Solace Rose - Deschutes Brewery & Public House
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap @ the Deschutes Brewery & Public House (Portland, OR) on 9/3/11. 10 oz or so pour served in a balloon goblet.
Pours a deep murky amber, with pretty much no head or retention to speak of. Maybe just a smidge of VERY light spotty foam dots the sides of the glass down by the liquid level. The aroma has a big fruity and tart bouquet on it, with an underlying layer of sugary sweet malt and vanilla (there is maybe a touch of darker chocolate present as well). The edges of the nose have some flavorful green barrel character, along with a touch of light acidity. It does start to show its ABV a bit as this warms, with a whiff of stiff warmth during every other sniff of this.
The taste is sugary feeling malts and sweet vanilla flavor up front, which mingles with a LOT of tart fruit character (cherries in particular). This leads into more tartness towards the backend and additional lingering sugars. There is a light barrel touch on the edges of the profile which pulls into a dry and woody finish. I’m digging the smoothness and integration of the flavors here, as the acidity here or any sourness seems to be kept well in line. Well done. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a mellow crispness to the carbonation that is encapsulated on the sides by more of a sleek chewiness. Unlike the nose, the alcohol here in the body is just fantastically hid, with only the heft of the feel belying just how beefy the overall ABV might be.
This was pretty darn good. Maybe not quite as exciting as the description on the beer menu would indicate; but I really enjoyed the obvious extended aging here, as the flavors were very well integrated into a rich and smooth experience. And man, that big ABV is just beautifully hid. You could really get into trouble quickly after a couple of these.
Serving type: on-tap
09-26-2011 16:43:17 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap at the Portland Pub, served in a Deschutes Snifter glass.
A - It arrives at the table with no head at all, brown, with traces of red throughout.
S - Smell is fruity, a bit of funk and sweet.
T - Again fruit, funk, some carmel.
D - Low carbonation and oily in the mouth.
O - Overall I would call this a muted down dissident with more barrel flavor. Decent, but not great in my book.
Serving type: on-tap
08-31-2011 04:19:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
Solace Rose from Deschutes Brewery & Public House
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.