barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap served in a tulip glass at Radio Maria. pours a mahogany brown with a rich creamy head. aroma is yeasty with a hint of bubblegum. flavor was a nice mix of sweet malt, molasses, yeast and some spice. rather sweet, was glad to try it in a 8 - 10 oz. glass as opposed to opening and drinking the whole bottle myself.
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found it quite difficult for me to follow the letigious comments of one "former Texan, as if there could ever be such - though thatís yet another matter for the courts).
I put forth that, as has been said previously by other sinister forces that this is indeed a case exemplifying "better than the sum of its two parts".
I do have a favored partner in this match, but also honor each in near parallel respect. Seeing Adam and Vinnie engaged in what looked like deep and/or fun conversation on the patio of Falling Rock last year makes this shine even more brightly for me.
A good frieend of mine , having brewed and gotten along so well with other brewers brought this to light for me - that brewers can admire the work of another rather than resent , despise or whatever.
Deliberate on your own terms ....
Nuffield (3858) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I teach a college course titled, "Law, Lawyers and Litigation". Amid popular concern with litigation in America, a counter-movement sprung up in the past generation, arguing for increased use of alternatives to litigation. One of the critics of this movement, Owen Fiss, wrote an influential article titled, "Against Settlement," in which he defended the virtues of litigation. One problem is that collaborative approaches prioritize "peace" (the end of disagreement) over justice (making the most deserving party win). As it happens, the parties here have produced peace, but at the expense of justice? I donít know. It tastes more or less like a blend. Hops, orange, winter spices, bread/yeast in a body that is moderately frothy and reasonably well supported. It has a long finish of...everything, lots of things...I donít know. Avery has produced some exciting beers in the past few years, though Salvation isnít one of my favorites. Russian River is exciting (and hard for me to get), with especially interesting things in the use of yeast. But together? They might have been no worse off just litigating this one.
rajendra82 (982) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This blend of two Belgian style beers with the same name came in a 22 oz. bomber with a silver neck foil. When poured, the reddish brown body looked closer to the Russian River Salvation part of the mix than the paler Avery Salvation. The overall appearance was similar to a Dubbel, with the exception of the clarity of the beer. Nice fizzy head, and thick lacing made this look quite good. The smell was that of sour cherry, banana, clove, and mandarin orange. The taste was dry, earthy, and spicy, making this quite a departure from the typical Avery Belgians, which I usually find to be floral, and a little sweet. This was quite a yeasty beer, with dusty tongue tingling phenols. The mouthfeel was little thinner than I would have liked. A little thicker, and it would have reached the lofty silkiness of Aventinus, which it kept reminding me of. Vinnie and Adam should think about having more collaborations in the future (despite the beer names being different). Pliny the Elder Maharaja would be hard to pass up.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of caramel and yeast. Deep garnet body with a rocky, tan head. Some lace. Complex body which includes flavors of raisin, caramel malt, candi sugar, yeast, alcohol, bread and hops. Malty finish.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is sweet malts, candi sugar, light notes of spice, lightly bready. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel, spices, candi sugar, lightly bready yeast..finish is lightly sweet and spicy. Body is medium, and so is the carbonation.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours mahogany with a nice creamy white head and good lacing. Smells floral and grassy with some sugary qualites. Some cherry and peach aromas emerge as the beer warms as does molasses and caramel. Taste is a weird garbled mess with lots of grassy notes, pepper, and vegetal qualities. Mouthfeel is thick with the finish leaving a weird unenjoyable aftertaste. Itís like the two beers are battling for salvation from this unholy blend.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the 2007 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Pours a ravishing richly chestnut dark copper color with a cumulus off white cloudy head. An olfactory delight: plenty of malty raisin burgundy scents. Mounds of esterous nanners and woody fruits. Smooth alcohol and thick, but not syrup. Good stuff.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Specís. Pours a medium-thin amber with vigourously formed and ample head and layered lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine, balanced out by rosy hops. A touch of coriander peeks its head from the bushes briefly to get a glimpse of the action. Raisin and peach dominate the flavor offerings; hints of dough and milling spices are evident as well. Thick and fast-flowing over the palate. A bit of bitterness in the finish reminds you this is the sum of one part Belgian Ale. However, this falls just short of great in my opinion; the finish, while ample in bitterness, is just a bit too watery in the end. I wonder what would happen to this if allowed to sit for awhile... Hmmm...
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown pour with nice sized and lasting white head. Aroma is candied sweetness with some banana, yeast. Taste is more of the same yet more pronounced and aggressive than the aroma. Towards the middle there is some nice carbonation and more sweetness and some dark/dried fruits. Alcohol is well hidden but slightly warming on the very back-end. Sticky finish. Itís a weird one, for sure. Complex and interesting.