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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,974
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,203
Gots: 1,515 | FT: 99
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

admiralcrunch, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

tbeq00, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

ampzilla, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of haazer
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having two bourbon barrel aged brews, I decided to wipe my palate clean with this crazy concoction.

A- Deep raspberry look. Amber and strawberry hues. Very "pretty" looking beer.

S- Fruity, and ever so funky! Brett aroma is apparent. Sour cherries, dry oak. Leather, sweaty socks, band aids, barnyard horseblanket you name it. Great aroma.

T- Pickles??? Anyone else get this? Sour pickles. The beer itself is mouth puckeringly sour. Bitingly sour cherry pits. Under the sour is a lot of funk. Hay, straw, and horseblanket. Very acidic and lactic.

M- Puckering of course. Light to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Despite the intensity I could drink a few of these.

O- This is the first sour I've tasted that really blew my palate apart. I'm hard pressed to try and find something more intense than this. This beer is a game changer . Great offering from RR .

haazer, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. Opens with a loud pop of the cork. The color of this beer is dark gold with a subtle reddish tint. It's cloudy with a bit of yeasty sediment sitting at the bottom of the glass, some rises to the top and speckles the massive off-white head, which has terrific retention. Guess I poured it a little too hard. Lace is sticky and sudsy.

Tart and sour aroma, with cherry notes detected a foot away from the glass, and I don't have a very good nose at all (allergies). Very tangy, fruity zip with tannic, wine-like qualities. Delicious and strong flavor, complex, quite tart and sour with a nice cherry presence. Light sweetness offsets the intense sourness a bit, but it's still strong. Yeasty. Alcohol definitely present in the taste as well; you can tell this isn't a soda.

Nicely carbonated, giving it life on the tongue. Long, lingering finish full of puckering sourness. Very refreshing. Kind of a super-sour, alcoholic cherry soda. Just excellent. I drank the first half of the bottle alone then finished it alongside a spicy italian hero sandwich and it was a nice pairing, the tart beer cutting into and combining well with the fatty meats, cheeses, and pickled cherry peppers.

I don't know how often I'll buy this one as it costs nearly 15 bucks a bottle on the East Coast but definitely worth a try!

tobelerone, Nov 08, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip. Russian River is exceptional and I’ve had this on draft at their brewpub, but this was poured out of a bottle.

A: No head to speak of. Champagne bubbles, but with a darker amber hue.

S: The acidity is even in the nose. As I love sours, I love this characteristic. The oak is definitely front and center as well.

T: The taste easily overwhelms the nose. Sour, sour, sour. Oak, sour cherries, cabbage patch kids sour. Acetic and acidic, wondrous. Love it! As good as it gets. As delicate and refined as it gets.

M: Very light and tingly. Like a fine champagne, but much better.

O: As good as a sour gets.

Heavenisbeer, Nov 07, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supplication Batch 006X1. 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: 4
Brassy brown red body with 1’ white head that slowly dissipates to nothing. Mild faint lacing.


Definite sour aroma with notes of lemon, minimal dark fruit, and faint funkiness. Not really barnyard smelling though as I thought it might be. Also a slight toffee note of sweetness, I imagine from the malt.

Taste: 4.5

A great sour with amazing balance. It’s definitely a moderate-strong sourness, but the overall profile seems so refined. It’s not harsh or caustic, but instead very pleasant. Get a mild almost woody funk with notes of lemon/citrus, presence of pinot noir grapes as well as faintest of sweetness of the malt. Lingering sour aftertaste with touch of malt and bitterness. Nice crisp, bright mineral presence in sour component, like a good white wine; this really adds a nice level of complexity to the flavour

Mouthfeel: 4.5
So delightfully sour, but again somehow balance. Great champagne-like soft, fine carbonation that leads to almost pillowly sensation. Mild thickness. Perfect amount of slimily acidic feeling ( which sounds weird I know, but seem spot-on appropriate). I really love how this beer feels actually.

Overall: 4.5
A surprising, subtle, well balanced beer that is definingly sour, but in the same breath incredibly balanced. It’s a little different than I anticipated, much less in-your-face. But really its just such a good beer.

I wasn’t 100% sold of sour beers before this, but now I am. It was just so enjoyable. In fact, super easy drinking and I was very quick to finish it, wishing I had more.

Must Try Recommendation.

EnemyWithin, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, batch 7.

What is this? This copper tinted pink red liquid evokes pale ale, its color like apple-cranberry juice isn't as dark as one might think cherries and pinot noir barrels would lend. The head is reserved, a creamy light brown ring. If the sediment is avoided it is ringingly clear.

