Collaboration Not Litigation Ale | Avery Brewing Company

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Collaboration Not Litigation AleCollaboration Not Litigation Ale

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.72%

Availability: Rotating

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of doughanson78
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #4 Feb. 2010

A: Dark amber. Some sediment slight haze. Finger and a half white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet cherry raisin. Dates. A touch of sourness. A little nuttiness. Caramel. Belgian yeast. Very light chocolate. Brown sugar. Pretty complex. Not well blended. Slightly ashy.

T: Caramel. Raisins, dates, figs. cherries. Touch of chocolate. Belgian yeast. Brown sugar. Finishing with alcohol. Again fairly complex but the flavors are a mess.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation. Light creaminess. Alcohol bite.

O: Was happy when I seen this on the shelf. Never heard of it and it was already aged for me. Glad I only paid $6.99. Not digging this at all.

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Photo of avalon07
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An odd aroma of yeast, malt, and a grassy quality.

T: The aforementioned grassy quality (at least that's what it tasted like to me) dominated the flavor, with only a few hints of malt and yeast to be found. Not a particularly pleasant flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has some good qualities, it comes off the rails at critical junctures (i.e., the taste). Very uneven.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Batch number 5 with 8.91% ABV.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice slight cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention - especially for the abv. Colour is a dark caramel-copper.

Sm: Caramel, heavy candied sugar, and biscuity yeast. The candy sugar dominates. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Pleasant candied sugar with biscuity yeast. No caramel comes through. Fairly complex, and nicely balanced. For a beer blend, this is pretty impressive fare. I'd like to try it on draught.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not too thick. Suits the flavour.

Dr: Though too simple to warrant purchasing again, I enjoyed this beer as a blend of two brewery's beers. I consider it a successful experiment. It's very drinkable for the ABV. Worth a try for hardcore fans of either brewery (I consider myself a pretty serious Russian River fan), but I don't think serious fans of the style will be impressed.

01.22.15: Second (brief) impressions from a Jan 2015 bottle. Batch #8. 8.9%.

A: Head disappears within 10 seconds, leaving no lacing. Body colour is a dark amber of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks alright for a Belgian style ale.

Sm: Birch sugar, caramel, ample sweetness, syrup, candi sugar, turbinado sugar, pale and amber malts. There's a hint of fruit.

Might be too sweet.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Sweet, with plenty of birch sugar and turbinado sugar. Slightly imbalanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, moderate thickness. Slightly overcarbonated.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable.

High C+

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark honey orange hue with half a finger eggshell white head even after a fairly aggressive pour.

S - Extremely fruity. Cherries, peach, apple, fig, apricot, what isn't in this aroma? Some slight spice notes from the yeast, and a nice background of the malts.

T - Spice almost as if a Saison or Hefe is very dominant. That peppercorn, bubblegum, banana, lemon type taste is very present. Starts off with those flavors and transitions towards a healthy malt base. Nice sweet caramel malts round out that flavor with some sweet residual sugars and just a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, slightly sticky and very sweet. Finish is slightly drying and sweet with a long lingering spicy aftertaste.

O - Fairly tasty brew. Good mix of flavors, not sure if it fits Strong Dark Ale much but I enjoy it all the same.

Batch #5 Bottles Jan 2011

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery Collaboration, 32-oz growler filled at Whole Foods Tribeca for $9.99.

Appearance: Classic Belgian, two fingers of fluffy white head, dark raisin color. No lacing, little retention. Only a little island of white remains after the head is gone.

Smell: Caramel, glue, booze, dark-fruit syrup. Spice, honey. Toasted malts.

Taste: More of the same, with a more pronounced spice note and sweetness. Heavily malty. Clove. Sugar, booze and sticky honey. Some prairie/wet cow pen.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a thin body, medium flavor, carbonation is lower than it appeared in the pour. A tad sticky at the end, but not dry or overwhelming. Well-rounded but boring.

Overall: I sure expected more from an Avery/Russian River collaboration. Not bad, drinkable despite the ABV, but just not something I will revisit. OK but disappointing.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.2/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

-- Batch No 3 --

A: Unfiltered, dirty cider. A decent pour yields a one finger head that fade fast and zero lacing.

S: Sun dried apricots that've been sitting in the sun a bit too long.

