Sandy Paws (2007) - Heater Allen Brewing
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4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A mighty thanks to msubulldog25 for this surprise in the latest trade box. This is about as DIY looking as it gets. Couldn't wait to jump in...curiosity killed this cat.
Pours a light mocha head, about a half-inch, and it doesn't look like it's dying off quickly. It eventually thins, but it takes awhile, remaining a thin layer for the duration. Color is a very, very, very dark brown...not quite black, but just one small shade off.
Aroma is nice and big, not holding anything back. Black currants, molasses, graham cracker, all of it pretty toasty.
Flavor is wonderful. It just is. I'm tempted to just leave it at that, but that wouldn't be very useful. So...lots of things jump out at me all at once. First impression: this is not your typical doppelbock. It's got all those malty, roasty characteristics, but it's a little hoppier than expected (it's from Oregon, doncha know) and there's a pronounced sweetness that reminds of blackberries and concord grapes. A lactic/marshmallow flair too. Nice and juicy, with just the right balance between sweetness, roastiness and bitterness.
Nice coffee nip in the finish, holding well with a buttery slickness up against just the right amount of carbonation.
Too damn bad this is about as rare as they come. I'd love to get more someday. Not sure how their other offerings are, but based on this alone I could see them being a major NW brewer someday. Brian (msubulldog25) tells me they're pretty much a lager-only brewery, which is awesome, there's definitely a place for that, especially in their ale-centric part of the world. Great stuff.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2007 23:08:32 | More by Metalmonk
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My first taste of this new Oregon brewery; a 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Bottle is one of four, hand-delivered by Rick Allen (brewer). On the website, it says a mere 60 gallons are brewed and bottled of this seasonal annually.
1.023 BG, 6.7% ABV, 41 IBU, 25 SRM
A: Quite dark, a deep brownness kissed with garnet and ruby at the edges. Held to light, this shows lots of big cola-like carbonation. Head is a sandy tan and dwindles over several minutes from a solid half-finger to a pock-marked thin cream. Lace is in thin, loosely-knit sheets.
S: Sugar-sweet malty aroma, full of molasses and overly-ripe fruit. A spiced sweetness that compares well with better doppelbocks, light cocoa/milk chocolate and reduced caramel come out in abundance.
T: Bold and full of cocoa, caramel and malty sugars. Lightly toasted grain flavor, melds well with a hefty hop bittering. Quite spicy and zesty, with a rich, full roastiness that borders on being smoky. This holds no punches in the flavor department; if I have a complaint it's that this is a little too bitter for the style. But it's a small complaint; this is quite flavorful, roasted and satisfying.
M: A rich and medium-full feel on the tongue, with a zesty sparkle in the mouth, due to a modest yet filling carbonation. Bubbles fill the mouth yet dissipate quickly, roast/burnt flavors linger longer and stay pleasant sweet, without being sticky or cloying.
D: An ample dopplebock with a NW twist of hops; bold flavors leave a satisfyingly roasted mouthfeel. May not be the perfect example of the traditional German style, but this is definitely well-crafted and a flavorful version worth seeking out. Cheers to Heater-Allen for crafting this tasty brew...website says this can be "...enjoyed right away, or aged several years...". I'll do both; excellent now; even better in a few months/years?
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2007 02:49:40 | More by msubulldog25
Sandy Paws (2007) from Heater Allen Brewing
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