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

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

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 280
Gots: 156 | FT: 4
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bosco7 on 07-07-2007

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.
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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 238
Photo of flannelman808
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This would be a review of batch three or the illustrious batch 69:

A: This one is a foamer. The beer is bright light yellow/amber in color and is topped with a silly (4 inches in a Duvel glass or so) amount of barely off-white head. Rocky latte head hangs around for some time and leaves some pretty good lacing behind it.

S: Wowaeewa! This smells fantastic! Its difficult to place the plethora of aromas booming out of my glass, but here goes. Spicy earthy and flowery (think lavender) all at once. There is a presence of freshly cut and buttered firewood (you read right) as well. Pretty fantastic.

T: A rich and deeply flavored beer to say the least. All of the aforementioned aromas pummeled together with a mort and pestle and then carried onto the palate. There is a bit of diacetyl induced butter happening, which is the only negative thing I might suggest about this beer. That said, the butter adds in a way to the rich sweet quality of this brews opening. The finish ties everything together. As this warms it pronounces a slightly tart flavor of tangerine pulp. Starting rich and sweet this ends with just enough perceived dryness. Oaky, yeasty-spicy, and subdued tart astringent flavors meet in the on the end, and bang like Black Dynamite.

M: Fantastic. Rich and dry all at once. Long finishing. Everything one looks for.

O: This beer has pretty much blown me away. A fantastic beer which has great age potential. I'm thinking 3-6 years.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully smooth, with any rough edges sanded down and given a light polish. Bright and lively, with sharp carbonation and a moderately fruity character that avoids straying into an excessively yeasty realm. ETOH is well integrated into the flavor, lending a bit of black pepper bite toward the end. A top-notch example of the style that can go toe-to-toe with anythign from Belgium.

Photo of SHODriver
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The long awaited Batch 069 has arrived. 375 bottle. ABV is 10.75%.

Body is a hazy, amber/gold. Poured into a Bruery tulip glass, easily produced a half inch foamy white head that dissipated fairly soon to a cap and ring. Some sticky lacing, but not a lot.

Smells of light malt, lemon, toffee, tropical fruit, a little metal, and spice--coriander and ginger, and some alcohol.

A good expression of the Belgian tripel style. A complex spiced tripel with rich malt taste, butter, toffee, metal, coriander. Starts on the sweet side, but finishes more dry, with a light bitterness and lingering light floral and grassy hops, metal, and pretty strong white pepper notes. Alcohol is not very evident in the taste despite the 10.75% ABV. Oak expression is more in the background, but gives this a noticeable vanilla taste. It's the Belgian yeast that is definitely taking the commanding role here.

Body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a scrubbing, refreshing mouthfeel. Has a spritz on the tongue like a dry ginger ale.

This is a tripel that is light in body yet complex in flavor. I wish Vinnie made this regularly, instead of making us wait through 23 batches of regular Damnation.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 046, poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Bright golden color, medium sized off-white head, beautifully patterned lace, like cave paintings.

Big aroma of sweet tart fruit, mainly peach and white grape, with honeysuckle, and something mineral like sea air. Lovely. The last glass (45 minutes into the bottle) is still mainly fruity, but complex and savory, very much like a chutney.

Massively fruity flavor, like the aroma. Peach, white grape, honey, dried apricot. Sweet, but bitterness gradually grows to a medium, moderate level, just enough to achieve great balance. Mild fresh floral and grassy hop flavor. Some mild oak, well integrated, with a creamy vanilla aspect. Some mild chalky minerality, mild astringency, mild acidity. Long finish of fruit and honey, with a touch of warming alcohol.

The last glass, hazy and 64 F, was certainly the most complex, and the oakiest. Fruity like chutney, and savory. Just as tasty, but in a different way.

Smooth creamy carbonation, mild chalkiness and astringency, and a bare touch of acidity, add up to a very enjoyable texture. A pleasure to drink, a hedonistic delight.

Great beer. Thanks to mom for getting and broski for sending.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/24/2011

Thanks to Jason for opening this.

A: Hazed orange with a creamy white head. Fades to stray bubbles.

S: A light oak presence with bread and caramel. Faint oxidation and alcohol. Moderately sweet. Earthy hop profile.

T: Bread and caramel with a little sweetness and oak. Light booze. Alcohol is faint. No harsh notes. 

M: Upper light in body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: A very nice beer. I've had this many times but am happy to finally review it.

Photo of jwinship83
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. batch 23. traded to me from user mashmaster. thanks again! drank from the recommended russian river "tion" glass.

