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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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.

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Photo of sespourteille
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden, full bodied, aftertaste that only gets better, the damnation batch 23 is a tribute to the name and embodies the perfection of Russian River at its best. Not much more to say about this beer other than Grade: A and you have to try it. If you find this beer buy it.

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Photo of DividedAvery
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.68oz bottle into a New Belgium Goblet
Props to dsgolovin for the extra!

A: Hazy body, orange-amber color with a giant head. Took me 4 pours to get a full glass. Great head though, pure white, lingers for quite a while

S: Citrus (lots of lemon, some orange), funk, yeast, green apple

T: There is a lot of citrus floating in this one. Some green apple pops up just a bit later with some funk and yeast lingering through the taste. Just a touch of wood, really nice complexity and a very well hidden 11% ABV

M: Well carbonated, expected that when the pour took so long

O: A really great beer although one would probably be my limit. Too bad it doesn't make it out here

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bentwookie for this one!

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a massive white head, about three fingers in height. Great retention, slow dissipation to a thin layer of white on top. Spotty lacing remains on the glass.

S: Some apple, a little lemon and some orange, spicy yeast, some bready, and a good bit of grass. A bit more pronounced than regular Damnation.

T: Very fruity, some lemon, apple, and a little bit of pineapple and orange. This transitions to some spicy yeast and a little bit of buttery oak.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly creamy texture. There is a little bit of alcohol in the middle.

O: A pretty good beer. Nice fruit flavors and the oak brings a nice component as well. Not something I would go to all the time, but would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw, near white head, has staying power. Lots of cling.

S - Light and musky. Almost sea brine.

T - Bright and fresh, nice malt lines, a little barn and funk in there.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, fairly clean balance.

D - Very tasty. Surprised I have not had this one before.

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Photo of drgarage
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Batch 69. I've also had the original and 46 on draft.

I love this beer. Russian River is special to me, having lived in Santa Rosa for a few years when it was still under the radar, but this is probably my emotional favorite. It's delightfully balanced, complex, and oaky as all hell. Not to mention a bit of funk even with no claimed Brett presence. If you ever see one fresh, go for it. You won't regret it.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to James and Kevin for bottles. Cheers my friends!

Steady pour into an oversized snifter produces a massive white head. Four finger head slowly recedes leaving spotty chunks of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is a golden apricot colored body, fairly clear and free of haze.

Damnation 23 is much bigger in every aspect than Damnation. The nose is Damnation is pleasant and balanced but not overly assertive. Damnation 23 is rather balanced but much more intense. White cracker malt, bready yeast and fruit aromas permeate from the glass. The oak is a nice addition, really melds with the earthiness present in the beer.

Sweet fruit flavor up front. Pineapple, light citrus and maybe soft apple. Rather assertive apricot flavor develops with warmth. The midpalate is where the bulk of the flavor develops. Herbal and spicy ester flavors emerge. The general earthiness of this flavor contrasts the sweeter flavors up front rather well. The oak is a very interesting flavor in this beer. The woody flavor melds into the earthiness perfectly. There is a vanilla flavor that ebbs and flows on the palate. This is not a flavor I would normally expect but it provides a nice smoothness to the overall flavor.

Medium to full bodied beer. Carbonation level is high, very lively bubble lightens the beer on the tongue. The texture is nearly creamy on the back end. The finish leans towards the drier side.

Damnation 23 is a very good beer. I liked Damnation, I love Damnation 23. I love the bigger more intense flavor but I love the balance that is maintained more. The oak aging does wonders for the beer, really adds depth the moves this beer into a higher tier. The alcohol is very well masked making for an exceptionally drinkable beer. Pick up a bottle if you run into one, well worth your while.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light yellow. Forms a large white head that quickly reduces down to a thick surface coating. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the way down.

S: Smells of wood, light lemon, hay, grains, and the heavy carbonation.

T: Light lemon sweetness, hay, lightly toasted grains, grassy hops, and wood. Sort of a dirty barnyard flavor on the finish.

M: Light body with heavier carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Good and easily drinkable, though I've got to admit this one was quite a bit more subdued than I was expecting it to be.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Batch 69. I didn't even know they aged any of this on oak, let alone on regular intervals, until tonight. Right on. This stuff pours a clear pale gold topped by plenty o' cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, bleached wheat, light soap, light balsa, and light banana peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light orange zest and some light Brett-like funk. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice bit o' brew, though I feel like the oak was far too subdued for everything's own good (yeah, I admit I was looking for some crispy oak notes in there...). Good times, nonetheless.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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 SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to a few people for this beer; kingkong, cavery, and BdubleEdubleRUN. Cheers and thanks!