First and foremost is happy light pear and green apple. Moderate tannic oak leads the way towards the funk underneath that I have not the familiarity to pick out bug by bug. Warmth is clearly needed to see more of the many facets with my nose. Just a hint of the coming sourness and rotted wood, old damp, musty, dirty wool blankets (now I understand horse blanket), vanilla.

Sharp lemon juice, damp, musty, saddle blanket, wood tannins, and almost a rose grape character. The pucker factor is moderate to high with a really funky backend rather than a laser beam of sourness.

I find mouthfeel to be relatively unimportant in a beer like this. I'm thinking so hard about the other stuff that I don't pay as much attention. I find a fairly thin, highly carbonated feel works best in these acidic beers, the funk feels like it provides a thickness to balance. This beer is almost moderate bodied, with moderate fizzy carbonation, and a lot of tannins.

To me this is a super funky beer, though I must admit not as groundbreaking as I had built it up to be. Maybe I don't know sours enough to appreciate the nuance, but I can appreciate the care taken to craft it and balance it. It's sour but not too sour, complimentarily oaked, and definitely quality.

brewerburgundy, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red/Amber with a foamy white head

S - Sourness, oak, tart cherries.

T - A lot of sour/funk, oak, some slight sweetness, tart cherries.

M - Lighter side of medium, a good amour of carbonation, finishes dry.

O - A great sour, starting to warm up to the style.

s1ckboy, Nov 04, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Chowdahead for sharing this one. Cellared for a year, then poured into a snifter. Reddish brown in color, not much head or lacing. Nose is tart cherries, apple, and some sweet sugary notes. Taste is mix of tart cherry and sour apple with a little brown sugar in the mix. Never thought I would become a fan of sours, but the Allagash releases got me hooked, and this one takes the cake as my favorite thus far. Mouthfeel was smooth and not overly sour. Looking forward to trying some more sours from Russian River. Top notch.

ElGallo, Nov 02, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Russian River never disappoints, so it seems. Just tremendous all over the place, and it's so hard to pick a favorite from them. That said, there's a good possibility that Supplication may be my favorite Russian River brew, more so than Pliny the Younger and Consecration, both of which I really love.

Poured a crimson cherrywood color, with a creamy cap of off-white head that left a bit of streaky lacing on the tulip glass. The head dissipated mostly, but left a ubiquitous ringlet of delicate bubbles behind. Tart aroma, rich with various indistinct fruits, and classic Brett-ness; woody, with some nice funk. Incredibly complex taste: starts out tart and sour, with notes of cherries, cranberries, lemons!!! and white wine; mellows out mid-palate with a distinct mustiness that allows the woody characters to come out, then a fruity reprise in the end with dried cherries and dried pineapple, for a solid crisp finish. Not heavy in the mouthfeel, but definitely full on the palate. Beautifully crafted, and highly drinkable.

Rifugium, Oct 31, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at several locations, including the RR Brewpub earlier this month, multiple bottles, and even from a growler--thank you isaac newton's--and the beer has remarkable consistency both in and out of the bottle each time.

This is from bottle batch 006.

Ruby. Crimson. Beautiful deep reddish-brown when swirled in some light. Mellow, light brown head, thin and faint in retention.

smells of mild oak wood, sweet tart, smoke, mild pepper, raspberry/cherry. pungent stench in general with a little stinky cheese funk, like a goat brie.

sooo goood. good god, man. lemon and berry tartness. sooo tart. a faint amount of something smoky and oaky, then tart again. it just tickles the sides of your cheeks. fruit, barrel, funk, fresh. damn.

easy drinking. with how sour this beer is, and after the initial tart-shock, it's amazingly smooth. love in a glass. sheer love.

absolutely fantastic. i hear a lot of complaints about the pricing on this one--14.30 total for mine--but it's unique and exquisite, and sitting on a glass for an hour ingesting its complexities is worth any 6- or 4-pack or anything in the vein of being more economical in comparison in that same frame. it reflects the wildly fermented lambics and guezes of belgium with a twist of sonoma homeland love. it's pure insanity that this beer could serve as an introduction to "sours," all the while standing head and shoulders among most others toward which it'd lead you. beauty.

patm1986, Oct 31, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 7.

Kind of a cherry-brown color. Small head gone quickly, without lacing. Somewhat bubbly.

Smells of oak, grapes, green apple, brett and assorted funk. Clean and sour.

Flavor is sharply tart, with a decent vinegar-like, cheesy sourness and loaded with oak and tart fruit flavors--black cherries, grapes and green apple. I can definitely taste red wine in this, and it makes it distinctly different from a lot of other sours. Very complex, but not at all overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is clean, decently carbonated and light.

