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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1169
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.72% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good Belgian strong with pleasing wine-like tannins and a bit on the tart cherry side. Not for the novice as much as one who appreciates the above. Dark reddish brown and yeast and wine-like aromas. Medium mouthfeel. Very quaffable. One of the best Avery products.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 03:34:54 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a opaque dark iced tea color with a 1/2 inch tan head to a small cap. Quickly fading lace rings form.

S - Smells of earthy spices, dark fruits, and yeast.

T - Dark fruits, bitter yeast, and dark brown sugar.

M - Good carbonation but creamy in the mouth. There is a pronounced bitter/acidic quality present.

D - Good beer with a weird bitterness to it. I like the idea of mixing brews from different companies after each brew has been made (as opposed to a single brew that is made using ideas from different companies like the Stone collabs).

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 06:04:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rust orange with a hint of brick red and a fine yeasty haze. The whipped creamy crown is an appealing shade of golden beige and has enough stickiness to maintain multiple foam bridges between itself and the glass. Meandering fingers of thick lace look good as well.

The nose contains all sorts of wonderful things. It's sweet and tart fruity, as well as being impressively clove spicy. I guess that's what happens when two such different beers are blended. At least when the brewers of those beers are as talented as Vinnie Cilurzo and Adam Avery. So far, the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

The same notion applies to the flavor profile, although I'm not yet convinced that the taste score will reflect it. Having said that, I still have a long way to go. First impressions suggest that what was best about each individual Salvation counters what was less than ideal about the other.

I found Avery Salvation to be slightly lacking in complexity, a bit too boozy and probably too highly hopped for the style. On the other hand, it was enjoyably sweet and orchard fruity. I found Russian River Salvation to be lacking in complexity as well, to be too sour for the style, but to be pretty tasty in all other respects.

CNLA is beautifully balanced. It isn't too sweet, too bitter or too sour, but is just right. Actually, this is what I'd hoped Russian River Salvation would taste like. That beer just needed more sweetness and less sourness.

The brewers won't divulge the proportions of each beer used, so I'll take a stab at it. How about Russian River Salvation (68.43%) and Avery Salvation (31.57%)? The flavor profile consists of bruised bananas and ripe apples swimming in a cocoa, caramel and candi sugar syrup, sprinkled liberally with ground clove. I don't know if this fine ale was this delicious initially, but I have the feeling that one year of rest has done it a world of good.

It isn't a bit surprising that two beers with good mouthfeels would equal one beer with a good mouthfeel. I didn't expect improvement here and didn't get it. To repeat something that I might have said in the other reviews, the body/mouthfeel is more than satisfactory for an American ale, while falling short of what is expected from a Belgian or Belgian-style ale. It's medium with a less than completely volumizing carbonation and a light stickiness on the finish.

I reviewed Russian River Salvation several weeks ago so that I could review Collaboration Not Litigation Ale having tasted each of its component parts. What I hoped would happen did, in fact, happen. The strengths of each beer collaborated and counteracted their individual weaknesses. This deserves to be a seasonal release if they can work out the logistics.

Avery Brewing Salvation: 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0... ... 4.0
Russian River Salvation: 4.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0... ... 4.05

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 16:30:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful clear brown with a huge frothy head. Smell was very spicey, grassy and earthy tones with a hint of sweetness. The taste was classic belgian and very nicely done. Fruitness and spices predominate, no hint of alcohol, which at 9%abv is incredible. Really smooth and effortless in drinkability. This is a fantastic brew, way too easy to drink, honestly the easiest 9% I have ever had. This is a must get as it is remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 23:54:51 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3

A: A dark orange/amber color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Spice, yeast, orange peel, caramel, and candi sugar.

T: Very similar to the nose with spice, raisins, caramel, and toffee.

M: Medium body, coats the tongue.

D: I wasn't really sure what to expect from this, and must say it was a fairly pleasant experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 19:04:25 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet with a murky foam covering the surface of the ale; some lacing

Smell: Caramel; some sour yeasty notes; some rum-soaked raisings and a whiff of alcohol

