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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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Reviews: 239
Hads: 557
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 281
Gots: 154 | FT: 4
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of batch 69 that I shared with a friend. Golden yellow color, decent head. Smells estery and a whole lot like Damnation to me. The flavor was a bit of pear, belgian yeast, maybe I haven't had Damnation in a while but this tastes a whole lot like what I remember. I did not taste any oak whatsoever. I will say that the alcohol was imperceptible which is pretty amazing given it was listed at like 10.8% or something. Nice beer but nothing to go crazy for.

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Photo of david131
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy yellow-orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head that is a bit dimpled but has nice retention.

S- Light fruits, some pepper, bubble gum, white bread, a bit of a Belgian kick, and some oak. Very complex and inviting.

T- Absolutely delicious and complex. The same aspects I picked up in the aroma are noticed with an emphasis on the bubble gum. It is clear a lot of care was taken in the construction of this beer.

M- Abundant carbonation, but the bubbles are small. Creamy and smooth otherwise with just the slightest bit of alcohol warmth.

O- Very tasty and eerily drinkable for the style and alcohol content. The quality is tip notch. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this bottle late (after 10pm) on 5/20 (my 41st birthday), only after my wife said: 'do you realize you haven't had a beer yet today?' And so I hadn't...

375ml bottle (Batch 069 - hello!), with a slightly lower 10.75% ABV shown on the label. Thanks to our friend, Bryce, who brought this gift back from his visit to Santa Rosa last December. Shared in two tulip glasses.

A: Thick pile of white foam (2+ fingers) sits atop a hazy golden/honey ambrosia. Carbonation is modest (a slight surprise) and the head fizzles away too quickly. Lace is spotty/fractured. Skim holds steadfastly and forms a clinging ring.

S: After 15-20 minutes of warming post-pour, there's a very starchy 'applesauce' aroma here. It's moderate spicy (dash of nutmeg? allspice?). Woody notes develop, mild vanilla.

T: Phenomenal flavor: big spice, a tangy and zesty pepper-sprinkled fruitiness. It's pears, apples and flowers, honey and wood, all rolling around in the mouth. Hints of green grape and even some green herbs. A subtle vinous/woody char barely reveals the oak barrel. A little chalkier and drier in the finish. After some warming, a little 'cedar' creeps in. Came close to a '5' for me.

M: Maybe Sliiightly too 'warm'... I suppose aging even longer could have helped, but there's not much you can do with 11-ish%, I suppose. Ample fizz upfront, although surprisingly mellow/smooth in the finish - velvety, actually.

O: 'Regular' Damnation is quite possibly my wife's favorite beer and is quite delicious in my book, too - so an oak-aged/stronger version of it? Hell, yes! This did not disappoint at all - so flavorful and mellow, with barrel-aging complementing wonderfully. At 12.7 oz split two ways, it disappeared far too quickly. Would love to have this again - it was a great night cap to an excellent birthday.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber with no head or lacing. The nose is an incredible orange rind bitter-sweetness with pungent alcohol. The taste is light and sweet with a subtle touch of oak. The aftertaste is a honey sweetness followed by some wood, but it's hard to recognize. The aftertaste is just as light and refreshing. Honestly, this beer was way better than expected with big citrus notes from the tripel followed by an interesting wood infusion. Very drinkable beer, possibly the best BA tripel I've had... although I still have my bottle of Allagash to try next.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375 ml bottle from the LaJolla Whole Foods in mid February for $10.99. Lets see how good the splurge is...

Beer poured golden orange with a nice whte head that is long lasting.

Nose is apples and pears initially, with a nice funk touch as the brew warms.

Taste pretty much follows the nose pattern; apples and pears with light funk, coriander, pepper, and lemon zest dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth, fits the style very well.

Overall this is a well crafted brew. I am not much of a funk fan but this is done very well. I marked the taste and overall score down as the coriander and lemon zest is a bit too dominating in the finish.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks awesome, and the one thing I noticed is that the head sticks around so long. In most beers it will disappear, but mine still looks beautiful.

Smell wise, you get exactly what you'd expect. You get that big yeasty, spicy note that you get in belgian style beers like this.

Taste wise though, is where this beer starts to excel, It asserts itself on the pallet nicely. Very fruity, apply/ tart like notes.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch 69. Big thanks to Bilbosnuts for this.

4.5 A: Hazed dark orange brown color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Nice sugary, spicy tripel. Lots of pepper. Hay and bready malts with peach and apple fruitiness. Oaky underneath with a mild vanilla.

