Nautical Disaster
Russell Brewing Company

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Barleywine - English
3.86 | pDev: 6.74%
Russell Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dave Shea's beer!! So happy to have scored this recently from an awesome Vancouver liquor store that socked some away and recently busted out.

Pours a nice rich amber-orange, just a touch of haze, and a finger of thick off-white head that fades to a skim that leaves some great lacy bands behind.

Nice caramel, plums and raisins, sherry, just a slight touch of wet cardboard but not off-putting yet, a bit of brown sugar.

Light caramel, toffee, plums and raisins, brown sugar, sherry. Nice sweetness but not cloying, just about right. Light bitter hops in the finish. Oxidation is setting in but I like that in a b-wine up to a point (far past this).

Medium-full body, medium-low smooth carbonation.

Okay, I have to say this is one of the more intimidating beers I've reviewed. Dave's pretty serious about his beer and has a great nose/palate ...or at least the conviction and confidence to back up any opinions. ;-) Great stuff man, please unload any extra hombrews on this guy right here.

Mar 19, 2015
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky fawn brown with just a finger of tan head.

S: Scent off the top is of wet or dank basement, some minerals and a undertone of sweet malts or carmel. Not overwhelming on the nose.

F: Wheaty and malty with burbon notes and a vanilla smoothness to offset the alcohol esters. Suggests some oak flavours of wet wood, with a under current of hops just in the background. Finishes with a bitters on the tongue that linger, citrus rind mingle with the initial smooth oak and alcohol ester.

M: light to medium bodied, perhaps a little thin, with very little carbonation. Would have preferred a more sturdy moth feel to support the sipper style flavours.

O: A good translation for a home brew to commercial brew, the scent is somewhat simple and may require some tweaking but the flavours are bold and solid. We especially enjoyed the alcohol esters, a pleasant internal warmth that starts on the tongue and lasts on the way down. Special note about the brewery, Russell gives home brewers such an incredible opportunity to see their hard work become commercial reality - exceptional support for the innovative brewer.

Dec 25, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 27/8/13

A clear brownish amber that's saturated with bubbles, large three finger tan head quickly falls to a pinky and stays there leaving a thick ring followed by random patches

S spicy and herbal hops, nutty caramel with very faint coco, fruit I can't place, pie crust and earthy notes mix well with brown sugar, faint licorice and a little booze

T a little woody with just a tad more booze, still quite spicy and herbal but less caramel and brown sugar and a little warm iced tea

M not all that thick for the strength but silky and all the bubbles cream it up, herbal earthy notes linger on the finish

O good but not quite great, not lacking but not excelling anywhere either, worth trying but not looking for ect. ect....

good English BW and I could see some folks loving it but as hard as I try to rate for style I find personal taste keep popping up and personally the malty goodness just doesn't rock my world here, like not love

Aug 28, 2013
Nautical Disaster from Russell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 12 ratings