chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1 pint, 9.4 fl oz. bottle purchased at Raja LLiquors in Livermore. The pour: deep dark color, but not translucent! The bouquet: raisins, subtle cloviness, cinnamon, allspice. The palate: definte roasted malts, a nice smokiness to it. nice sharpness in the immediate finish. The finish: toasty.. that’s all I can say. A high quality brew, kudos to Russian River Brewing!
Lukaduke (2181) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Nielsen ! Pours a dull raw umber color with three fingers of khaki suds. Lots of sweet banana bread undertones, earthy spice, kola nut, candied anise, nutty bitterness, date, raisin, soft burnt sugar. Really well restrained yet packs a punch of flavors from beginning to end.
JBPortland (774) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle pours dark brown with light ruby edges and a finger of head. Nose is dark bready grain, touches of fruity cola, grape, light dark fruit. Taste is medium bodied, nice bready dark fruit, nutty cola, red grape notes, plum. Finish has nice mild creaminess with earthy dark fruits, touches of cola sweetness, and dark multi grain bread.
vtafro (3399) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(backlog) Draft at hulmeville inn. Brown pour with tan head. Chocolate, tart fruit, some malt sweetness in flavor and aromas. Finish is smooth.
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Batch 010. Pours a cloudy brown with medium frothy tan head that lasts, lots of carb. The aroma is a strong yeast, raisins and spice Medium mouthfeel figs, sweet malt with nice spice with lingering dry finish. Good.
williamstome (888) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour. Complex aroma of raisins, dark fruits and yeast. Amazing. Flavor is raisins, dates, nuts, alcohol, and dark fruits. Wow.
RussianDragon (467) - - MAY 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Russian River, Santa Rosa, CA. The sample pour was brought to me with several other beers, and is a dark maroon with an uneven thin head and active carbonation. Aroma is dark fruits, malt and spices. Flavor is same, mild and not aggressive. Alcohol is well-masked. From notes 2/19/13.
Bule (756) - California, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Chocolate with mild sweetness and a bit of spice.
beertholomeus (783) - California, USA - APR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Chocolate, spices, fruit hop and malt aroma. Fruit, spice, malt and chocolate flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a malt and slight alcohol finish.
batneil (284) - - APR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I thought this tasted a bit like a plum brandy, somewhat Christmassy. Pretty nice, overall.
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Avery, same recipe but brewed at Avery for the Collaboration not Litigation Ale. Pours hazy copper brown with fine khaki head. Settles quickly with thin lace. Aroma is fruity, huge belgian yeast, ester, big banana, quite sweet. Flavor is banana, sweet and cereal malt, apple, with a fruity, grain and caramelized malt finish. Banana fruitiness is very big and sweet. Soft carbonation and medium body. Would be curious to see how this compares to a batch brewed at RR.