth to the brew. low carbonation, medium body - oily, slightly sticky, moderate sweetness, relatively balanced herbal-grassy-spicy finish. this was quite nice and maybe would have been a lot better if at all carbed.

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