RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Pours a deep brown color. Subtle aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Huge flavor of chocolate and roasted malt. Giant body, big and dry texture, soft carbonation. Perfect Palate.

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Dark brown pour. Aroma has some chocolate, roastiness.... basically what you would expect from something of this color. But as others have said it’s not that intense. It reminded me of a subdued, almost watered down porter, but with more biterness than even an Alpha Klaus. It’s worth a try, but I’m glad I split the bomber with a friend.

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Courtesy of FlacoAlto...I think. <P> Aroma is not very concentrated, but I get some malts and dark fruits. Black in color with a modest tan head. Some licorice and anise in the fore and a smooth backing of malts with a bracing of sweet dark fruits. It could be more concentrated flavor wise, but it touches the bases.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a half-inch foamy cream-colored head. Aroma of earthy, sweet caramel, milk chocolate and lots of piney hops. Body starts with a nice malty sweetness balanced fairly well with bittering and flavor hops toward a mildly warming, slightly sticky finish with some lingering milk chocolate. This beer kinda reminds me of Flying Dog Gonzo. Nice, but not great.

sloth (2955) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Fat little tan head with a thick clingy lace that just looks nice. Mahogany colored brew, good clarity. Nose is light malt and hops, surprisingly. Body is med/full, creamy. Mildly sweet malts greet the palate along with a light hop spiceyness, hints of roast and chocolate skittering through. Finish is lightly sweet, fruity with a little nuttiness also.The flavors seem to to be vague, light. Not sure what we,re shooting for here? Thanks to SDbruboy for the trade!

SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 18, 2005
22oz bottle from santa. Pours a dark black with a big foamy off white head. Nose is lots of dark fruits, chocolate, malt. Taste of more dark fruits, raisins, dates, malty and chocolatey. Palate is a medium viscousness and it has a light bitter finish.

footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Pours a dark brown,clear not cloudy at all.Loads of dark fruits,rich malts and a chocolate shake to boot. Taste is almost totally like a roasted malty chocolate shake. Very nice.Does have a little botterness. Just a little thin on the tongue but has a nice lingering flavor.

BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Poured a darkish brown, but in all fairness I was paying closer attention to the brew kettle and it was getting dark outside. Nose is basically malty maybe a bit roasty. Unimpressive, maybe I was expecting too much. More malts and some bitterness....a bit of a letdown given some of the ratings. Medium mouthfeel.....rather average. Not bad, but not that great either.

Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Malty, schwarzbier aroma; roasted but an impressive flavor with a long finish of metallic bitterness. Light brown, white-ish foam. Not as scary as the Reaper on the bottle would have you think.

Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Pour is brownish red with a thinnish tan head...smell is slightly toasty with some molasses and pine and soap...taste is sweet with lots of earth fruits and vanilla...maybe some hints of cocoa...thin though...

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