SDalkoholic (1769) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Since i never had Rusian Rivers Salvation and have only had Avery’s i feel this is unfair to taste the two combined. To bad rusian river couldnt step up there distribution. Anyway, I found little olfaction, but what i did find were Belgian yeast and minor dashes of spice. The drink itself is lively carbonated and is a lovely mouthfeel both heavy and sticky. Texture and body is just amazing, especially when i took sips when the foam formed a stubborn layer of head. Flavor is a sweet caramel malt with background of Belgian spicey yeast used. The ales apperance is a beauty light brown tint and extra foamy head that lays around for time. I’m very impressed with how well this ale comes across. Thanx to both brewers.
Eladerman (77) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a nice american brewed Belgian Styled Strong Dark Ale. It kind of reminds me of Unibroue’s Trois Pistoles, or maybe a Goose Island Pere’ Jaques. These are all damn good Belgian style brews full of a caramelish-dark brown sugar-like taste Reminds me of a port wine with dark fruits, some chocolate and other roasted malts in there, but for sure belgain candy sugar ( beet sugar) and caramalized malts and belgian yeast. Not a lot of strong estery flavors here ( i.e., not a strong bubble-gum taste like in a lot of Hefeweizens) A very good Brew.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a somewhat dark orangey-brown with a thick tan head that fades to a thin covering but leaves no lace on the glass. The aroma is quite mesmerizing and complex: alcohol, lots of fruit (prunes, dried cherries, bananas), hints of smoky wood and grass, and some caramel. The flavor starts very malty with some fruit and wood. The middle of the tongue detects a nice interplay between fruity hop bitterness, crazy Belgian yeast esters, fruit, spice (cinnamon, pepper), and sweet toffee-like malts. The finish is full-bodied, spicy, and bittersweet with some fruit and caramel. The after-taste is fruity and bittersweet. The mouthfeel is very nice and creamy - just the right amount of suds, not too thin and too thick. Overall - a very tasty endeavor. I’ll have to dig up my notes on Avery’s Salvation and compare...
craftbeerdesign (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 bomber. I’ve been really curious to break this one open... Very satisfied with the results of this collaboration. Pours a deep brown with little head. Strong fruit and malt aromas. Flavors of sugar, plums, spices and malts shine through the most. A wonderful palate from front to back - nice lively carbonation and a sweet finish.
Chudwick (1086) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
double deuce bottle (2009) - pours unfiltered amber with beige head that is split just about evenly between creamy and frothy with thin lacing. Nose is nutty and of basement aromas. Flavor adds caramel, butterscotch and cereal. Medium to medium-heavy sweet. Burns on the way down the gullet. Oily mouthfeel. Exceeded expectations. It reminds me of an abt. Every sip is a delight and it brings about fruitiness. In hindsight, I should not have passed up this beer all those times.
ngeunit1 (1550) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours an almost clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruits, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and some spices.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with candi sugar, dark fruits, and some spices. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast comes through with some more dark fruit, some more spices, a bit of banana, and some brown sugar. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruits, candi sugars, Belgian yeast, and some spices.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, fruity, and dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Very well balanced with a great blend of body, malts, and yeast character.
Darkover (1498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber color with a huge creamy beige head. Aroma of yeast and peppery spices. Flavors of yeast, spices, sweet malts and fruits. Pretty good and drinkable.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown-amber pour, light head lingering, aroma is enticing sweet malt with candi and spice, alcohol wafting up into your sinus cavities. Fruity sweet malty flavors give way to yeasty esters and warming with a bitter finish. Overall this is a hit with me, my kind of Belgian style strong. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled February 2007
Aromas of cloves, bananas, allspice and an intense fruitiness waft from my glass as I pour this brew. The beer is a dark, deep amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear hue when held up to the light. The head is a frothy light tan color that starts out at three-fingers in height and even leaves a nice lace pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma on this brew is quite beguiling; I think some of this has to do with the beer I had before this (DD SN Reserva 2005), but still it does have quite an interesting aroma. Notes of figs, prunes and raisins really jump out as part of the fruit aromatics. There is a touch of something like tart plums and tart, yet aromatic apples here in the aroma as well. As the beer warms, and my palate get used to it, the aroma picks up notes of earthy spice like coriander, cinnamon bark but with more woodiness, and even some light ginger notes.
The beer has quite a thick mouthfeel to it; it is chewy and sticks to the palate with a concentrated fruit-like character that reminds me of figs and prunes. A nice spiciness anchors the fruit notes and adds flavors of definite ginger, clove, allspice, celery seed. As I get used to the flavors, and as the beer warms up, the sweet fruity notes mellow a bit and the spicy notes serve more as a balance to the flavor profile. It is rich and satiating, yet is not at all syrupy, sticky or too much; the mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer.
This beer is quite a bit better than it was the other night when I had it (and it was certainly not shabby then). Not quite sure why, but my palate is just really digging this right now. I can’t believe I like this better than the Batch 01 Salvation from Russian River. I so think the Avery version is lackluster, but this is just hitting the spot right now. As time passes the more this beer grows on me. Somehow this manages to be a spectacular beer, despite my initial "Avery" misgivings.
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MIBRomeo (2346) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark straw pour whispy white head murky viz carb. Awesome spiced aroma, cloves, white pepper, some light bread, complex i’m missing some spices here, hint of grass came in. Full well coated creamy pal. Tastes well spiced lots of white pepper, corrainder, lemon zest, bread, honey, sweetness beyond that hints of almost a maple syrup after the spice finishes w/ a dry grass and oak very cleanly. Awesome beer.