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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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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 265
Gots: 155 | FT: 5
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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2.25/5  rDev -47.3%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

DaBubs, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

wbillw, Mar 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Adam from Missouri brought this to March Madness. Drank another one this summer as well. Looks real nice, a tiny bit of haze throughout the golden liquid, pristine white head, about .75" to it, good lacing and retention. Aroma was heavy on the alcohol, sheesh, this is powerful. Alcohol overpowers every other olfactory attempt at semblance.

Taste, again, I'm getting a ton of alcohol. For being the same abv as Pliny the Younger, this one shows it infinitely more. You can pick up on the oak at least, unlike the aroma which was all alcohol. I'd be tempted to even say this was fusel alcohol had I not known that its 11% and probably just that massiveness that makes it so.

I can't pick up on much taste, the alcohol just destroyed me. Really a burn in the throat as I drink it. The oak is bright enough to make me wonder if it is a virgin barrel. I just can't endorse this one, its primary and final impression it left on me was "damn, that tastes like I'm drinking gin/vodka."

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

logicerror, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of lurpy1
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've always been put off by the cultish behavior of RR zealots, but my first RR beer, Supplication, really made me see the light. Here goes #2.

After corking, the pour. Let's not blow smoke up asses here, Damnation 23 looks like any other tripel/pale. Slightly wood grain gold, not a lot of head.

It has that standard Tripel smell, fruity, yeast, cloves, some funky bitterness in the background.

The taste has me wondering, where the F the oak is? I get a little bit of bizarro RR funk, but not much to distinguish it from a commodity tripel.

Mouthfeel is more like a saison. Long on carbonation, doesn't sit particularly well in mouth.

This is an OK beer at best and to be honest, at the price Russian River asks for it, Damnation 23 is flat-out unacceptable. I really have to wonder what the grades would be for this beer if it didn't say Russian River on the label.

lurpy1, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mwa423
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Expecting an oak aged tripel, it's certainly a west coast sour take on an tripel. What this isn't: yeasty and belgian. What this is: Light, heavily carbonated and slightly sour. The appearance is perfect, slightly hazy and a great head and lacing when poured carefully. The smell is light, slightly sweet and sour. Taste starts yeasty and quickly breezes by some malt and it's on to a sour aftertaste. The beer is in your mouth and down your throat faster than you would believe. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated, not what I usually expect from the style.

Overall, very different. If you like this type of different, you'll enjoy it.

mwa423, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both MexicanSkittel and BdubleEdubleRUN for the chance to try this one. Batch 69, 375ml bottle poured into a snifter. The cork removes with a loud pop and produces 4 fingers worth of white fluffy froth. The cap fades back to a thin lacing that is supported by constantly rising bubbles. The brew itself appears a hazed golden orange color that is slightly hazed. A light swirl effortless revives more than a finger of slightly off-white froth back to the surface.

The smell of this brew has a lot going on. First it reminds me of coriander with a hint of lemon and orange zest that is sweet and almost candied. More sniffs reveal a deep fruit inclusion with a bit of earth and mild oaked quality. A hint of sulfur and some spicy clove round it out with the alcohol becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms up.

The taste includes everything hinted in the aroma. Some peppery spice mixes with clove, coriander, lemon and orange pulp-like bitterness. Some tannic oak flavoring resides mid-palate bringing out a bit more focus on an earthy/herbal bitterness. The alcohol which was initially quite tamed really comes out with a warming factor as the brew warms up. The aftertaste is a little cheesy and quite earthy with a bit more pronounced oak flavoring that is raw.

This is a medium bodied brew that is very carbonated. It has a solid warming factor about it and a nice arrangement of flavor initially that sort of falls apart as it warms up and more sips are taken. I think the oak and hoppy bitterness clashes with the yeasty spices and it overall distracts from the experience instead of complimenting it. It lingers inside the mouth with almost an oily feel that mixes with a bit of astringency. It isn't a horrible brew by any stretch, it just isn't quite for me and what I expect from a tripel.

stakem, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. This is batch 69, purchased at the brewery.

A: Pours a clear, golden body capped with 4-5 fingers of off-white head that completely fills the glass off of a small pour. The dense bubbles recede evenly, leaving streaks of lace down the glass as they go.

S: Stone fruit (pears, apricot), substantial yeasty mustiness, oak, vanilla, clove.

T: Fairly sweet on the initial taste, manifesting as stone fruit flavors and a touch of orange zest, but it's sloppily covered up by prickly, astringent oak and musty yeast that overwhelm the palate. Clove follows almost as an afterthought well into the finish.

M: This is a rough beer on the palate; the flavor doesn't flow smoothly, and the components aren't well-integrated. Age MAY do this some good, but the equivalent of an $18 (?) 750mL bottle should be ready to go right away.

O: The original Batch 23 aged into a beautiful, mellow, buttery-oak beer. Obviously, there will be recipe variation and other factors, but I don't see how batches 46 and 69 will get there. The oak presence in the latter two batches has been more prickly, spicy, and astringent. The overall execution of this beer is disappointing. At the current price point ($9?), I don't think I'll load up on the next one.

Incidentally, I've had a handful of different bottles, and there may be some settling / variation issues with this beer. I had one that was dominated by orange zest and others that were dominated by yeast. I'm reviewing the yeast-heavy one, but I'd give the better bottles of this a B+ or so.

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Original review of batch 46, purchased in Feb '09 and consumed in Jun '10. 3.28 / 5

A: Pours a brilliant, clear amber with two fingers of long-lasting, fluffy off-white head. The dense bubbles give a creamy appearance, and they leave substantial lace down the sides of the glass. Exquisite.

S: Vanilla, pears, apricots, orange peel, oak, clove, and yeast.

T: Wow, much sweeter than expected. Vanilla and orange-peel create a candy-like flavor that is initially cloying, but gets to be more tolerable (though never great) as the beer warms. The finish brings out buttery (but bitter, astringent) oak, pear, clove, and yeast flavors.

M: It feels quite creamy, but maybe that's the visuals of the carbonation -- which is quite fine -- playing tricks on me. The sugars are tasted, which is a disappointment; I'd like a drier beer for the style. The alcohol is quite well suppressed, but then the beer is 1.5 years old at this point.

D: Eh.... I hate to say Vinnie makes a bad beer, but if he does, this is probably it. I won't pay $12 for this again.

Arbitrator, Dec 27, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow. Big white foam head.

Smells like some funky, oak-y grass/hay/wheat/flowers. I was expecting something sweeter. Interesting.

Taste is all over the place. Some sweet malt, some candi, some weird oak-y funk/grass elements. Hmm. Really kind of muddled if you ask me. Nice bubbly mouthfeel.

Thanks to Chris for giving me a chance to try this.

Overlord, Jan 06, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.