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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale - Avery Brewing Company

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88
very good

1,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 38
Gots: 157 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.72% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: FtownThrowDown on 01-23-2007

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Photo of dhesington
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, originally as a collaborative ale between Avery and Russian River Brewing company, now a rotating release. This is batch #6, 1.077 OG, 8.69% ABV, bottled in January 2012. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance)Pours a frothy crisp caramel cream head over a deep maple amber body with moderate dark flecks of sediment, very low, soft carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) A soft malty bread body with some Belgian yeast spiciness, moderate stone fruits, predominantly cherry, some moderate tartness in the nose. The nose is pungent and a bit sharp in places, some definite alcohol is creeping in. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor is a continuation of the aroma, with dry grainy bread malts defining the base, and yeast-borne fruit spiciness, esters and phenols creeping in. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is residual, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild crispness and brisk frothiness. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is yeasty and phenolic over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate/high, and my suspicions are that this bottle may have become infected. 3.25

(Overall) I will have to try this beer again at a later date, as I do not think that my bottle reflects the brewerys' intentions of how this beer should be enjoyed. Lots of yeast-generated flavor and character is to be had in Batch #6, with intense fruity esters and phenols, it's a gradual sipper and not impossible to drink, but that's not necessarily a testament to high drinkability. 3.25

Avery Brewing Company's
Collaboration Not Litigation Ale Batch #6 (With Russian River Brewing)
3.28/5.00

Photo of mltobin
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLima
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #7.
Light brown orange color with a thick two fingers head with short retention, but keeping a plate and some laces.
Malty aroma with notes of crystalized fruits, nuts, caramels, bananas, poire liquor, dark fruits and cognac.
Intense flavor without having one ingredient dominating the others with lots of plums, caramel and some toasted malts, green apples, nuts or even Amaretto liquor, pine, oranges, cherries, banana, strawberry jam, candi sugar, spices, pears and red grapes. Dry aftertaste with a present bitterness which is dominated by the malt.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.9% abv is well disguised. Syrup feel.
Very flavorful Belgian Strong Ale with an impressive complexity. It is a beer that grows over time. It is so balanced that I drank the whole bottle on my own and didn’t feel cloying, though I would like to be a tad less sweet. It does age well. A must for who likes the style.

Photo of ColdWaffles
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobertJBeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of twistwrist
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Definitely not my favorite, but it's not a terrible beer. It's a bit on the sweet side.
There's a funny story behind this beer! Avery and another brewery (not sure which one) both brewed the exact same kind of and named it "Salvation". Rather than battling it, they named it, "Collaboration Not LItigation".

Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AaronRodriguez
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of sonic4482
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

From the 650 ml bottle dated Feb 2014. Batch #7. Sampled on December 8, 2014. So it has seen about 9 months of aging.

The pour is a handsome looking medium amber-rust with a modest head. Slightly cloudy.

A wide array of sensations can be found on the nose. I pick up toasted biscuit, dark fruit, yeast, toffee, bubblegum, mild liqueur, and general sweetness.

The body is medium to better than medium and very smooth in texture.

The taste is similar to the aroma with an upfront roasted barley malt, toffee, and dark fruit character only to end with a minor bitter bite. Improves as it warms. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ddedhed
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AdaminNH
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle from Batch #6

A: poured into a chalice to a reddish brown with a finger of dense off white head that fades to a small pool and leaves some lacing
S: smells of dark fruits, candi sugar, spicy yeast. smells phenomenal
T: taste is plums and other dark fruits, candi sugar, and some slight spice flavors, some phenols. swallow is a little alcohol, some residual sugary sweetness, and some lingering dark fruits
M: heavier side of medium on the palate with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: RR Salvation is better on its own than combined with this but this did help to even out Avery's rendition of this beer. Overall, this is a really good Belgian Strong Dark. It's very smooth and mellow with great flavors and complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GaToWyo
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Fordknox
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,391 ratings.