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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

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Ratings: 1179
Reviews: 686
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:
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(Beer added by: FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007)
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Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the otherside- pored a hazy mahogany color with a one finger bone-white hear. Decent retention and exceptional sticky lacing.

Smell is unimpressive- kinda sweet, some dark fruit. BARELY any trace of yeast.

Taste is excellent- smooth and rich dark malt and candi sugar. Definitely dark fruit going on (prunes?) and some earthy yeast towards the end.

Mouthfeel is also great- medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty rich and smooth. Seek it out!!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 20:06:49 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Label says Batch #6 Bottled JAN 2012.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a honeycomb-like pattern of surface foam. Full ring of draping lacing.

S- Faint aroma of dark fruit and an even fainter aroma of malt. Trace notes of banana and some spice.

T- The dark fruit is much more vibrant in the flavor. Cherry, honey, blackberry and even some apricot layer on top of notes of rosemary and more banana. There's also a sort of meaty, robust flavor I can't put my finger on. Whatever it is, it's great.

M- Medium carbonation and a bit vapory from the yeast.

O- Quite awesome, but I would expect nothing less from two first-class breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 02:04:51 | More by Immortale25
Photo of ehammond1

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

Bottle (2012/Batch 6)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

A dark amber and auburn in color with a quickly forming very light brown head. This leaves spots and thin lines of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of Belgian-style yeast and sweet caramel and toffee. There's lots of banana and black pepper aroma leaping from the glass, with some dark grape and bread rounding things out.

The flavor is banana-forward, along with some bread, a hint of dried cherry, and a low level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A delicious beer that has a great story to go along with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 16:01:08 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Hex92


4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6 Jan 2012

A- some lacing, nothing special
S- dried fruits a hint of alcohol
T- this is where this beer shines. Great flavor, nice dried fruit and malt. Tastes like the style and I am a fan of the style.
M- maybe a bit thinner than I would like, but not overly so.
O- tasty beer. I like it. I definitely will buy it again...maybe buy 2 and hold one back for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:48:58 | More by Hex92
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5, bottled January '11

Pours clear amber, almost brown. A big light tan head forms and is quick to dissipate, leaving not much lacing, but a nice ring stays throughout.

Smell is rock candy, with a touch of fruit, followed by a dry maltiness.

Taste is akin to a barleywine. Rich roasted malts, candy, with a touch of booze, not as complex as I was expecting.

Texture is very smooth, with only a light boozy sting. Medium bodied and creamy, but not quite viscous. Feels lowly carbonated, but in a good way.

Glad I could find me a pre-aged beer sitting on the shelf, especially a pretty darn good beer. A bit more booze show than I would have liked, especially for a sub 9% beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:20:37 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of intensify


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #6Poured into an Orval glass. Dark iced tea colored body with a small head which disolved quite fast, average for a higher abv strong ale. Not much on the nose. Dark fruits up front, bready and fruityness from the yeast. Taste: Kinda blan body. Wish it was a bit thicker. Dark fruits i.e; plums, serious tones of raisins. fruityness from the yeast stands out somewhat, but its still just okay.

Overall its a drinkable beer but could use a tune-up. It needs a bit more "kick"

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 06:34:16 | More by intensify
Photo of PatrickSwayze


4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 6

A: Pours a beautiful brownish amber with light white head that creeps at the edges of the glass.

S: White grapes and estery floral notes that explode from this lovely gem

T: A lovely blend of very light cinnamon that falls in the background of apple, pears, and gorgeously blended fruits. 

M: Welcomely dry and holds up extremely well in the flavor department

O: This is a phenomenal beer that i cant help but keep buying. And i cant wait to try the Batch 5 that has been cellaring in my basement for over a year. A flavor bomb that does nothing but please my taste buds. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 03:31:17 | More by PatrickSwayze
Photo of LiquidAmber


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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber. Fine two finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and spices, dark fruit. Taste follows with intense sweet dark and dried fruit, especially sweet raisins and caramel malt. Spicy and a bit dry in the finish. Nice flavor progression. Approaching heavy bodied with a nice creamy and spicy carbonated mouth feel. Very nicely made take on a Belgian strong dark.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 03:19:35 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Rifugium


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a chalice, a ruddy red-orange color, murky, with a solid, off-white head and moderate carbonation. Blatant Belgian yeasts and esters in the aroma, candi sugar and dried fruits. Basically the same on the tongue, Belgian yeast, dried papaya, banana esters, raisins, cloves, with a subtle citrus character. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 11:47:22 | More by Rifugium
Photo of ToasterChef


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This a bottle from batch #2 (2008). I purchased it in August of 2009 and it has been in my cellar since then. I am serving it in my Smuttynsoe tulip at cellar temperature.

