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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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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 265
Gots: 155 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of benclimbs
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours blonde, off-opaque with no head or lacing - not surprising at this ABV

Smell is wonderful, malty, bready with big persimon character along with more fruity, yeasty, earthy and woody goodness - mmm mmm.

taste is simply amazing, it has a spice/fruit mixture that is almost like apple cidre, with plenty of vanilla, oak character and a clean, not quite bitter but not sweet finish - totally unique, and totally amazing.

Feel is good, normal for this kind of a beer, not overly slick at all.

Drinkability is gorgeous - I really think this is perhaps the most drinkable 11% beer i've had thus far, the style comes through, and it maintains all the spice and dryness a triple should have.

benclimbs, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap Toronado SF, had two 6oz $4 pours.

What a find and a gem. To start, I like Duvel better than Damnation hands down, no question...period. Enter batch 23 2009 drank today, 2/25/2011

No comparison. Batch 23 over Duvel anyday. Belgian yeast on steriods, bananas, cloves and oak. Smells creamy even. Taste and mouthfeel blew me away.

Creamy mouthfeel, unmatched. The Oak blended perfectly with the Belgian yeast, an almost perfect beer.

Don't hesitate if you see this on tap. It's a MUST HAVE. Home Run. Never experienced an American brewer nail a Belgian style like this before. Well Done.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 46 (oak chips) poured into a tulip. Cloudy yellow with a finger of frothy pure white head. Head dropped to half a finger, leaving a bit lacing on the glass. Some carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, but the beer is really cloudy.

Nose is very oaky, nectarines, coriander, and biscuit malts. The oak takes the spot light though.

Taste is dominated by the oak again. Beyond the oak, there is some fruitiness on the tip of the tongue, stone fruit like peaches and nectarines, but also the biscuit malts through the finish with a bit of pepper.

Medium bodied, silky, with medium levels of carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but the oak is too overbearing for me.

nataku00, Feb 16, 2011
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!

thagr81us, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one quite some time ago.

A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a fluffy and somewhat soapy white head. A bit of white head.

S: Some slightly tart fruits like apples and lemons, maybe a bit of grapes as well. Some nice oak aromas, sweet bready malts, honey, and some undertones of alcohol.

T: Lots of great fruit flavors along with a bit of warming alcohol. Sweet apples, pears, and some citrus zest. Honey, and some floral notes to it, and maybe a slight spice ester character. Nowhere near as much as the usual Damnation.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a slightly drying.

D: Very different from regular Damnation, and probably for the best. I really enjoyed this beer. Would love to have it again.

womencantsail, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass. I did detect the oay character upfront on the nose with citrus, booze, and faint belgian yeast notes. The belgian yeast character and dark fruits were more apparent on the palate with oaky and citrus accents but with slight tart notes. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, mild fruity, oaky, and tart finish. I like the regular damnation but batch 23 is pretty intresting and drank good. I'm glad I've got to try it a fews times now.

Gobzilla, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of StormKing47
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice Christmas Eve surprise by petesuphi. Can you argue with a nice meal of shrimp, prime rib, sugar cookies and ripping around on four wheelers before enjoying this one. Shared with petesuphi and Jwiss22 and it went like this...

A- Appears with a nice pale golden color with not much of a hue at all. It's simply a nice pale goldish color that has a very thin and lively white head. There's a faint haziness to it and seems to have some yeast suspended in it that the bubbles keep swirling around. Looks rather plain and similar to regular Damanation.

S- Pick up a rush of belgian spices that are popping out of this one. Nice cloves and bready aroma accompanied by a some bananas and belgian yeast spices. As it continues to warm I get the earth and woody aromas from the barrel with a nice, sweet vanilla undertone.

T- This one is definitely better than your normal Damnation. The yeast provides a great spicy character that is present throughout each sip. It also provides a little fruitiness to this one, I get a nice opening of bananas and some orange rind followed by cloves and the nice spiciness of the yeast. I also love how the oakiness and vanilla are entwined into each flavor from the first sip to the last. Very good stuff.

