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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: 556
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 4.52%
Wants: 281
Gots: 154 | 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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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 556
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a tan color with orange hues, cloudy, with a nice white head and good lacing.

Smells is really nice, Belgian yeast and spices, citrus, light to mid fruits, banana, clove, a tinge of woodiness, and a healthy dose of funk.

Taste follows the smell, less funky than I imagined it would be from the smell, subtle woody notes, great Belgian yeast flavors, enough hoppiness to balance it all out, just a tinge of alcohol.

Body is pretty rich and full, plenty of carbonation, alcohol is present but not very noticeable.

Another damn fine beer from RR. What else needs to be said? (584 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one last night. A big thanks to ultraman9000(Martin) for sending this one as an extra.

This beer pours a hazy star color with a huge fluffy white head. It's like there is a cloud on top of my beer. The smell is lightly spicey with hints of bready malts, I also get hints of the oak. The taste is pretty similar to the smell with a little bit of a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium body and fairly dry with high carbonation. Overall this is a really good beer and I am glad I got to try it. (505 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 69.

A big thank you to my best friend Dave for bringing this (and 12 other bottles of RR!) back for me from his recent trip to California.

A: Hello carbonation! A gentle pour of just half the bottle yielded more fluffy white head than my big Duvel tulip could handle. As the head slowly receded, it left lots of fluffy lace sticking to the sides of the glass. Pours a coppery-orange color.

S: The spiciness of the Belgian yeast predominates the nose. Subtle notes of citrus and brett. Apples.

T: The flavor features several layers, with the oak adding an intriguing layer of earth complexity. Spicy Belgian yeast up front transitions to flavors of sweet fruit in the mid palate. Towards the finish this sweetness is balanced by subtle earthy oak flavors and slight grassy hints. The finish is just the slightest bit bitter with notes of earthy yeast as well. Despite detectable notes of brett on the nose, there is little, if any, sourness.

M: Body is somewhere in the neighborhood between medium and full. Despite the huge head, carbonation is only moderate and alcohol is almost non-existent.

O: Another winner from RR. The nose was a little subdued for me, but that is my only substantial critique. Delicious. RR's mastery of both American and Belgian styles of beer is truly amazing. The addition of oak added a subtle, yet significant, layer of complexity to this brew that elevated it to the next level for me. And to boot, it is dangerously drinkable for 11%. (1,482 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 69....Thanks to Cisco619 for this!

POP!! Its a gusher!

Once it settled down, it has a nice slightly cloudy, coppery hue. After the initial gush and explosion of foam, the head settles down to nice thin head. It is just enough to cover the top of the beer. Slight bit of lacing.

It smells a slight bit like Brett. The oak scent is faint, not overpowering...that is a good thing (for me anyway).

It hits with a bready, old banana, alcohol taste. Hmmmm..the taste is a little odd. I'm not a huge Tripel drinker, but this isn't like most Tripels I remember.

It's creamy and big. It feels like I need to chew before swallowing. There is a bit of alcohol as you swallow, but it is not like an 11%, that is hidden well.

Russian River is my favorite brewery, so I HAD to have this. I will say, its not something I need to seek out again, but I'm super happy to have tried it. Its certainly not bad by any means, just not smoething I need more of. (952 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually batch 69. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into my Lost Abbey glass since I don't own a Russian River glass yet.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright orange yellow color with two and a half fingers of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian style yeast, spices, citrus hops, oranges, floral hops, fruity malts, bananas, and cloves. Not getting any oak, seems very much like the normal Damnation in the nose to me.

t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, citrus hops, floral hops, earthy notes, sweet fruit, a hint of wood or oak, and alcohol. Again, almost no oak. Tastes has more bananas and sweet fruit than the nose, and a tiny bit more alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Pretty smooth and just the right level of carbonation before it gets too much. Tiny bit of alcohol.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but I don't think it was an improvement on the base beer. It's very similar and there is not much oak at all. I think the normal Damnation looks a little better so this rated slightly below it (4 vs. 4.03), but both are good beers. Interested to see what happens to it with some time on it as the alcohol was there in the taste. (1,316 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.32/5  rDev -21%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of hdelavega
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a snifter.
Pours a hazy yellow straw colorwith a thin fizzy white head.
Aroma, big fruity nose, citrus, oak, and yeast.
Flavor is pretty sweet, peach, and apricote with a subtle citrus finish.
Pretty light body with moderately high carbonation.
Overall pretty nice, light and refreshing. Not that complex but drinkable. (331 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at Russian River, 26 Dec 2011. Served in a ~12 oz. tulip. Presumably batch #69.

