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RATINGS: 650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Tan brown with fine lacing. Wet grain, light banana and brown sugar aroma. Flavor has very fluffy yet chewy malts (banana bread?), and a rough, ragged hoppy flavor. Finishes quite sharp. A bit more carbonation than Iíd prefer. Drinkable, but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2006
750 ML bottle via Russian River Brewery (thanks Vinnie!).Pours a clear dark brown with a medium/large beige head. Nose is pretty mellow with some notes of toffee, vanilla, and almonds. Tastes starts out sweet, then some toffee and then quickly turns very tart and sour cherries. Aftertaste stays sour with some added nuttiness. Medium body, well carbonated. Alcohol is completely hidden. The most unique dark ale i have ever tasted, likely due to the house yeast strain. Not bad, but the finish is a bit too chalky and sour..may be better after a year or two?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2006
Thanks to Kook! Light tan head with a reddy brown body. Cherry on the taste, medium body, also very fresh raisins, alcohol strength was good, sweet but very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Deep maple brown, creamy tan head. Soft rich nose of spiced pear and banana, fig, grape, toasted milk chocolate, and hints of apple. Flavor was tangy with plum, pear, and grape undertones. Well balanced throughout with a touch of carmel and earthy bitterness rounding the edges nicely. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying, soft bittersweet finish. Glad to have tried this. A very well done rendidtion...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2006
750 ml bottle Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a small off white head. Has a yeasty (banana) aroma. Flavor is full of esters (banana & raisin). Medium body. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
C&C 750 courtesy of Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike! Pours a dark burgundy with tan head. Nose is fruity, with grapes up front, followed by oranges, cherries, vinegar and brown sugar. Flavor is tangy fruits, some bitter in the finish. Really nice nose that doesnít quite make it all to the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3694) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Murky amber color with a good sized rocky head. Pine hops and dried fruit sweetness in the nose. There is something sour in the background of this beer that I donít like. Light brown sugar, pit fruit, apple and soured orange juice. The sour threw this one off for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 7, 2006
750, props to gputty! Dark, slightly hazy orange with a film of a tan head. Sweet, spicy fruit nose. Sweet flavor, spicy, plum and toffee with hints of orange. A bit yeasty. Interesting...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4818) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Looks and smells good, I didnít get the bananas. The taste really isnít that heavy. Itís almost a little light and seems overcarbonated. Decent, but not up to par for the day, or for the brewery. Sample 30.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Well, I was digging through my cellar to find something that was good enough to be rated for #1600. I didnít want to drink something so good that people I normally share beers with would be angry. So, I put those back. I also decided that even though this is a more difficult beer to acquire in Wisconsin since itís Russian River, I recalled that I saw it for sale online. So, screw it, this is #1600. Batch 001. The cork popped out with a loud bang. A carbonation haze slowly crept up out of the bottle. I poured the beer into my glass and it was gorgeous. A nice dark glowing orange body with a tall and lasting fizzy/foamy tan head. The aroma is banana peels, dry soapy hops, lots of yeast, some hints of sweet milk chocolate. The flavor is superseded by the palate as it hits my tongue. A really creamy texture sticks to my tongue. Almost slick. The flavor is extremely yeasty with hints of chocolate, banana, pencil lead and pencil shavings, and black pepper. The pencil flavors really pop out on this one. I guess I can thank scotch for initially making this an apparent flavor in my mind. I recall the Peat Monster that had pencil shavings in the flavor. All in all, too bad I have to drink a 750 of this.

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