The beer is a translucent dark copper color. It appears nearly brown until I shine a light through it. Lots of carbonation can be seen within, both clinging to the walls of the glass and rising to the surface. On top is a finger or so of tan and pink foam. Swirling the glass leaves a filmy coat and patchy foam.

The beer smells fairly sweet, with lots of dark Belgian candi sugar. I am also getting some dark fruits, like raisin and plum. There may be a bit of oxidation, but it isn't very strong.

The first thing I taste is a big mouthful of raisins. Dark malts (perhaps a measure of them have been roasted?) form a strong base, but I feel that the residual sweetness is mostly from the candi sugar. Hardly any bitterness, just some grassy and coffee notes as I swallow. The finish is musty and only a touch alcoholic. Was this beer a little hot when fresh? The flavor isn't prefect, but still very enjoyable.

The beer is thick and strongly carbonated. My lips are left sticky and every part of my mouth feels coated. It contains a dry sweetness and a touch of the musty yeast.

This is a fine ale; I'm glad I got to try it. I'm not sure it has improved with the years I've been sitting on it, but it was a fun experiment. I'd certainly drink this one again, as it appears that it is still in production.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:06:03 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of chocosushi


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan. 2011
Cellared 4 months from purchase.
Žatec Glass
A ~ Pours Dark Amber that is practically Plum with excited bubbles of carb clinging the glass & a tall off white head. Very impressive lace!

S ~ Fake leather, Wine Grapes, & Wood first off. . . Dried Fruit & plastic. Hint of soy sauce & caramel. . Odd but inviting nose.

T ~ Fruit salad of peach, orange & pear. . Dried Fruits like prunes & plums. . .Belgian Caramel Malts by the handful. . . Sweetness is reminiscent of honey & orange blossom. Hints of clove & hard candies. Mild notes of wet wood & clove. Faint anise.

M ~ High in body with a good balance of spice & fruitiness that I look for in a Belgian ale. Heat is mild. It's so mellow on the palette that it is almost savory. Carbonation scrubs off any malty cloy that could occur.

D ~ Letting this reast before opening was a great idea. Way better than Avery's Salvation, that one was a letdown for me. I have Russian River's Salvation that I will be trying a few days after this. This beer is excellent. I would love to make a sauce out of it, if only I didn't drink every drop.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:43:22 | More by chocosushi
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a D'Achouffe tulip.

A- pours a dark, murky amber. 2" light tan head with snakeskin pattern lacing.

S- nice amber malts, dark fruits, banana, spices amd some grapes.

T- sweet amber malts, candi sugar, lots of dark fruits, grapes, cloves and spices.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Not real dry like most Belgians.

O- really enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable for the style and loved the sweet dark fruits in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:05:41 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of codsmith


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

Batch 6

A: Pours a dark hazy orange color with a slight white foam head that stays around and laces the glass nicely.

S: Packed full of yeast aroma that has a spicy kick. No noticeable hops aromas coming through

T: A heavy malt taste that really blends well with the large amount of Belgian yeast that is still very apparent in the beer. A slight spicy kick from the yeast is noticeable on the end.

M: Full bodied and carbonation seems appropriate.

O: A good example of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Was hoping for maybe something unique added to the taste or aroma that would set it apart from other BSD's, but I wasn't able to distinguish anything like that.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:48:19 | More by codsmith
Photo of barnzy78


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

Batch #6.

22oz bomber poured into my Chimay glass. Bubbly beige head atop a rusty, orange-reddish ale. Good lacing, decent head retention. Aromas are fruity, Belgian yeast, maybe some apple, boozier as it warms. Tastes are also fruity with notes of green apple, apricot, well balanced with the alcohol well concealed. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, very drinkable and enjoyable. Nothing fantastic, but couldn't find anything wrong with it either.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:04:16 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Giggy


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #6

A: Chestnut light brown to a slightly red brew. Tan head. 1/2" head throughout.

S: Green grass/grains/green apples/yeast/baked bread

T: Flavor developed more at the beer warmed. Good thing it was a 22 oz. bottle. Caramel, molasses, sweet malts, and spicy hops. Was amazed at how ligt it was, not syrupy.

M: Good carbonation, tangy and tingling on the tongue.