M- For a tripel it is right on, very nice spice, great and lively carb with a drying finish. Has a great medium body that coats the tongue and lets you taste all it has to offer. Almost a light champagne character with all of the prickle from the carb and smoothness of the barreling to subdue or tone down the carb so it is not overwhelming.

D- This is a very good tripel that has great elements throughout. The high abv is not even an issue and is well masked with carb, spice and taste. Seek it out.

Another great show of Vinnie's barreling skills. Love Russian River and they never let me down. Keep them coming!

StormKing47, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damnation Batch 46 into tulip. Side by side with batch 43

Pours 1 finger of creamy white head. Great retention. Thick lace. Active carbonation. Color is hazed burnt orange gold.

Aroma: Bananas, cloves, yeast, bready malts. Some dry spices show. Some light bubblegum. The oak shows, but faintly. A hint of vanilla.

Taste: A lot of yeast and bready malts, cloves, coriander, dry spice, vanilla, bananas, orange peel, pears, and dried red apples. The oak shows a little more hear, but not overly dominate.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and spiced with some bubbles rolling over the tongue. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, pretty clean.

Overall, a pretty solid trippel. Not as oaky as I was expecting, but it didn't sit too long on the chips. It is pretty drinkable for the abv. I like it.

mothman, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Batch 46, courtesy of mothman. Pours a deeper hazed amber orange color than the regular Damnation. The head is a tiny bubbled small head of an offwhite color. Very good retention and lacing as it settles. The nose is more subdued than the regular version as well but it has notes of citrus, pineapple, pear, and oak. Some booze notes as well. Light/medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The flavor to me is very strong apricot with mixes of oak. Nice hop notes as well. Ends dryly.

kbutler1, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap in San Diego, what a find!

Hazy off yellow with an intriguing look. Tight white head that lasted a bit.

Deep malty nose, never had a triple before that was oak aged, it really smells like a good bit of wood and maltiness. Well balanced and knowing I'm gonna like the taste.

Better than expected taste, the oak washes throughout, giving it sophistication, and the subtle nose gives way to Belgian malt and esters beautifully. A deep and safisfying taste for a triple. Quite dry at the end, more from the oak than hops. A bit of funkiness as well.

Full and medium heavy in the mouth, this felt like a heavier brew than it should but quite nice. Hides the alcohol quite well.

Very drinkable, though I split a glass with my brother, should have had my own. Top notch, well worth it if you can find it.

robbyc1, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 023.

Pour is a ruby-orange with a big off-white head that leaves serious lacing.

Smell: Not as forward as I would like. Some light spice, golden fruit, yeast and no oak.

Taste: A bit bland, lots of golden fruit (pears & apples) with some light spice and yeast and a some faint orange cream, not much else. No oak, not enough spice.

Mouthfeel: It does excel here, very creamy.

Drinkability: A bit lacking in flavor, although the high ABV is well hidden.

craytonic, Oct 06, 2010
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.

maximum12, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of harpus
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I was out in Santa Rosa, I went out to Russian River. While I was their, I bought a bottle of the Damnation Batch 23. I took this to a Free the Hops meeting. I watched as everyone a round the room poured a sample and tasted with a happy face. When I tried the beet it was about straw in color, it had a thin head. The smell was fantastic sweet with hints of coriander. The taste was of carmel malt and vanilla. This was a great beer, wish I had bought more then just one bottle.

harpus, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 023. Sunny daffodil yellow with multiple stately bubble streams wandering up to a wonderful looking crown of alabaster colored cream. Once the foam starts to melt, fine sheets of lace can be seen gracing the glass. A Belgian brewer would be proud.

The nose takes time (and warming) to open up... and still isn't that powerful. There's a bit of golden fruit, almost no spice, and little to no oak. In the end, the next highest score wasn't even considered.

Damnation Batch 23 is now slightly more than 3 years of age (bottled 6/4/07). According to the brewery, it can be aged 4 years. While it doesn't taste over the hill at this point in time, neither does it have much flavor boldness and complexity is lacking. The alcohol has mellowed nicely, however.

