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RATINGS: 622   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Dark amber color. fruity and raisiny yeasty nose. No hops here. Just a sophisticated amalgamation of roasted malt and banana-like yeast, although it lacks the depth of its Belgium equivalent. Besides the complex fruity esters, the body is too light and at the same time too heavy due to the excess sweetness.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (544) - 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 (243) - - APR 13, 2014
I thought this tasted a bit like a plum brandy, somewhat Christmassy. Pretty nice, overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Tap at Avery, same recipe but brewed at Avery for the Collaboration not Litigation Ale. Pours hazy copper brown with fine khaki head. Settles quickly with thin lace. Aroma is fruity, huge belgian yeast, ester, big banana, quite sweet. Flavor is banana, sweet and cereal malt, apple, with a fruity, grain and caramelized malt finish. Banana fruitiness is very big and sweet. Soft carbonation and medium body. Would be curious to see how this compares to a batch brewed at RR.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap @ RR. Pour is hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor are both sweet with notes of caramel malts, dried fruit, and booze. Bitter and yeasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4088) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at the Brewpub in February 2014. Clear amber with a small head. On the sweet side with light roasted malt, fruit, some licorice and some nuts. Well hidden alcohol and with a thick mouthfeel. Quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1430) - Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Sampler at the brewery- pours clear dark copper with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, some spices. Taste is similar.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1622) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2014
From the sampler tray at the brewery. Nutty, roasty, toasted marshmallow in flavor and aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (269) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Pours a light brown deep amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is a spicy darker malt character. Flavor is moderately sweet and spicy. Clove lasts long into the finish. Fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1399) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
375mL bottle, batch 11 easy to drink strong ale the alcohol is well hidden but still present. the spice has defintely faded. the malt flavor is definitely present and assertive.. not bad. but not my favorite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: brown beer, nice stable beige head. NOSE: caramel, spices, malt. TASTE: smooth, sweet, nice yeast.


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