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RATINGS: 640   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle from the brewers website. Nose is soft on the spicey side,I can never place what it is with Belgians but that spice.ummm. Some ripe pear notes as well. Flavor was subdued by the amount of carbonation in this. Not all that impressed.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2118) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Batch 002. Bottle from Richard (irishboy) Thank you! Pours out a dark brown color with a thick lively head that never goes away. Smell is about perfection. Malty, yeast, spices, fruits, just awesome. Taste is sweet and rich, dark and fruity. Very pleasing, these guys know what they are doing. This should last for a while. Only my third RR beer, but not by any means my last.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle batch 002. Pours dark brown, thin light brown head that dimishes to a fine layer. Aroma of fruits, banana, clove, tabacco leaf and slight bit of wood. Taste of yeast, sour and fruit. Finsihes with a taste of fruit and tabacco. Mouthfeel is like champagne. The sour fruitiness lasts for a while. Another solid RR brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2006
tap at the brewpub - This is a nice strong ale. It has the dark fruity aroma and taste that I want in this style. It’s easy going down with a trace of alcohol in the finish. The only negative is that it’s just a touch watery. I think the commercial description of brewed once a year for January release must be wrong now. I got it at the brewpub in September.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Batch 002. Very dark red with a large bubbled stable brown head. Aroma of biscuit, dark cherry, some wood, CO2 and a bit of meat. Very nice body and mouth feel. Silky and soft balanced by some prickly carbonation and spiciness. Rather tart with a strange tannic quality that is slightly numbing. Overall good and mysterious. Nice lacing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Color of dark brown - thick tan head - nose yeast , wood notes , malts , some pine hops , tobacco , sour cherries and sour / bitter chocolate - taste is sour red fruit , tobacco , grass , sour yeast , and malt - champagne with sour body – aftertaste chocolate cherries

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4389) - Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle. Batch 001. Medium tan head that mostly diminished, minimal lacing, hazy, no visible carbonation, and an orange brown hue. Malty, banana, clove and spicy nose. Flavor was sweet, spicy, fruity, and somewhat tart. Smooth mouthfeel. Light-medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 750 ml. brown Belgian bottle. Corked & caged. No freshness date seen. Loud pop releases cork. Pours out a deep dark muddy brown color, with a then mocha colored head. Aromas are of burnt sugars, roasted cashews, brown molasses bread, earthy hops. Flavors are of burnt sugars, roasted espresso beans, nuts, slight toffee notes also. Medium mouthfeel, rich body. Finished somewhat dry & chalky.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7095) - 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.

4
   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.


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