4.0 T: Loads of pepper and maybe a touch of clove underneath. Big fruitiness with peach and apple showcased and a hint of banana. Oaky with a mild vanilla and note of supple tannins. Quite tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Plenty of spritzy carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Nice creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: Definitely a solid tripel. Not the most complex, but great flavors that come together well.

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Photo of mwa423
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Per usual, much thanks to leschkie! Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Batch 69.

A - Heavily carbonated, but light straw color with an orange tint. Bubbly white head that was big to begin with from the carbonation but fizzles down fairly quickly.

S - Belgian farmhouse funk with some vanilla oak notes giving it a slighter darker feel. Quite a tart nose with a citrus feel.

T - Crisp belgian flavors, little banana and clove, with that oak laying low in the back. The oak is most predominant in the the aftertaste lingering on the tongue. Quite complex as it goes from a bright, vibrant belgian tripel and transitions to a hint at some barrelroom in the backend with a little alcohol burn. That oak become more apparent as it warms.

M - Upfront, the mouthfeel is very carbonated, little too much I think. But the mouthfeel after a drink is quite silky and coating. Quite drinkable if you can get past the carbonation.

O - Good beer, has a sharp flavor with some added oak accents that bump it up. Well done, and refreshing for a slightly warm night. Will be interested to see how this ages, thanks for the extra bottle Kurtis!

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Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from SF, reviewed from notes. Batch 69.

A- Slightly hazy light orange body with golden hues around the edges. Small foamy white head forms with a bubbly texture. Small patches of thick lace.

S- Belgian yeast forward with a citrus zest hint there too. Coriander, straw, apple, white grape, orange peel and general euro hops.

T- Belgian yeast has a spiced feel providing a backdrop for a good Tripel. Balanced mix of raisin, orange zest, cantaloupe, banana, coriander, peppercorn and hops. Hops give an herbal, spicy, grassy and citrus zest profile.

MF- Foamy lower gravity body that just fizzes up and fills the mouth. Fairly bitter and warm feel.

Complex and flavorful Tripel, brings a ton of different angles. The only thing I don't really notice is the oak, but the beer itself seems better than the damnation I had somehow.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to cbutova for sharing this one, glad to have the opportunity to try it. I've always been intrigued by it. Batch 69.

Pours hazy pale orange, lots of carbonation bubbles, big ol white head retains as a thick ring.

Nice smell, classic tripel Americanized...big apple, Belgian yeast, bread, vanilla, peach, good balance of fruity and spicy. Great stuff.

Doesn't quite match the scent but good stuff. The American hoppage comes out more with citrus, lemon and peach. Pear/apple, yeast, spice. Not getting much of the oak though.

Good mouthfeel...drinks too easy for 11%.

Pretty awesome, a whole different beast from the regular Damnation.

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Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a smooth, white head. Fair head retention.

Rich, citrussy aroma with notes of lemon balm and some fantastic herbal notes. Really interesting.

Smooth malt with a bright spiciness and lots of citrus. Some nice hard fruit notes.

Medium light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very mild, creamy tannins to round out the body. Very good.

A delightful beer with lots of flavour, a nice rounded body and lots of citrus. The oak seems to be missing but I still like it.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank.

Bartender poured into this into a tall tulip glass, revealing a slightly hazy golden hue. A finger-width's worth of creamy foam capped it off. The nose is sharp with Belgian yeast, lemon zest, faint tangerine. The mouthfeel was much smoother than anticipated, aided by the oak chips, no doubt. Light bubbly finish. Light hoppy flavors meld well with the yeast character, and then finishes with a mildly-tart citrus snap. Spicy lemons come to mind with this beer. I liked it quite a bit. RR has made another standout brew here. Glad I had the opportunity.

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Photo of claaark13
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mihir. Poured into a Founders snifter.

A - Very carbonated. Froth doesn't fade for some time. Nice, light orange color. Too much foam. Way too much foam.

S - Belgian yeast, corriander, light lemon, yet somewhat muted.

T - Similar to smell. A slightly, almost tart lemon in the middle. The oak is very mild. It comes out towards the end. Slight citric tartness within the flavor. Dryness is subdued by carbonation and some sweetness. Oak does stick to the tongue after a few sips. 10.75%? No way.

M - Very prickly and carbonated, but easy to drink. So easy to drink.

O - Good beer. Oak is right on target, finish is smooth. It is overcarbonated as hell, but the flavor is just great. Without a massive head, the beer looks great. Great overall and I would happily drink this again.

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Photo of abrethanson
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Pizza Port in Solana Beach. Fantastic complement to their tasty pizza.

