Salvation - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
batch 10 - picked this up at City Beer store in SF a couple months back. Poured into a Chimay glass.
Poured with more than 2 fingers of fluffy tan head even though I poured it extremely slowly. Head stuck around for a minute or two and slowly reduced. The liquid was ruby-brownish and some thick lacing hung around as the head dissipated. Lots of strong spices in the smell as well as yeast, raisins, carob, cloves, and cherries. Among the tastes are hints of cocoa, caramelized sugar, pear, and dark bread. The finish had an abrupt malty bitterness that offset the fruity sweetness at the beginning very nicely. Creamy mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation but not too heavy.
Overall, I was very impressed with the balance in this beer. Most of its characteristics were very bold, but the diversity in smells, tastes, and mouthfeel qualities offset each other nicely, and the result is a strong ale that drinks easily, finishes pleasantly, and leaves you wanting more. Of course, it's no surprise with the quality of beers the RR consistently attains. Bravo!
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2011 00:17:46 | More by shangwang
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Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
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