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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,363
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 34
Gots: 146 | FT: 9
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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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Hopleaf 5/30/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a dark cloudy brown with a slight ruby colored tint. Rust stained, khaki-colored one-finger head. Very still.

S: Wonderfulv aromas of sweet molassas, burnt brown sugar, plums, and green apples.

T: Plums, dates, spicy malt, and the unmistakable flavor of burnt Belgian candi sugar.

M: Silky smooth with a slight bitter finish that sends prickles up and down the tongue.

D: Definitely a sipping beer. Very enjoyable!

GbVDave, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved the RR version (batch 002) when they were still selling it online so of course I had to try this brew.
A - rich reddish brown color, nice billowy light tan head
S - Muted rich dark fruit malts, wonderful spicy belgian yeasts.
T - similar to the aroma but rounded out with a hint of belgian candi sugars and a earthy / oaky note for good measure.
M - medium bodied, creamy smooth and rich.
D - highly drinkable

Avery's Salvation is up next. This is a very nice beer but seemed a bit scaled back when done as a side by side with RR's version.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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

brentk56, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, good color, off white large head.

S: earthy belgian yeast with a toasty malt type aroma. The belgain yeast doesn't come off as strong as belgian golden ales, its more of the earthy type.

T: Toasty malt (or maybe slightly roasted). Similar to Biere de Garde. Alcohol evident, but mixes well.

M/D: Nothing really wrong here. No limitations in any way. The beer is pleasant and nice to drink.

MiScusi, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown "cola" color with a giant white foamy head. This beer has a ton of carbonation and the head lasts and leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with a candy sugar scent,bread yeast,carmel,and some fresh fruits,peaches? The taste is very sweet with Belgian candy sugar,alcohol,bread yeast, citrus hops,and dark fruit. The m/f is medium with all flavors mixing well. A very interesting beer that's not bad,but I really thought would be better. Sorry.
Still, this is a tasty beer that should be tried by all.

jmz62565, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark with a strong foamy head. Nice.

S - BIG Belgian Strong Dark smell wafts around as soon as I crack the bottle. Oh yeah. This baby's got something. Alcoholic spicy sweetness, raisins, prunes, along with something I can only describe as a little funky and smoky.

T - I just had the Avery Salvation yesterday, so I wanted to try this while the memory was fresh. I've never had the Russian River Salvation, but it is obviously the dominant beer here, as I only taste shades of Avery's lighter Salvation. What does it taste like? The alcohol is quite aggressive, as are the hops for this style - the other BSDs I've had seem to be sweeter than this and less hoppy. Hops stick in the back of the throat, oh yeah. I'm getting some definite smoky flavor as well, and only a kind of burnt sugar with raisin taste as far as the residual sweetness. Complex and challenging. Not at all for the uninitiated, but this should be right up the alley of most BA's. I really can't imagine too many of you guys not enjoying this; this is good stuff.

M - An oddly thin mouthfeel for the big flavor here. Not at all cloying, though a tad sticky, and feels pretty dry.

D - Pretty good for such a big, big beer in the context of the bomber being easy to drink. Beyond that, I'd say it's one and done. This flavor is going to be with you for a while even after you're done..the palate-blasting this does will not let you move on to another beer, even if you can handle the 9% ABV

All in all, an enjoyable, leftfield BSDA - I wish we'd see more collaborations of this type. Big high five to Avery and Russian River for this.

Patrick999, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mildly hazy deep copper in color, with a large white head, which retains well. The lacing is thick and broken; there is little carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet caramel notes and an underlying toastiness, with a slight clove note, and hints of sweet alcohol.

Taste: Mild caramel and toasted malt at the open, with abundant spices, including cloves and coriander, dark fruits, and sweet alcohol; finishes with a lingering herbal and metallic hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, pleasant, and quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, with a wonderful palette of complexity. There is much to admire in the collaboration of Avery and Russian River, both from the brewing and the ethical standpoints.

Pegasus, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This will be the second time I have had this brew, the first time was about six months ago. It has virtually disappeared from metro Denver and the fine folks at Liquor Max still had a couple bottles. I thought Avery did not bottle condition their beers but there appears to be a layer of yeast at the bottom of the bomber. The beer itself is dark ruby red in color and translucent. It smells like sweet sugar and fruits. The smell really lets you know this beer is going to be good. This has a very good taste, with only the slightest medicinal twinge, which doesn’t detract from this beer in the least. This beer is actually easy drinking for such a high ABV but it does eventually start to warm the belly. I am looking forward to trying both the Avery Salvation and the Russian River salvation in the future.

