RATINGS: 1084   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.91%
Salvation. The name of two intricate Belgian-style ales created by us, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized that we both had a Salvation in our line-ups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the rights? "Hell no!" we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex libation. In April 2004, in top-secret meeting at Russian River Brewing (well actually it was packed in the pub, and many were looking over our shoulders wondering what the hell was going on), we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations. Natalie, Vinnie’s much more significant other, exclaimed, "We should call this Collaboration, not Litigation Ale!" "Perfect!" we shouted. We celebrated deep into the night, (or is it morning?). Fast forward to November 14, 2006. After talking about it for over 2 years we finally decided to pull the trigger and Vinnie flew out to Avery to brew his Salvation exactly as he does in his brewery. This was blended with Avery’s Salvation December 11th, 2006. We hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed brewing and blending it.

Batch 1 (January 2007) - 8.99% ABV
Batch 2 (February 2008) - 8.72% ABV
Batch 3 (February 2009) - 8.97% ABV
Batch 4 (February 2010) - 8.91% ABV
Batch 5 (January 2011) - 8.91% ABV

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2009 Saw this on the shelf as I was hunting for the 2007 Old Guardian. Picked it up after reading about the story here. Pours a very cloudy dark amber, with a hint of red. Thick head that sticks around and leaves quite a bit of lacing. It smells sweet, with a hint of alcohol behind it. The beer itself has a sweet taste, with a bit of an alcohol burn as it goes down. Overall, something that is a very tasty beer, that I will pick some up to cellar. Cracked open another of the Batch 1 beers I had in the cellar: the aroma has shifted to a typical barleywine, with hints of dark fruits and alcohol. The coloration has more hints of red, and carbonation is still good. There is no longer any alcohol burn present in the beer at all, somewhat sweet, with a touch of biscuity malts in the finish. This is still a delicious beer.

Alpha10 (830) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2017
2017/01/14 - Pours a hazy orange, copper colour with a thin, foamy, off white head that quickly reduces and leaves minimal spotty lacing. Aroma is spices (coriander, clove), doughy yeast, sweet caramel and ripe dark fruits. Taste is burnt sugar, sweet bread, yeast, spices, plumbs, banana and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium and syrupy with low, smooth carbonation and a sweet, drying, lightly warming, boozy finish. Mildly cloying, but delicious nonetheless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MetalNHopHead (2182) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 11, 2016
For beer geeks, the tale of Collaboration Not Litigation is a heart-warming one. It’s the story of how two brewers in different states became united in the spirit of friendship, the liquid arts, and mutual masturbation (probably). It’s the story of how two craft ales and two craft artisans, er, came together. I’ve never had the bare bones Salvation from either brewery, but the pairing of the two has created a beer that’s weird in the nicest way. Dark amber coloring. Notes of bread, candy, fruit and - perhaps most interesting a spicy, earthy smokiness. It has a fruity, vinous funk and a fair amount of alcohol heat.Great story, great ale.

HuskerTan (2396) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Draft. A- Roasted poblano peppers, spices, burnt caramel. A- Red amber color, hazy liquid, tan head. T- Chili peppers, spices. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, peppery finish. O- Not sure what is wrong with me but I can’t get over there being a basket of different peppers in this beer. It was all I could detect. Interesting for sure.

ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a light dirty orange color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is a big caramel smell with spices. The taste is full of malt and caramel and the high ABV is apparent.

RickReallyBrew (106) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2016
I love Belgian Strong Ales. Avery always comes through when they brew a higher gravity brew. I love it

zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Bomber. Pours a cloudy copper orange with a dissipating off white head and aroma of ripe fruits and spices. Taste is of spices up front with dried fruit notes along with yeast, caramel, and malt into the spiced finish.

jjgmd (2248) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2016
With Z , pours an amber rusty brown pour with a small beige head. Nose is fruity and sweet with some spice ! Taste is sweet but not over the top , fruity, with toffee and caramel notes. Finishes on the same tasting notes , dryly with a moderately long finish ! Nice ! quaff score 8 / 10

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.

daje (4535) - NORWAY - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle at Cafe Sara, july 3rd 2015. Unclear amber body with a white head. Aroma of spice yeast, caramel, apples. Taste of banana, toffee, red wine notes and choriander. Thick malty finish with a bready raisin and yeast aftertaste. Quite a special beer, and enjoyable too.

drowland (9053) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2016
3/29/16. 22oz bottle from Five Points. $1.99 on the clearance rack. Bottle says Batch #8, bottled Jan. 2015. I’m actually surprised I’ve never rated this... I have walked by this bottle a hundred times. I guess a $2 price tag finally sold me. Clear amber red pour under a nice khaki head, mild lacing. Rich, dark fruits aroma, loads of em, with dark sugars and toast. Big caramel flavor, loads of dark fruits, raspberry candy, toast, biscuit. Surprisingly smooth and easy drinking for the ABV. Perhaps the age helps? Not bad!

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