AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a Unibroue tulip. Beer pours darker than I expected. A dark brown with some ruby highlights. Only a slight head of foam.
Beer has a "funk" smell youíd associate with a saison. Not a over the top smell, but enough to notice. The taste is wonderful. I donít know how two brewers could brew two separate beers and then come up with a ratio that makes the beer enjoyable, but I think they hit the perfect ratio here.
This beer is very smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel. There is a lot going on in the taste of this beer.
I never really noticed the alcohol at all in this beer. There were so many flavors to focus on you never can really taste the alcohol.
This is a nice offering and am looking forward to drinking some more. If you get the chance definitely give this one a shot.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-tinged dark brown pour with medium foamy head has a lively nose of dark fruit, sugar, and caramel. Palate is smooth and medium-heavy with strong carbonation. Flavor starts in with the deep sweetness of the nose before a rush of chocolate mellowness. Cream and carbonation interplay with the flavors. Very nice and enjoyable, but it lacks a full impact. Neither a disappointment nor a gem.
Ratman197 (8516) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Avery Tasting Room poured a hazy dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, carmel, brown sugar and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavor was fruity, carmel, light molasses and a hint of spice with a lingering sweet finish.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 1/19/2007... I canít believe that I am the first person to rate this beer! Wow! Yeah for me... I found out that this beer hit the shelves today around here, so I ran out and got some to try! Russian River beers arenít available in my area, so this will be a treat (well, at least a partial treat!)...
Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale pours a dark hazy amber color. Sweet malt and citrus aroma. Flavor is also pretty sweet. Deep caramel malts, candied citrus, and some spiciness and alcohol. Smooth and creamy on the palette. Moderate bitterness overall. 22 oz bottle from Jungle Jimís.
UPDATE: My friend Rob and I got together on 1/30/2007 for a "Salvation" tasting that included Avery Salvation, Russian River Salvation, and Avery (/Russian River) Collaboration Not Litigation. We hadnít had the Avery one in awhile and neither of us had every had the Russian River Salvation (Thanks Ross!), so we really wanted to try all three of these beers together so that we could compare. Needless to say, this was a really nice tasting that really helped redeem us from the sins of drinking bad beer during the less fortunate times in the past. After tasting the individual Salvations we then tasted the Collaboration...
Avery Collaboration Not Litigation is exactly what they set out to do. It is a blend of the Avery Salvation and Russian River Salvation beers. The signature qualities of each are highlighted, yet balanced in this collaborative brew. The color (murky dull brown) is only about two shades down from the Russian River Salvation and it has a nearly identical thick, creamy tan head. The aroma has the RR maltiness and darker hints with some of the Avery sweet and critus notes to it. Then the flavor has the RR maltiness and chocolate undertones with some of that bright, distinct Avery tanginess/spiciness/bitterness that I canít describe as well as some citrus hop bitterness in it that really balances well. Amazingly, the alcohol seemed to show a bit more toward the finish in this beer than in either of the Salvations on their own. I also felt that the the finish of this beer was more dry at times as well. The beer is definitely heavier than the Avery Salvation, but slightly less that the RR Salvation, but almost as smooth and creamy. Overall I would guess that the proportion of Russian River Salvation in this beer is higher than the amount of Avery Salvation. The Russian River base seems to be the majority with the Avery highlights complementing it. I could be completely wrong, but thatís my take on the blend in regards to appearance, aroma, palate, and flavor. Either way, it is a perfect blend of the two beers. However, I think I still like the stand alone Russian River Salvation just a little more overall.
22 oz bottle shared by Rob. Thanks Rob. I really appreciate it! This was a GREAT tasting!
1.079 OG, 8.99% ABV, Bottled in Jan. 2007.
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Bottled in Jan. 2007
10/11/2010: Collaboration Not Litigation Ale... Aroma: Caramel; brown and dark candi sugars; dried fruits. Appearance: Cloudy, dull brown color; static head of dense beige-colored foam thatís thick 2-fingers in depth; tons of super fine carbonation bubbles. Flavor: Rich and malty upfront; lightly sweet; molasses; fruits; drier in the middle with some alcohol; flash of anise; finishes with a bit of hop bite; just the right amount of oxidation overall. Palate: Medium-full; very smooth; slightly creamy. Overall: This has aged wonderfully; better now than when it was fresh fresh!
1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (1.079 Original Gravity; Alcohol 8.99% by Vol.) from Jungle Jimís International Market in Fairfield, Ohio. Rating: 7/3/8/4=3.9