Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)
Russian River Brewing Company

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)
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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
4.26 | pDev: 10.09%
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 07, 2007
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)
Notes: 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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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

Batch #69.
10.75% abv.
In my fridge since acquiring in a trade years ago, still taped.
Vigorous pour yields no head, no lacing, over a medium to dark amber body. Nose of raisins, caramel, molasses, banana, clove, and booze. Taste of raisins, banana, and a sweet/sour thing going on as well. Damn tasty and a bit less booze flavor then the aroma would portend. Thin feel, but overall a very pleasant experience. Cheers!

Jul 08, 2018
4 by sgregory from Connecticut on Apr 22, 2017
4.5 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts on Feb 18, 2017
4.37 by Beerbom from California on Dec 29, 2016
4.25 by BEER88 from Washington on Dec 01, 2016
4 by Spreetaper from New York on Sep 04, 2016
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1/5  rDev -76.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by cscrowley37 from California

Batch 069.

Opened with anticipation. It's been 5 years.

Uncaged...twisting...no pop?

It's flat. Sigh.

Tastes like cloves, day-old grass clippings and melted caramel frappucino.


Aug 27, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Batch #69, so the 3rd batch of batch #23, then, I think? Bottled in 2011, I think.

This one pours a darkish golden color, with a small head, and not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like musty cherries, oak, vanilla, pear, old tea, and gritty grain.

The oak aging and time in the bottle has made this one taste absolutely nothing like a tripel anymore. It's got a creamy mouthfeel, pretty thick, with oak, vanilla, cherry, and a decent level of oxidation. There's no real cardboard flavor, but there's definitely some flat, "dead" sherry notes that are fairly nice. There's a bit of pear and apple yeast flavors too, the only real indication that this is a tripel. There's no sign in the flavor that this is 11%.

There's a very low level of carbonation- it's still there, but barely holding on. There's a very creamy mouthfeel, but the low carb is tough.

I feel like this may be *slightly* over the hill, but not overwhelmingly so. It's an interesting effort nonetheless.

Aug 10, 2016
3.63 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2016
4.06 by nvbrew from Nevada on Jun 28, 2016
4.81 by northbay47 from California on Jun 23, 2016
4.24 by connecticutpoet from Connecticut on Mar 30, 2016
4 by WesM63 from Ohio on Mar 25, 2016
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3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Golden color, decent clarity white head, looks the part for a tripel. Aroma was hot alcohol, lots of oak surface area.

Taste was mainly alcohol heat, a pungent yeast presence that is super estery. Alcohol burn and oak the most prevalent things going on here for me. Don't really get it, normal Damnation, vastly superior.

Dec 26, 2015
3.85 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Oct 23, 2015
3.95 by drewone from California on Oct 12, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by vic21234 from Illinois

Corked and caged 12.68oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch number 69, which was bottled on 09/01/11 according to Russian River's batch logs.

A- Pours a cloudy amber with tons of bubbly off-white head, quite a bit of floaty sediment is noted.

S- Banana and clove notes on the nose, as well as just a funkiness that I can't really place.

T- Initially I get some fizzy tartness along with clove and spice. The oak is noted but faint in my opinion.

M- Light, fizzy, well carbonated.

I haven't had many Tripels, but this one is an enjoyable sipper.

Jul 26, 2015
4.25 by the_encinitan from California on Feb 24, 2015
4.35 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 27, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a small fizzy white head that reduces completely, leaving some lace behind 3.75

S- classic tripel aromas of banana, clove & light phenols. Spicy yeast & oak mixes with fruity esters, with an emphasis on citrus and cherry, slightly spicy

T- spicy & herbal up front with lots of fruity esters, notes of banana, clove and phenolic flavors. Notes of oak kick in before finishing with orange marmalade

M- medium body with moderate biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- a different take on a tripel, it’s got the classic triple flavors, but enhanced by oak and los of fruity notes

Jan 10, 2015
4.38 by zbodnar1 from West Virginia on Jan 10, 2015
4.3 by williamjbauer from Colorado on Jan 10, 2015
4.31 by toppoop from Ohio on Jan 06, 2015
3.92 by Hozat from California on Jan 04, 2015
4 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Dec 15, 2014
4.25 by belgbeerdrinker from Colorado on Dec 04, 2014
3.75 by j_flynn from New York on Oct 25, 2014
3.88 by beerdog205 from Georgia on Oct 18, 2014
4.25 by wethorseblanket from California on Oct 07, 2014
4 by brywhite from California on Sep 30, 2014
4.75 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 28, 2014
4.25 by tikk from Canada (YT) on Sep 23, 2014
4.25 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Sep 04, 2014
4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on Aug 27, 2014
4.5 by ubiq3000 from California on Aug 20, 2014
4.5 by Big_Dave from Texas on Aug 14, 2014
4.25 by alex_hart from Oklahoma on Aug 13, 2014
5 by Drogon from Texas on Jul 21, 2014
4 by atpca from California on Jul 17, 2014
3.5 by IrishColonial from Texas on Jul 16, 2014
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 571 ratings