This is a great-tasting and complex beer--a good twist on the usual Belgian sour. I will certainly have this again when I can get it. I'd like to try on older batch, or age one for a while.

musicforairports, Oct 30, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance- Amber with an off white head. Little lacing. 4/5

Smell- Sour cherries. Not much else. Still good. Not over powering. 4/5

Taste- Sour cherries with bits of malt. The sourness is not overpowering at all. As a baby sour fan (now) I really like this beer. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- I don't know what the standard mouthfeel is for sours but this is a combo of med and thin. Well done. 4.5/5

Overall - Damn good beer. As a non-sour-about-to-get-into-sour fan this is a great intro into sours. Consecration and temptation was too much for me, but this was good. 4.5/5

MADhombrewer, Oct 30, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden and slightly hazy with a finger of head and steadily streaming bubbles. Light lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Sour cherries are very prominent in the nose mixed with sour apples. Then there are wilder aromas and strong aged-swiss followed by more tart cherries.

Taste - Really big sour cherries up front followed by other sour fruit (apples and grapes). Nice vanilla oak notes bridge the gap between sour fruit and lingering acidic sourness. The influence from the pinot barrels is very obvious in this beer. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - This was very carbonated and relatively thin. It was strikingly dry throughout the entire flavor profile which complimented the sourness extremely well.

Overall - This is far and away the best sour I have had to date. The added dimension from the pinot and the balance will be hard to be topped by another sour in my opinion.

sdmvd6, Oct 28, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation-Poured out of a 375ml bottle. Batch #007. Clearly mentions to age in a dark cool place which i do intend to do so once i buy another one. Has a nice info section on the back of the bottle explaining the roots and making of the beer. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance-As the beer pours out of the bottle and into the tulip you can see that its a very bubbly beer. The carbonation is present as you can see the bubbles arise from the bottom of the glass. Its a nice redish, mohoghany color thats somewhat see through. I didnt seem to get much head after i poured out the whole bottle. Probably less than half an inch.

Smell-Definitley sour notes rise to the nose once you lean the glass for a good smell. Scents of aged grapes and apples engulf your nose. As the beer is described to be, you can also smell the wine. More on the side of a merlot. If you smell closely you can also smell small amounts of maybe a whiskey alcohol.

Taste-At first sip this beer makes your face crinch kind of like if you were putting a sour gum into your mouth. One droops down and you stretch your mouth back. This beer is sour to begin and continues throughout the drink. Reminds me of a Rodenbach. Grapes are savored and green apples seem to make a presence as smelled.

Mouthful-Its a somewhat light beer. Sits softly on the tongue. It has a crisp, bubbly feel that you get when the beer is resting on the top of the tongue. It finishes pretty clean leaving a dry feel. The alcohol form the beer seems to float to the nose to where you can smell what your drinking. The sourness continues but isnt as strong as you carry on. It does however seem to linger on the sides of the tongues.

Overall-A good solid sour ale for sure. I would drink it again and look forward to aging one much longer. Probably around 6 months to a year. I guess i wouldnt mind if it was a little less sour but its still really good. Glad i encouraged myself to try this beer.

ales4baldo, Oct 27, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have now had 2 bottles of this, plus once on tap in the Russian River tap room. This review takes into account all 3 tastings.

Kind of a tangerine color split between a goblet and pint glass. Nice head, no lacing.

Hard to detect much other than the sourness on the nose.

Beer out of the bottle was very sour, but I believe this was due to serving temperature. We took it slow and really let the beer warm up and then the other flavors started to emerge aside from the sour microbes. Nice wood notes to accompany the sourness. A little bit of citrus zest, a hint of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel was surprsingly crisp for a sour. Surprised as to the difference between a sour beer and a hop bomb treats the palate. Hops tend to linger and shred the palate, but the sour doesn't linger too long.

Overall this is a fuck of a beer. Easily one of the best offerings from Russian River. PLEASE be sure to drink this at the proper temperature. Minimum of 55F to let all the flavors emerge.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Oct 24, 2011
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle poured into a oversized wine glass

Appearance : dark cloudy burnt orange in color -tons of white fizzy champagne bubbles form the head and quickly fades away leaving a white ring of bubbles behind.

Smell : abundance of complex aroms that are strangely addictive .Pure funky goodness ... nuff said I wanted to drink a couple of these first before I reviewed to so I could get a handle on this one. Now after having couple more I am blown away by this beer.

