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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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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 265
Gots: 155 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Matt_Ortiz, May 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Bwagner1122, May 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

ThePaleRider, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

TherealTO, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip glass to a slightly cloudy golden hue with a two finger dense white head with excellent retention and solid lacing
S: smells of fruity esters and spicy yeast with a bit of sweetness
T: very smooth flavors with some fruitiness, some sweetness, a bit of spice, and slight oakyness. Swallow is sweet, fruity and spicy
M: medium in the mouth with excellent carbonation and a drying finish
O: A fantastic beer that I've been sitting on for far too long. The alcohol is well hidden with just a hint of a warming sensation.

SHODriver, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of ThaddeusGhostal
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a bottle at toronado, san diego. Not cheap. Every year Russian River does damnation aged and I figured I would try it out. The bottle says aged with oak chips. Definitely note of something a bit woody with a stronger mouthfeel than regular damnation. Goes down smooth with a bite at the beginning. Taste is similar to damnation with a distinct twist. The appearance is a perfect amber color with a little lace around the glass. It smells a good bit like hay. While I would prefer almost all of Russian Rivers beers over damnation, I do enjoy this beer. Was it worth the 20 dollars I spent on the bottle? Hell no. The idea of drinking a limited beer is nice but I would take most of their other brews over this one. Still very good as are all of their brews. This weekend I take on pliny the younger!

ThaddeusGhostal, Feb 19, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 69.

Appearance - Big white head after a very difficult cork removal. Thick collar. Wispy surface. Golden orange hazy body.

Smell - Bready and estery. A little phenolic. Kinda fruity. A little earthy. Quite oaky. Very odd.

Taste - Belgian sweetness and yeastiness. Extremely oaky. Sweet and estery up front. Doughy malts. Gets earthy and bitter in the back.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Bitter. Medium heavy.

Overall - An odd beer. A smell I can't quite place. The flavor is complex, but not really a tripel. Points for being interesting.

Alieniloquium, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SCZ, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MarcWP, Feb 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bierdeflanders, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

siege06nd, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

s1ckboy, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bcerv-ca, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Smarty_Pints, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jzeilinger, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

millerbuffoon, Jan 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Knapp85, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

smitty5245, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

cwguy5, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 46 (bomber) - Bottled 1-09...drinking 12-31-13

Had this cellared for almost five years...New Year's Eve? Why not?

Pours a darn near clear amber color with a billowing bright white foamy head. Impressive after many years lying low. Decent lacing.

The smell is sublime. The oak chips shine through with a big banana aroma in the background. Light alcohol is present with slight burn on the nostrils if you breathe deep enough. Pears, raspberry and more oak as you whiff. Really good stuff.

The taste is a combo of sweet fruit, BIG oak, bananas and booze. Amazing how the oak really is still majorly present with this. If this was aged for only two or three weeks on oak chips, them oak chips were pretty strong in flavor. A kiss of hops on the finish and a slight spice as well. Juicy with a lingering aftertaste.

Silky and full-bodied mouthfeel.

Overall this session was amazing. I'll admit I was a little concerned with the amount of time this sat in the cellar and how it would age. Those concerns were unnecessary. This is an amazing brew and Vinnie knows exactly what he is/was doing. The oak chips brought out something special in this beer (not a huge fan of the Damnation) and it is not to be missed. Pricey? Maybe. Worth it? Absolutely.

kaseydad, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

tom10101, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ncaudle, Dec 07, 2013
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.