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Salvation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an exceptional beer, but still I feel that it is amongst one of the worst Russian River beers in production. Apologies in advance, review follows:

A: Very dark color, black with some deep red at the edges, incredible carbonation. three finger head

S: alcoholic sweetness with some black cherry, fig, and clove

T: Very interesting with a few layers to it, at the outset a mild sourness that flows into a coffee toffee finish, not quite stout in nature, but with a quick alcoholic burnoff. The appearance would expect more stout biscuit notes. The hops are understated and do not dominate the other delicate flavors, its a quick moving house of cards that is assembled and resolved quickly.

M: The mouthfeel is a clean finish similar to an IPA, however, the deep malt color would anticipate greater coating and chewiness. The carbonation notes are on point and provide a good bouquet for the finish of the beer. Dark ales are tough to pull off on mouthfeel because they straddle various areas and styles but this beer provides a valid niche for itself.

D: This is where this beer is most lacking, it has many interesting notes and it well balanced but ultimately it is not a beer that you want to repeat over and over, and it's not for lack of precision or mastery within the beer, it just feels like a style that isnt particularly suited for any specific weather or situation. Maybe I just don't like it as many as others as a style, but it feels like a unique beer to try, but not a mainstay.

Narrative: "we should do this more ofTEN!" you open up your posture and lean hesitantly back "oh yeah...i know why dont we, yeah we should!" a slight wavering in your voice. This was all going so well, but God does she grate on your nerves relentlessly. "I've got this thing next month and you know, the week is always hectic" you look down at your shoes, the lies in the air palpable in a thick mist that she seems impervious to. "well totally, I will work around you, I will call you tomorrow ok? 2 pm?" You can't believe you are still standing in the entryway of this apartment complex, this could not end soon enough, yet it started so pleasantly. Maybe it was the way she smacked her food, told the same story 6 times with slight variations, smacked her gum, or asked you prying personal questions. "Yeah no 2pm is rough, pretty much all times are tough, so hey I gotta do this thing but...keep in touch k?..." You rock back on your heels and slink towards your car. "Sure, well I will touch back and we'll work something out" For all your will, for all her shortcomings, you know in 6 months, your curiousity will return and you will inevitably come back to her. The exotic sweetness, with all its lack of grace, becons.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #10, 375 ml into a Chimay goblet.

A: Noticed the cork sliding out of the bottle while untwisting the cage, huge pop and a very slow gush began. Maybe a bit too warm. Poured out a very dark red/brown color with huge fluffy head that is retaining very well. Looks sticky and is leaving clumpy lacing as it recedes.

S: Distinctly Belgian yeast aroma that provides some banana and sweet caramel aromas. A bit of spice of clove and some fruity esters that pair quite nicely. The sweet fruits here of apple, pear and plum play very nicely with the quite aromatic yeast.

T: Not particularly overwhelming, the sweet fruits come through and are finished with a nice drying bitterness. More tart fruits come into play, with some cherry flavors. Little spice, but it just finishes with a strange bitter taste.

M: Very full bodied, the excellent head retention provides a creaminess with every sip. Quite a pleasant beer to sip on. Can't get over this strange astringency on the finish though...

O: Would definitely say this is a solid American take on the BSDA style. Has its ups and downs and certainly is no Chimay Blue, but for $6-7 a bottle it may be something to revisit.

Photo of nhindian
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River "-tion" glass. Bottle provided by jodan, thanks Jordan!

Batch 010.

A - Pour is very dark, deep brown nearly bordering on black and completely opaque. There's a huge, 2.5-fingered, active head on this beer that reminds me strongly of Allagash beers as it's formed of tight bubbles and is incredibly foamy and thick that disappears quicker around the edges than the middle, leaving a plateau-like structure. Retention is absurd, lasting pretty much for the entire bottle. Lacing follows this excellence, leaving a thin coating around the whole glass.

S - Honestly, after I poured it I took a quick sip and wasn't completely blown away, but sitting down with this beer and actually analyzing it after it warmed gave me strong hope. The nose is certainly bready, but is complemented by rich, dark fruits and generous Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Specifically, I'm getting lots of raisins and grapes, bananas, and apples. It also has a slightly dry mustiness to it as well, something resembling a crisp saison that imparts some spiciness to it. All of this and not a hint of alcohol to boot. An incredibly balanced and enticing aroma, I could smell this all day.

