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 (1091) - 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.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy with a small disappating head.Sweet aromas flow from the bottle.Flavor is candy sweet and malt.Not too bad
Arayaga2 (1898) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big dark brow, with medium tan head. Aroma is malty and delicate with spices and candy. Taste is more mundane with a sweet initial taste, and a dry almost gingerbready finish. $8/22oz
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a nice deep amber color with a froathy white head. aroam was semi sweet with a nice dose of malts. flavor was simply full of goodness. i didnt want this bomber to end. this was an outstanding brew that i will certainly have again
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mad-Mex in U of Penn area of Philadelphia. Pours a hazy brownish amber with a medium off white creamy head that left lacing and did a nice job of sustaining. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, various spiciness, some tropical fruits, caramel, Candi-sugars overall made for an interesting aroma. Flavors of candy sweat maltiness, various fruits, Belgian yeast, caramel, biscuit, spices, peppery, some cinnamon, dark fruits, toasted and almost roasty malts. I have not had the chance to try Russian Rivers Salvation but have had Averys a couple of times. Although from what I know about RRís version and having had Averys I would say the mix is somewhere around 60% RR and 40% Avery. I still have a bottle of this and plan to open with both the stand alone beers.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bodega Blue... Hazy amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Terrific retention. The aroma is earthy, spicy, smoky phenols layered upon musty, fuzzy fruit, light banana and pear esters. Almost perfectly balanced flavor; light sweetness, light acidity, moderate bitterness... "makes Jack a dull boy." Enjoyable, but full of broken promises (made by the nose). This beer is all about almost. I guess that makes sense... itís almost Averyís Salvation and itís almost Russian Riverís Salvation! Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and subtle carbonation. Soapy, bitter finish. Fun idea but, ironically, the result is uninspired. Not bad... very good, technically, in fact. Unfortunately, the parts surpass the summation of the whole.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Aroma: Brown sugar, bananas, dark fruit, cinnamon, yeast, and a light sourness. Appearance: Dark brown in color with orange highlights. Light khaki head was full and creamy with good retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Caramel, brown sugar, spice, dark fruits and bananas, yeast, and a light chocolate aroma. Light sourness into the finish. Alcohol comes through fairly strong. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: A nice idea, but didnít come off as well as I would have liked. Not bad, but a little muddled.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle dated Jan. 2007. poured cloudy brown/amber with rich off white head. aroma of friut, bananas and paper. Started with a sweet cherry, banana and prune like fruitiness, followed by a slight peppery bitterness finishing with more banana ans subtle caramel.
SudsMcDuff (6761) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a beautiful head and possesses exceptional lacing...Aroma is delightfully fruity(berries)....a beautiful marriage of flavours...dangerously dangerously drinkable!!!..."drop dead delicious"