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RATINGS: 1070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.91%
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Salvation. The name of two intricate Belgian-style ales created by us, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized that we both had a Salvation in our line-ups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the rights? "Hell no!" we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex libation. In April 2004, in top-secret meeting at Russian River Brewing (well actually it was packed in the pub, and many were looking over our shoulders wondering what the hell was going on), we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations. Natalie, Vinnie’s much more significant other, exclaimed, "We should call this Collaboration, not Litigation Ale!" "Perfect!" we shouted. We celebrated deep into the night, (or is it morning?). Fast forward to November 14, 2006. After talking about it for over 2 years we finally decided to pull the trigger and Vinnie flew out to Avery to brew his Salvation exactly as he does in his brewery. This was blended with Avery’s Salvation December 11th, 2006. We hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed brewing and blending it.

Batch 1 (January 2007) - 8.99% ABV
Batch 2 (February 2008) - 8.72% ABV
Batch 3 (February 2009) - 8.97% ABV
Batch 4 (February 2010) - 8.91% ABV
Batch 5 (January 2011) - 8.91% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rossta (16) - Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Poured out of a bomber. Nice rusty copper color, nice lasting head. Nicely complex. With beautiful smoothness. Nice heavy alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (992) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bomber (2015 bottling, says Batch #8 on label... so.... somebody’s math must be wrong going by the list above). Pours a dark amber, frothy whitish head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is Belgiany funk, bread dough, slight clove, biscuit, raisins, grass. Mouth is medium bodied, light sweetness, mild funky yeast, dried fruit (figs, dates, raisins), hints of vanilla, white pepper. Mellow finish. Very nice beer for a frigid Midwestern evening, watching the Hawks and Wild on the tube.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monkeychugg55 (950) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Batch 8. Deep amber with a small, frothy beige head. The aroma is strong. Lots of banana and stone fruit esters, with some nice caramelized Belgian sugars, and a bit of spice notes and in there too. The flavor is significantly more earthy, with some red grapes, and a bit more banana and clove, as well as some peppery alcohol. The finish is fairly dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1755) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bomber of batch 7, pours a dark Amber with a large khaki head. Fruity caramel aroma, canned mandarin oranges. Taste of not sweet caramel, dates, light yeast. Really it tastes like watered down Russian River Salvation. Love the story behind the brew, and not undrinkable, but give me the RR version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2784) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 31, 2015
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Clear amber brown color, beige head cover, stripes of lace. Taste is malt and toffee that adds dark fruit and damp earth in the palate. It turns mildly bitter in the finish, quickly putting alcohol warmth on top of the hops. Alcohol rules the finish. A big brew, well-balanced, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Batch 7. Belgian-style golden ale. Collab from Avery and Russian River. Alcohol by volume near 9 percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1050) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Batch 8. Bomber poured a clear deep caramel hue w/ a medium creamy beige head diminishing to a ring w/ lacing. Sweet Belgian yeast and caramel aromas. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are Belgian yeast, caramelized sugar, malt, banana and clove. Full bodied and soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1417) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Batch #6. Collaboration not Litigation is a somewhat hazy red brown beer with a decent head of white bubbles that disappears rather quickly. Nose is similar to red wine with some dark stone fruit aspects. Taste is vaguely raisin like with some definite natural fruit aspects that overlay a nice malt body. the texture is somewhat lively but not overly so. Medium thin. finishes just a bit warm but without any bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pras (528) - Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Aroma of malt. Flavor much the same. Not overly sweet, very balanced, enjoyable belgian strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2497) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2014
From the 650 ml bottle dated Feb 2014. Medium amber apple cider-looking pour with a slight cloudiness and a modest head. The aroma has some nice toasted biscuit, toffee, yeast, coriander, apple, and dark fruit esters. Medium to full body that is delightful on the tongue. The taste has a vibrant toffee sweetness with the same apple and dark fruit underneath. A subtle bitterness breaks out at the end.

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