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RATINGS: 627   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.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5966) - 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 itís belt.

3.6
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4928) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4795) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Thanks to IrishBoy for this one. Dark amber body, moderate sized head that lasted, excellent lacing. Aroma was bananas and cloves (and all that) with spices, fruits and a caramel malt backbone. Slightly acidic with a light sweet finish. Got better as the bottle emptied. This started around a 3.6 and ended around a 4.2. I love Russian River.. sooo.. 4/5 works.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6163) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted nuts, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of toffee, orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty good but not really that exciting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Beer is a murky medium brown with an average-sized, beige, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, light notesof caramel, trace underlying note of sweet almond; Hoppy with a moderate-to-heavy note of herb with a light note of pine; Yeasty with moderate notes of dough; Trace miscellaneous note of cola, light winter spice. Straight forward, but lyrical in itís balance. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic and lightly bitter with a long, moderately acidic, lightly sweet finish. Alcohol is well masked in the nose and the palate. The body is medium, the texture is watery-to-velvety and the carbonation is lively.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2006
From a cage corked 750 ml. brown bottle with a blurb, aging and serving instructions on the back label, batch 001, sampled at a cellar temperature in a chalice. Made a good appearance, poured a cloudy dark brown with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of sticking, good Belgian carbonation. Had a nose of clove spiciness and banana with a sweet caramelized maltiness with a light passion fruitiness. A malty crisp, textured and carbonated smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Caramelized malty with a clove spiciness and mushy banana taste, followed by a sour passion fruit rindiness and a dryish yeasty and malty finish with a little alcohol warmth in the palate. The alcohol is well masked through out the taste. This can only get better with age, a tasty and balanced Belgian Strong Dark Ale, a must try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Batch 001: Consumed on 5/27/06 with SuIIy.<!-- br -->Controlled pour releases a tight, but large tan head. Lacing, strong retention, the works. Body is maroon-amber but dark, with an extremely caramelized tint. Tons of sediment and tiny bubbles rising.<!-- br -->Spicy, but yet Trappist-like nose includes the weizen/dubbel notes of bubble gum, banana and clove. Sweet peaches and blood oranges, with light cardamon and black pepper phenols. Quite sweet, at the same time, with sugary raisins, bananas foster and vanilla icing. But all masterfully undercut by a clean, crisp yeastiness and conditioning. A true masterpiece of America-does-Belgium-brewing. Vinnie is at home when brewing highly experimental styles or when brewing authentic, die-hard researched styles like this. I know that all sounds fun and dandy, but I bet Vinnie just makes shit up as he goes along with this. But it still seems elegant and reserved. Just goes to show that itís not the brewery but the brewer.


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