T - As in the aroma, the taste begins with malts and their breadiness, as well as some candied sugar. This imparts a sweet beginning that is modified with the impending yeast and fruit and it's a rollercoaster ride of flavors. The raisins definitely take the stage in the mid-taste, combining with the sugar to give a distinctively-Belgian flavor. The spice comes through afterward to clean everything and provide a springboard to the surprisingly dry finish. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable here than in the nose, but still not enough to be a problem. Overall the taste just seems a bit muddied compared to the clarity in notes in the nose, but it is still very respectable.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Adequately carbonated to style and helps everything keep moving smoothly. Pretty dry for a Belgian Dark, but I'm certainly not complaining. Residual sweetness and fruits linger on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is high. For a brewery half a world away from Belgium, Russian River certainly doesn't disappoint with this beer. In terms of the buying again in the future, I'd like to stock up some for aging, but as I can't get this near me, I will have to seek out some alternatives that can compete with this.

Photo of fragilehearted
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yum! 375ml bottle, batch 10, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - very dark murky brown pour, extremely large (4-finger) head. Head retention is ridiculous on this one - in a good way - sticks around forever. Lots of lacing. Really beautiful. More than halfway through the brew, there's still a complete cover over the top.

S - sweet. Very fruity - cherries, currants, banana, raisins. A little spice too.

T - fruity, but not as fruity as it smelled (which is not bad by any means). Smooth roasted malts, Belgian-style yeast taste. A little spice at the end...just the right little hop bite to give it a little extra but not to overpower the malts. Finish is actually dryer than I would have expected.

M - carbonation is fine. It's pretty smooth, but it's a little more drying than I'd like.

D - very, for the style. It could be a little less drying, but overall not a lot of complaints about this offering from RR.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Batch 10, 375mL.

Surprisingly, this is a first-time review, not a re-review. I wonder why I've never gotten around to it.

A: Pours a very effervescent beige head on a seemingly opaque dark brown body. Retention is outstanding, with a thick cap on the beer and tons of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Apples, raisins, and multi-grain bread. Mild elements of roast that border on cocoa -- this reminds me of Unibroue's Trois Pistoles on the nose.

T: Green apples, raisins, figs, and a caramelized grain sweetness. Multi-grain bread. The roast / cocoa touches I picked up on the nose aren't very strong on the taste. Spicy finish (combination of pepper and clove) with a touch of grainy sourness.

M: This beer is semi-dry on the finish, with carbonation appropriate for the style. No trace of booze despite the relative big-ness of the beer. Medium-plus bodied, though the effervescence makes it feel lighter.

O: This is a great example of an American Belgian-style SDA. I shared a three-year vertical at a past tasting, and found that the beer ages remarkably well: it becomes slightly drier, and flavors of plums and brown sugar develop. I've socked away a few bottles of this to recreate the experiment. I'm not bowled over by a young bottle, though.

Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL Batch 10 cork and caged bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a dark, clear chestnut color with a thick creamy yellowish tan head. Excellent retention and minimal dots of lacing.

Aroma is malty and smokey, dark candi sugars, ripe fruit, trace spiciness. A little helter skelter, but pleasant.

Flavor is sweeter than the aroma, more candi sugar in the front of the body and drying yeast in the finish. Not overly complicated and the sweetness is a little one dimensional, but not a bad American take on the style. Body is medium light with heavy, fine and smooth carbonation.

Well managed alcohol and smooth flavors, but this is still a sipper. Not the best RR or best of the style, but pleasant.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on a mission to try all of the -ation beers from Russian River.

Very dark with a huge pillowy head. not what i was expecting from a strong dark.

Alcohol and dark fruits on the nose.

Raisins and other dark fruits, alcohol present, but not overpowering, and a nice sweetness on the end.

big carbonation, full in the mouth. creamy and delicious.

a great offering from RR. delicious and highly drinkable. they hould sell these in a 4-pack

Photo of dcsoke
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Belgian Abbey Glass poured from bottle.

