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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)
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
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
568
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
15.68%
 
 
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284
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154
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Reviews: 242 | Ratings: 568
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 brokenleadedcask
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased somewhere online a while ago, just now getting to enjoy. Shared the 750ml with a friend. Batch 46

Cloudy blonde with good inch worth of head that dissipated to a ring for the rest of the glass. Some floaty particulate, looks like I stirred the sediment with my bad pour. Wheat/Heffe very prominent in the smell, some apple skin, candi sugar and a bit of oak follow. More wheat/heffe in the taste with a healthy dollop of oak, and some woodsy hops. The ABV is very deceptive, not very detectable in the taste. Bright clean finish, not much lingering aftertastes, good. Some mild carbonation, not effervescent as some. I'm glad Larry helped me with this one, it's not good to tackle this one solo. The ABV would sneak up on you and take you down like a skilled ninja.

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

Poured from bottle into duvel tulip. Easy pour yielded a sizable head, about 2.5 fingers thick. Not very stable, it settled quickly. Soft white with residual bubbles. Nose is complex. Yeasty esters take front, white pepper, sesame, evergreen trees and wood. Taste is noticeably deviant, pretty dry, yeasty, a lot more wood, as it warms its even a very very small bit tart in the back. Not my particular style preferred, but it is strangely alluring. I enjoyed it much. Lots of carbonation on this one early on, but mellows out nicely. No lacing to be found. Nice treat, glad I came across it (without having to go to the brewery at that).

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Photo of antilogic
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at O'brien's TION night in a 5oz taster. I regret not getting more!

Really tastes like I expected. Color is on the darker side of straw/gold, with a small white head. Taste is light oak, Belgian yeast, fruits, earth. Vinne should brew this more often than once in 23 batches..

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Photo of abrethanson
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Pizza Port in Solana Beach. Fantastic complement to their tasty pizza.

Look - pours a clear copper with a 1 finger head.

Smell - belgium breadiness, with a hint of pine sneaking through.

Taste - The nose is a light apple sour balanced with bread and vanilla. The body is very complex with maltiness, strong floral notes, and cherry cough syrup. The citrus hops provide the beer's backbone and pull through at the end and do a nice job of masking the booziness. Also a little funkiness hiding around.

Mouth feel - tart and lightly carbonated.

Overall - loved it. The complexity and balanced between Belgium yeast, hops, tartness, and richness was splendid.

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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 animortician
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been eyeing this on the coming soon list for ever. One of the few RR beers I haven't been able to try yet.

A: Rich Golden color. One finger head that dissipated quickly. Great clarity and appearance overall.

S:Spicy and peppery. Hint of Coriander. If I didn't know what this beer was my first guess from the smell would be a Tripel.

T:AMAZING, How is 10.5% hidden so well in this.? Amazingly drinkable. Very well balanced Tripel, not to sweet not to boosey. Malty and almost tart at the same time.

M: Smooth and Buttery.

O: Well Done Vinne! This beer lived up to my expectations even though I've been waiting for a few years to try it. Carbonation, Malt, Alcohol, and flavor all balanced very well!

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #46

Shared by Newtonty. Thanks Man!

A: Pours a yellow orange to a light tan, with a 1/8 inch, bright white head.

S: Oak and candied sweet malts on the nose with a tangy citrus under tone.

M/T: Light and syrupy on the tongue, bite of the APV is apparent right away. The oak flavor melds with the candied malts nicely. Slight tartness and citrus on the after taste, however finishes very dry.

D: Very high APV. I tried this on a clean pallet and the first couple of sips were intense, but after a few more became very drinkable.

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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 20ozmonkey
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle from Healthy Spirits. Poured into a tulip.

Damnation 23 is a hazy vibrant orange with a small layer of head that sticks around well.

Smells first and foremost of apricots with an earthiness coming from the oak chips. Definitely sweet, definitely fruity.

Complicated flavor. There is a sweet fruity apricot flavor and a flavor that I would say is coming from oak kind of clashing with each other. On the finish a cloying sweetness comes in and takes over. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a bit of viscosity.

Interesting beer. I was incredibly excited until I tasted it. The taste is alright, but not great.

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Photo of ThaddeusGhostal
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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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 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 zeeksterusa
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from City Beer in SF. Opened it this week and wow! I tried the standard Damnation but the wood chips of the 23 really make this a unique and great tasting beer. On first sip there a strong and full hop flavor and after a few seconds that hop flavor gets overshadowed by a pleasing oaky flavor. The drinking experience of this beer is very unique and tasted refined. I would buy this beer again and would recommend it to anyone that likes pale ales as well as belgian ales. It strikes a inventive balance between brute force hop taste with the complex depth of some belgians.

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Photo of cscrowley37
1/5  rDev -76.2%
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 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 red80go
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - pours a beautiful deep amber, with a decent head and lacing to the top of the riedel tumbler
s - citrus on the nose with a slight white wine smell (oak)
t- very smooth for the abv, but i guess that's why they aged in oak, (be careful), oak highlights throughout especially when warmed
m-rather thinker mouthful than the original damnation, not an overwhelming amount of alcohol taste, just the right carbonation but my mouth and lips feel a bit sticky
d-very dangerous beer to drink if you don't pay attention, obviously a definite sipper you should share with someone. A great beer to have as a Digestive after a great meal in SF.

Luckily I am able to get this beer easily from my favorite shop in SF, City Beer! I will lay down several bottles because this one will be a great beer if not already in a few years. I have sent(traded) at least a 6 back east and can't wait to see them review it.

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