Wednesday, August 05, 2009
This beer comes with a bit of a story. It is a joint venture between Russian river and Avery brewing because they both had a beer called Salvation. Instead of filing legal action to make the other change the name of the beer, they decided to blend the two into a special brew. The only problem I saw was when I tasted this release back on 2007 it was way too young and had not reached its full potential. Knowing a good thing when I saw it I grabbed up a several cases and put them in the cellar to age. Now at one and a half years old it has reached its peak and it ready for sale. This aged beer comes in at a good price and has a full range of deep mature flavors.
This aged 2007 vintage beer pours with a color that is a deep ruby red with brown underpinning. The head is two and a half fingers high but settles into a thin layer with some nice lace. The aroma is amazing as it has big brown malts, cherries with port and prune at the end. The flavor has a great chocolate cake, raspberry syrup quality and a qualifying hop bitterness in the finish.
For those of you who frequent BeerAdvocate.com you may know that when batches of this beer has been reviewed young (when released) it has received a lot of B- and B ratings but this 2007 aged version receives an A+ in my book. Enjoy!