A: Pours out dark and smooth, this beer is highly carbonated so leave plenty of room for rising head. Once the carbonation has settled there's a dense foamy layer that leaves behind nice lace on the glass.

S: Aromas of spicy phenols, Belgian yeast, and dried fruits are inviting.

T: Lightly hopped with a roast character. The alcohol is definitely present but rather complementing. Dry finish with a phenol aftertaste, not bad at all. Very complex beer.

M: Full bodied and lots of carbonation.

O: Great Belgian with huge character. Only wish it was available in the midwest.

Photo of BrewerB
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark amber brown. Formed a light tan head that receded down thin but persisted. Good clarity.

Cloves, malty sweetness, brown sugar. Alcohol present but not hot/solventy. Toasty caramel malts and an overall rich malty presence. Esters, raisins. Would like more spice here and less of the clove.

Esters. Raisiny, rich malty sweetness with caramel and toasty malts most noticeable. Alcohol is there, too. Finishes medium with lingering sweetness. Very low bitterness level. Clove-like flavor seems out of place in style. Malt complexity could use more variety and less focus on the raisins and caramel.

Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy. Looking for a tad more carbonation.

Missing some of the malt complexity you find in some of the world-class examples while still maintaining a very drinkable beer. More depth and complexity would help increase interest and this seems to lose its luster after a pint.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The weather's getting good in LA - it was a hot day, but cooled for the evening. I sat out on my 19th floor balcony watching the sun set over the city and poured from the 375 mL caged and corked bottle, Batch 010, into my Ommegang chalice. Life is good.

Pours an elegant dark brown, foaming up with a one-and-a-half finger light tan/off-white head.

Smell is rather enticing. Dark fruits - figs, prunes, raisins - some spice and Belgian yeast.

Taste starts off with what I can only describe as bittersweet dark malt, giving way to prune, raisin, fig, mixed in with Belgian yeast. Lingering in the aftertaste is an intriguing mild note of coffee or bitter cocoa. And it really hangs there for a moment. Adds a surprising dimension to this brew.

Medium body, good carbonation that delivers a bit of crispness as the beer settles on your tongue.

Argh, some street vendor is cooking bacon wrapped hot dogs, onions and peppers and the aromas are wafting up here. Not exactly odors worthy of this brew. This is a nice offering, although up against some tough standard-setters for the style. I view Chimay Blue and Rochefort 8 as the benchmark by which I judge all other BSDAs. A very enjoyable beer, but probably a full rung below the gold standards.

Photo of NWer
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10
Poured rich thick brown into my Chimay chalice. Thick brown head lasts forever. Beautiful. Picture perfect.
Initial aroma hint - rootbeer? really? Not for long. Nice flow of flavors from the pop of the cork.
A sipper for sure. Complex, bold, thoroughly enjoyable. Quickly becoming a fan of the style.
Worthy.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle sent by the gracious newcomer to the trading world, Callmecoon (traders, check this guy out. He knows how its done.) Thanks a lot Steve!

Batch 010. Poured into an Ovila chalice.
Appearance
Nice billowing, khaki colored head. I reigned it in at about 3 fingers. It fades to about a half finger in height and stays there. The retention and lacing are superb. I find it astonishing that there is such excellent retention in a big bowl of a glass like this, these wide mouthed chalices usually spread out the head making it fade quickly. The thick cake of floating foam is very frothy, appearing solid except for a rift of looser bubbles that flows through the center. Lacing is a solid sheet. The color of the beer dwells in the purple, red and plum hues. Its dark but when held to the light I can see that this beer has pretty good clarity.

Aroma
Quite sweet smelling. Notes of sugar plum fairies dance about. A deeply rooted milk chocolate notion has me very interested. It holds company to fruity tobacco and leather. Lots of overripe fruits of many varieties, figs and plums, bananas, and raisins, all of which are sugar coated.

Taste
As I had feared after the sweetness of the aroma, this taste way too sweet. Granted, this is a sweet style of beer, but this sugar coated fruitiness is not kept in check. It bumrushes the palate and holds it in place while alcohol works the midsection. I cant say that this tastes terrible, there aren't any off flavors that I can detect, the sweetness and alcohol are just a bit of a mess. Lots of cherry, fig, plum, and rum.

