Russian River Brewing Supplication
What the brewers say
"Ale aged in pinot noir barrels with cherries."
What our panel thought
"Wine-forward and tart with vinous qualities that shine. The cherries add a tartness that balances the sweetness and earthy wine and wood character."
What our editors thought
Oak, red wine grapes, and tannin on those nose with a subtle and dry fruitiness. The sip is bold—not with acidity alone, but with a bright and angular fruit tartness backed with a round and woody fruit bitterness akin to stems or pits that kicks in mid-finish to clearly avoid any cloying fruit character. What's remarkable is how transformative the fruit experience is—forget cherries, this beer becomes something else entirely as the wine barrels and fruit add up to something more nuanced and complex than any sum of the parts."