T: Uninspiried and kinda bland, to be honest. Cigarette ashtray up front to mid. The finish is overly sweet and yeasty. Blech!

M: Meh. Thin and slick.

O: Avery/RR's Collaboration Not Litigation was a pretty big dissapointment. Maybe it was me, maybe cellaring this for a year was a mistake. Regardless, this hit the drain, and isn't a beer I'd return to. I'd go so far as to call this the redheaded brainchild of two great breweries.

A certifiable miss.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - Batch 4

Pours a clouded copper color with some brownish hues. Off-white head slowly fades, leaving some spots of lacing with some cloudy retention. A few floaties in here as well.

Fairly warm on the nose, rich dark fruit with raisin and date. Some brown sugar and roasted malt. Decent amount of alcohol.

Coating layers of malts with roasty and warm character. Candied fruit with dates and figs. Burnt and brown sugar, decent sweetness. Caramel and bready notes in the malt backbone. Finishes a little sweet, boozy, and dry.

Fuller body, slightly lower carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. Pretty decent, some age has mellowed this but there's still some decent heat in the nose.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3 (February 2009) split with chowdahead into a couple balloon glasses. 'Twas a fine day to share a beer, but not a good day to fix a tractor. Pours a rusty dark color with very little head, some lacing though.

Smells of dark fruits, raisins, a little molasses, and candi sugar. Similar notes in the taste, with that nice chewy, sweet yeastiness that you find in well-made Belgian Strong Dark Ales. With nearly three years in the bottle this developed some nice character and was thoroughly enjoyable, like Leslie Nielsen. I hope to have each of the respective Salvations blended to make this some day soon, assuming I survive the lunar landing.

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Photo of jtingue
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated February 2008, Batch 2. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Reddish brown in color with a somewhat cloudy appearance. Pours with a half a finger of head which dissipates to a nice layer on top of the beer. Nice retention of this layer.

Smell. Slightly musty overtone. A strong fruity smell is reminiscent of fresh picked cherries, with a little apple in there as well. Some sourness hits the nose along with the fruit.

Taste. Again, slightly musty up front. This comes along with a hearty amount of sweetness that is more towards a hard candy side than a fruity one. Some fruits try to break their way through, but are completely overpowered by a more and more sugary sweetness. Also, a light sourness starts to build and balance out the overwhelming sweetness of the brew. The sourness really helps to transition well into a nice semi-dry, refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel. Is quite thin, with a light amount of carbonation.

A very interesting and very complex brew. Evidence of the collaboration is definitely present. Two complaints: the musty character is off-putting to me, though it is appropriate in this beer. Second: the amount of carbonation leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from a Batch 3 bottle from 2009 last night.

A-chestnut colored with a thin uneven head

S-dark fruits and fairly sugary and creamy caramel. strong and good scent

T-comes in with a strong taste of dates and prunes. mainly this. there are some small tastes of caramel sugars and other dark fruits. very high quality taste. some chocolate notes. it makes up a good but not long lasting after-taste. its quite complex and rich!

M-smooth medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-oh wow i'm a fan of this. much more so than i expected. i actually enjoy this more than the Russian River Salvation itself. its a great BDSA and does a great job setting itself apart from others. this is so much more than a cute little concoction of the 2 breweries striving to be clever, its an outstanding example of the style. its so smooth and can either be quaffed or sipped for extended enjoyment.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery/Russian River Collaboration Not Litigation Ale is a tasty strong dark ale. Not exceptional and it doesn't really have any particular quality that sets it apart, but still very nice.

A: Light brown/amber colour with a 5 mm head that fades pretty quickly. 4

S: Malty with a hint of nuttiness. Smells like a brown ale (not very Belgian), but still very nice. 4

T: Malty with some tangy sourness. The aftertase is a mix of sweetness and caramelised flavours. Quite yum, but not exceptional. 4

M: Big and foamy. 4.5

O: Yum. 4

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Batch #5 dated January 2011. Pours a clear, deep amber, copper color with a 1-1/2 finger off white head that dissapates rather quickly, leaving some spotty lacing behind. Thin film left on surface of remaining beer.

S- Some sweet malt, some caramel, a little hops.
Perhaps a whiff of very weak rootbeer.

T- I am liking it a lot! Some dark fruit. A little caramel. Only a hint of bitter on the finish.

