King_Alex_II (1025) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown-blackish color with thin foam layer. Light fruity smell (dates). The taste is sweet, and fruity (dates & prunes) with decent chocolate notes, hints of licorice with a foamy carbonation and a dry and calm aftertaste.
anstei (874) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at SinH4’s Goodbye Event. Malt nose, almost a bit roasty. Strong and sweet yet not too much, some matching booziness. To the point, but not exciting.
SinH4 (2080) - Garching, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, resinous, a bit sugary, some dark malts, plums, port, sweet cocoa, coconut. Good complexity, rich taste, quite delicate. Great balance.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. caramel dark fruit and raisin taste
Prufrockstar (1776) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2015 I was just looking up my review of this beer only to find I hadn’t entered it yet. No idea how long ago it was when I has this, but thankfully I took detailed notes (which follow): 375 ml bottle from APEX. The last of the widely-distributed "ations" for me.
Appearance: Pours with minimal head, the tiniest hint of a few bubbles but otherwise still. Beautiful deep, dark, ruby brown, clear. 4.5
Aroma: Beautiful raisins, plums simmering in brown sugar. Vanilla, port. Smells like a rich, decadent, boozy plum pie-like dessert. From the aroma, this is one I would definitely love to sip slowly like a fortified dessert wine. 9
Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest. Plenty sweet, sure, with loads of lush dark fruits. I’d say raisin, but raisins remind me of a fruit that’s over the hill, whereas this is in its prime. Somewhat dry finish. 8.5
Palate: Full body, slick, oily texture. Very soft carbonation -- not quite flat, but close. Still awfully fucking nice, though. 3
Overall: RR never disappoints. Never. Like Hemmingway. I sat in a lecture once with my Professor, in which he demonstrated that the boy in the Old Man and the Sea is an adult in his mid twenties, which both changes nothing and everything about the way it reads. Russian River creations are like that. The complexity lies hidden beneath the seeming simplicity. A beer you can enjoy without thinking about, but which rewards you for thinking about it. I expect I could return to this after decades of beer nerd-dom and still marvel how how they do what they do. [8.5/4.5/9/3/16=4.1]
Revisited 7/22/15, and don’t find the magic I did last time. Wouldn’t be inspired to spout Hemmingway at any rate. Body is a bit thin, flavors one-dimensional. Maybe it hurts that I was just typing up my Westy 12 review, but whatever it is I’d call this a 3.8 at best this time around. Adjusting down slightly.
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish brown slight haze off white head. Aroma is 50/50 blend of malts and wonderful yeasty character. Taste powerful malt some candi sugar and silky smooth mouthfeel.
JefVerstraete (2591) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Dark brown, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet and fruity with notes of caramel and brown sugar. Good and well balanced.
bartzluke (519) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
3 oz chilled pour from tap into cylindrical taster as part of Russian River’s “everything on tap” sampled (16 beers this time around) at the brewery itself. I realize that drinking 16 different 3 oz pours is not ideal for proper rating, but when will I ever have an opportunity like this again?
Caramel color, fairly translucent.
andrewje41 (2397) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 mL bottle, corked, poured. Bottled on 10/10/14. Pours dark with a high active fizz head. Malt forward aroma with some dark fruit. Dusty dry raisin flavor with a slight toasty finish. Late spice comes through, and a little oaky. Fun beer to try. I think I missed the appropriate season though. Still an awesome beer.
tcon25 (487) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour split, thanks Andrew for sharing this one. Always love having some Russian River. Very dark brown pour, thin head. 10-10-14 batch/Bottle date. Kind of coffee and caramel aroma for me, bitter hop taste, dark roast, very nice beer here.