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RATINGS: 655   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattdev (74) - Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Bottle. Complex aroma of sakura cherries, figs, and dark Venezuelan chocolate engulf your olfactory senses, while hints of cloves and nutmeg dance around your nostrils. The initial metallic scents blew off quite quickly leaving this lovely bouquet of ripe fruit, chocolate and spice. Highly carbonated, the cherries and chocolate return with a bit of french roasted coffee and toast coming through on the end of the palate. Surprisingly light and effervescent for the style, but also not very hot for a 9% beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Reddish brown slight haze off white head. Aroma is 50/50 blend of malts and wonderful yeasty character. Taste powerful malt some candi sugar and silky smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2041) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Dark brown, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet and fruity with notes of caramel and brown sugar. Good and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (270) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3 oz chilled pour from tap into cylindrical taster as part of Russian River’s “everything on tap” sampled (16 beers this time around) at the brewery itself. I realize that drinking 16 different 3 oz pours is not ideal for proper rating, but when will I ever have an opportunity like this again? Caramel color, fairly translucent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1258) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2015
375 mL bottle, corked, poured. Bottled on 10/10/14. Pours dark with a high active fizz head. Malt forward aroma with some dark fruit. Dusty dry raisin flavor with a slight toasty finish. Late spice comes through, and a little oaky. Fun beer to try. I think I missed the appropriate season though. Still an awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (230) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle pour split, thanks Andrew for sharing this one. Always love having some Russian River. Very dark brown pour, thin head. 10-10-14 batch/Bottle date. Kind of coffee and caramel aroma for me, bitter hop taste, dark roast, very nice beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonshawn (633) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Tap at brewery with commonmac and rosskyle and wildcard. Nearly black with foamy white head. Subtle sweet roast aroma. Dark fruit, some funk, sweet and roasted malty. Very smooth. Tastes better ad it slightly warms. The full body is amazing. Great texture. Terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonmac (642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Tap at the brewery with commonshawn, rosskyle, and wildcard. Goblet. Dark copper almost brown in color. Tannish head. Roasted malts on the nose with spice and dark fruit. Taste is quite nearly perfect with a moments of dark plum and raisins, bitterness, funky yeast, and sugars. All blending to produce an amazingly satisfying drinking experience. Mouthfeel is super soft and smooth. I want more of this almost immediately after the sip finishes. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rosskyle (146) - - MAY 22, 2015
Served on tap at Russian River. Dark black color with medium off white head. Aroma of plum, raisin, and alcohol. Heavy body carbonated mouth feel. Flavor is plum and spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8428) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Draught at the Russian River Brewing Co, Santa Rosa, CA.
Clear dark copper colour with a small to mid-size off-white head. Raisins, sweet dark fruits and mild spices in the aroma. The amount of raisins and dark fruits in the aroma is reasonable. That’s very nice. Dark fruits, mild bitterness and malt in the flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Spicy breads yeast smell. Flavor of brown sugar and complex malts. Finishes spicy Belgian yeast with nice alcohol warmth.

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