M- Very light carbonation. Smooth. Tad sticky.
Sort of dry finish.

O- Sat on this for a couple of months...atleast. Really enjoyed this beer. Would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch#2 Thanks to a liquor store in Yuma that gets some amazing beer that they can't seem to sell.

A- Clear rusty brown color with a smallish off-white head that dissipates to a film, leaving patchy lacing down the glass.

N- Dried dark fruits (raisins, prunes) and nuts (walnuts?). Some caramel sweetness in there from the malt. Also a slight metallic twang to it with wisps of alcohol.

T- Similar to the nose, lots of dried dark fruits. Definitely taste prunes and raisins. Slightly oxidized sticky caramel/toffee malt lays down some sweetness, which is balanced by a soft spicy herbal bitterness. A subtle nuttiness creates another layer on the malt. There's a very faint tartness to the beer which adds a refreshing quality. Also, way in the back, there are some phenols which are at the threshold of perception. The phenols add that classic "belgian" character without distracting from all the other delicious flavors going on. Some ephemeral floral notes arise in the middle. The finish dries out a little with a soft lingering herbal bitterness, spice, and some toast and toffee from the malt.

M- Medium mouthfeel, a little bit a stickiness, moderate carbonation, and a semidry finish.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge belgian beer fan, but this beer grows on you. Tons of malty goodness with plenty of complexity to balance the sweetness. By the second half of the bomber, I'm actually really digging it. The sticky toffee dessert character is just hitting the spot with all the other complex belgian beery flavors going on.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't believe when I saw this bottle on the shelf at D & L truck stop in Auburn, NY...which is an outstanding store by the way.

Batch #3. Bottled in February 2009, reviewed in August 2011

This beer is a deep, rosy amber with a centimeter white head that fades fast. There are plenty of floating particulates in this beer. The deep red hue of this beer is what makes it look absolutely divine and worth drinking.
Unfortunately, I would have liked this beer to be darker in color, but that's strictly from a stylistic standpoint.

Wow, what a complex aroma. There is a strong zest that reminds me of lemon and lime rinds, tomato, followed by a tiny bit of the beer's alcohol bite after a deep breath. I am glad I decided to open this bottle before it got too cold, there is a lot going on that I would have missed.

Impressively strong and flavorful beer. I am impressed by the fusion. The candi sugar that presents itself in the nose is powerfully sweet in the taste. The yeast is spicy and a little funky. The aftertaste is gushing with juicy fruit reminiscent of grape, tobacco, and apples. There is very little bitterness, which would have been much appreciated for balance.

Adequate carbonation with lots of complex character. Sweetness dominates the palate, but spice helps break apart its inherent sweetness. Aftertaste is of tobacco and fig and it lingers for an appreciable amount of time.

This is a terrific beer that exemplifies great execution of a Belgian strong/dark, even if it's not quite as dark as I would have liked. One thing that's strange about this beer is the accuracy of its abv (down the the hundredth!). Even if 8.72% is a strangely accurate number, it does a nice job to amplify, yet not overpower the beer's other flavors. This beer is worth the money and definitely worth trying.

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3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 5, thanks to Smoked for sharing.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a burnt copper to amber color with some orange about it. A white cap quickly fades leaving spotty lacework on the glass and a thin lacing over the top of the brew. A light swirl brings the cap back but it doesn't hang around long.

The smell of this brew is caramel malt, fruity and almost orange rind-like with a tangy alcohol inclusion. There is a faint note of plastic and hand sanitizer-like about it. A little fusel to solvent smelling with the alcohol as it gets warmer along with a floral note. Some stinky cheese is also evident when swirled.

The taste is toasty to burnt caramel flavoring with a bitter rindy character. Tangy alcohol and a fruity fusel touch of bold alcohol which is fitting for the nearly 10% listing on the bottle. The rindy character seems a bit oily and lingers on the tongue with a light spiced character that seems a bit like clove with a nutty aftertaste. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is fairly decent drinking and a fair take on the style but not something I would seek out again. There is nothing wrong with it but it is pretty average across the board and well... forgettable.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3. 22oz bottle poured into my Allagash glass. It poured a murky brown color with a frothy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich malty flavor to it mixed with some Belgian yeast spice. Some sweeter, caramel and toffee flavors come out with a little bit of a dark fruit presence. pretty nice aroma overall for the style.