Mouthfeel
Fluffy and dry. Lots of warming effects that are felt down in the gullet. The body is fairly full but finishes dry so it is perceived as thinner than I think it really is. A long lasting rum booze sweetness lingers and coats the molars and throat.

Overall
I'll say that this is one of the better American made BSDAs. It has the color, body and carbonation down pat. At this juncture, however, the beer is very sweet and brash. Its still gonna look nice along side all of my other -ation bottles.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Dark brown body with ruby highlights with a huge four finger off white head.

Banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted bread, and Belgian yeast.

Taste follows smell with banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of brown sugar and caramel, and brown bread. Finishes on a peppery/spicy, slightly alcoholic, and slightly phenolic finish.

Full bodied, well carbonated, prickly on the tongue, and slightly warming going down.

A really solid Belgian strong dark ale.

Photo of beerman207
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last night I experienced damnation so I was feeling a little weak so it was time for salvation. I feel better already.

A: Pours a nice dark brown in the glass. No real head to speak of. Nice skim coat on the glass after the pour. It could be mistaken for a coke if you saw it sitting out.

S: Nose is candied fruit, some plum, fig, a bit of cherry

T: Taste is cherry, belgian yeast, sour, raisin, some hop presence as well. Wow. Complex, delicious

M: Very wet. Not a drying beer by any means

O: Wow. Russian River comes through once again.

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cola, tons of head. Lots of cling lace. Pretty.

S - Funky, little barn, good Belgian yeast notes. A bit of the juicy fruit.

T - Solid malt, along with the attributes from smell. Booze noticed as well.

M - Medium to heavy, good carbonation, balances out to the bitter.

D - A bit too much for a session.

Photo of THECPJ
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: sour, sweet malts,

taste: slight sourness, sweet, dry finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: not one of my favorite Russian River brews but not the worst either.

cheers,
The cpj

Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from City Beer Store. Another of the -tion sereis to check off. On to the beer:

The cork is a struggle to pull out, but wiggling it around makes it easier. No shortage of head here, very patchy looking and retaining well, hovering over the chocolate brown colored body. Lacing is good. Already, the aroma is making my mouth water. Big, spicy notes set up the loads of semi-sweet chocolate, pear, and plum. Also a little musty.

We've got another winner in the making. The taste is Belgian all the way, and that's the way I'd want it. Initiailly there's a little grape, some dark malt, and clove. Then comes a wave of chocolatey notes. There's a small kick of alcohol making noise and light phenols. All around a great flavor. Having a likeable feel with a base like velvet and gentle bubbles hitting the palate help make the overall package great.

How is Salvation hardly talked about in discussions of Belgian-styled beers brewed in America? Salvation is an excellent version of a Black BSPA*, almost as good as Chimay Blue.

* Black BSPA is obviously a parody in response to Black IPA.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dirty iced tea color with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a small cap. Decent rings of lace that drizzle back down into the rest of the beer over time. Smells of dark fruits, spices, Belgian-type yeast, and oddly enough - rubber. The rubber scent I am getting is off-putting and detracts from the overall smell of the beer. Taste is of sweet dark fruits (plums/raisins), spices, and the typical Belgian yeast. Strong carbonation on the beer with a feel of thousands of tiny bubbles washing around in the mouth. A little bit of alcohol warming in the throat. Overall, this is a good beer but nothing too great in my opinion. I am glad I got to try this one as this is the first time I have seen this one in bottles in my area.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, creamy head and the best lacing ever.

Raisin, cinnamon, oak, dark fruits, belgian notes.

Sweet cherry, cocoa, aforementioned scents.

Creamy consistency, yet dry finish. ABV is detectable but not overpowering, still a few years may help it out.

Very much a Belgian Dark Ale, was a great example of the style.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish-brown color that is a clear ruby red when held up to light. Large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is pleasant with intense dark fruit aromas and nice spicy scents. A bit of chocolate and booze as well. Taste is DELICIOUS! I was not expecting this beer to taste this good, as I'm normally just a fan of Russian River's sours and hoppy beers. Very lovely dark fruit flavors with a hint of brown sugar and chocolate. I also get some delicious malt and slightly roasted flavors. Great spices reign throughout. Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated for this style. Almost perfect in body. Drinkability is high for such strong ABV, and alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Overall, this is just a fantastic Belgian-style ale from RR. Glad I was able to pick up a few 375ml bottle from the brewery this weekend.