ArrogantB, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Duvel tulip glass. Poured a very dark rust orange. Topped with a light tan head of dense bubbles. This brew leaves a smattering of lace with each sip or agitation which clings to the glass.

Hints of caramel, salt water toffee and dark fruits on the nose.

Burnt sugars and caramels. Dark fruits as well as an orange rind hop twang in the finish. A lot of fruity notes in the yeast as well. I can defiantly taste the influence of Avery's Salvation behind all of the stronger dark notes from RR's.

Very velvety mouthfeel. Smooth yet substantial. Quite drinkable. I think the notes from the golden ale really help to balance out some of the sweeter notes in the dark ale, which overall helps drinkablility. An interesting blend, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

Ieatlambfries, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of smurphy77
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad combination. I'm a big fan of the russian river salvation, but haven't sampled the avery version. This beer was a caramel color with about a two-finger head. There was a sweetness to this beer, reminiscent of toffee or burnt sugar. Not a lot of complexity or development of the flavors. Despite the nice head I found this beer to be a little flat. I'll have to try the avery salvation before I make any final conclusions, but I think I'm more of a fan of the rr salvation unmixed. This isn't a bad beer, but the bar was set pretty high for this one by it's components.

smurphy77, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained this 22 oz. bottle in Eugene, OR at the Market of Choice.

I am very familar with Russian River's Salvation and have had Avery's once.

Poured into a chalice; forms a large cream like head that leaves a blanket of lacing. The beers is a translucent reddish-brown.

Fruity aromas instantly apparent. Prune, fig, toffee, some chocolate, and earthy yeast aromas present.

Sweet upfront with lots of fig, dark caramel, and black pepper flavors. This lingers into prune, sweet cherry, coriander, earth, milk chocolate and banana. Has a crisp light bitterness in the finish.

Tastes much sweeter and less attenuated than RR's Salvation. Also what makes RR's version so enjoyable is the astronomical level of delicate complexities provided by their yeast strains; this quality is kind of diminished by the sweetness of Avery's. That being said RR's beer is much more noticable in the finish product. Very good beer but I'll stick with RR's Salvation.

bosco7, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my RR tulip glass. Cloudy prune brown, huge off white head. Smell is sweet belgian candi sugar and dark fruit. Taste- initially quite sweet, but finishes dry due to the sugar. Lots of dark fruit, spice and complex malt. Hops are more noticable than in the average belgian dark and are a welcome presence. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. A great brew. I have not tried either of these individually, but have a bottle of RR Salvation in my cellar ready to compare on a special occasion.

oakbluff, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber sent to me by demcorhip, thanks so much! Poured into a chalice.

Pours a murky brown colour with lots of sediment, some coppery highlights when held to the light. 1 inch tan head subsides quickly, lacy. Mild carbonation. Aroma is sweet, spicy and fruity, like some delicious baking. Banana aromas, clove, caramel, butter and brown sugar. Nice and mild and mellow. I like it.

Taste is mild as well, with lots of nice warming alcohol off the top. There's some mild citrus-peel notes that lend a refreshing bittering sourness to offset the malt monster that this is. Caramel appears again, along with that mild banana flavour. Big bready flavours, yeast, it all points to a delcious piece of cake in your mouth. Belgian sugars and a peppery spiciness back all that up. Not too heavy in the mouth, which is nice and makes the brew slide down nicely, as does the not-overbearing carbonation. Dry and spicy in the finish. This is a respectable American take on a Belgian Strong, but it just falls short of great for me. That said, it's extremely drinkable for such a potent brew.

trevorwideman, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of frazbri
2.08/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Collaboration Not Litigation poured brown and cloudy topped by a creamy, off-white head and good lacing left on the goblet. Aromas of orchard fruit, banana, orange peel, a hint of grapefruit and pine. Flavor started bright with banana, cloves and pine with a bitter finish. Body was medium-full with relatively high carbonation and a dry finish.

A great team is greater than the sum of it's individual players. This is more like the 2006 Yankees. Hall of Fame players, disappointing result. The beauty of RR's finesse is obliterated by Avery's power.

frazbri, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a slightly cloudy light amberish color, nice carbonation, small off-white head, very little sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, citrusy, figs, raisins, plums, and some caramel. The taste is malty, tangy, citrusy, slightly sweet, spicy, nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice little together brew, recommended.

Wasatch, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very cloudy, dark red in color (nearly brown). It's got a nice and a half finger foamy head sitting atop. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: It's got a nice toffee malt smell. It also features some dark fruit aromas. Mostly raisins in that department. Light citrus notes are present (mostly grapefruit). Nice, strong hop presence as well.

