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Salvation - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

963 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 330
Gots: 208 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-09-2004)
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Mauerhan

California

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a nice darkish brown with rich ruby highlights, has a bit of head on the pour but ut fades rather quickly. thin to no lacing. smell is great. tons of malt. practically no hint of alcohol

GREAT TASTE! full flavored and rich. big malty presence light sweetness. I get no sign of the alcohol for a 9 abv you can't tell.

mouthfeel is plesant. medium carbonation. it tickles my tounge. leaves a great aftertaste. very smooth. a medium body that goes down easy.

I am a fan of this beer. I just can't get enough

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2008 22:33:07 | More by Mauerhan
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IgotsHops

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my third R.R. experience after damnation and Pliny the elder. Appearance was nearly black with some plumb and raisin color coming through on the edges. A thin lace head stayed in on the top. Smell was of dark fruit, some vegetal or peanut butter, sweet dark candi sugar, and some dark toast.
Tasted extremely clean, with roasted sugar, dark fruit, again the strange peanut butter flavor in the background, and some warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel was syrupy and thick. Coated the palate just right, and cleared away when you wanted it to.
Overall this was very drinkable for a strong dark, but almost too clean. I would have liked to have more esters and phenols (not too many more) on the nose. It could have also been served a bit too cold.
Overall a great beer and I would definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2008 19:18:17 | More by IgotsHops
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popery

California

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

A good-looking dark ale. The foam sits on the brown ale pleasantly. The smell and the taste are both sweet and somewhat spicy, but the spice favors the tongue while the sweet favors the nose. The beer has nice carbonation but gets a bit sticky. I would like to try an aged bottle, but this new one lacks a bit in complexity and finish. I'm a little bit disappointed because I was expecting even more, but it's still a pretty great Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Edit: I tried this beer on tap at RR (10/19/08) and liked it even more, so I've raised the scores somewhat. This is an absolutely delicious beer with some of the best coloring that I've ever seen. It's brown with golden highlights at the edges. The flavor is complex, and it succeeds marvelously as a BSD. Wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 03:07:44 | More by popery
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Douglas14

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with an awesome head that has great retention and lace. The smell is sugary and malty. The taste follows the smell. Very rich malt and brown sugar. God this beer is awesome...ridiculously awesome

...poured at the Stone Brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 16:07:53 | More by Douglas14
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Halcyondays

California

3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown, with a medium white head, which leaves pretty good lacing.

S: Smell was quite faint and hard to find at first. Peppery smell, molasses, bananas.

T: Strong taste of dark malt, light molasses and charcoal. Light bit of fruity ester, but doesn't have the overall complexity I like in the style.

M: Lighter on the body than I expected, feels more like a 5-6% beer, mild carbonation, relatively smooth.

D: An OK beer from Russian River, not one of their best IMO, but I'm glad I finally found it to try it, all right drinkable dark ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 22:21:35 | More by Halcyondays
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sleazo

New York

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

A_Pours a dark chestnut brown with a fluffy two finger light tan head. The middle of the head recedes a little but leaves a a sort of crater with sheets of lace absolutely coating the sides of the snifter.

S_The aroma leans towards candi sugar and caramel at first with a good dose of alcohol. As it sits there coming to room temparature a spicy bouquet of cloves, cinnammon, allspice and a plum comes through.

T_The flavour is more of the same as the smell. There is more of a caramel taste that shines through rather than the candi sugar though. The alcohol is felt on the way down. There is a healthy yeast thing going on here that releases the aforementioned spices. Cloves are the dominant spice, perhaps a bit too much so.. A nice bitterness in the background and at the end prevent this from being too sweet. A Slight acidity is also present as well

M_The feel on this is real lovely. Slightly thick and syrupy but with a good dose of soft but active carbonation. This sort of sounds contradictory but it sort of combines different styles well.