Look - pours a clear copper with a 1 finger head.

Smell - belgium breadiness, with a hint of pine sneaking through.

Taste - The nose is a light apple sour balanced with bread and vanilla. The body is very complex with maltiness, strong floral notes, and cherry cough syrup. The citrus hops provide the beer's backbone and pull through at the end and do a nice job of masking the booziness. Also a little funkiness hiding around.

Mouth feel - tart and lightly carbonated.

Overall - loved it. The complexity and balanced between Belgium yeast, hops, tartness, and richness was splendid.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of bright white foamy head. Decent retention, no lacing.

Hit immediately with Belgian yeast, some vanilla, apples, pears and maybe a touch of peach. Nice spicy aromas are roused off with a semi tart finish.

Taste is very similar to the nose. The Belgian yeast is a little more in the back ground with the apples, pears and lemon taking the lead. Smooth vanilla notes in the middle (I'm assuming this was lifted from the oak). Great taste with a spice filled finish.

Medium body with a ton of carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was exactly how I anticipated a Russian River Tripel to taste like. Very nice and complex. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 069 of Batch 23

Pours golden yellow and slightly cloudy. A huge cream colored head forms and forces me to pour from the bottle three times before I could fit it in the tulip, even when I poured extremely slow. The head left some huge chunky lacing.

Smell is yeast tangy, hint of pepper and citrus.

Taste is quite different. Oak seems and undertone to the whole drink, with yeast being forward, a sourdough break like malt and a very woody nice aftertaste.

Feels incredible, smooth and luxurious. A light bubbly bite reminds you of the carbonation, but makes this feel much lighter than the 10.75%.

A great drinking beer for it's huge ABV. The oak adds something to all the aspects of flavor and texture. Too bad this is quite pricey, still, a very nice beer.


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Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, batch number 069, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy apricot color with a big fluffy 2" head, good lacing.

S- Lots of tart and yeasty aromas, some spice, crisp apple/pear fruitiness and oak.

T- Big phenolic spices are prominent here, lots of clove and coriander, some orange and pear as well as a lot of earthy yeast. Some sweetness from candy flavors and alcohol.

M- Medium-bodied, heavily carbonated, has a very crisp feel with lots of prickly carbonation, finish is a bit dry.

O- A pretty good tripel, lots of complex flavors, drinkability is very high (I'm actually surprised at the alcohol content), Russian River never disappoints.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked-and-caged bottle into a Southampton snifter at low altitude. I really enjoyed the standard version of this, so I'm looking forward to this.

A: Pours a nice hazy honey color with some noticeable yeast sediment and a nice creamy white head of nice retention. Very nice.

S: Fruity yeast esters, cherry, sugar, oak, a bit of alcohol. My nose is stuffy at the moment, so that's about all I get.

T: Fruity cherry yeast notes up front give way to a spicy body and an oaky and drying finish. There's a bit of sourness here that plays well with the other flavors.

M: Light- to medium-bodied and quite dry. Good for the style and suits the flavors well.

D: This is a very drinkable beer, especially considering the ABV. If you've tried the regular Damnation or you're looking for a good American-made tripel, this is a good option.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sugit for this one.

A: 1" white head that left a nice lacing and remained for a lengthy period of time over cloudy honey/amber liquid. Very appetizing looking.

S: Oak, sour funk and yeast.

T: Oak, sour funk, lemon citrus and clove floral hops and a honey/biscuit malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol.

O: One of the best tripels I have ever had, although it could use more funk. If you like this one; seek out a similar one by A La Fut out of Quebec called Tripe à 3 Brett.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at RR Brewery during the Pliny release.

Appearance- orange cloudy color, thick foamy head

Smell- citrus fruit, spices

Taste- citrus fruit, spices, slight bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I shared the bottle with my family and we enjoyed it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Batch 69. Corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Gentle pour yields a gigantic 2 finger frothy, fluffy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear orange. Lacing is patchy and thick with little cling. Pretty.

Nose is coriander, orange peel, soap, and cane sugar. Real deep and robust but lively at the same time. Nice.

Opens clove, orange peel, coriander, citrus fruit, and Belgian yeastiness. Very sweet and herbal. More yeast towards the middle with some cane sugar further enhancing the malt body. End is sweet and yeasty with touches of citrus throughout. Aftertaste is of sweet orange and spices. Moderate complexity. Very enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and bubbly in the mouth and crisp and aggressive going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Decent.

For an 11% offering, this one hides its boozy side very very well. Otherwise, a very solid tripel though the barrel-aging barely shows up in the flavor profile.

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.