adrian910ss (2581) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 9, 2007
750 ml bottle courtesy of Footbalm. Pours a very dark brown color with reddish tints and a creamy beige head. Aroma of dark bitter fruits, brown sugar and fresh yeast. Taste of dark fruits, dark bread, caramel, spicy malts and fresh yeast. Not as sweet as a lot of good belgium beers, but the flavors are very prominent regardless. Excellent !! Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2007
Bottle. Dark reddish brown colour with a nice fine head. Aroma of sweetness, fruit also dried fruit. Flavour of fruitness with notes of caramel and some yeast. Mild and soft strong ale with a alcoholic finish. wetherel (1884) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Russian River is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries (especially Pliny the Younger). It is by far the most interesting. Great, great beer. Tried it at the12 hour Belgian beer partyin Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever,with 70 bottled rare and expensive beers and 20 on draft. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
From a tasting at chateau Oakes. Darker brown with a tan head. Lots of raisan and brown sugar on the nose with yeasty elements. Strong and rich malt profile with a nice sweetness throughout. Not my favourite RR beer but still very enjoyable. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Dark chestnut pour with hazy mahogany hues interwoven around the edges and deep within. Dense, solid, sheet-style lacing. Very creamy, off-white head is steadfast. Dark fruits and sexy malts captivate from the get go and light sugariness rounds out softer than expected aromas. Were there more of a forcefulness here, the aroma would be a serious contender. Yeast is the focal point point of the flavor, much to my dismay. Subtle dark fruits make an appearance again, with toasted grain, scorched sugars too. Finishes balanced and mellow. Mouthfeel is aptly carbonated and medium bodied. Palate is creamy and very smooth. Overall another well made Russian River product; though not invigorating as per their usual output, still a pleasure to sip on.
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle at Cbus V, shared by sliffy. Light brown pour with an off white head. Aromas of dusty malt, light fruit, yeast and a bit of brett. Candied fruit in the flavor along with some yeast and lemon zest. Lively carbonation...sweet/sour throughout with a dry finish. Pretty nice stuff. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Dark Brown Color with Red Hue..Creamy Big Head. Lightly Dry Malt/Bready Aroma. Creamy Dry Mouthfeel. Alot of Rye on This One...Dark Bread...Dry Yeasty Notes...Some Spices and Dried Fruits...Very Sweet and Bready Overall.. A Tad on the Dry Side, But That Simply Makes You Take Your Time with This Very Tasty Brew. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2007
(750ml bottle, Batch 002) Pours a mahogany body with a small off-white head. Aroma of various vinous varieties, molasses, and fruit. Flavor of dark fruit, banana, funkiness, brown sugar, and layers of malt complexity. Excellent beer! fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Another I thought I had rated long ago ... Tasted this time w/ Avery Salvation and Collaboration (a thought I had, but Walt made real). Affirmation of what I hd thought prior - found RR to be drier, spicier (to a degree or perhaps more peppery) and with more complexity. Not really a slight on Avery, but more personal preference. As for its performance in regard to the Collaboration - would say that it comes out on top, but the additional body and hint of more sweetness from Avery makes an very nice beer indeed. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Thanks to mac300 for bringing this to our Salvations & Collaboration side by side tasting...
Batch # 003
Appears a deep mahogany with a bubbly, 2 finger, off-white head that slowly fades away. Sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, maple, roasted chestnuts, vanilla cream, raisins, and very mild shake of cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a true Belgian yeast blast that is remeniscent of Westmalle with the vanilla esters...could be from the oak as well but I’d think the former was the culprit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, creamy, and smooth.