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Collaboration Not Litigation Ale by Avery Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
8.99 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I got at Midtown in Nashville. Batch number 2. Poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a semi-thick viscosity. Poured a milky, medium brown. Had about a finger of off white head. The head had very little retention and the top cap is not too impressive. The lacin is not too bad. Creates random rings as you work your way down.

S: Very subtle Belgian yeast hits you on first whiff. Caramel sweetness is very nice. Banana, plums and prunes are all present but faint. The smells are nice, but they are all kinda blah as far as intensity. I would have given it a higher rating if not for the faintness.

T: Once again Belgian Yeast is heavy. Banana is absolutely there. Prunes are faint but also stand up for role call. The caramel is very sweet and adds a lot to this brew. Once again, flavors are very subdued and spotty.

M: Medium in body and actually quite thick. Sort of thrown off by this considering the rest of the profiles. This brew really coats and give you a chance to enjoy what it has to offer. Absolutely zero trace of ABV. Very nice in that respect. Carbonation is pretty damned perfect, making this easy to drink.

D: This beer is decent. It could be a hell of a lot better. I can see where they were headed. It has its high points and low. It is easy to drink making it nice. The nose and the taste could be much better. Still, not bad and I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-30-2008 05:46:26

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 7 13 4 6 2010
22oz Bomber
Binny's Orland

Tried this in comparison to Avery's Salvation which I sampled earlier. Collaboration poured into a chalice a lightly hazed murky amber that glows when held to the light. Good amount of carbonation bubbles rise into the creamy, khaki 1+ finger head. Settles to a thick cap that leaves behind walls of lacing with each sip.

I'm finding the smell lacking. Very faint. Fruity esters along with the slight metallic twang. Some clove shows itself. I seem to pick up some banana but mild blackberry is there as well.

The flavor is much different than I expected, I can't notice much of Avery's Salvation in here. Starts with a solid dose of grainy maltiness with a showing of caramel. There's a metallic twang mid-palate that's quickly followed by dark fruits that are reminiscent of blackberries and fig. There's a powdery yeastiness and a bigger than expected hop spiciness that compliments things nicely. The flavor gets much better as it warms but still lacking.

The mouthfeel is nice. Medium bodied with lively carbonation pushes things through and leaves with the tastebuds awakened.

This is a good beer but one glass is more than enough. It just kept going on and on.

I can't detect very much of Avery's Salvation in here. The carbonation is similiar but everything else is very different. This is a fun and enjoyable beer though and a great idea. Hopefully we can see more brewers coming together like this in the future. I just need to get my hands on Russian River's Salvation now to complete the trilogy.

Reviewed: 2/26/07

Price: $5.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by Ricarrdo on 04/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
Because this was a “collaboration” between Russian River and Avery, I thought I would try it – nice beer – pours a fairly thick, viscous, milky medium red and has a nice creamy Guinness Stout like head that dissipates very quickly. Alleged Belgian style ale but it is very similar to the Schneider Aventinus – where the latter has spice and cloves, the Collaboration has spice and hops – not as strong as the Aventinus and the bouquet is a bit of a letdown – in fact, I was disappointed when I smelled it as I thought the beer wouldn’t be good – honestly it smells like a Budweiser! with some nutmeg! Ha! OK, not that bad. But… the intial taste is very spicy and fruity with a mid palate bitterness and a bit of what tastes like bitter hops follow through. Like all Avery brews, I have a hard time with this one – what is it? A Belgian style? A German Style? An American take on Belgium (if so, it’s way off because this beer tastes German to me!). But, I would give it a fairly solid 88-91. Would I buy it again? I don’t know – for the style and price, likely not – at $6.99 for the bottle I would prefer a Hopfen Weisse or Aventinus (if I want this style) for much less.

Price: $6.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
Darkly musted orange body with a tad of brown overlap in shading. The glow within is lowly lit and soft when up to a decent light source, otherwise it sits at a mostly brown bottle-like cast. A nice pinky high dense foam of lightly tanned froth roofs the liquid with long lasting effort. Lacing is glazed across the glass in patchy sheeting.

Aroma is mostly dry with a scent of dark fruityness that fig, raisin, and cherry pits sit a mixed with some yeasty spice and slight candy sugar notes.

