Sandy Paws (2008) | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heater Allen description:
"This year's Sandy Paws will be a Baltic Porter - think Dopplebock with more roasted flavors. Big, roasty, malty. A great beer to sit by the fire with. (1.022 BG, 6.60%, 32 IBU, 30 SRM)"

Added by msubulldog25 on 11-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of seanthornton152
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into my Maudite snifter. Body is a deep dark brown, verging on black, with garnet highlights. Not much of a head, just a half a finger's worth of tan creaminess that quickly recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of rich, sweet dark malt with a mild roasted character. A hint of dark fruit and coffee.
Palate is mostly roasted malt up front, followed by an emerging sweetness before the swallow. Notes of burnt caramel, dark plum, and lactose sweetness come through. A touch of hop bitterness mixes with a lingering roasted malt character long after the swallow. Body is substantial, but still a bit thin. While this is ostensibly called a baltic porter, I would posit that it is more of a very strong doppelbock. Nevertheless, without deference to style categorization, this is a rich, tasty brew.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had a bottle of this hiding in my fridge for a few weeks and it finally made it's way into my goblet tonight.

pours a rich dark dark brown - near black - in the glass. Garnet and mahogany highlights up to the light. A finger-thick frothy mocha-colored head has impressive retention and a fair bit of lacing.

aroma is rich, roasted, earthy, loamy and even a bit peaty. milk chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, molasses, raisins. a hint of alcohol. Toasted malt... very roasty and bittersweet with a bit more dark fruit - cherries and prunes. Enticingly rich.

impressively deliciously complex. Roasty malt and burnt caramel up front. Then a rich malt with cocoa, milk chocolate, a bit of bready cake. Golden raisins, dark cherries, dates, and some other fruit sweetness, without being overly sugary. Earthy and rich. A bit of spice and a bit of sweetness - almost milk stout-esque - keep it from being overly earthy or dirty.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and fairly light - perfect for the style. Ample carbonation fills the mouth and carries the sweet and malt notes nicely.

An impressive brew and an interesting take on a Baltic. Beautiful in both aroma and flavor. Another solid offering (if not one of the better) offerings from Heater Allen. Definitely worth tracking down a few bottles of this one while they're still around. Delicious!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In 2007, Sandy Paws was a damn tasty Dopplebock; the 2008 version is a Baltic Porter (perhaps the first ale released by lager-lovin' Heater Allen?). Picked up a couple 22 oz. bottles recently and poured one to a pint glass today, the last day of January.

Another refreshingly simple HA label: this year's 'Sandy Paws' cover-dog sitting contentedly in a field.

A: Pours rich and dark, black and first glance. Look closer and catch glints of ruby and auburn knifing through. A fine khaki cream sets a while, cresting at a finger-high before dropping to a thin cover, randomly dimpled. Good clinging lace dangles delicately, threatening to slip down the glass.

S: Mineral chocolate aroma, a little earthy/dirty. Hints at dark fruit and a little spice. Modest strength. My nose hasn't been picking up subtleties recently, so this may be more complex than I'm giving credit for.

T: Yes! Big cocoa flavor, baker's chocolate and luscious cake. Mild pit fruits/raisins with hints of ground spice (nutmeg, cinnamon). Earthy, a touch smoky, and filled with dark (almost charred) grain huskiness. Not terribly sugary, which compares nicely to some European Baltics that skew toward an almost syrupy sweetness. Delicious.

M: Ultra smooth and creamy! Medium mouthfeel to begin, seems to build and coat the mouth/draw the cheeks with dry spices, subtle carbonation and a stealthy alcohol warmth. A little sticky malt hangs on the lips.

D: Rick, you guys did it again - another wintertime winner! Enjoyable from start to finish: terrific flavors and feel. The type of beer that's a pleasure to sip and savor, the type that the only regret comes when the glass is empty and one realizes there's no more left. I recommend to anyone in the Portland/NW Oregon area to grab some Sandy Paws '08 before it's gone. You won't regret it.

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Photo of mykie73
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can count the mount of baltic porters on one hand that I've had, but so far this had been my favorite.

A Thin tan head lacing around edges. Looks thin and very dark. What I expect of a Baltic porter.

S wood, chocolate, coconut

T Chocolate malt, oak aftertaste; quite delicious. A nice big sipper

F Thin and smooth, great for this snowy night, Does not coat the mouth at all.

D would buy again. can sip on this guy for a long time. not sure how it would age or if it would get any better.

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Sandy Paws (2008) from Heater Allen Brewing
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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