Taste : huge flavor profile this is truly a beer/wine hybrid. Tons of tart sour cherries dominant this beer and I cant ever get enough of it

Mouthfeel :light bodied beer with great carbonation

Overall :cant say enough good things about this beer if haven't had it it is worth the I vestment

BUNZILLA, Oct 23, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper hue. No head. Nice scents of tart cherries with a faint sweet smell. Notes of red wine are present in the aroma, too and compliment the tartness nicely Big, but tame tartness with a decent acidic flavor. After letting this sit and stir for a while the sweeter notes come to the front. Dark cherries, diacetyl, hints of dry red wine. The carbonation definite helps the tartness of the brew, it makes it sharper. Noticeable notes of brett and diacetyl for a buttery, yet funky finish. The beer's medium body definitely helps your palate deal with the tartness and the acidity nicely so that you can enjoy the complexity rather than focus on how funky it is. Top notch. Very well balanced.

100floods, Oct 21, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, batch 04x5. My first Russian River offering, from a grocery store (sigh) in Oregon.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, but still somehow bright copper hue, with one finger of foamy, moderately creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few broad buttes of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of tart fruit - cherries, mostly, a mild earthy yeastiness, barnyard funk, and a bit of astringent woodiness. The taste is tart, sour cherry, some equally lemon-oriented essences, and some fruity vinegar to mix things up further. A soft graininess underlies all, softened up even more by a mild, endearing funk, part over ripe fruit, part surprisingly inoffensive cheese curds. The carbonation is quite zippy, but adequately restrained, the body medium-light in weight, and just a bit too clipped to be considered outright smooth. It finishes with that tart, increasingly nondescript sourness persisting, alongside a simmering, late-arising yeasty funk.

I like the American craft-brewing tendency of, the higher-quality the beer, the more they want to tell you about it on the packaging...Knowing what went into this offering makes it all the more enjoyable - the sourness, yeast, wood, funk (oh, and actual beer, too!), all kept in balance, yet still rendering a beverage for the adventurous palate. Sort of a more laid-back Cantillon - scary, earth-relationship-affirming, and ultimately tasty.

biboergosum, Oct 15, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this before on tap and wanted to try the bottled version. Shipped from stupidwinedeals.com
Batch 006x1

This brew pours a very hazy reddish amber. There is less than a fingers worth of light tan head. No legs to speak of.

The nose is pretty intense. Tart cherries, sourness, light barnyard funk, earthiness and a bit of vinegar. The alcohol is noticed just a bit.

The taste is quite sour, tart and delightful. The cherries are blended together with a crisp, tart funk that ends with a bit of vinegar and booze. A nutty taste is also present. There is a surrounding earthiness that carries the flavors wonderfully.

The mouthfeel is crisp amply carbonated. Nice feel for the brew and is very suiting.

Overall, this brew is another great sour from Russian River. Crisp, tart, and full of flavors. Boom, I'm lovin' it!

ChugginOil, Oct 10, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml (batch 005) bottle poured in my Bells Tulip. Thanks to slentz for this awesome beer

A- Pours a hazy amber color. Tried to leave the sediment in the bottle but a little bit got into the glass. Very thin white head. No lacing to speak of

S- Smells very tart. Getting a lot of cherry and lemon. Very funky smelling beer.

T- Starts off tart with a strong cherry flavor. Slight vinegar taste on the back end but remains a very nice cherry funk throughout.

M- Crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation

D- Awesome brew that is perfect for a late summer evening or for a perfect afternoon. Alchol is absolutely hidden by the funk and I would've never guessed this was 7%

I'm beginning to fall in love with sours. This beer was a huge hit in my book. Such a great beer that I could stock my fridge with if it was available here. Thanks again, Dave, for this awesome brew.

GehenHerzog, Oct 10, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River 9-29-11

Poured an amber, reddish color with an off-white ring of head.

Smelled of tartness, fruit, and barnyard funk.

Tasted of sour cherries, green apples, grape, and wild yeast. Bready malt provides a slight balance. However, there remains a very strong acidic profile. Sour flavor lingers. It is well carbonated, and creamy.

This is my single favorite wild ale to date. The tartness is not overpowering, but instead mingles with the fruit and malt to allow for a high level of complexity. Very recommended!

fatmcb1, Oct 06, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into RR Goblet glass.
Batch 005x3

A: Extremely clear amber color. Tons of carbonation. Good pop on the cork. 1/4 off white head. Some alcohol feet Head dissapates quickly.

S: It definitely smells funky. Lots of that barnyard smell. You get some cherries and some oak.

T: There is some mild bite on the tip of the tongue, from the tart cherries maybe? Then you get assaulted with delicious sore notes in the middle of the mouth. You again get the cherries and some Oak notes in there. Finish is long and lingers. Wow! So complex!

M: Medium bodied and good mouth coating.

O: A+

inlimbo77, Oct 05, 2011
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,974 ratings.