D_Another winner from RR. The alcohol is really the only thing I find off here but they could ave been going for that. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:09:04 | More by sleazo
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Goliath

Illinois

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

Pours dark brown with ruby hues. A large off white head forms and sticks around with decent retention and spotty lace.

Aroma holds dark fruits, caramel, and banana. It's slightly sour. A little yeast and spice. Really nice.

Taste is quite nice. Loads of caramel, dark fruits, banana, and some yeast. Simple but nice.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bright carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Nice flavors and the alcohol is hidden very well. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 03:23:00 | More by Goliath
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle batch 006 courtesy of swnicholson, thanks! Dark brown color with red tints where the light hits the edges with a solid foamy head. It smells like a fruity Belgian dubbel,apples, nice. Wow, the taste is malty, fruity and very delicious. This is complex much like the other RR beers I've had yet still easy to drink.

12/21/08 batch 007

nice, heavy black licorice at first, good flavor, I wish we got this and perdition in addition to the beers they currently distribute to Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 01:43:46 | More by ArrogantB
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MisterClean

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from RR. So rare I head up that way, had to buy a growler.

A - Deep black, mocha head, dissipates slow, nice legs.

S - Honey, dark candi sugar, dates.

T - Ditto.

M - Esters, very, very, smooth, might be brett?

D - Very good. Going to be hard to limit as this tastes better than most session beers.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2008 05:20:10 | More by MisterClean
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the RR brepub

A: Very deep brown with ruby red highlights. Thin, tan head

S: Intense deep roasted caramel malts. Rum, plums and a little bit of sugar. Alcohol starts to appear as this warms up.

T: Very brown ale-like up front with caramel, milk chocolate and a fruity finish with plums and raisins. Just a hint of some spice too - anise? Sweet finish

M: The carbonation is great for the flavor profile.

D: This is very tasty and I'm glad i have a bottle.

**Edit 5/25/2013**

Five years since I first had this beer, five years since I picked up a bottle of this at the brewpub on my first trip ever. How things have changed since then. Batch 005, bottled 16 Nov 2007.

A gorgeous pour, this is a mildly dull dark brown with reddish brown highlights, excellent retention and gorgeous lacing.The nose is great. Quite fruity with dark fruit (date, raisin), mild oxidation, candi sugar as well as some spice. The spice character is mildly annatto-like, seedy and faintly astringent. Toffee, buckwheat honey, cocoa, a touch of molasses, and a mellow yeast character are all present. Quite complex and pretty well integrated.

The palate opens quite fruity, with candied and poached pears, some raisin and a very complementary date-like oxidation. A blend of cola, cocoa, toffee and dark honey follow. Really well-integrated here. Drying on the finish, mildly yeasty, mildly spicy, this is excellent. Medium light in body with a high level of carbonation that's mildly fluffy, this is really pleasant on the palate as well.
4.75/4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2008 03:38:02 | More by DefenCorps
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rallison

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 005. Purchased from City Beer Store a few months ago.

This is a very nice looking beer - dark reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. Smells quite fruity - dark fruits - with some sweet Candi sugar sort of elements thrown in.

Pleasant taste. Lots of dark fruits mingling with cane sugars and touches of molasses. Very slight (and I mean very slight) sourness in the background that I am not digging. Nice yeasty qualities. All in all, one of the better American-made BSDAs I have had.

Mouthfeel is relatively rich but with appropriate carbonation. Drinkability is good - but this is one beer you do sip on.

Recommended. A very solid BSDA from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 07:34:23 | More by rallison
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tangfoot for this bottle, Batch 003.

A: The ale is a dark burnt siena color, showing off touches of both brown and ruby red colors. A thick, dense white head arose on pour and is nicely lacing the sides of the Russian River tulip glass.

S: The nose is all over the place, with candi sugars (dark), dark fruits and some pepper. Even a touch of sourness (not tart bretty aromas) emerges.

