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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
1 pint, 9.4 fl oz. bottle purchased at Raja LLiquors in Livermore. The pour: deep dark color, but not translucent! The bouquet: raisins, subtle cloviness, cinnamon, allspice. The palate: definte roasted malts, a nice smokiness to it. nice sharpness in the immediate finish. The finish: toasty.. that’s all I can say. A high quality brew, kudos to Russian River Brewing!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (3312) - GREECE - MAR 20, 2017
From tap at the brewery. Copper brown color with light beige head. Malty, hoppy and yeasty aroma, caramel, bread, spicy, some fruity notes. Heavy sweet, light acidic and light bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (1251) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2017
2014 bottle in 2017. Pours deep red brown, beige head. Aroma is raisin, banana, caramel malts, dates, prune, chocolate. Flavor is sweet dark fruits, caramel, milk chocolate, banana, light spice, buttered bread. Full bodied super smooth sweet Belgian, great display of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2017
Pours black with a low off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, sour notes, brown sugar, roasted nuts. Taste is fruity with farmhouse notes and light chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and quite dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (1167) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Draft at the source. Clear amber, light beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, spice and yeast. Taste is dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee notes, raisins, spice, yeast. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (3003) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2017 Draft at Bru Craft. Translucent very dark brown/black pour. Soft light brown foam. Nice lace. Somehow both giant and light. Complex black liquorice caramels. Dark chocolate sugar candies. French roast coffee. Molasses. Oak. Nutmeg. Peat. Vague pecan pie. Strange complex Belgian dark brew. Burnt celeriac. Very unusual. A must try!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
darbeer75 (795) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Appearance: clear dark amber with thin white head; Taste: belgian spice, a little roasty; malty and sweet but not really complex; Overall: a little disappointing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2949) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Taster pour at the brewery. Clear brown pour with a nice fluffy white head and lacing. Rasin and malt in the nose. Nice classic dark Belgian taste. Slightly estery. Really nice finish, just a hint of malt and dark fruits. This would be fun in a bourbon barrel.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DocJitsu (1894) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Im not even reviewing this properly. Banana faint clove. Not good. Certainly not worthy of its overall rating. Disappointing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3436) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Draught at Russian River. Dark brown color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, yeast, banana, nuts, ripe fruits, plum, a bit of chocolate and wheat. Bittersweet finish with citrus, plum, banana, wheat, yeast and a bit of chocolate. Very nice brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (693) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle batch 101014. Pours a dark brown. Light carbonation. Rich coco and classic dark Belgian aroma. Smooth oh so smooth. Rich flavor with a spicy finish somewhat that masks a warming.


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