Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Cheers to my brother for providing the beer, compliments of the FFAC release. I gifted a bottle to a local homebrewer on his birthday, so I figured it only proper that I tried it so I can talk about it if he mentions it. Happy-Bday Jose, hope you cracked it already!
A: Light semi-transparent body with some nano-fiber egg shell foams that refuse to go away. swirls of silty thin formations in the middle of the beer are a bit confusing. Could be a yeast thing, but otherwise the beer has a very nice light honey color. Looking at the glass for prolonged periods of time make me think this would pair well with lobster, as it nearly looks like that translucent melted butter -- minus the foams.
S: Big french bread out of the oven, some sweet breads that make me think brioche. Alcohol that seems to be on the sweeter side of triple sec and natural orange-esque peels. The orange note is slighter, think kumquat and clementines. Really like the subtlety, frutti-tutti yeast that doesn't bludgeon you on the head with esters, it's more or less a phantom or suggestion. Complex in the nose, I could sit with it for a while and give a lecture on it. Subtle and not simple.
T: Somewhere between deliciously fresh pretzel breads, brioche, and oven fresh french bread crusts is this flavor. The lightly musky orange spritz on the overall flavor of the yeast breadiness is a whole grain malt note that pops with authenticity. The alcohol gives a smoothness to all the flavors and creates an overlap between kumquat rinds and breadiness that I'm a fan of. There's an illusion of drinkability that makes this beer scary. Overly ripe fruit in the end is a nice finisher.
M: Medium full bodied with a soothing silky feel of alcohol throughout. The beer quickly disappears down the throat, It's hard to gauge the feel as you really are compelled to swallow. Has a bit wetter alcohol finish, but it allows the mild clementine, mandarin, and kumquat flavors to do their thing.
O: This beer is really good, but I have to admit I know very little next to nothing about tripels stylistically. The yeast wasn't exactly estery, but the breadiness of malt married suggestions of light citrus to perfection. The mouth had this spritzy effervescence that makes me think this is something to consume fresh. There's a great deal to appreciate in this beer, and I can see a lot of non-beer drinkers picking this out as a favorite in a tasting. Definitely give batch 23 a swirl sometime, I think it's Russian River doing what they do best. Scary drinkable for the alcohol.
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2011 03:02:44 | More by Cavery
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: poured into a tulip glass to a slightly cloudy golden hue with a two finger dense white head with excellent retention and solid lacing
S: smells of fruity esters and spicy yeast with a bit of sweetness
T: very smooth flavors with some fruitiness, some sweetness, a bit of spice, and slight oakyness. Swallow is sweet, fruity and spicy
M: medium in the mouth with excellent carbonation and a drying finish
O: A fantastic beer that I've been sitting on for far too long. The alcohol is well hidden with just a hint of a warming sensation.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 07:16:00 | More by SHODriver
3.43/5 rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 69.
Appearance - Big white head after a very difficult cork removal. Thick collar. Wispy surface. Golden orange hazy body.
Smell - Bready and estery. A little phenolic. Kinda fruity. A little earthy. Quite oaky. Very odd.
Taste - Belgian sweetness and yeastiness. Extremely oaky. Sweet and estery up front. Doughy malts. Gets earthy and bitter in the back.
Mouthfeel - Boozy. Bitter. Medium heavy.
Overall - An odd beer. A smell I can't quite place. The flavor is complex, but not really a tripel. Points for being interesting.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 01:58:58 | More by Alieniloquium
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
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