Batch 69.

Appearance – Pours into a snifter with an orange/amber hue. Massive (three+ fingers) of head is achieved with a careful pour that dissipates slowly leaving fat, chunky lacing.

Smell – Heavy fruit notes such as pineapple and apricot, slight barnyard funk, and oak.

Taste – Fruit funk, nice oak, a hint of sweetness. Slight tartness and cherries with a nice malty backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall – Actually am enjoying this. Normally tripel’s are not my beer of choice but this one, with the classic RR twist on it is quite good. Glad I have a couple to cellar.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sometimes you get lucky and find one of these at your local liquor store (8

375ml served into a russian river chalice

numbered batch of 69

pours a golden hue with a monster 3 finger head.

bready yeast followed by herbal spices in the nose. then some funky wooden smell

oak, pineapple citrus, butter, then some hoppy bitterness for good measure.

hits kinda crisp then thickens into sweet nectar.

paid 10.99 for the bottle. wish it wasnt the last one

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Photo of Haightfulbrew
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 375 into a fat tulip.

Pour – Extremely pale gold turns out to be a hazy copper orange once it’s in the glass. Two fingers head of nice tight foam, clings to the edges and is slow to settle. Looks watery for a ten percenter.

Nose – Wheat, hickory, wet leaves. Big Belgian yeast. Oak and cloves as it warms. Candy canes and cantaloupe?

Taste: Immediately thicker and heavier than the regular Damnnation. Opens up with some tropical Belgian funk, tangerines and the like, then gets a bit boozy in the middle, finishes big but dry, lemon twang, light oak and a tiny bit hot. I know there’s a lot of booze in here, but it shows up only in the back of the throat.

Mouth: Deceptively heavy. Has pretty tight carbonation, but not enough to hold up all that weight. Very vinous and a bit sticky. The oak pins down the front of your tongue, even cold

Overall: A delicious beer for sure. Balanced and filling.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy yellow/orange pours with an 1/4 inch of rocky
Head. TrOpical fruit nose, a little bread, some Belgian notes. Flavor of roasted pineapple and white bread with a faint hop bitter that pairs with a hint of oak tannin and vanilla. Nice drinking, a little high on the carbonation. Really good, much more than the regular Damnation.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boy O Boy! Onto something here, mmm HM!! I let this warm up some out of the fridge to about perfect temp. Poured with a colossal, foamy, frothy, fluffy, sudsy, off-white head that soon settles down to some scud and some lace. Color is a clear amber with bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, hop, malt, oak, caramel, spice, bread dough and makes me want to quit screwing around and DRINK IT!!! Flavor doesn't let me down a bit - very similar to nose, but all have more impact, vineous, and flat out tasty. Very true to style. Body and carbonation is similarly true to style. Finish is like flavor and trends more towards vineous and has the slap happy boozieness. Wot a beer. Yessir.

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Photo of aficionado
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip - Thanks Kyle2k10.

Hazy yellow straw body with a large fizzy white head and fine carb bubbles.

Smells like a true Belgian Tripel with notes of candi sugar, banana, spice, lemon, and hay.

More lemon on the palate along with wheat, unripe banana, and tame spices and oak. Dry and drinkable, but not as wowing as I had hoped. I think I'm just sick of Belgians at this point.

Mouthfeel is nice and to style. Russian River is a Master of hops and yeast, but the malt character of this particular beer just wasn't wowing me. The oak also brought very little to the party. Though I have to say I didn't sense the 11% abv in this beer at all. Props.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, hazed orange with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of an oaken banana boat crossing your lake-going path, notes of sweet-scented, bready pale malted barley, phenolic spiciness, orchard fruits, and with a fleeting hint of lavender on the nose.

Taste: Moderately sweet in the fore with a taste of bready, candyish, honey-glazed pilsner malts. Small, quick dash of 99 Bananas for bit of sting over sliced pears and gala apples. Slight citrus. Very minute hop bitterness. Spicy, butter American oak character late and into the semi-dry, persistently fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's an ever so slight, tongue-coating creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Overall: A solid, oak-aged tripel. Yes, that's what we call it.

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Photo of chrisrose30
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damnnation is one of my favorite RR beers, so I was very happy to have the chance to taste this special batch. Poured from a 375ml bottle, batch #69. Thanks Chad!

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with two fingers of foam with good retention.

Smell: Fruits, some hoppiness, a little yeast.

Taste: Definitely cinnamon, some spice, a stong citrusy taste, and the warmth of the alcohol. The flavors of this beer balance very well - there is nothing that is overdone here, which is characteristic of RR beers in general.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and well-balanced.

Overall: A very good Tripel. This is a better version of the original.