Taste: Starts with a complex caramel flavor, with hints of coriander, tobacco and prune entering by mid-palate; after the swallow; the bitter and peppery elements grow considerably into the finish; along with the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with lively carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer the RR to the Avery and I notice that this beer starts out like the RR but the Avery elements become more apparent after the swallow; letting this beer age a year or two tones down the bitterness and makes it a superior BSDA, in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 21:06:46 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Demcorhip: Poured a cloudy deep copper color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt and medium funky yeast is pretty interesting. Taste of sweet malt is mix with some subtle sour notes and some light funky yeast. Body is quite full with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall, this seems like a good concept but I still think I would prefer having my own bottle of RR salvation instead of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 19:59:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If the Belgians can blend lambics, then why can't we blend Dark Ales. The result is a wonderful beer, chalked full of sweetness, tartness, spiciness, and character. The results are very common to the Avery Salvation, but with a sweeter, mellower, less-bitey, lower-strength brew. Well concocted and well matured. Since I have never tried Russian River's Salvation, I don't know how they compare. The beer starts off with a deep mohogany hue, slight of opaque. Well headed and carbonated, with no suprises. Spicy-sweet, earthy, and estery aromas, as most good Belgian Darks. Tastes are heavy on the malts, showing figs, dates, apples, berries, grapes, and light molassas. The feel is full and rich, without becomming cloying or chewey. Light astringency and residual sweetness lingers in the mouth, due to lighter hopping rates. A terrific brew, expecially for the price. This combination makes Black-'n-Tans look silly.

Thanks Pwoody! (04/09/10)

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 14:15:41 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Grill outside of Boston. Excellent selection.

A: Dark orange with sort of a rusty look. Slightly cloudy with a good white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet with some fruit characteristics. Some of the traditional Belgian esters--I always seem to get bubblegum.

T: Sweet with candied sugar and a good deal of complexity. Some tartness. A nice malt base. Some fresh fruit flavors.

M: Good, creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth. I love it.

D: Highly drinkable for the style and abv. Perhaps too much for an extended sitting, but something I'm glad I can get in bottle form back here in Chicago.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 03:03:17 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off-white head that quickly faded away, leaving only some delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruit, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness with hints of brown sugar and caramel while the finish has some notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer is quite drinkable for the style because it’s a bit lighter in body and doesn’t have as much alcohol content, although it does match up quite well with other Belgian Strong Dark Ales when it comes to taste and aroma.

Note: Batch #5, Bottled in January 2011

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:29:02 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2.

Appearance: Opaque, mahogany-hued body with a very thin (oh no there it goes), white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, fruity nose of raisins, stone fruits, and toasted malts layered with dark caramel sauce and candi sugar, as well as cloves and freshly-grated nutmeg.

Taste: Toasted dark caramel maltiness with a sweet kick of candi sugar. Small dash of cocoa powder and gooey dark brown sugar. Meager hint of booze. Again, there's a wide variety of fruits to be found, and I now feel healthier for having drank this beer. White grapes, green raisins, apricot. Spicy clove and earthy nutmeg component. Very minor sour yeastiness. Some final muted malt hints on the drying, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus carbonation. Very light stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fairly tasty and enjoyable beer made from one good beer, one so-so beer, one sweet story, and one dopey name.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 18:47:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Jan 07,poured into a fish bowl glass murky tea-like color with chinks and floaties swirling about a thinner head than expected leaving only a tace amount of spotted lace as it settled rather quickly.Mild phenolic aromas hit upfront along with some sweeter bread dough and a hint of wood nothing jumps out all are a bit tame but noticable.Phenolic and spicey with an underlying woddy graininess the fruit is a bit subdued pretty dry on the palate in my mind.Although not a huge fan of the style I was craving it and this although pretty good didnt really give me my fix I was looking for.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 22:52:37 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well here's a winner!

Not unlike my usual self, I poured this beer without knowing what it was. I noted the huge frothy head of yellowish foam and the slightly hazy (I was careful with the pour of the long-standing bottle) amber/copper body. As I raised it to my nose however, my eyes must have popped open wide! Brettanomyces!? How could it be? I had to look at the label. I thought it was a collaboration with Left Hand (even the cross-cut saw at the bottom of the label seems to indicate that...) but then I noticed the bottle of Russian River on the right hand side. I took a sip... heaven!!! And that's why my review starts with the first words that popped into my head... "Well here's a winner"!

After I started writing this I had to read the label, and learned - as you no doubt already know - that it's a blend of Salvation from both breweries. Vinnie's of course stands out, but the rich malt base of Avery's makes it something completely different. I thought of a comparison to the sweetened versions of Flemish Red, but that passed quickly as they're completely different - as is this beer! Another American original? Perhaps.

The nose is not nearly as full and rich as the flavor, and expresses more of the clean, tart and metallic character of the Brett. Some grainy, dusty malt does come through, and there's a light note of clove, some dark fruit, and a mild vinous side.

The flavor is malty, mineralish, sweet (soft light caramel, brown sugar, sugar candy), spicy (lots of clove, some coriander), sweaty, metallic, tangy, fruity (red grape, plum/prune, cherry, fig), hoppy, earthy, straw-like, lightly cheesy, and bitter. The alcohol never shows, and it finishes dry and gently lingering with a mineralish blanket of dull malt and some lingering bitterness and soft clove. It's so complex though without really showing it, and the flavors vary in their placement throughout the glass like a game of musical chairs... which, I guess, actually adds even more to its complexity.