A- the beer pours out a hazy glowing orange colored body under a finger and a half of bright white head. the head lasts for quite some time, and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- very sweet smelling. lots of candi sugar and sweet fruits wafting from my glass. peach, apricot, white grape, pear, and a touch of banana. after that i pick up a little bit of vanilla from the oak. pepper and clove spiciness. earthy and spicy hops. the alcohol is apparent, but still well hidden.

T- the taste starts out with more of the malted wheat and pale malts that i could smell before quickly moving onto the sweet candi sugar and fruits. pears, white grapes, peach, and some light green apple tartness. moderately spicy with clove and white pepper. a touch of vanilla from the oak barrel it was aged in. earthy hops move in at the end. moderate alcohol throughout.

M- medium bodied with a nice and subdued level of carbonation. for an 11% ABV beer, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden. only a slight warming can be felt.

O- looking at the reviews, this beer is just over 4 years old. time has been very kind to it. id love to try a fresh bottle from the next batch and compare. i also wouldnt mind picking up another one from this batch. check this one out if you can. be warned though, the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lothore, who sent me this bottle about 15 months ago...yes, it's time for the periodic cleansing of the colonic cellar. I wasn't terribly impressed with the standard Damnation, so I'm hoping a bit of age & oak will improve my disposition towards it. Batch 46 split with my wife.

Only about 2/3 poured initially to keep the brew sediment-free. The same orangish color as regular Damnation but hazier, deeper. Nose is nice, terrific wine-like quality to it, dry, woody, spritzish.

Well, either my old review of Damnation was off-base or this is a much better beer. This comes off like alcohol-infused white grape juice, with a rollicking sweetness spark-arcing over the palate. Perhaps adding "big, sweet, candy" notes is redundant, but the sweetness actually underlies the grapeness; they're distinct. More puckering sugariness in the basket of fruits including pear, apples, & others. The yeast lends a spice kick towards the end, which leaves off dry. 0% humidity, take another drink to wet your whistle dry. 11%? You kidding me?

Excellent beer. If this isn't the best beer I've had from Russian River, it's only Pliny's fault.
Quaffable, original, tasty, gorgeous. Wonderful.

Photo of patm1986
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes 10 Oct 2011
From the tap at RR Brewery

beautiful, bright gold shimmer underneath a thick, frothy, pillowy head. you can lay your dome down to rest on this head. awesome retention.

smells like boooze. strong oak scent: bourbon vanilla, spice, wood. strong aromas of honey and other stronger sugars, a little ginger bread man fell in the barrel, too. other spices noted: coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, a little clove, all very mild, but noticeable.

HELLO, FACE. that's big, man. sweet, sweet, funky, sweet, bourbon-y, a little bitter, sweet, and calming, mildly phenolic. that's a progression. it's bold, but it's also so balanced that i can't help but try to catch up to it and harness these flavors. really awesome tripel finish. the oak is not too much either.

thick, rich, creamy, smooth. very smooth. a soothing drink. great amount of sugar to coat your mouth.

this could've been crazy boozy and harsh, but why would you think so? this is a perfect finisher really. you can sit on this glass for a while, as it holds up to multiple, multiple swirls and a steady rise to nearly 70 degrees. it opens up brilliantly and isn't too much of anything in particular as many oak aged beers can exhibit. excellent.
cheers

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to womencantsail for this tick in my quest to try all of the RR -tion brews! Batch #046! Served from bottle into a Firestone Walker sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, oak, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. It had a very different flavor than what I was thinking it would taste like. The flavors present were very nicely balanced and worked well together. The aroma was very nice as well. Very glad that I got the opportunity to try this. Thanks again Andrew!

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the RR brewpub. Pours a light gold/orange color with just a slight amount of head. The aroma is somewhat oakey with hints of lemon and citrus. The taste is nice and complex, with bubble-gum-like flavors and some spices, along with fruits like pears, apples, and pineapples. The oak complements it all nicely in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, and a very smooth texture.

This is a great beer, and it hides the 11% ABV amazingly.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is mix of strong Belgian yeast character with some coriander and pepper, with some light fruit, citrus zest, oak, bread, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with some pear and other light fruits with some citrus zest, coriander, and other Belgian yeast flavors. Through the middle, the oak comes through alongside some stronger yeast character with some pepper and some farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of citrus and light fruit flavors with some bready yeast, oak, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Excellent Tripel with great balance. The oak is a really nice touch that adds some great complexity as well.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought at City Beer, SF. Shared with oakbluff and fisherman34, sampled from a snifter.