Smallish beige head, lightly carbonated. Slightly hazy peachy yellow in color. Aroma is yeasty, fruity-tart, a bit sweet. Starts a bit sweet and yeasty. Peach, and maybe some pears, touch of vanilla. Medium body, warming ethanol. Moderately peachy sweet-tart finish. Oak not hugely prominent, but makes a nice contribution in the background. Aftertaste is fruity tart and tannic.

Should have compared this side by side with the regular Damnation. (542 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacig left behind.

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma wih lots of estery light fruit notes, toasted oak, vanilla and earthy hops. Hints of apple and lead along with some pine and champagne yeast.

Medium bodied with some soft carbonation up frot along with a champagne like efervesence that gives off hints of bready yeast and light fruit esters. Lots of sweet apple and pear along with slight booze and spice but this is nicely mellowed out by the oak presence. Not overly dry or toasted with hints of coconut and vanilla that nicely masks the high ABV. Some virgin oak beers taste like charred tooth picks but here it is nicely integrated into the flavor of the base beer. Complex, flavorful and dangerously drinkable. (852 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle from Tim. Batch 069.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange. The Head is pretty amazing -- incredibly tight, fine bubbles, its almost like a solid. Exceptional retention. Sips show sheets of lacing with decent stickiness.

Smell: Musty, slightly funky yeast and lots of sweet light fruit. Pear, apple, white grape, apricot, banana. There's a little clovey spice. Its a great smelling beer, showcases more bready and musty yeast character than fruity esters, but a good mix of both.

Taste: Hard to believe this is 10.75%. Big yeasty and fruity flavors. If the oak is detectable at all, its just in the finish. Very tasty yeastiness, without the overly sweet problem that many tripels get into.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, but still soft feeling. Slight stickiness. Nicely done.

Overall: A tripel takes a lot of finesse, and this one has a fair amount. In the end, its just a little too one sided with all the spicy, yeasty, mustiness. (951 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into a darkness snifter sharred with a fellow BA.

Batch: 069

A- Really attractive beer, big foamy two/three finger off white head that dissipates slowly, nice bubbly lacing, cloudy attractive golden brown color, well carbonated.
S- Love the aroma, nice sweetness, banana, citrus, apple, pear, nice fruity notes, some spice, yeast, really refreshing aroma.
T- Really refreshing, light, banana, spice, citrus, wheat, floral, grassy, really interesting, unique bitterness comes out that I was not expecting, some clove as well.
M- Light mouthfeel, fizzy, really carbonated, clean finish.
O- I really enjoyed this beer, really surprised me, I was not expecting the fruity refreshing light characteristics that came out, the abv is really hidden for being 11%. (778 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (2,627 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a goblet.
Batch 069

A: Hazy, luminous golden color with two fingers of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright, vinous, and biscuity, with an airy effervescent sourness of diluted acetic acid and evocative herbal spice. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with bright stone fruit and mild aromatic malt. Acidity is similarly bright, but not at all tart, posited against Brettanomyces metabolites that lend a rustic but metered pastoral funk. Green herbaceous bitterness is mild in the middle, tasting like an herbal tincture, with vinous qualities and brief peaks of sweetness also showing up. The finish is musty with restrained oak and fruity with apricot and fresh fig. Very pale aromatic malt lingers in an off-dry fashion.

M: Medium viscosity, soft yet lively on the palate in a pitch-perfect combination of restrained acidity and brisk carbonation.

