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Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks IX)

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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 205   ABV: 6.83%
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In celebration of Bottleworks 9th Anniversary, we are proud to present Deviation - a beer unique in every sense. This remarkable blend combines the oak aged diversity of PHI, Orphan Ale, and Sonambic Ale with 100% Brettanomyces Ale (Sanctification) and is bottle conditioned with additional Brettanomyces. Thanks Vinnie. Your beer is a testament to the art of deviation. 6.83%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2014
75cl, as Deviation, retired exclusive American blended brew, with Brettanomyces, thx alot to John for bringing this rarity over!, complex sour brew, sour/woody and slightly fruity, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, good brew, íSadly going downhill...í

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
750mL bottle. Dark gold and red coloration with a slight off-white head. Sharp acetic aroma with phenolic and musty accents. Acetic flavors up front, with a bit of woody and earthen underpinnings, followed by horsey and plasticine brett characters. Slightly spicy in the finish, very tart and drying. Mouthfeel is light and astringent. There are hints of depth in flavor there that have perhaps been eclipsed by the brett given the time at which this opened. Nonetheless, a wonderful beer and an exceptional experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prufrockstar (1144) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Goddamn. Huge thanks to Bruce for cracking this one open at Liquid Sunshine tonight. So weíve all just devoured these amazing home-cooked smoked ribs and itís nearing the time I have to relieve the babysitter, when B. asks us about our personal whales. The rest of the crowd politely deflects that question, but I canít stop myself from blurting this one out. Moments later the bottle is on the table. The beer ... everything I love about RR. Really remarkable, beautiful beer. The experience ... everything I love about this community.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
From the other day. Lots of mustiness, nice sourness, funk, and oak. Nicely blended, nicely aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Finally! Been searching for this too long. :D

Semi-cloudy orange hue turns ominously translucent after adding dregs. Minimal head/lace. Wild grapefruit, funked up yeast, smells really sour (a bit of vinegar?), dark bitterness from the untamed funk imparts its own little angle. Intriguing.

Tons of stone fruit, grapefruit, pears, black cherry peels, bitterness from the yeast. Pretty darn sour. Kinda flat, unfortunately, but that didn't detract much from my enjoyment. Tasty and I'm glad to have tried it, but I won't be seeking this out again. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
At my place with Thomas Scott and Samantha. Aroma is acidic, cherry, vinigar, oak. Taste is huge acidic, but somehow subdued and not mouth puckering; vinegar, tart cherries, tangy citrus fruit, very nice. Interesting. pretty cool beer. With the dregs it has mild orange peel bitterness, finish is long and acidic with grapefruit juice. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1629) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 Wish I had tried this at its peak, still, much gratitude to Ryan for sharing it with me. Tart lemon, slight funkiness, very vinegary though, hard to drink in quantity. Obviously a very good beer even with age, but was probably amazing before the acidity took over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2684) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Pours somewhat clear pure amber with a white head that quickly forms a tannish head. Aroma is sweet Brett yeast, clean and smooth in the nose with some earthy vine notes. Flavor is similar, sweet Brett yeast with a dry body for sure and a decent puckering ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deekyn (1254) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
A- clear copper amber pour with small amount of reddish off white head. Minimal lacing. S- rich aroma of yeast and brett funk. Strong apricot and other muddled stone fruit. Some sulfur, light vinegar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, musty closet and old orange peel. Faint hint of coriander, grass and lavender. M- tart, light body with strong carbonation and crisp full palate. T- taste follows the aroma. Very strong tart lemon juice to start coupled with vinegar. Dried apricots, sour white grapes and brown sugar in the middle. Ending is more vinegar followed by some warm musty funk and lemon juice. Mild mineral water as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Sampled many times over the years at this point. Draft back in the day when it was released, and I think the last bottled sampled was sometime December 2012, thanks to Terry. Heíd also popped bottles (as he had over a case to begin with) over the years since release. This brew is one of the most spectacular and mature sours Iíve ever had. Itís not trying to be overly loud, itís just trying to be what it is: pure excellence. Even sampling the now 5-6 year old bottle last December, it had mellowed and smoother beautifully, aging like fine wine. Not sure how many bottles Terry has left, but I hope Iím around if another one gets opened!

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