Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) | Russian River Brewing Company

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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.

Added by bosco7 on 07-07-2007

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Ratings: 571 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured cloudy yellow color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex woody, citrus, earhty and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy citrus balanced flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing standout beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle at the brewery on July 25, 2007 into a thin chalice. I am immediately taken aback by how mellow the oak is. This isn’t an overwhelming bourbony oak by any means, just a light dusting of wood and vanilla. Body pours a brilliant and well carbonated gilded copper with a 2 inch off white head that dissipates quickly to a steady but thin lace. Loads of butter in the aroma like a California Chardonnay. Taste is sweet and boozey. Orange and sweet apples, tannins, vanilla, and a touch of spiciness. Chewy and very warming mouthfeel. Barleywine like. Fairly drinkable. I managed to finish the bottle, mostly by my self so it must be. Should improve with time. Plan on revisiting in a couple years.

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Photo of Big_Dave
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 69. Pours a very hazy, golden-orange color with a large, frothy white head that has a slight orangish hue to it. Scent is immediately funky with definite barnyard aromas and some tangy, tart fruit scents. A bit of tangerine mixed with cinnamon spice and Belgian yeast. Spicy and fruity with just a bit of hoppiness. Taste is initially bready, buttery yeast flavors with citrus. Funky yeast flavors with some clove and orange flavors. The oak comes through in the flavor more than in the aroma. A bit of alcohol as it warms. Pepper and just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is very creamy and full bodied. Drinkability is high, especially for such a big beer. Overall, I enjoy this a lot more than regular Damnation. Yet another solid offering from RR.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color with a short fizzy white head.

Scent of citrus, soap, light sugars, light sweet oak, and a hint of vanilla. Not very complex, but balanced well.

Taste of citrus, apples, oak, some caramel, light sugar, and a touch of vanilla. Light considering the alcohol content. One of the better American Tripels I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slight with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 46 (oak chips) poured into a tulip. Cloudy yellow with a finger of frothy pure white head. Head dropped to half a finger, leaving a bit lacing on the glass. Some carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, but the beer is really cloudy.

Nose is very oaky, nectarines, coriander, and biscuit malts. The oak takes the spot light though.

Taste is dominated by the oak again. Beyond the oak, there is some fruitiness on the tip of the tongue, stone fruit like peaches and nectarines, but also the biscuit malts through the finish with a bit of pepper.

Medium bodied, silky, with medium levels of carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, but the oak is too overbearing for me.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured slooowly into tulip glass. Batch 69. No brewing data. Had chilled for about a month.

A: Very, very slow pour as the head explodes quickly. Slow dissipation; leaves little trace once gone. Color is amber, large number of small carbonation bubbles.

S: Sweet malt, a fair mount of funk, lots of cloves and spice. Very good.

T: Very complex. Malts, yeast, something odd like bubblegum (!!!), cloves and spice. Not picking up fruit like some others did. And, yeah, alcohol. It's there, but not overpowering.

M: Here's where the alcohol comes in. You definitely feel the burn. Fair amount of carbonation, pretty medium-bodied. Balanced as well as can be expected, but only so much you can do with 11% ABV.

O: As good as I had hoped. Wish I had access to more to try aging for different intervals. Try it if you can.

People who have regular access to Russian River are fortunate. That is all.

Postscript 1/18/14

Aged my other bottle 15 months. Not much has changed, still strongly carbonated. The major difference is the alcohol burn has mellowed significantly. Odd bubblegum/banana note still there and I like it. Bump it up another tenth of a point or so. It's just great.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 69 (3rd batch 23) shared by Jason. 375ml into a snifter. Thanks!

A: Pours a slightly murky gold with a large white head.

S: Citrus, stone fruit esters, light mint, a bit of acidity, cakey grain. Sweet and fruity, with a bit of a tart edge to it.

T: Dryish pale malt, clementine, light peppery phenols, pale candi sugar.

M: Light-bodied, frothy.

O: This is like a slightly stronger, slightly drier and more tart variation on regular Damnation. Pretty good.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of claytong
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of sloelco
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, generously shared by Pwoods with RoyMunson and myself.
Pours a light, hazy gold in color. A bigger one inch head sits atop the beer. Smell is belgian candy sugar, some yeast and just a hint of oak. You really get more of the oak and just a bit of lemon in the flavor. The oak really smoothes this beer out. Incredibly creamy and velvety smooth in the mouthfeel. This is dangerously drinkable for the ABV. I think the oak aging takes away from my favorite characteristic of the regular Damnation, and that is it's carbonated mouthfeel. This beer was gone before I had a chance to realize it. Extremely drinkable, but be careful, at this ABV, one is more than enough.

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Photo of match1112
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of fox227
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't drink too many corked beers, but this the first one that blew its wad like a bottle of champagne, and left a bit of a mess on the floor.

A: Massive four fingered head (probably because of the above problem,) dark gold and unfiltered, tremendous head retention and impeccable lacing.

S: I get bananas, fruity esters from the yeast, sourish pear notes, and tart granny smith apples.

T: More bananas, and the taste follows the nose all the way. The high alcohol content is well concealed by the flavors of candied sugar and a touch of pumpkin pie spice. What is nice is that this beer never comes off as very sweet, but simply harmoniously complex. Outstanding!

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, not too thick; I get a numbing effect on the tongue, and the finish is moderately dry.

O: I've not much experience with Belgian style beers, tripels, but I feel that this review will stand: an amazing beer!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Old Engine Oil chalice, batch 046. Thanks Henry (Bankhead) for the chance to try this one!

Pours orangey-gold, lightly hazy, into a chalice, with a huge creamy white head and beautiful walls of lacing. Great effervescence from the laser etching at the bottom. After a while, the dense head ends up as a nice, solid cap on the bottom.

Nose is smooth peppery yeast, very nice prominent vanilla note from the oak, some golden fruit.

Taste is sooo Smooth. big woody vanilla notes up front hang with the peppery yeast and the golden fruit underneath (apricot) to blend into a fantastic combination. Bit of a dry, peppery bite at the lightly bitter finish. Exhale is more oak, sweet vanilla - definitely not hidden in this one. Definitely get a rich apricot-and-cream feeling with this one alongside the peppery bite. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is beautiful - creamy and lush from the cap that never seems to go away, full without being heavy or syrupy. Active carbonation that's plenty lively without ever really biting back.

No problem finishing a bottle of this on my own. Pretty sure I could have started in on my next without much problem. Smooth all the way around. Nicely done.

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 571 ratings