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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) - Russian River Brewing Company

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%


Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We turned our regular Damnation recipe into a Tripel. It is bittered with Tomahawk and has Sterling and Cascade in the mid-boil and finish. The beer was then aged on new American oak chips for two to three weeks.

(Beer added by: bosco7 on 07-07-2007)
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Cavery

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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
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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
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