Big inch of head off a gentle pour, colour is a deep blood orange with lots of chunky sediment throughout. Great head retention and lacing. Aroma is oaky with hints of vanilla, red licorice, herbs. fruit: juicy apricots, peaches, plums, apples. Delicious.

Taste is extremely deep and comforting with tons of malt, oak, vanilla. Herbaceous and maybe a little medcinal. Fruity and spicy with some peppery notes. Orange, peach, tangerine, maybe a little tropical note. Lovely and complex, and as great as advertised. Soft and a little creamy in the mouth, but not too heavy duty in the body. Carbonation is zippy, but not obnoxious. Dries nicely. Overall this is an exceptional beer, superb balance and packed with flavour. I may never drink this again, so I'm going to savour the moment!

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex woody, citrus, earhty and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy citrus balanced flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing standout beer.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James and Kevin for bottles. Cheers my friends!

Steady pour into an oversized snifter produces a massive white head. Four finger head slowly recedes leaving spotty chunks of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is a golden apricot colored body, fairly clear and free of haze.

Damnation 23 is much bigger in every aspect than Damnation. The nose is Damnation is pleasant and balanced but not overly assertive. Damnation 23 is rather balanced but much more intense. White cracker malt, bready yeast and fruit aromas permeate from the glass. The oak is a nice addition, really melds with the earthiness present in the beer.

Sweet fruit flavor up front. Pineapple, light citrus and maybe soft apple. Rather assertive apricot flavor develops with warmth. The midpalate is where the bulk of the flavor develops. Herbal and spicy ester flavors emerge. The general earthiness of this flavor contrasts the sweeter flavors up front rather well. The oak is a very interesting flavor in this beer. The woody flavor melds into the earthiness perfectly. There is a vanilla flavor that ebbs and flows on the palate. This is not a flavor I would normally expect but it provides a nice smoothness to the overall flavor.

Medium to full bodied beer. Carbonation level is high, very lively bubble lightens the beer on the tongue. The texture is nearly creamy on the back end. The finish leans towards the drier side.

Damnation 23 is a very good beer. I liked Damnation, I love Damnation 23. I love the bigger more intense flavor but I love the balance that is maintained more. The oak aging does wonders for the beer, really adds depth the moves this beer into a higher tier. The alcohol is very well masked making for an exceptionally drinkable beer. Pick up a bottle if you run into one, well worth your while.

Photo of ppoitras
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle received via I Want That BIF from lou91. Corked and caged, Batch 023. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" beige head over the darkly golden brew. Super-dense head lasts and lasts, due to generous rejuvenation from the bottom constantly sending up more and more tiny bubbles. Lacing is plentiful and sticky.

Aroma is sweet, lightly spicy, with twinges of alcohol and oak coming out at the end. Taste follows the nose's guide, with the front being the sweet/spice area, and the latter half being oaky and alcohol focused. Halves meld together better as the brew warms. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very impressive. Except this is the only bottle I have, so I'll have to just remember this one, and keep an eye out in the meantime.

Photo of aforbes10
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy but still glimmering orange brown (more orange, really) with an extremely well retained white pillowy head. Masterful appearance. Smells of spiced malt, bananas, oak and ethanol. Tangy, sweet mix of Belgian flavors. Yeasty, and some coriander/green hops. Ethanol strong and a little hot on the finish. I get the higher alcohol but the oak contribution is less obvious. Extra body is the real story here, which makes the beer much easier to drink and helps the flavors come together a lot more. Very smooth. This is more of a sipper than its regular incarnation, but that's a-ok with me.

Photo of SDDanC
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into duvel tulip. Easy pour yielded a sizable head, about 2.5 fingers thick. Not very stable, it settled quickly. Soft white with residual bubbles. Nose is complex. Yeasty esters take front, white pepper, sesame, evergreen trees and wood. Taste is noticeably deviant, pretty dry, yeasty, a lot more wood, as it warms its even a very very small bit tart in the back. Not my particular style preferred, but it is strangely alluring. I enjoyed it much. Lots of carbonation on this one early on, but mellows out nicely. No lacing to be found. Nice treat, glad I came across it (without having to go to the brewery at that).