T: Nice Belgian with lots of flavor. Strong alefruits dominate the opening sips, with figs, green grapes, green apples and raisins adding a broad spectrum of sugary sweetness. The fruits are fortified with dark candi sugars that add a caramelized brown sugar blast. The yeast strain quickly dries out the mouth, causing a reflexive reach for another sip. The sour notes that I noticed in the nose are not present in the taste.

M: The ale doesn't skimp on big flavors, keeping the tastebuds happy with new sensations throughout the bottle.

D: It's been ages since I've had a non-Hop Bomb or Barrel-aged Sour from RR and I like the change of pace. This is the kind of beer that you sit and nurse for several hours, enjoying each sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 00:59:20 | More by akorsak
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Bubba83

California

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a snifter at 50 degrees. This is labeled batch 006.

Normal pour provided 2.5 finger widths of head, the head looks pillowy, and is a few shades off bright white. Cola colored with a little bit of purple fig color added. Highlights of soft ruby at the outer edge. Good spider web lacing after the head dissipates fairly quick but leaves a healthy ring that sticks around.

I get fig and pepper in the nose, with some alcohol character as well. There are more complexities here but I'm not great at describing what I smell...

I started out with a 4.5 on taste, and bumped it up to 5.0 by the time I was finished. When the beer was colder it tasted of fig, and black currants, followed by pepper and an alcohol spicyness that was subdued... As it warmed, plum, raisin, and other dark fruits shined and complimented the spice perfectly. I also got faint hints of banana and chocolate. I can't say enough about the flavor, this is an outstanding beer.

Mouthfeel is spot on, Russian River never seems to fail in this department. Feels really smooth and creamy at first, probably from the thin ring of head, but it tickles the tongue increasingly, hits a peak, and then dies down. As far as viscosity goes, it seems medium-thin.

The drinkability is also outstanding, not much alcohol presence at all for a 9% beer and the mouthfeel is not overly heavy so it's really a thrill to drink. Had no problem dusting this guy off myself in an hour.

Thank god for Vinnie...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 10:27:11 | More by Bubba83
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a caged and corked bottle from Batch 006 poured into my crystal snifter

A - A very, dark plum that just borders on almost being black. Pours a very nice head creamy head that sits on top and composed of a ton of little bubbles and leaves a nice lacing. Really see nothing at all getting through this and has a reflective quality to it.

S - Smells a bit like a Hefe at first as I get a big whiff of candied bananas. However, also get the scent of brown sugar and also dates that adds some complexity to it. Terhere also seems to be a hint of lemon peel.

T- The first taste is banana but a lot sweeter than usual as it reminds me a bit of a candied banana. After that, the beer becomes a bit tart as I get a taste of apple. There is also a port like characteristic to it and also a hint of port. Rather complex but on the whole the apple and plum seem to be the flavors that dominate and stick around in the end. There is a bit of alcohol that also comes through and creates a nice warming quality in the beer and think that it makes its presence known in a good way.

MF - Overall a lot of carbonation on this one which makes it at first seem kinda harsh. However, after that rough initial burst, it starts to smooth out a bit but not enough to fight off the carbonation. Even after drinking it and letting it sit for awhile, it just tingles in my mouth almost uncontrollably. I think on the whole that it was a bit too carbonated for my taste.

D - Overall, an okay beer from RR. It was my first experience with them and have to say I felt a bit disappointed. The falvor was good but the carbonation mixed with the taste was just a bit too much for me. I really had to think hard about whether I wanted to have the rest of the bomber or not. Still want to have some other beers by this brewery just not this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:23:23 | More by jeonseh
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown color like coca-cola with 1 finger width head that dissipates within seconds. No lacing down the glass.

S: Seriously it has Caribbean spices and roasted banana chips in the smell with slight caramel and brown sugar mixing with the alcohol.

T: Has a similar taste to a flat coca-cola with some spices and molasses. The slight taste of alcohol blends well with the spice tastes to enhance them adding a great taste to the beer.