Really unique, and really enjoyable!!! However, I should note that this is one of those beers that you either love or hate. If you're on board for Orval and clovey-phenolic Belgians, then you'll probably go ape-shit for this one. If not, avoid it like the plague (to use another cliche). For me, I'm going to stock up on as much as I can afford right now. A new personal favorite :)

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 01:15:48 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, February 2008.

This beer pours a cloudy dishwater brown colour, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves a small ring of lace in its wake. It smells of candy malt, raisins, a bit of yeast, and alcohol. The taste is sweet caramel malt, some light spicy yeast, and earthy hops. The carbonation is low, the body fairly light, smooth, and creamy, and it finishes with an increasing amount of drying spicy hops.

A fantastic, heart-warming American story, resulting in a pretty good, and drinkable, analogue to the Belgian greats.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 09:05:28 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky garnet hue, dark cherry, enormous bone white head, lace leaving...nice lookin'...

Lovely aroma, beautiful Belgian yeast, lightly fruity, berries and cherries and grapes, ...nice, again...mellow, clean, and cool.

Taste: gorgeous. Even-tempered, high on the fruit, not too sweet, not too hoppy, not too malty, just right. Full-bodied, and ...well-balanced, and...excellently executed, and...nicely done. The juicy fruit seeps out the corners of the mouth, vey vibrant, bouncy malt, middling hops, ...delicious.

Quite a nice brew, absolutely gorgeous, containing so many excellent attributes of better Belgian-style brews...lovely, lovely...yummy, yummy...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 08:40:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy but kind of metallic with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar caramel and chocolate up front. A decent Belgian yeast breadiness follows quickly along with a mild hops presence to provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, I was expecting a little bit more out of this beer but it's still a solid Belgian to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 02:43:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown, with a skim of foam.

Not too aromatic, some spent grain and barely a citrus note. Thankfully not as phenolic as other Avery ales.

Taste is overripe grapefruit, cereal grain, earthy malt, a hint of Brett without much tartness at all. Interesting for a US brew. Mouthfeel is a little overdone, thick almost, a little cloying at first, but dries out in a bittersweet way. Evident spicing, grain of paradise/coriander seem to be present. Earthy note is reminiscient of Fantome's darker offerings.

I'll need help finishing this bomber...
Tasting Avery Salvation prior to this, I was skeptical, but eager to try the RR component so I bought it. Better than Avery's but one try is enough in my opinion.

Edit: Cellared Jan. '07 bottle consumed Nov. '08
Creamy tan head, dried orange peel nose. Body is creamy and smooth, no alcohol presence. Spicy citrus and chocolate flavors. Very earthy, nearly soil notes in the aftertaste, dry,chalky, herbal.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 01:10:38 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/brown with 2 fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Above average lacing & a nice persistent ring chases the ale down the glass

S: Fruitty, leather notes, boozey, & horse blanket & all of this fades away & then comes back as this warms, weird

T: Fruiity with bitter choclate up front with some boozeyness lurking at the tip of the tounge. Leather & apricot follow as this warms. Tanins & oaky dryness show up too, along with jammyness, some black currant, cherries, &a hint of aged hops. Finishes with a faint hint of coccoa, breadyness, raisins, more oaky notes & warming/almost burning alcohol, just a wisp or 2 away from perfection

MF: Medium bodied, virtualy no carbonation felt, but still a ;ittle prickly from the alcohol burn

This is a sipper, but I think will only get more drinkable as it mellows. This this is one to lay down for a year or two, if you have the paitience!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 05:17:49 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wondeful malt scent along with loads of fruity yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy malt flavor that goes down easy and warms on the finish. It's fruity with Belgian yeast and a bit dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with a adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's got some excellent malt complexities along with a wondeful fruity finish; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 22:32:27 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2. 22oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Poured out a burgandy color with hints of orange. It had a foamy, small, off-white head that left trails of lace on the glass.

S - Smelled strongly of sweet malts. Also, dried fruit aromas (raisin & cherry). Some subtle floral notes, too.

T - This was very well balanced between sweet malt flavors and spiciness. A raisin or pear-like flavor came through. Spiciness seemed to increase as the beer warmed.

