Russian River Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #326
Ranked #2,982
4.19 | pDev: 10.98%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 123
Photo of tigerbeer90
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe it was a '15 poured at Toronado's 'Tion Day. This was a conflicting beer, a little too heavy on the porter side IMO. Would like to have seen the sour side shine a bit more. That's not to say this isn't a very enjoyable beer in its own right

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Photo of breadwinner
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark sours seem to be a a bit polarizing , all the moreso when they're soured porters/stouts (not just dark grained sour/funky saisons). I happen to enjoy these types of beers, so naturally RR's take was a winner for me. All the requisite elements are there, red winey barrel notes set against smoky, charred grain, touches of citrically sour acidity, buzzy carbonation. I find it all unique, oddly refreshing even, but if you're not into sour dark beer, this probably ain't your jam.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rather confusing/ conflicted beer. A battle between a light and refreshing beer, with a nice amount red wine barrel with accompanying booziness, and that of a porter with an associated smokey richness. The dual confuses the palate.

It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with dark roasted malt, fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa powder, fruit, acidic, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of sour, roast, and fruit all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the RR Taproom! Woop woop!! Smells like supplication to me with maybe a little porter coming through the sour funk. So nice, like all the sour -ations. A little porter coming through in the taste along with all that good sour ation.

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Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, the sour component is front and center, as I get considerable vinegar, with just a hint of smoke, light vanilla and light coffee. The flavor profile is just more of the same, and the sourness in this beer was nearly painful. The menu describes this as a sour porter, but the porter component is really pretty deeply submerged between the layers of sour. Like the nose, there's a hint of smoke, coffee and vanilla in this dry, sour beer, but the sour completely dominates the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the alcohol doesn't seem particularly high in this beer (which it isn't). Otherwise, the finish is long and very, very sour.

Clearly a beer for sour lovers and not a beer for porter fans. Could not finish my one glass and could not find any willing takers at the bar to drink the rest of it. Oh well....

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.86/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown almost black beer with calm fluffy effervescence provides a beautiful presentation of a very dark beer consistent with the underlying porter style. The aroma is a dense but not overpowering sour cherry with a complexity that escapes this reviewer's ability to provide adequate creative description. Taste is solid - sour but not overpowering. Complex and lovely. Mouthfeel is nice - not too Puckering. I could drink several in succession. A beautiful beer. A beautiful experience. This is an exceptional sour.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet at the brewery.

A: Well-dark, pitch-black, light tan head.

S: Wild yeast. Dark but fruity malts.

T: A solid sour. Rich chocolate, roast, maybe, but mostly just sour. Wild yeast and interesting berry fruitiness.

M: tart and cool.

O: This is a very infesting beer. Light and tart and swept and roasted and solid. Recommended, even if I wouldn't drink it often.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. (I think) draft
Glass: Goblet
From: Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Price: ???
Purchased: July 17, 2013
Consumed: July 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with one finger of khaki-white head when I got it. Nice layered lacing. Minimal retention on the top.

Smelled sour cherry, tart, Sweet Tarts, black cherries, bourbon, barrel-aged and raspberry.

Tasted similar to the smell with a stronger alcohol feel. Got tart, Sweet Tarts, strong background, barrel-aged, raspberry, dark cherry, bourbon and faint Cherry Coke Zero.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Another great beer. Russian River just does everything right.

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Photo of impending
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


At the source. Dark bronze mahogany, minor ring for a collar, no lacing.

The aroma is expressive, citric tart, wholesome earthy sour, a lot of barrel in evidence, very tannic. shares much with consecration

The taste too is of a consecration variation. . . to its betterment. Sharp & Tannic. The barrel too is a major flavor component. Grape skins, lots of grape skins. Puckering dry finish. Would never had ventured the base was a porter, yes, there is much beneath the wildness but what I sensed may as well have been imagined. Less than medium bodied astringent mouthfeel.
lip smacking delicious

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Photo of illidurit
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. 1st rating woooo! Deep amber brown with a tan head. Brown sugar, black cherries, molasses, port wine, aged balsamic vinegar. Really awesome nose. Flavor is even better. Slight milk chocolate and lactose sweetness lasts for a second before a beautiful lactic acidity plows it over and leaves nice lemon pith and grape skin accents behind. So good. Wow.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Served a very dark mahogany brown with a thin light brown collar. Spotty wispy lacework was left down the glass.
S: Similar tart dark fruit notes to Consecration. I get some caramel sugariness except drier. Tons of cranberry-like sourness comes through as it warms.
T: Candied sugar, chocolate malt porter base is noticeable but sourness makes this taste like a completely different beer, clean and light tartness, tart cranberry finish, touch of banana esters, and a touch of berries. Some butterscotch pokes through the roast and sourness. Tartness is clean, lightly acidic and red fruit like. Finish is full of roast, butterscotch and caramel, and the aftertaste is full of cranberries and sour red fruits. Roast lingers long as the swallow.
M: Medium-full body, greasy heavy mouthfeel, low carbonating, clean tartness, slight acidic bite, drying tartness, with a touch of gritty tannins.
O: Definitely reminds me of T25. Aside from that I was thoroughly impressed with how well a RR sour porter turned out. Dry and tart in all the right ways. Not smashingly sour, easy to drink very smooth. Great flavors.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brew pub.
Poured into one of Russian Rivers globe like goblets.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a hazy, extremely dark brown, almost black with a 2 finger light tan head with surprisingly long retention considering that this is a sour porter aged in wine barrels for over a year.

Aroma: (4.5)
Tart cherry pie filling fills your nostrils as you raise the glass to your nose. There are accompanying notes of lemon juice, red wine vinegar(very light presence) and some really nice barnyard funk and horse blankets from the Brettanomyces. The wine barrel definitely makes its presence known; there is a sizable berry infused, coconut-y woodsy presence before the roasted malts of the porter base beer round off this very intriguing nose. The lightly smokey and toasty malts come out more and more as the beer warms.

Taste: (4.5)
A bright burst of lemon juice and of more of the tart cherry pie filling that is found in the aroma strikes your palate first. There is a light coating of brett funk that encapsulates the mouth puckering sourness. The beer finishes very dry with a long, lingering sour and bitter finish. The both the porter's roasted malts and the wine barrel come out very strongly in the finish; roasted coffee, light chocolate from the malts and a peppery, vinous and vanilla note from the wood. My gut says this was either aged in Pinot Noir or Cabernet barrels.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Robust, slightly creamy with lively, snappy carbonation.

Overall (4.5)
Yet another amazing wine barrel aged sour from Russian River. Apparently, this has been aged for at least a year and half in wine barrels and even after that long of an incubation, the roasted malts still come out from underneath the onslaught of funky sourness. Very impressive and I highly recommend this beer. Awesome!

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 123 ratings