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RATINGS: 661   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This Belgian style Strong Dark Ale has a tawny brown color and aromas of banana and spice that dominate the initial bouquet of the beer. Lean malt flavors blend perfectly with fruit driven characteristics created by the classic Belgian yeast which fermented this ale. The alcohol content is deceptively smooth just like its sister beer Damnation. Brewed just once a year for a release in January.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle, from trade kenb Good aroma Yeasty, fruity. Grape, cherry, plum, little sulfur, get a little spice in there too. 1st pour was a clean orangy dark brown color that was a beautiful red when held directly up to my kitchen light. Good head, about an inch thick that slowly faded down. Good lacing. 2cg pour had the sediment and was a rusty brown color. Sharp fruity flavor, like aroma with a little more about it. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, dry fruity finish. Tasty thought the dryness muted some of the flavor though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4778) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2006
(Bottle) Shared at the PNW Christmas 2006 party at Oakes on December 9th. Lasting medium-sized almond head with a deep mahogany. Pine hops, rose water in the aroma. Smooth malt, good alcohol. Chewy tart cherries and brown sugar. Good but expect more from this superior brewer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
750 ml bottle. Batch 003. Deep amber/orange colour approaching brown, but not quite there yet. White head. Great nose with a strong brandyish aroma, prunes, burnt sugar, toffee and a heavy toasted maltiness. Herbal notes, rum and brown sugar, light woodiness/plummy sweetness. Quite vineous. Warming brings out some orange citrus and a lovely ginger/cardamon spiciness. Itís a fantastic yeast theyíve got here. Flavour really shows off the allspice, ginger and clove along with the lightly burnt sugar. Rum and banana as well. Cooling mint and alcohol on the finish. Herbal hops and ginger retronasally. Another killer brew from the folks at Russian River.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 23, 2006
Sampled at Brickskellar in Washington, DC. Pours a dark brown with some red hues with a toasted head. Sweet, fruit malt nose and a little spicy. Taste is full bodied malt with tangy malt and sweet fruit. Strong alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
750mL bottle, Batch 003, bottled 15 NOV 2006. Pours a clear brownish red with a creamy two finger very light beige head. The first whiff reminds me of Unibroue La Fin du Monde or Maudite--I donít remember which. Aroma of some candy sugar, yeast, apricots, and a fair amount of indiscernible spices. There is also some scorched syrup and there might be some citrus. Flavor is fruity and vinous, with the aforementioned candy sugar, spices and yeast. I canít taste any alcohol, though in the mouth I can tell itís fairly high. Highly carbonated with a medium-full body. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Dark brown with a beige head. String lace. Caramel malts with bitter hops. Some notes of figs. A little bit of cinnamon. Alcohol is present as well. Finishes a touch tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Hazy cherry-brown colour. Brown sugar for light toffee. Starts sweet with plummy notes, hints of brown sugar, alcohol/pepper. Somewhat toasty and seems quite a bit drier than the one I had seven weeks ago. Same exact score, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Dark dark purple pour with a thin creamy head. Some chunks floating. Aroma is rich and a little sour. Flavor is well blended, sour. Dry finish with only hints of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2006
Peachy orange with some white head. Corked bottle, ready for serious ageing. Fruity yeasty aroma. Medium bodied, with good significant carbonation, and sour finish. After several samples, the sourness is comfortably contained in malt. A good supper replacement for wine, but went well with wine as well. A very good Belgian.Thanks to Nochum for bringing in a box of 3 bombers, 10 hours on the bus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2006
(Bottled, 0.75l) Dark, reddish brown color with a smallish, but lasting head. Aroma of rhum and raisins, banana-fruity malt, slight sourness, some nutty hops, and a slight hint of alcohol. Very dry, quite sour, nutty-hoppy, somewhat burned-malty flavor with a hint of alcohol and a herby finish. Yeast makes the flavor less ashy-burned, and more slicky-wineous. Medium to full-bodied, vinous and slightly alcoholic palate with balanced carbonation. An interesting blend of altbier and St.Bernardus Abt 12. Slightly rough for my taste, but at least itís not too sweet.

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