Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary
Russian River Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.62 | pDev: 6.93%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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HaveUSeenMyCellar from California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

Feb 13, 2013
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #950!!!
Huge thanks to Kramer for sharing this one with us at last nights Christmas Party. A perfectly cellared bottle since purchase is a rare thing with this one it seems.

Pours clear amber red with a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells of woody oak, lactic sourness, tart cherries, light barnyard funk, dash of Greek yogurt, caramel sweetness and some wet cardboard oxidation. Taste is holding up much better than the nose is. Cherry skin, mild musty funk, dulled lactic sourness and only a light hint of the oxidation is present. Smooth, tart feel is much lighter than I had heard it would be making it remarkably easy to consume.

Overall I really loved this one. The nose is definitely suffering for its age but the taste is still awesome. I can't thank Kramer enough for opening this one for us to try, thanks again buddy!!!

Dec 21, 2014
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rowingbrewer from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened last night with friends along side some other outstanding beers but this one was the high point of the night for me.

Bottle opened with a nice pop, very well carbed. Poured a golden color with a small white head ( was a fairly small pour so it didn't kick up to much foam). The smell was acidic with definite funky cheese notes. The taste was sour and surprisingly bright for a 5 year old American Wild Ale. The mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. Overall this was tied with beat b3 for the best beer of the night. Beat out cable car 2012 DDG b1 and b2. The Russian rivers beat out lost abbey the whole night.

Oct 20, 2013
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mcc1654 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Jun 04, 2013
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DaveHack from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2015
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yamar68 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ryan for opening this bottle up with me on a whim! This is a long time want that I would have never thought I'd have the chance to try.

Pours a cloudy burnt amber gold with a thin, noisy cap that retains far better than I would have guessed. Leaves a bit of sticky lace... lovely.

A massive wallop of acidity is noticeable before I even think to sniff at the glass. Warhead status sour punch cleans the nostrils, transitioning into a smooth sense of bright fruit and old oak. A bit of vanilla if you really hunt for it... something sweet on the tail end.

It's no more forgiving to the palate... big funky overripe fruits, white wine vinegar, some sour citric flesh, that oak really shines in this regard... finishes beautifully dry, keeps you thirsty. For how sour this one is, I could easily drink the entire bottle to my dome slice. Delicious indeed.

I am forever indebted to you, good sir. Wow!

Jan 10, 2013
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kevanb from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at a Russian River take over at Toronado SF on February 12, 6oz pour into a stemmed tulip. Review is from notes.

I was very excited to try this beer, first time for me, and to have it on tap is a great treat. It pours a murky burgundy color, touches of reds, browns with a soft fizzy off white head that dissipates immediately, no lacing. The aroma is nice, sour fruit, light funk, mild citrus and light oak character. The nose is nice, balanced, not too sour, not too funky, not too oaky, but not that pungent or dazzling. The flavors are right in line, light citrus, juicy sour fruit with lighter acidity, touch of vinegar, oaky funky, a bit of brett character, a little bit of vanilla is in there as well. The flavors again fail to really pop or resinate in a meaningful way, clearly age is starting tone things down in this beer. The body is really nice, light, lively, zesty, coats the mouth well but finishes so smoothly and with almost a creamy texture, very easy to drink.

Verdict: A very good beer, but one that has probably seen better days, I would have really liked to have tried this fresher, but better late than never. A fine beer, but not a world beater.

Feb 14, 2013
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Holland from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Apr 20, 2014
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bbadger from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

May 19, 2013
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distantmantra from Washington

4.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 29, 2015
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doughanson78 from Washington

5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jan 19, 2013
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VAbdoyan from California

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Dec 12, 2012
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Herky21 from Iowa

5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jul 01, 2014
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Dennoman from Belgium

4.37/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by forgetfu (Bill) and Matt at our crazy Antwerp tasting. They touted it as the best beer ever to come out of America, and me generally not leaning towards sours, it had some big shoes to fill.

A: Hot damn this is a beer you want to dive into. Muddled and cloudy as can be, with a beautiful yellow vibrancy. Head holds strong and true. You just can't help but notice this is an expertly brewed beer.

S: Big wild yeast carried by the most amazing honey aroma. Some peach and ripe peach, but the honey is the absolute star here. It's like those bars of honeycomb you had as a kid, without the inconvenience of having to pick wax from your teeth.

T: Lactic acid is the first thing to coat the palate, followed by ripe peaches and that beautifully sweet honey.

M: Medium carbonation makes for a beautiful lively beer that fizzles and pops in your mouth. A joy to have in there, shame you have to swallow it at some point really.

O: Hot diggity, even for a non-sour fan this is great. I have to see it didn't quite reach the level of some lambics I tasted that night, but it got mighty close. I wouldn't call it the best thing to ever come out of the States, but they have their own strengths as we Belgians just can't seem to whip up a decent stout!

Aug 26, 2012
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Smurf2055 from Washington

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Aug 03, 2013
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Mbrown44 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -8%

Jun 02, 2014
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sukwonee from Washington

4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how this used to taste but it's quite sweet. It balances out the sourness but it doesn't quite do it for me. Still tasty though overall!

Apr 02, 2015
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CheapBeerBuzz from California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Feb 15, 2012
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Lare453 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Mar 28, 2014
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chippo33 from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Jan 12, 2014
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SocalKicks from California

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Sep 29, 2014
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Anonymous1 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

Nov 16, 2013
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giants24 from California

5/5  rDev +8.2%

Feb 13, 2013
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fbc24 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -8%

Jan 29, 2013
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cyrushire from Florida

4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 10, 2015
Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
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