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RATINGS: 644   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Poured an very deep dark brown from the bottle with just a little outlying off white head. Aroma is very subtle, fruity, sugary like banana and kiwi. The flavor of this beer changes on the palate and is extremely unique. Initial taste is super sweet, like grape juice, with just a touch of malt. On the back of the palate you begin to pick up the malt, the alcohol, and the fruit flavors like peach and banana. Heavy in the mouth, probably due to the strong alcohol. You cannot predict the complexity of flavor by the look or smell, you have to taste it for yourself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2006
(750ml bottle, Batch 2) Large pillowy beige head atop clear dark amber body with dead yeasties. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, spicy Belgian yeast, some alcohol, pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, alcohol, some banana, plum, light metallic. Watery medium-full body, low carbonation. Evokes weizenbock, but too much alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Biscuity, bready, earthy, dark fruited and emminently well balanced. More candied plantain than banana it has both dark and white fruit characters, with a nice soft peppery spice. Wonderful and clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Kmweaver. Pour is dark amber with thick sturdy head. Lots of carbonation. White lacing throughout. Nose is tuityfruity with malts and belgian yeastiness. Subtle, sweet and tart citrus notes dominate the flavor. very smooth. 9% alcohol, i cant taste any! Not incredibly complex, but simply refreshing. Great Balance. Really want to try more from RR. Need to head west....soon.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2120) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3717) - 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.

   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.

   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

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