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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
This brown ale poured with a lacy tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. A plethora of fruit and spice flavors (raisin, cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg) complements the hearty malt base. There is a carbonated mouthfeel and a very yeasty finish. Overall, a very pleasant drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2006
750 ML Bottle-Beer Swap 2.0-Pours a ruby red color w/a big foamy off white head. Nice malty floral aroma. Smooth, malty, fruity flavor w/decent amount of effervescence. Very smooth, long finish-reminds you of an altbier/amber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
beer decants a fairly active, wonderfully bright tawny cherry-wood with an off-white head that retains well and leaves sheets of lace. malt dominated dose has toasted aromatic elements (even a bit of chocolate) mixed with aromas of dark fruits - plums, cherries...figs? a bit of phenolic spicing floating above the fray - perhaps a bit of cinnamon? starts with a complex of sweet malty flavors, with a bit of a fruity tang, finished off with some nice alcoholic warmth that is not at all over-bearing. further exploration reveals some definate yeast flavors - with perhaps an unfortunate solventy note wafting about the finish. quite a solid beer all around - the balance is a bit to the sweet side, but the alcohol and carbonation keeps it from being over-the-top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
750 ml bottle from O’brien’s. Brownish pour with a very large tan head. Very fruity aromas. Plum and cherry. Some caramel/vanilla as well. Flavors were similar. Molassas followed the dark/dried fruit flavors. Some hoppiness in the finish, but definitley a malt/yeast forward beer. Very Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle: Shared by Styles. Aromas of dark fruit, banana, and yeast. Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a small beige head. Yeasty with light dark fruits. Finishes with a light flowery bitterness. There are some hints of orange in the background along with some light banana. Light fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Provided by Styles: Hazed ruby brown hue that is topped by a fizzy head. I get clove, cardamom, banana, lime, earthy yeast, and a nit of phenols on the nose. The taste starts fruity (both tart and sweet) with a major spicy component. The background is dark bread and a touch funky. This is brash and aggressive and could use more age. The mouth feel is fizzy, lively and dry on the finish. Good but I would like to try it with a year or two more under it’s belt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Pours a lightly-effervescent copper amber with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Slightly earthy semi-sweet dark caramel aroma with mild hints of funk and brett. Starts with nice, authentic yeasty malty character turning more funky and earthy bordering on bretty. Nice authenticity, but has a little too much borderlined brett character, otherwise would be a nice Belgian double.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 30, 2006
This corked and caged bottled brew from Mike Sprinkle at a rating party in Indianapolis, IN poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored long lasting bubbles on top of a transparent brown colored body with no carbonation. The aroma was mildly vinous with mild brown malts in the nose. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a vinous flavor of dark malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2006
A dark mahogany body with a lush, frothy, smooth white head. Delicious and inviting looking. Full bodied, caramel and cherries abound in this spicy brew. Very good. Smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Dark burgundy pour, with substantial and lasting off-white head - aroma of clove, nutmeg, overripe fruits - carbonation is medium-soft in the mouth - a little tart and almost funky to start, then some alcohol warmth to accompany some caramel, plum, fig and spices - mildly sweet, almost bready finish - a very nice belgian.

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