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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Expose yourself to the Darkness that is Ritual Dark Ale. The color of this ale borders on dark-brown to black with a translucent ruddy hue. The aroma is brimming with notes of fig, dates and hints of red apple. Flavors of toffee mingle with cocoa and a faint hop spiciness. The complexity of Ritual Dark Ale is sure to evoke your senses. Brewed at Sudwerk for ReaperAle.

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4.5
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice tan fluffy head. Malty and roasty aroma. Raisiny and date notes. Fruity and malty flavor. Spicey and caramel Sweet. Smooth. Well balanced. Finish is malty. Drinkable. Enjoyable.

4.3
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2006
22 oz bottle. Porter looking with a tan head and lacing. Description says figs, red apple and dates and I dont get any of that. Instead I get chocolate, grapes and cocoa. Taste is nice with the dried fruits mentioned and even more cocoa. Roasted grains abound as well in this really tasty treat. Caramel and mollasses are in there also.

3.9
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Tap in tasting “corner” at brewery (Green Flash) in Vista, CA: Dark mahogany. Nose of nutty sweet roast, a bit of hops and some chewy maltiness in the finish. The flavor is creamy and toasty with a complex blend of light body and dark flavors. Nice strength, good portion. Nice beer.

3.8
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Dark mahogony pour thick creamy off white head w/ nice lacing. Some roast malt aromas mixed w/ light dark fruits. Palate is full & well coated lightly creamy. Tastes of roasted malts then an odd fruity chunck that I think reminded me of fruity pepples cereal. And the beer finishes dry and crisp like most every Green Flash (yes reaper == greenflash).

3.2
Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
Dark brown with some reddish highlights. Aroma shows molasses, grapes, hints of nuts and wort. Interesting dark malt with light molasses and bits of roast. Smooth body, if a bit light. Late alcohol. Shows promise but a bit thin and underdeveloped.

3.8
aracauna (3616) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Very dark reddish brown body is topped by a large, dense, coffee creamer-colored head. The aroma is intense with harsh piney/creosote hops and dark, dried fruits.The flavor is malty, hazlenuts almost covered by the dried apricots and dates and the bitterness that builds toward the end and lingers past the swallow. Not a bad strong ale.

3.5
Enniskillen (2058) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Aroma is coffee, butterscotch, walnuts, and smoke. Body is black with a thin tan head. Taste is roasty with caramel.

3.4
omhper (25258) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Bottled. Dark black with rich but brief head. Strong crystal malt aroma. Sweet and powerful with clean mouthfeel and full body. Notes of chocolaty mud cake with some grapefruity hops on top of it. Licorice finish.

4
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Nutty brown in color with a rich complex aroma. I am amazed they got the alcohol level so high and keep it hidden so well. Must be time released =). This brew is so mellow with complex flavors on the malt side and well ballanced. You gotta try this ale. So warm, smooth, and silky, like a soft winter blanket.

3.8
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 13, 2006
This strong ale pours a deep red brown from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is roasty malt, chocolate, grapefruit and floral hops. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are chocolate, caramel and sweet. Hops are grapefruity. Malty and sweet, touch of fruit, hint of cola. The hop bite is there, but not really strong. A very drinkable and smooth strong ale. Hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter.


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