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RATINGS: 630   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (590) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Pours a cloudy, muddy brown color with a bright white head. The aroma is filled with brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and cafe au lait, and caramel. On the palate, there is a deeply complex sweetness that finishes clean with some mild astringency from the Belgian yeast. The 9% ABV isn’t terribly well hidden, but this is a great beer anyway.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"quite good - i think this is the better half of the RR/Avery Collaberation, but funny enough, neither beer is as good as the combo. this one has banana and spices, with other dark fruits and a heavier body as well. A very quaffable ale!"

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2243) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Nielsen ! Pours a dull raw umber color with three fingers of khaki suds. Lots of sweet banana bread undertones, earthy spice, kola nut, candied anise, nutty bitterness, date, raisin, soft burnt sugar. Really well restrained yet packs a punch of flavors from beginning to end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (842) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2014
375ml bottle pours dark brown with light ruby edges and a finger of head. Nose is dark bready grain, touches of fruity cola, grape, light dark fruit. Taste is medium bodied, nice bready dark fruit, nutty cola, red grape notes, plum. Finish has nice mild creaminess with earthy dark fruits, touches of cola sweetness, and dark multi grain bread.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3561) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2014
(backlog) Draft at hulmeville inn. Brown pour with tan head. Chocolate, tart fruit, some malt sweetness in flavor and aromas. Finish is smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle, Batch 010. Pours a cloudy brown with medium frothy tan head that lasts, lots of carb. The aroma is a strong yeast, raisins and spice Medium mouthfeel figs, sweet malt with nice spice with lingering dry finish. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (907) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Deep brown pour. Complex aroma of raisins, dark fruits and yeast. Amazing. Flavor is raisins, dates, nuts, alcohol, and dark fruits. Wow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (490) - - MAY 27, 2014
Sample at Russian River, Santa Rosa, CA. The sample pour was brought to me with several other beers, and is a dark maroon with an uneven thin head and active carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits, malt and spices. Flavor is same, mild and not aggressive. Alcohol is well-masked. From notes 2/19/13.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (781) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Growler from the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Chocolate with mild sweetness and a bit of spice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (822) - California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Chocolate, spices, fruit hop and malt aroma. Fruit, spice, malt and chocolate flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a malt and slight alcohol finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (291) - - APR 13, 2014
I thought this tasted a bit like a plum brandy, somewhat Christmassy. Pretty nice, overall.


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