Photo of hobojon
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a snifter, batch 010.

Aroma: chocolate, brownies, herbal spice, spicy yeast esters, hints of pear, apple, and white wine. floral. some raisin, raw cane sugar, molasses?

Appearance: clear dark brown with tan foam that laces and stays around for awhile. good appearance. yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but doesn't bloom up when the bottle is opened like some Belgian beers.

Taste: dark fruit, chocolate, bready and nutty malt with dry, dark caramel. spicy and herbal hops, with less resin than most of their beer. Belgian yeast comes through clean, fruity and spicy. dates and dark candi syrup. nice dark toasty, roasty malt comes forward as the beer warms, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation that gives an acidic bite (rather aggressive). dry and clean but with hints of a lingering malt sweetness like classic Belgian dark strongs. some warming alcohol as the beer warms, but clean alcohol.

Overall: I had a Rochefort 8 a few nights ago that was not as good as this, but that could have been a bad bottle. This beer is balanced, clean and drinkable for its strength. A very well brewed beer, worth the $4.

Photo of silentjay
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly translucent amber-tinted brown with a grayish eggnog colored head that rises to a few fingers in height, recedes slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

lots of fruit at first ranging from sweetened dark fruits to tropical fruits to very tart berries. some nuts in behind that and some cereal grains, but a significant sour quality as well. like trail mix that has been soaked in sour milk. odd, but it actually is pretty aromatic.

definitely tart, yet, malty, fruity and a bit spicy with a decent alcohol warmth as well. tart cherries, nutty malts, some belgian yeasty spice, some candied fruit sweetness, a bit of spiced rum, and it finishes dry and tart. some over ripened banana, wheat toast, raisins, and toffee as well.

fine-bubbled carbonation on a medium bodied brew that leaves a slightly tart yet sweet syrup on the palate.

another wonderful beer from Russian River, it feels like trying to find any faults with any of their beers is like splitting hairs. not my favorite by them, but still very tasty.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at my local shop. Batch 010 375ml Bottle.

Appearance - Poured appropriately into my Russian River Tulip. The color is a dark chocolate brown when held up to the fading sun. Loads of slight off head that sticks around for a good 10 minutes, until I lose my patience waiting for it to go away and began to drink the beer. Great lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Lots of dark fruits, yeast, caramel, lots of spices, nuttiness, and dark roasted malts.

Taste - Similar to the aroma, though more nuttiness and also roasted malts than I was expecting. The dark fruits were not as prevalent as I expected, though I will say that is not a bad thing. I actually enjoyed the flavor more than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall - Pretty impressed with this beer. No alcohol noticeable in the flavor or throat. Can't wait to sit on a few of these for a few years and try them with some age on them.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 10

pours a deep cola brown with a hint of ruby. very clean and clear. massive head that just lingers forever.

tons of yeast, clove, banana, and funk on the nose.

a bit more subtle in the taste. nice and sweet with nice hints of citrus. hints of funk and spice. a bit herbal at the finish.

nice moderate carbonation. moderate to light body.

drinks easy, tastes a bit fresh, funk is far more subtle from the smell.

Photo of flannelman808
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very opaque and medium brown in color. A good sized off white sea foam head forms and fizzles (as in snaps and pops). Medium plus retention and good lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruit (Raisin, date) meet mild baking spices (cinnamon, allspice?). Something about it reminds me of pecan pie as well.

T: Bruised fruit and baking spice show up on the palate along with some medicinal notes and mild metallic flavors. This is a bit of a disappointment though I may have had high expectations. Still I can't get over the metallic notes in this beer which more or less will have me not buying another. Though I will note that some are more sensitive to this than others.

M: Carbonic fizz

O: Good but not great. Not very boozy for the high abv however I do feel it has flaws and thus I think I will not being having another anytime soon.

Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.