Propitiation | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by flayedandskinned on 06-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
123
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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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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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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Propitiation from Russian River Brewing Company
4.24 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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