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

Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)
BA SCORE
92.5%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 571 ratings
Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#863
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
571
Liked:
528
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
10.09%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
283
Gots:
154
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 571 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cscrowley37
1/5  rDev -76.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Bummer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of my_knew_craft
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nvbrew
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of northbay47
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vic21234
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of the_encinitan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toppoop
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hozat
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 571 ratings
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