Flavors include pears macerated in Poire Williams, a Chardonnay grape vinousness, and a wee sprinkling of white pepper. Oak is still difficult to appreciate. I'm not sure what sort of yeast strain 'R.R. Wine 1' is, but it's doubtful that it's a Trappist ale yeast given the lack of the usual tripel/BSPA esteriness.

Reading the previous few paragraphs, one could be forgiven for thinking that Damnation Batch 23 is not good beer. Nothing could be further from the truth, it's just that it isn't up to Russian River's usual standards. This is one my five favorites breweries in the world if you want some idea of what I consider their 'usual standards' to be.

The mouthfeel is more American big beer than Belgianesque. It's roughly medium-full and feels sugary slick rather than airy and fluffy and expansive. Carbonation that is too laid back is the most likely culprit. At least it isn't a bottle-conditioned, overbubbled mess.

Russian River brews the single best beer in the known universe (Pliny The Younger) and plenty of others that are special as well. Damnation Batch 23 is solid, and has aged well, but it isn't the outstanding effort that I was hoping for.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Nanoslug for sending me this one. This was the second release - Batch 46. Served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of off-white foam that settles to a thick ring and a near-complete cap. Splotchy fingers of lace slowly slide down the sides of the glass. Body is a murky peach-apricot color. As I got near the end of the bottle, big chunks of yeasty sediment slopped into my glass - yummy.

S - This is a sweeter tripel, with less grains of paradise and coriander than many I've tried. Instead, it's very fruity, with plenty of pear, banana, and starfruit mixed with a mild estery yeast character. The oak comes out a bit as it warms up and lends a spicy wood flavor, along with some vanilla.

T - Taste is more caramel malt, fruits, and vanilla. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden, considering the beer's high ABV. Closer to 4.25 for me.

M - Very soft and smooth body, a touch a of heat, lower but preset carbonation that keeps it from getting cloying.

D - Shared a 750ml bottle and that was a good serving size, although I could have gone for a little more.

MasterSki, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Drunk following standard Damnation, and also nearly a year old. This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled totally different, like shark American oak and strong apricots, with some lemon zest and honey malt and alcohol.
T: It also tasted different, like dried apricots and fresh oak, with some candi sugar and honey and sour yeast, and a little alcohol.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Very smooth.
D: This was much better than the standard Damnation. It had lots of rich complexity, but was still very delicate and refined. Fantastic to sip, with the only negative being that it's still a bit hot. Perhaps another year of age to perfect it?

Pencible, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled out of the cellar as part of a beer tasting at the house two weeks back. Took a bit to finally write the rating to this one.

Batch #23 compliments of ipa247, my main CA man. Thanks Jeff for this and everything else you send my way. A great trader this Jeff is.

A - Caged and corked bottle, popped open and poured into Westvleteren and Rochefort chalices. Pours a beautiful yellow orange with a pillow head sitting on top. Very appealing.

S/T - I really enjoyed this one. A sweeter version of the base Damnation for sure, with a delightful candy sugar taste balanced out by the richness of the oak. A really nice combination of a rich yeast taste in conjunction with oak, candy sugar, and slight citrus profile. Really a wonderful taste, much better than the base Damnation.

M - Very crisp and refreshing. Delightful experience.

D - Very nice. I wish I had some more of this as it was delightful.

This was a beer that really surprised me in how good it was. The Damnation is a pleasant drinking beer for its style, this version raises its profile a notch. Really excellent.

Thanks Jeff for the opportunity to try this one and many other RR beers.

Beerisheaven, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trade with Cloudskipper, thanks Chris!

Batch 46: Brewed 2 Dec 08/Bottled 7 Jan 09

A: incredible appearance, night light brown-amber color, great fluffy head, nice cascading bubbles
S: exactly what it states it is, earthy, yeasty
T: phenomenal for an American Belgian style beer, heady, raw, great carbonation, a bit acerbic, maybe a bit tinny but not anything to a detriment
M: surprisingly light and almost "fluffy" from carbonation, very unusual and great drinker
D: very, very drinkable, beware with the alcohol

wisrarebeer, May 22, 2010
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!

cpetrone84, May 10, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually got this from my buddy sideswipe, and brought it to a tasting at DVelcich's place-- Glad to be able to share it.

