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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548 Ratings
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 266
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 msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of beenitty
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of raynmoon
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.