M - This was smooth and a little chewy. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is such an interesting concept and it works quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 18:01:27 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch #3 bottled in Feb. 2009. Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Big airy head dark orange brown with a slight rosy hue and some sediment and haze

N: Nose is very reminiscent of a Belgian tripel with nice sweet malts and candi sugar as well as a slight yeasty sour fruit a little caramel and some alcohol, probably the best thing this beer has going for it IMO

T: Taste starts with dark malts and candi sugar, lots of alcohol taste, it starts like a light Belgian tripel and somewhat tasty, but goes downhilll with a strange watery yeasty off flavor thats somewhat unpleasant, it has some candi sugar but not much, its also got a strange blandness to it I can't explain, an earthy bitterness and slight raisiny taste peaks in the middle

M: It has a spicey mouthfeel and lots of carbonation

F: Finish is spicey and that same earthy bitter that leaves a very unpleasant taste in the mouth, it also finishes bitter and lots of alcohol that seems to magnify the bad bitter taste that seems to come from a wild or crazy yeast strain

Final thoughts: THe beer starts good but seems to get that strange wild-saison-like taste that is pretty unpleasant after the Belgian tripel. I remember the last batch being better than this I think. I could see some people liking this one, but its not for me, its even hard to continue drinking it, the unpleasant finish makes me want to keep drinking it to get the good start that will go over the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 01:25:22 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled February 2007
Aromas of cloves, bananas, allspice and an intense fruitiness waft from my glass as I pour this brew. The beer is a dark, deep amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear hue when held up to the light. The head is a frothy light tan color that starts out at three-fingers in height and even leaves a nice lace pattern on the sides of the glass. The aroma on this brew is quite beguiling; I think some of this has to do with the beer I had before this (DD SN Reserva 2005), but still it does have quite an interesting aroma. Notes of figs, prunes and raisins really jump out as part of the fruit aromatics. There is a touch of something like tart plums and tart, yet aromatic apples here in the aroma as well. As the beer warms, and my palate get used to it, the aroma picks up notes of earthy spice like coriander, cinnamon bark but with more woodiness, and even some light ginger notes.

The beer has quite a thick mouthfeel to it; it is chewy and sticks to the palate with a concentrated fruit-like character that reminds me of figs and prunes. A nice spiciness anchors the fruit notes and adds flavors of definite ginger, clove, allspice, celery seed. As I get used to the flavors, and as the beer warms up, the sweet fruity notes mellow a bit and the spicy notes serve more as a balance to the flavor profile. It is rich and satiating, yet is not at all syrupy, sticky or too much; the mouthfeel might be the best part of this beer.

This beer is quite a bit better than it was the other night when I had it (and it was certainly not shabby then). Not quite sure why, but my palate is just really digging this right now. I can't believe I like this better than the Batch 01 Salvation from Russian River. I so think the Avery version is lackluster, but this is just hitting the spot right now. As time passes the more this beer grows on me. Somehow this manages to be a spectacular beer, despite my initial "Avery" misgivings.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 00:26:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was split between a few people at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. The pour was a dark brown, and had a quick fading fizzy tan head on it. The smell of the beer was yeasty and had a light nutty aroma and some sweetness to it. The taste of the beer was rich with dark fruit and brown sugar, there is some nice yeasty flavors also. The mouthfeel was a little on the thinner side, has some little bubbles on the tongue. Overall this beer was just above average. Nothing too fantastic here.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:50:51 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled in Jan. '07

Pours hazy copper with a thin, but lasting, creamy head. Some trailing laces slowly glides down the side of the glass.

The smell is of spiced fruits, clove, bread, some alcohol notes.

The taste is of spiced fruitcake. Candy sweetness, spices (esp. clove) and some tropical fruits mix together. Some drying hop bitterness in the finish balances out the sweetness nicely. Alcohol is noticeable, but warming and peppery, not overwhelming or sharp.

It has a creamy, luscious feel. (Just a bit more of a body would have made it perfect - but, I'm certainly not complaining.)

A nicely blended brew (s?). An interesting convept that worked out very well and a worthwhile endeavor!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 02:42:40 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea why I have taken so long to pick this beer up and try it. Good things come to those who wait??

Pours a dark brown that shows heavy ruby hues when held to light. Head is off white. Nose is perfectly balanced I feel. Excellent yeast and sugar tones. Seems to be a touch of citrus on there as well. Flavor is very interesting. I have had Salvation by RR before, and I can tell there is some of it there, but I can tell that something else is cutting into it. Seems like there is a very minute aspect of smokiness. Nice levels of yeasty funk that seem interrupted by some invasive force. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good as well.

Overall this is a very interesting beer indeed. I personally feel like I can really tell that there are fighting sides going on here. Perhaps it is my past experience with Salvation by RR. I guess it's all conjecture really. Overall, I think this is a very interesting beer. Definitely one worth trying. I should have tried it a long time ago.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:41:12 | More by RblWthACoz
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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
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