The taste shows more of the rich malts, caramel and toffee flavors to it right off the bat. The richness of it lasts right through the finish where it picks up more of the Belgian yeast spice along with a little bit of a dry, tartness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with a nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is a little below average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer, it had some very nice malty flavors to it and the yeast spice wasn't overpowering which I liked. Very drinkable and tasty beer overall.

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Swampy blood orange, one finger off white head and a bit of lacing

S - Sweet yeast, Nice spice, some floral notes, a bit of citrus, some wood, earth and tons of sweet maltiness

T - Some what sour yeast, turns very sweet, lots of malt, floral hops, some citrus, earth, grass and wood

M - Medium body, low acid, nice complexity, slight bitterness and well balanced

D - If you like beer, if you like Belgian beer, you should give this one a shot. Super balanced, tons of flavor and two great breweries

Final thought - at $8 a pop and 8+% abv, this is a great deal. I love collaboration beer that is good. Much love to Russian river and avery

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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch#5 -- ABV 8.91%

A - 1.25 finger head that grows and dissipates at a medium pace.

S - Yeasty sweetness and yeast aka Yeast, Sweet, Yeast in that order!

T/M - A semi spicy and yeasty upfront with moderate carbonation, almost a pumpkin pie like spice to it.

O - Not too shabby, overall an average Belgian style Ale. Killer 8.91% ABV in batch#5. Not too overpoweringly sweet or spicy as some Belgian's go. Meh, make up your own mind, I am not into this style so I probably wouldn't go there again!

PP (Price Point) - $10.99 for a 22oz is a somewhat average bang for the buck, Definitely worth it if you are a Belgian Ale fan!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was split between a few people at the Farmhouse in Emmaus. The pour was a dark brown, and had a quick fading fizzy tan head on it. The smell of the beer was yeasty and had a light nutty aroma and some sweetness to it. The taste of the beer was rich with dark fruit and brown sugar, there is some nice yeasty flavors also. The mouthfeel was a little on the thinner side, has some little bubbles on the tongue. Overall this beer was just above average. Nothing too fantastic here.

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Photo of bierguru
2.77/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

batch 4

The beer looks decent, it's fairly clear. The head is decent with decent retention, but the body is just too clear and clean. It would be awesome if it just was a bit dirtier and hazier.

The smell is Belgian. somewhat like a saison. Mostly dominated by the yeast with some caramelly notes in the background. I would have liked a sharper Belgian spice,

The taste is along the same lines. Belgiany, like a dirty, dark saison. Nothing great or special. It's a bit too thin, and not much spicy i do get some fruityness in the beer reminds me of apples

the beer is drinkable and decent nothing to go crazy about

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off-white head that quickly faded away, leaving only some delicate lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruit, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness with hints of brown sugar and caramel while the finish has some notes of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: The beer is quite drinkable for the style because it’s a bit lighter in body and doesn’t have as much alcohol content, although it does match up quite well with other Belgian Strong Dark Ales when it comes to taste and aroma.

Note: Batch #5, Bottled in January 2011

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All around meh. Drank this while wearing an Avery Brewing Company t-shirt and in a New Belgium glass. I was ready to go Colorado homer on the rating, but the beer just didn't give me enough to work with.

The beer looks decent, but it's just too clear for what I want. The head is excellent and has great retention, but the body is just too clear and clean. It would be awesome if it just was a bit dirtier and hazier.

The smell is Belgian. somewhat like a saison. Mostly dominated by the yeast with some caramelly notes in the background. I would have liked a sharper Belgian spice, but whatever, it's decent.

The taste is along the same lines. Belgiany, like a dirty, dark saison. Nothing great or special. It's a bit too thin, but it is drinkable and smooth. I'm not going to say no to the rest of the bottle, but frankly, I kind of wish I was just drinking my homebrew. That's not something I want from what could be a good BSDA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Carmel brown with a thick tan head, fizzy. Some lacing left on the glass.

S - Raisin, fruit, oak.

T - Slight fruity raisins, cola-like flavor as welll.

D - Medium carbonation, thinner feeling in the mouth.

O - Nothing special, actually kinda boring
Batch 4

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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale from Avery Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,630 ratings.
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