Taste is a firm display of big time dried out dark fruits and yeasty notions with hinting additions of dark candied sugars and alcoholic spice. A touch grapey at the front, figgy and twiggy, quite dry and yeasty with a bittering, semi alkaline-like dryness on the tongue that leaves a pile of fluffy stuff all over the palate. Quite parchingly dry yet just rounded enough in the back with the sugars to make it enjoyable. Warmth is light with a spicy backslide of cinnamon, earth, oak, and yeast. Finish stays persistantly forward with dryness and leaves ghostly traces of all flavors a mixed.However; as it warms/relaxes it gains its rounded tone of malts and darkened sugary sweetness and loses a good portion of its forward dryness. Much better at that point I think...arounf 55 - 58 degrees.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid with upfront tones of dryness that sets the stage for the rest of its character. Beyond medium in body with barely a slice of dark sweetness to keep it backed up in balance as it stays fairly straight up dry with the yeast and earthy settings. It has a tendency to change its balanace from time to time, especially as it warms, regardless, its heavy ended towards the dry at first so be patient if that's not your thing. But its not overwhelmingly so; its quite manageable really, and a pleasing combo, or blending, of styles that most will like. Quite nice once its been breathing a while.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 12/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 4 7 2008
Batch 2-ation. Pours a very cloudy (un-Avery like but it is a collaboration) lighter amber color with red hues throughout. A decent pour leaves a thick eggshell white colored head with great retention and lacing through out the sampling.

The nose is young but some stronger Belgian qualities and hints of Brett. Sweeter malty aromas with some lighter bready and biscuit aromas that mix well with the cand aroma. Nice Belgian and spicy qualities. Noticeable banana and rose phenols that don't quite hid the solvent/fusel alcohol nose. Darker fruits, like prunes and figs come out as well. Some coriander and clovers.

The taste is similar to the nose. Up front there is a sweeter candi-esk malt taste. Lighter bready flavors as well. Belgian yeast characteristics with a more of a dubble presence. Banana and cloves comes out more as the figs and plums are limited. Some lighter brett, horse blanket is detectable in the back end. Some noticeable fusels as well.

The body is closer to mid but has some fuller aspects. Overall this is a fun beer but best to age. After some time I will have to revisit this beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 03/07/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 10 15 2 6 2007
A: Hazy burnt umber with a fizzy manilla head. Fizz ended quick and now just a simple head remains.

S: A lot of odor in this beer, I could smell it immediately after I popped the cap. After further investigation, one can find cooked carrots, bronze, burnt cookies, Wheaties, butter crème and really faint cocoa.

T: First impression brings baked potatoes, licorice and cooked carrots to the forefront of the tongue. There’s some spices in there too…perhaps coriander, clove and nutmeg? Most of the flavor happens after the swallow where really spicy malts prevail…almost like there is rye, but I don’t think there is. Its an odd beer due to the blending, probably what is creating the rye flavors. Most of the sweetness that first accompanied this beer a year ago has been tempered down to a controllable level. Toasted malts add a rugged composition against the sweet and spicey malts . Finishes bready with nips of cinnamon, brown sugar and maple. Dirty hops dance on the palate.

M: Full body and fuzzy

D: I can’t say this was totally up my alley. Not bad but a bit off kilt…like it’s a bunch of flavors together that should have never been. I’m glad I tried it but I’m not sure I’d order it again.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by Kegergator on 01/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
Thanks to TT for this brew>

Pours a murky dark amber with a nice light tan head on it that stays strong. Sweet fruity smell with some yeastiness. Taste is really sweet. A really easy brew to drink and has a really smooth finish. A well balanced mouthfeel. Nothing overpowering, but nothing to knock it too much.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 18 3 8 0
Review from 01/25/07

A - Pours a nice brownish red body with a slight haze to it. Pours an off white fizzy head of about one inch. Recedes to a film on the surface withing a minute.

S - Bready. Dark fruits. A bit of funk. Cherries and raisins. Some candy sugar. A whole lot of stuff here.

T - Starts sweet with candy sugar, brown sugar and a touch of toffee. Turns a little spicy with some caramel coming through. Some of that charred oak taste that you get from barrell aging, but I didn't think this was aged. Some dark fruit still hovering around in here with some raisin and fig.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit too fizzy. Some swirls in the glass help.

D - I had my doubts about blending beers, but with two great brewers anything is possible. They did a great job with this very enjoyable brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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