O: I have enjoyed the Avery Holy Trinity series in the past and was excited to try this one. For sure would like to try the Russian River Salvation. Very nice mix.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 17:25:50 | More by Giggy
Photo of StonedTrippin


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

not as good as i wanted it to be, but still exciting. batch number 6. poured a quad looking red brown color with a modest off white head into a la trappe goblet. smells belgian yeasty, and like a less sweet salvation from avery. i think the russian river salvation is much darker and potent, almost dominating in this blend. flavor is belgian candy sugar, molasses, caramel malts, dried fruit, and yeast yeast yeast. feel is nice, smooth and bright, strong and easy down. i like this beer a lot, i like it as much for the idea as for the final product, and in fact, i wasnt that impressed with this, but i support the concept fully. they should team up and do a big stout...

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 08:11:25 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of titosupertramp


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

A: Dark honey colored, murky with floaties. Head has lots of large bubbles. Soapy lacing on the drinking side of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S: Candi sugar, raisins, cherry, syrup. Nice smell.

T: Raisins and dark cherries are the primary flavors I'm picking out. Candi sugar and bready malts in support.

M: Full almost chewy. Good carbonation.

O: This isn't bad at all. If I happen upon another bottle of this, I'd pick it again. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:20:47 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of jmunsters


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

Pours a deep amber with a thin finger head that disappates quickly. Smells of caramel, straw, dark cherries and raisins. Comes off tasting a bit oaked, malty and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is pretty mild and it is a tad thick, fitting of the style. Overall a solid beer that I would enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:59:49 | More by jmunsters
Photo of Lnc3


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark, orange brown beer with a off-white head, with a medium-strong hold. It smells a little sour with some fruity properties. Has a yeast flavor to it and it finishes very bitter. This beer is very complex and has a lot of qualities to it. I enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 19:38:23 | More by Lnc3
Photo of Drewski363672


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

Dark, but clear enough to see the live yeast.

Chocolatey smell, also had hints of coffee. Almost smells roasted.

Tastes like baker's chocolate. Very sweet and very bitter.

Mouthfeel was average.

Overall, it is a great beer with interesting flavors and tastes. I enjoyed the live yeast. I would buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 22:56:43 | More by Drewski363672
Photo of Monicagm


2.05/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark amber color with a thin head.

Sesame/umami scent.

Dark chocolate or a roasted coffee taste. Clean finish.

Thick mouthfeel.

Overall, I wasn't a fan of this beer at all. The think mouthfeel combined with the umami taste was too overwhelming for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 19:33:16 | More by Monicagm
Photo of 1990al


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Low carbonation with a low hold on the glass. Low head as well. Amber color. Aroma smells like dark chocolate. It is a little spicy as well probably because of the Hops. It has a malty/ vague sweetness to it. Light mouth feel. Excellent beer to drink and rare as well

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:53:22 | More by 1990al
Photo of KaptinKrunches


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:The color of the beer is a dark, murky brown. This is due in part to yeast floating around the beer. It has little hold.
Smell:It smells like dark chocolate with a slight fruity smell to it.
Taste:It tastes just like it smells, chocolate. It has a very sweet, subtle chocolate taste even though there is physically no chocolate put into it. It is very malty and is not bitter at all but when you swallow it, there is a slight burning sensation. There is very little/no carbonation.
Mouthfeel: It has a medium mouth feel as it coats your mouth just ever so slightly.
Overall: I overall enjoyed this beer a lot. The chocolate flavor is what made this beer great. This is the first beer that i tried where I can see live yeast which adds aesthetic appeal to it when poured. I can only imagine how much more flavor will come out of it if it was aged even longer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:48:07 | More by KaptinKrunches
Photo of Olivia55555


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Collaboration not Litigation- another delightful smelling beer. My second favorite smelling beer so far. It has a strong scent of soy sauce and it is very appealing! The dark, brownish color of this beer is lovely as well. There are particles that float to the bottom, must be the live yeast that gives it its taste! The mouthfeel is not too heavy, and overall this is one of the best beers I have tried!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 19:57:22 | More by Olivia55555
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz. bottle which was bottled in February 2008, Batch #2, to a globe glass.

A - The beer pours a crystal clear copper/amber color with a nice 1.5 finger cream colored head which slowly fades to a thin film with nice lacing.

S - The nose is very malt forward with caramel, toffee, hints of fruit and spice. Herbal.

T/M - Very malt heavy with warm earthy tones. The beer opens up sweet but has a nice blend of fruit and spice. The beer is medium bodied with a slick character and little carbonation. It really coats the palette with a pleasant flavor. Great mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

Overall, this was the second bottle I had before reviewing. It's a solid brew. I'd recommend a sample if you're able.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-09-2011 02:32:52

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:50:32 | More by hopfacebrew
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.