D/O: In general, the wild ales of Russian River are a glorious expression of imperfection, possibly some of the most extreme, challenging, and coveted American-brewed beers. This wood-aged batch of Damnation is most of those things, yet it is less challenging and seems to be nearer to perfection. Appearing as much like an imperial Sanctification as a wild version of Damnation, it lacks the palate-scorching sourness which has come to define that other beer in recent times. It is beguiling and drinkable, not suggestive of the high (10+ percent) abv, thanks in large part to the rewarding textures it is imparted with. (1,555 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL cork and cage bottle of batch 69, thanks to nataku00 for the hookup. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Damnation Batch 23 (69) pours what vacillates between a hazy goldenrod and lemon yellow, depending on the degree of backlighting. The creamy white froth that forms at the top of the glass reaches just short of three fingers in height. Head retention is very good, but lacing is nonexistent (as surprising as it is disappointing). The first whiff is all juicy pale fruits, gobs of granny smith apples and pears. In time a rounded oak-y aroma melds nicely with some light phenolic notes to play against the fruitiness. It would be nice if they were a bit more apparent though. The flavor is a little less one dimensional, as while the fruits still take center stage, everything else jumps out a bit more. Specifically, there's a bit of hoppy bitterness, as well as a slightly more pronounced clove and pepper yeast presence. Woody influence from the oak is a bit more subdued here than in the nose, and there's a light warming sensation from the alcohol. For some reason, my immediate reaction on the first sip was that the beer is overcarbonated, but that's definitely not the case. What is the case is that the body is absurdly light and dry for an 11% beer. The carbonation is creamy and lively, just about spot on. Batch 23 is a bigger, badder version of regular Damnation (a fantastic brew in its own right), and one I'll have to look into getting some more of. Another fantastic beer from Russian River. (1,536 characters)

Photo of dbmernin83
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 69.
Pours a golden orange with a big soapy head that dissipates quickly
Big fruity nose. Not much else.
Fruity, a touch of wood, funk, and yeast. A very light bitter finish. The booze is well hidden.
Soft yet abundant carbonation lightens the mouth.
This, in my opinion is an improvement on normal Damnation. Not amazing, but tasty. (338 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 43 at 56 degrees, original review date: 5/2/09.

Pours goldish copper with sparkling clarity and a one inch head into a tulip glass. The dense, white froth settled to a solid skim coat and remained for the duration, as well as some nice streaks and dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity malt, oaky tannins, and spicy phenols. Cloves, citrus, wet straw, bubble gum, and a hint of crushed mint follow through.

On the light side of medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly tacky mouthfeel.

Toasted malt, honey-drizzeled cloves, and peppery spice start the palate. A firm bitterness quickly takes hold as well as warming alcohol, oaky undertones, and sugar-dusted crackers.

Finishes with lingering toasted oak, warming alcohol, and pepper-dusted cloves.

Definately more complex than the standard Damnation, and certainly highly drinkable.
Pretty dry for the style, and the toasty-oak overtones really adds a nice touch.

**Revisit 12/22/11, Batch 69, in the 375ml format.

The latest batch of Damnation 23 (incarnation #3?) pretty much jives with the above review from 2009, with a few additional variations.
The beer pours cloudy gold with an orangy hue and certainly has a persistant head of whipped white. Beyond that, the beer is overall much fresher and spicy. Perhaps some vanilla this time around and less oaky. The extent of the oak is in the tannic aftertaste which would be easier noted if it were not there. Certainly picking up lots of apples and shades of banana and booze. Spicy and dryish. A bit "bigger" all around from the previous batch. (1,573 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is Batch 69, received in a recent box from BrewerB, thanks Brian. Kudos to Brian for hitting yet another want of mine.

This beer pours a medium bodied honey gold in color with a billowing three finger, soapy white head. It took about five minutes for the head to recede. The aroma consists of some spicy Belgian yeasts, orange peels, coriander, fruity esters, and a slight floral componenet (can't pinpoint the flower). It's nice and aromatic. The flavors are smooth and yeasty. I pick up plenty of fruit esters, slight bubblegum, spicy yeasts, more yeast and slight banana. There is also some slight butter, most likely from the oak aging. Since they don't say, I'm curious as to which oak they used. Local, French, etc.? Regardless, it's solid. It drinks very well for being 11% and the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. This is a nice tripel and pretty drinkable. I'd like to have this again but for me the standard is still La Fin du Monde. (956 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 69 on draft at the brewpub.