M/D: Goes down really well and is very drinkable considering the alcohol level. Has some carbonation in there do to the bottle fermentation and be careful for the yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle it comes out quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 01:30:24 | More by Kemmerlin
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ChazMania

California

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled from batch 005. I bought this at Ledgers in Berkeley while on a trip to N. Calif.
Really tight cork, could not twist it off, I needed to use my wine opener! Pours really nice and the spicey aroma made my nose happy and I knew I'm in for a treat. The flavor is huge, malty and just enough dark fruit. It's a very complex beer and I'm not sure I can label all that I'm tasting but it really lasts for a long time. If this had good availability in my area, I think it would enter my regular rotation! Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 00:20:42 | More by ChazMania
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

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

Pours a dark ruby brown with a nice espresso like frothy head. Smell is wonderful dark fruits and some belgian yeast. Taste is more, plump, juicy dark fruits. The label dictates banana, but I'm getting some juicy plums, grapes, and possibly even blackberries. This is a real gem. Creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation. This is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:33:55 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #005

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Riedel snifter. Pours a amber-brown with a little lacy head on it.

S- Nice belgian yeasty nose on it. I get a little sweet toffee and spices on the nose also.

T- It begins with an almost root beery flavor followed by a balanced malt and yeast backbone. I get a lot of yeast notes in this with hints of bread and spices including coriander and cloves. Some Belgian candi sugar/molasses comes out in this too.

M- This is a perfect Belgian dark ale here. Not overly thick but it sticks around in your mouth long enough. Nice natural carbonation that you really feel on the sides of your tongue as you drink it.

D- This would be a five except for the alcohol in the equation. I could have a few glasses of this (and I will!) but the alcohol catches up quickly. Another great one from Russian River!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:46:15 | More by Mudpuppet
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triplecoil

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance is amber-ruby with amber highlights with a very thin head that sticks around leaving a full, if fleeting, lace as the beer cascades down the glass. A good amount of carbonation is apparent without tasting. The nose is ripe fruit and coriander with a touch of alcohol and a hint of funk and milk chocolate. Taste is full of more fruit--raisins, some banana, etc.--spice, bread, and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous with a nice amount of carbonation.

This is a keeper, without a doubt. Will definitely seek this out whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 22:45:51 | More by triplecoil
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rkuhnel

California

4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah timing is everything. Stopped by RR Brewing on my way home from San Francisco and there was Salvation. While I waited for them to fill my Growler with Pliny the Younger I pleasured my way through a glass of this sublime brew. In the glass it sat a beautiful ruby that was so dark is looked almost brown, and had a small but attractive head and good lacing. Nose was of ripe fruit and flowers, Rich mouthfeel. Flavors are ripe fruit with raisins and plums, and some spices hanging in there at the finish. Delectable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2008 23:07:57 | More by rkuhnel
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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a thin, white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer smells or spice. Coriander, and cloves. Also, it smells yeasty. I detect the alcohol content as well. Also, I can smell some dates

This beer tastes much like it smells. Spicy, with some coriander, cloves, and grains of paradise. It has an earthy yeast flavor also.

This full bodied beer goes down surprisingly smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste. Carbonation is just right.

I dont know how great of a session beer this would be. It tastes great, but it is high in alcohol, making it hard to put down too many.

Overall: Another great beer from Russian River. I would drink this beer again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 20:31:04 | More by OStrungT
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A creamy head of light tan rises steadily, and with presence, as you pour. It never fades, and rests gently in the glass that way for several ticking minutes, ever so slowly decreasing in size. Solid walls of lace are left behind. To have that kind of head retention in a beer of 9% alcohol is impressive. When held to the light, the body beneath is mostly clear with reddish chestnut highlights glowing inside its very dark, almost black robe.

Inside the nose, delicate notes of sugar and candy dance with wafts of banana and hints of dark fruit skins amidst a lightly chalky yeastiness before a background of shimmering cocoa powder. It's not bold, but it's certainly bright enough, and very enticing!