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Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (Batch 69 - 10.75% ABV) received in trade with avaldivia. Thanks! Poured into a Russian River "TION" glass.

A - Pours a yeasty hazed pale golden color with a thick two fingers of fluffy white foam with good retention and leaving behind thick webs of lacing on the glass.

S - Quite fruity on the nose, prominant Belgian yeast spiciness, some fresh hops, a bit of alcohol...not really getting much of any oak on the aroma.

T - A good strong hit of booze up front mixed with Belgian yeast character - pepper and cloves, cinnamon...a firm hop bitterness, getting some fruity oranges, candy sugar and some wood definitely appears in the flavor. Wonderful balance here.

M - Medium/full bodied with a somewhat high carbonation level that is tingly and a bit foamy at the same time. Plenty of Belgian yeast character. nice balance of sweet malt, Belgian spice, warm booze. Really, I have to say this is a very well balanced tripel. I typically find tripels a bit too hot and boozy...tending towards a slow sipper/one in a session type beer. This has an alcohol presence and warmth, but it is actually hidden quite well - the woodiness and hops balance things off well.

O - I have been trying to track this one down for quite a while, and luckily there is not an ounce of disappointment to be found here. Hard to remember 'em all, but this might be my favorite tripel to date. Standard issue Damnation is good, but this takes it to another level. Gonna have to seek out a couple more of these while they are still relatively available.

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Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better than the regular Damnation. Pours clear and golden with white head, leaves plenty of lace. Fruity, spicy, malty in the nose.

Taste follows the nose, adding oak and yeasty complexity. Really shows its Belgian roots here. Finishes bone dry and slightly tart.

Truly enjoyed this brew; props to Vinnie & crew for creating another great beer.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port OB.
This one pours a golden light orange with a solid white sticky head. Smells of lemon pepper, sweet fruits, orange and banana. The taste is similar with a tartness of citrus, tangarine, oak, and alcohol. It's medium to light bodied, well carbonated and not much heat from the amount of alcohol. To be honest I was I little dissapointed with this beer I think I had my hopes set a little too high its still a very good beer.

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Photo of MrTopher
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 69 (newest batch 23rd)

A – Golden straw color with a nice haze/cloudiness, a nice thick off white head that has great retention.

S – Oak, farmhouse funk, mild malt, some tropical fruits (bananas, lemon) and some nice spice.

T – Nice blend of malt and funk, good sweetness from the malt. A good spice flavor, with farmhouse funk, some oak/earth notes, and some bananas and lemon. Perfectly combination of flavors.

M – Pretty light, but inviting. Good carbonation and on the lighter side of medium.

O – This is great, much better than the standard Damnation, would love to find more of this rare little gem. One of if not the best Triples I have had. And does not drink like an 11% beer.

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Photo of fox227
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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 mactrail
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fruity with a big pineapple flavor. Brewery says Tomahawk, Sterling, and Casacade hops in the mix, but it certainly isn't overly bitter. Aged in American oak but I don't taste much vanilla or woodiness. Rich flavors, sweet and sharp. Fragrant with caramel and flowers.

Hops are really fragrant but it's not a bitter beer. Hugely drinkable for a strong beer. Nice lacing and carbonation as well. On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.

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

Poured from Bottle to an over sized wine glass

A Pours a light, golden yellow with a huge foamy, near-white head. Good retention and lacing. Left over lacing on the glass.

S better than the regular Damnation, the oak comes through Significantly.f light malt, lemon, toffee, some kind of tropical fruit, spice and ginger.

T Initial flavor is sharp and medium sweet. Citrus and light pepper in around the middle and then things gets progressively sweeter until the finish. Mild tartness on the finish . A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste but is masked fairly well in the full flavor.

M Fairly light, good low carbonation, very fitting of this beer. Finishes Great.

O Very enjoyable, worth the purchase and I would probably get it again for friend to try.

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

Enjoyed on 11.07.11 from a brown, corked shorty poured into a D'Achouffe glass ever so gently.

A: Pours a yellow-orange with a pillowy head on top. Very appealing indeed.

S: Sweeter than the base Damnation, with a sweet candy & citrus nose.

T&M - Really nice combo of rich, yeast in conjunction with oak, candy sugar, and slight citrus profile. Well-balanced. Really a wonderful taste, much better than the base Damnation. Very crisp and refreshing. Delightful. I nearly forgot the ABV was so high - not really a trace of esters present.

D - Very nice. Very drinkable. Appropriately-priced (albeit pricey in comparison).

Overall, a great representation of the style. Kudos again, RR.

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Damnation Batch 23 (Oak Aged) from Russian River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 570 ratings.
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