Pours darker than regular Damnation; cloudy golden orange with a fluffy off white head with average retention and lacing. Sweet aroma of oak, honey, bready malt and fruit like mango, melon and citrus. Much less yeast and spice than regular Damnation and much more fruit and sweetness. Slightly fuller body with high carbonation and a dry finish with mild tart notes. A little more enjoyable fresh than the bottle of Batch 46 we tried a few months ago. (486 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 69, a 375ml bottle shared by ejyoung, poured into a tulip. According to a little bit of internet research, Damnation 23 is regular Damnation become tripel. It’s bittered with Tomahawk, has Sterling and Cascade in the mid-boil and finish, then aged on oak chips for two to three weeks.

Pale, cloudy wheat color with a bit of haze. Half finger of airy, pure white head fizzles away quickly to a thin, lingering top layer.

Smells like a tripel. Very spicy, mildly hoppy. Led by sweet pear syrup and wheat blended with peppercorn, some citrus hops and touches of vanilla.

Damnation 23 tastes great, but it’s not super different from the regular Damnation. Nicely spicy and hoppy: white peppercorns, coriander, citrus hops. Mostly very sweet pear, touches of crisp wheat. Clean, sweet finish.

Soft, medium-light body breaks into a ton of airy fizz. Some heat in the nostrils. Fairly crisp, a bit drying.

23 is better than the usual Damnation, but not by much. I hardly get any oak. (991 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for providing this one at a recent tasting.
Batch# 69

A: pours a hazy gold with 3 fingers of fluffy white head, loads of lacing on the glass

S: the smell features a touch of Belgian funk paired with lemon zest, oak provides a nice woodiness in the middle, the finish is yeasty

T: taste begins with lemon, the citrus character is very zesty as it rolls across the palate, sourdough bread comes in to pair with the lemon, the finish features slightly spicy Belgian yeast

MF: medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

O: nice balance, ABV is well integrated (575 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 069

The beer is transparent and golden hued, plentiful bubbles rapidly ascending to the surface. Even after a slow and careful pour, the head is a few inches thick, receding to a half inch and holding.

The aroma offers yeast, malt, citrus, spice, alcohol. Not picking up the oak characteristic I expected.

The oak comes through quite a bit in the flavor. A bit tart, with a nice blend of spice and floral notes. Lingering notes of wood in the finish. Well balanced and flavorful.

Alcohol content hidden pretty well. Warming finish. Medium-full bodied.

Overall, a really solid beer. Very glad to have this, as I missed batches 23 and 46. (647 characters)

Photo of sespourteille
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden, full bodied, aftertaste that only gets better, the damnation batch 23 is a tribute to the name and embodies the perfection of Russian River at its best. Not much more to say about this beer other than Grade: A and you have to try it. If you find this beer buy it. (271 characters)

Photo of DividedAvery
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.68oz bottle into a New Belgium Goblet
Props to dsgolovin for the extra!

A: Hazy body, orange-amber color with a giant head. Took me 4 pours to get a full glass. Great head though, pure white, lingers for quite a while

S: Citrus (lots of lemon, some orange), funk, yeast, green apple

T: There is a lot of citrus floating in this one. Some green apple pops up just a bit later with some funk and yeast lingering through the taste. Just a touch of wood, really nice complexity and a very well hidden 11% ABV

M: Well carbonated, expected that when the pour took so long

O: A really great beer although one would probably be my limit. Too bad it doesn't make it out here (687 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bentwookie for this one!

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a massive white head, about three fingers in height. Great retention, slow dissipation to a thin layer of white on top. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Some apple, a little lemon and some orange, spicy yeast, some bready, and a good bit of grass. A bit more pronounced than regular Damnation.

T: Very fruity, some lemon, apple, and a little bit of pineapple and orange. This transitions to some spicy yeast and a little bit of buttery oak.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly creamy texture. There is a little bit of alcohol in the middle.

O: A pretty good beer. Nice fruit flavors and the oak brings a nice component as well. Not something I would go to all the time, but would certainly drink it again. (801 characters)

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