Poured into Duvel Tulip--

Slight sediment in this golden bright orangey colored beer with a huge voluminous billowy 2 finger tall head. Leaves gorgeous lace just in letting the head settle for a few seconds.

I smell dried apples and a spicy yeast bite. Very pleasant. A nice funk mixes well with a little acidic note.

I pickup a just the slightest hop bitterness with the yeasty spice and an almost tart finish presenting some golden delicious apples. As I drink more, I find the finish to be nice and dry, in a very refreshing way. It has some sweetness, but it is crisp and dry and would stand up to quenching a thirst on a warm day. A funky acidic finish is bordering on being sour, but isn't quite committing to it.

The body is very nice and easily drinkable. A tad thicker than "light bodied" but no where near "medium bodied." Huge amounts of copious carbonation make this feel lighter than it looks and helps it to keep that refreshing vibe going.

Russian River has not disappointed me yet! (Except their distribution habits!)

AleWatcher, May 09, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade awhile Damnation 23 (46)!

A-Bottle makes a HUGE champagne popping sound when cork is removed. Body is a crystal clear pale amber hue. Pours with a 1 finger white fizzy head that fades to a thick collar pretty quickly and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is quite interesting. It contains dry, dusty oak, a hint of acidic tartness, vinegar, a slight sugary sweetness, some funky yeast, and a hint of apple.

T- Flavor contains a hint of smoke initially and dry woody oak. Background contains a good amount of spicy belgian yeast. The finish is actually very spicy with the spicy yeast increasing and what seems to be a ginger hotness. A moderate amount of spicy heat lingers on for awhile.

M- Light body with soft carbonation. Relatively smooth and yeasty.

D- Overall this beer is kinda quirky-but awesome. I love the complexity and the spicy heat that the flavor profile provides. Not really what I was expecting at all as this is completely different from regular damnation-but still great brew by RR.

PittBeerGirl, May 09, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Christ all mighty. Moving 24 cases of beer and more importantly, about 80 trips down (and up) 4 flights of stairs with an armful of garbage can be tiring - who'd think that? I need a crisp, clean, refreshing beer and a 10.75% tripel (courtesy of waltonc) is what I have in mind. Thank you, Chris. This is batch 46 Into my RR -tion tulip

Crystal clear light orange with a dense, frothy, eggshell-white head, this beer is absolutely redolent. Head retention is excellent too, and the lace this beer leaves is gorgeous.

The nose is excellent. Fruity with a blend of citrus, pears and apricots and some white grapes, this also has a mellow spiciness with white pepper, and a moderate tannin character. The oak integrates very very well with the fruit and the spice character, and just a little vanilla is present as well. Not surprisingly, the alcohol is present on the back end. Quite excellent in integration, this.

The palate opens with a noticeable alcohol bite and prominent, juicy, fruity character with citrus, pears and ripe apricots. Moderate vanilla comes through mid-palate, and coupled with the rather big alcohol character, it makes me think of what a good flavored vodka would taste like. Mild spice character mid-palate with a little clove, a little pepper. Not particularly yeasty. While a little sweet, this beer dries up quite well on the finish. Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation, the finish is particularly excellent, with a blend of fruit, spice and drying tannins. Vinnie does not disappoint. This is going to fuck me up, but it's going to be a pleasant trip.

DefenCorps, May 02, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 46. Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this California gem.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus (both lemon and orange) with some oaked character. The flavor is orange, oak, lemon and a nice dose of vanilla. The alcohol is very well hidden and unless you look at the label, you would have no idea this beer was 11 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 27, 2010
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.

gford217, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Joe - thanks!

Pours a clear lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with solid amounts of sweet malts and milder amounts of earthiness, some from the oak and the rest from leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells although not quite as smooth. Sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of fruits and spices - pears and cloves mostly with light amounts of green apple flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness is tempered a bit by the oak and carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I didn't pick up on any huge differences between this and normal Damnation however the nose in this one was a bit more robust. Worth a shot.

glid02, Mar 29, 2010
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.