Taste: Very interesting and complex. Initially it has a sweet taste from the citrus and dark fruit combo. Dark fruits predominate here. Certainly has a bit of an herbal spice kick. Hops are dry and definitely provide a bitter taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and a bit chewy. It's pretty drinkable though. I'm sipping it just to see how much the flavor comes alive as it warms, but it's definitely not hard to drink. Overall, it's good and intriguing. Certainly recommended.

prototypic, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear, deep amber colour with a short, fine head that produced solid sheets of lacing. Nifty aroma - citrusy, yeasty, spicy, and fruity. Solid bitterness with citrusy undertones and a moderate sugary fruit sweetness. Chewy malts throughout with a spicy alcohol finish. Full bodied, delicate carbonation, creamy with some pleasant warmth. This stuff hides its alcohol well. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

DrJay, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body is a hazed orange/brown hue with a large offwhite head that hangs around for several minutes. Generous amounts of sheet lacing drape the goblet. Inviting aroma of dark fruits, musty yeast, bubblegum, guava, prunes and a hint of licorice. Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and body and some alcohol burn. Taste has lots of dark fruits, mostly figs and prunes. Bitter citrusy hops and yeast are also noted. Somewhat phenolic and abrasive with some harsh alcohol tones. An interesting concept here but I was hoping for a better result.

merlin48, May 30, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice reddish brown with a lasting head. The smell is smokiness and alcohol. The taste is caramel, smoked salmon and there is a nice alcohol finish. The alcohol lingers in the aftertaste and burns a little in the finish. The beer is a sipper that gets better as it warms. A very good beer that should age well.

Enola, May 28, 2007
Photo of taez555
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured an opaque brown body with a thick off-white head.

Nose is classic dark Belgian; soft chocolate, phenols, dark fruits, plums, prunes, dark raisins, dark cherries, charcoal, very mild spice, yeast and crystalized sugar. Really a breathtaking nose combining and punctuating all the great aspects of Belgian dark ales.

Taste is medium to full bodied. Dark malts, some slightly burnt and toasted flavors, cocoa, dark chocolate, yeast, phenols, dark fruits, spices and a very strong punch in the back end of this earthy muted dry hop and burnt grain sort of taste. Big bitterness and extremely dry and tannic with a very strong warming alcohol. Ends with a long lingering tannic coffee flavor and tons of lingering warmth.

What an interesting concept. Russian River and Avery making a hybrid of their beers called Salvation. It smells amazing, but the taste and balance are completely out of whack. Not to say it's bad at all, but it might do well with some serious aging.

taez555, May 28, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Enola for sharing.
Pours a murky, hazy, amber color. 1/4" khaki head that leaves a ring of lace around the top of the glass.
Lot's of Belgian yeast in the aroma with a kind of woody smell.
It's not bad tasting, but really not that exciting either. Well balanced. Not too sweet or bitter. Nice peppery finish that leaves a malt heavy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is crisp, full, and filling.
This is certainly a slow sipper. I'm glad I've had the opportunity to try it, but I don't think I'll seek it out again.

wcudwight, May 28, 2007
Photo of ChazMania
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber, bottled Jan 2007. I have been chilling this for a few months, waiting for a good moment to savor. It pours lighter than I expected. The head is a good one finger and lingers with lacing. The aroma is faint, not very strong at all. The first flavor for me was faint banana. Some slight spice and fig flavor but it's not very pronounced. Although it is a good beer, i would not call it exceptional or unique to my palate.

ChazMania, May 26, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy, orange to brown color. Slightly phenolic aroma-quite yeasty and bread like. Very phenolic tasting. Bordering on astringent and solvent like. Slight spiciness to it. Again with the yeast characteristics. Medium body. Overall I cant find much here to get excited about. While a notch above average it doesnt overwhelm me in any way shape or form. I have had much better from Avery. Try it yourself and form your own opinion.

lackenhauser, May 26, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy golden dark brown color. Thick foamy slightly off white head settles slowly. Nice aroma of fresh bread is very pronounced, along with some brown sugar like sweet smell. Tastes amazing with a very good balance. At first, the hops seem like they want to overpower the flavor, but the added sugar along with the barley and wheat help to balance it out nicely. Mouthfeel is nice and full bodied, a little thick, not overly carbonated. A Very nice and drinkable ale. I'd love to try the two respective beers that go into it, and see how each contributes to the flavor. It's amazing. I could drink this every day.

BigJTrucker, May 20, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 16, 2007
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,363 ratings.