Salvation - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Been holding this for a few months. Batch 10 poured from a 375 ml into a tulip style glass. Assertive champagne like "pop" when uncorked.
Pours deep brown to chocolate color with a HUGE frothy head that sticks around for a while leaving behind nice lacing. One of the best looking beers I've poured in a while.
Mellow Belgian yeast...plum, clove, a bit "tart" smelling (not sure if this is some burn from the abv or something else). I don't get the dark malt coming through much. Not as rich of a nose as I like with Belgian dark strong ales; although it does show some more dark fruit as it warms.
Faint chocolate with a nice punch of spiciness. Some dried dark fruit. Slight bitterness on the finish. While not overly detectible initially, after about 1/3 of the glass the alcohol is present. A bit metallic. I'd like some more malty sweetness to pull it all together.
Mouthfeel on this is very nice. Prickly co2 persists throughout and makes this beer dance in your mouth. While a bigger beer, it never feels too heavy or syrupy.
Overall I'm perplexed by this. I'm a big fan of the style and the brewery. Carbonation and yeast character seems spot on...but the nose never really developed for me beyond average...and the taste had components I liked but wanted more of. I will grab this one again and take another look at my review after a second tasting.
Note: I had another bottle of this the other night and was still was left wanting more. I edited my original taste rating from 4 down to 3.5.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2011 06:03:36 | More by BeerOnTheWall
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Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
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