In the flavor there's a distinct note of chocolate at the first sip that's almost fudge like. It's not bitter or raspy, but also not sweet, although beyond that the beer is sweetish, fruity, and candyish. It's just that the chocolatey side doesn't seem so. Crossing the palate, the dark fruitiness appears next, and it's juicy, but it also displays some edgeiness. I'm thinking of black cherries, dried prunes, a bit of fig, and some dark-skinned bitterness. Some tropical fruit appears... mainly banana, but perhaps a hint of pineapple as well? A fair amount of yeast character is present, candyish and chalky with a light phenolic side that gives some spice (and the banana). It's overall a bit sweetish, but not lingering; and the bitterness is always right there, backing it stiffly... for all it's whimsy chocolate, candy and fruit, it's certainly well reigned in. The yeasty spiciness, and probably a bit more from the alcohol lend a hand, and it finishes dry, and lingering, with more dark-skinned fruit bitterness as the sweetish malt and yeasty fruit and candy quickly fade. A complete turn about! Very nice!

It's rich and enticing, involving you in each sip - but not so overly complex that you can't just enjoy it straight out. It's more of a sipper that you can enjoy slowly after a good meal. And I'd imagine it might be a good cigar beer, although I'm not sure. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 22:57:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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

note: This bottle was from batch #3, making it 3 months shy of 3 years old. Many thanks to barleywinebrewer for the chance to try this one.

a: This one is a clear medium copper color with some orange amber highlights. It pours with a one and a half inch, foamy, uneven, off-white head which was very long lasting.

s: Nice funky sour yeast notes that smelled mainly of apples with some cherries as well. Minimal caramel sweetness and some flowery alcohol.

t: For the most part mirrors the smell, with perhaps a bit more sweetness than the smell would indicate. Apples and to a lesser extent cherries are the dominant flavors. The finish was very dry with some mild alcohol notes. As it breathes, caramel and brown sugar assert themselves a bit more.

m: The carbonation is lush and foamy. The body of this one has a nice oily quality and is quite dry.

d: I'll probably never get a chance to try batch #3 again, but I'd certainly love the chance to try later batches to compare and contrast with this one. An outstanding offering from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 11:53:10 | More by DIM
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willjschmidt

California

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 2) into a Damnation glass.

A: Pours a ruby brown color with a tan head. Excellent head retention to go with very good lacing.

S: Some slightly sweet dark fruits along with a sour aroma.

T: An interesting interpretation of the style. Some dark fruits such as figs and raisins. A little bit of spice as well. It's all followed up by a sour flavor. It's an interesting flavor, almost like a sour fruit.

M: Medium bodied, with very fine and creamy carbonation.

D: A good ale, certainly not the best that Russian River makes but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 00:16:12 | More by willjschmidt
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Floydster

California

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with citrusjim, thanks for giving me the chance to try this beer

Split with a friend tonight, Batch 004, bottle says it can be aged for up to four years

A-Deep brown color with a dark red tint, hug one inch creamy off white head, good retention, lots of small bubbles rushing to the top, incredible lacing

S-Chocolate, various spices, pepper, curacao, bananas, wheat, bready malt aromas, candy-like scents, some raisins, and caramel

T-Very spicy overall with coriander, cinnamon, clove, pepper, some nice banana flavors, dried fruit all over the place, biscuity malt tastes, not as much that was in the smell, prunes, figs, dates, hint of toffee, very faint level of hoppiness, nicely balanced overall with different kinds of malt

M-Fairly thin body, taste lasted a good amount of time, somewhat chewy but creamy mouthfeel for the most part, lots of carbonation

D-Could drink a few bottles of this stuff easy, high ABV though, not too heavy on the stomach, not overly sweet, smooth and goes down very easy, did not seem like this was nine percent

Been wanting to try this for some time, I was curious to see how Russian River did with darker ales, this exceeded all my expectations, highly recommended, cannot wait to drink this again some time, it is supposedly becoming a year round brew like Damnation, amazing beer

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 07:42:11 | More by Floydster
Salvation from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.