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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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534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 254
Gots: 156 | 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:
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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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-16-2012 01:45:02 | More by VncentLIFE
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Drinkerofales

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 05:33:43 | More by Drinkerofales
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:56:09 | More by WillCarrera
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TMasterFlash

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-10-2012 01:05:41 | More by TMasterFlash
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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:52:48 | More by schlimenhaumer
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-09-2012 19:31:16 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-09-2012 00:20:43 | More by seeswo
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-08-2012 22:34:21 | More by John11486
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-08-2012 03:50:01 | More by DSlim71
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:57:40 | More by DaftCaskBC
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eawolff99

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-07-2012 03:54:39 | More by eawolff99
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:30:25 | More by stakem
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theempire

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-06-2012 23:55:59 | More by theempire
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jeffjeff1

California

4.1/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 17:19:04 | More by jeffjeff1
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-05-2012 22:59:21 | More by denimdemon
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-05-2012 16:56:14 | More by kspongeworthy
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dudeabides76

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-04-2012 02:07:04 | More by dudeabides76
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chalkfullof

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-02-2012 07:00:37 | More by chalkfullof
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blincoln

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-31-2012 18:02:09 | More by blincoln
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-31-2012 17:04:58 | More by sd123
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-29-2012 02:27:13 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-28-2012 21:29:47 | More by tbeq00
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 23:55:50 | More by SpeedwayJim
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claytong

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-27-2012 23:06:24 | More by claytong
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-24-2012 04:58:06 | More by splendidsplinter
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.