Photo of jayhawk73
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 069

Pours a beautiful orange color with a three finger soapy white head. Good lacing, and great carbonation coming up from the bottom of my snifter glass. The nose is a little funk, grass, wood, slight alcohol and clove. Not super balanced, but I get plenty of aroma. Very sweet and smooth as well. Ah... interesting taste. I get wood, a tiny bit of funk, tangerine, grass, and spices in the background. Excellent taste. The feel, for me, is the weak point in this beer. It's medium bodied, w/ good carbonation and a strong, smooth malt backbone. However, there's a real biting acidity that takes over and destroys everything else feel-wise. If it was a little more in balance, it would be a higher score. Overall, this is a really outstanding beer. I would definitely have this again. Cheers.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sarah for sharing this one!

A-pours a bright golden orangish color with a creamy bubbly white head that lingers for a little leaving a nice thick lace

S-the nose is pretty big with lots of nice oak aromas and some sweet vanilla up front. sparkling white grapes with notes of sweet sugar and some soft golden fruits hold strong in the nose with a touch more oak and note of booze in the back.

T-this is delicious, hints of spicy phenols right up front. soft golden fruits take over, pear and some peach with some light sour apple underneath. the back adds a touch of ginger with some spiciness lingering throughout the finish.

M-this has a medium to light body and is very soft and smooth on the palate. the carbonation is lower and not biting at all giving it a still crisp clean finish.

D-this is tasty, lighter, and soft on the palate. fantastic beer and quite easy and pleasant to drink. the oak falls off a little in the taste but was still a great brew!

Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of MakeItaBanquet poured into a tulip.

Pours bright golden orange with the slightest haze and a huge creamy white head that recedes to a thick cap and some delicate lacing.

The aroma is really nice and very sweet with caramelized green apples and apricots alongside some more citrusy pineapples. Hints of spicy yeast with vanilla and oak as well.

The taste is also sweet with apples, pears and candi sugar. But, it does seem a little spicier than the aroma with the Belgian yeast coming out as well as a heavier dose of the oak character, wood and vanilla in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and pretty stick and less dry than many tripels.

I love this beer and it's ridiculous that an 11% ABV beer is this drinkable. Sweeter than most tripels but balanced by the oak - a wonderful beer.

Photo of drgarage
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Batch 69. I've also had the original and 46 on draft.

I love this beer. Russian River is special to me, having lived in Santa Rosa for a few years when it was still under the radar, but this is probably my emotional favorite. It's delightfully balanced, complex, and oaky as all hell. Not to mention a bit of funk even with no claimed Brett presence. If you ever see one fresh, go for it. You won't regret it.

Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bomber into a Westvletern chalice.

The ber pours a dark honey gold with a hint of orange. The white rises about 3 fingers providing great retention and lacing.

The aroma is pretty light but very sweet to start, maybe butterscotch, some clove? As you dig in more you get some nice floral of a tripel with a hint of oak at the end. Very nice, balanced and complex.

The taste is also very balanced and complex. It starts our a little sweet and light fades to some nice floral hoppiness then ends with some great oak and as you swallow a great hint of vanilla.

The feel is light, warm with a semi dry finish.

This beer is very drinkable.

Overall, this is a great beer. It retains all the qualities that make a great triple but then ads a great uniqueness with the oak.

Photo of Bobheed
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden color starting out quite clear, then getting pretty hazy. Huge, huge foamy white head. What a tripel should look like

S: A little bit of spiciness, a lot of bready characteristics. Alcohol slightly detectable

T: Tangy, citrusy, spicy. Lots of clove right up front, then sort of goes into a nice fruity flavor with a bit of hop presence. At the very end you get a bit of alcohol

M: Highly carbonated, but super smooth somehow. Almost seems like it was straight off a nitro-tap even out of the bottle. A bit of alcohol warmth behind it all.

Overall, I loved this one. Gonna grab a few more bottles too, see how it holds up with a little age. This, to me, is the ideal tripel.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 375ml bottle of batch 69 with an abv of 10.75%.

The cork came out easily, a huge pop ensued.

Pouring slowly, I got about half the bottle in my glass; there's SO much foam! And it rises to the top of my glass. It's a light golden coloured brew and..I'll check on the lacing when the foam settles a bit. If it ever does. Okay, it did and there's some nice lacing.

It smells kind of funky and yeasty with a nice helping of tart that I guess comes from the oak.

The taste is of yeast, tart fruit, especially when I swish the beer in my mouth, light bitterness, and an almost taste of funk; not quite there with that but I don't know if it was meant to be there at all. Very tasty.

I poured the rest of the beer from the bottle to get the spent yeast in there.(again, a massive head of foam forms) Sometimes, that's the best part of a brew. ;^)

Very close to if not full bodied with a delicate level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is outstanding! With all the pluses I'm getting from it, the alcohol is almost barely noticeable. I'm digging Batch 23 big time!

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.