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Sandy Paws (2011) | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jdense on 12-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown with a very thin tan head, fades almost instantly to the edges.

S - Roasted malts and coffee.

T - Sweet fruit, coffee.

D- Low carbonation and a bit thin body.

O - Not as good as I remember last years batch. I wonder if they changed the recipe a bit.

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Photo of VanKieft
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle, picked up at the Macadam Zupans on Christmas Eve (last minute gift to ourselves); split with wife tonight, although she took most of it, truth be told.

'Odie', the black labrador, is the star of this year's label.

A: A shade or two lighter than some Baltics; it's a mahogany hue at the core, but a lighter amber at the fringes. A fairly small head of dense tan cream, but one that ebbs quickly. Almost no lace, just a few scattered freckles.

S: Wow! Big chocolate aroma: cocoa and syrupy sweetness with dark fruit, like plum and concord grape. Well, more like raisin... A nice smokiness, too, a notable sweetening of the malt.

T: Lots of cocoa and roasted malt. Earthy and well-fruited, a subtle tanginess embedded. Some cola caramel and spice and a dustier, ground spice finish.

M: Nice refined mouthfeel, silky smooth with a light prickle. Finishes with drier spice notes. A tad thin and maybe a little too sticky for my liking.

O: Easy to enjoy, approachable Baltic Porter. My wife was very happy sipping on this; I downed my share pretty quickly and wanted more. I've enjoyed Heater Allen's annual winter offerings every year - this is no exception.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sandy Paws 2012 is also a 6.5% ABV baltic porter, but this one's for Henry, a Bernese Mountain dog.

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights and a thin but persistent beige head that leaves a little lacing, this looks pretty good. The nose is solid. While a little lower in ABV than some of my preferred baltic porters, this one definitely not lacking in flavor or aroma. Unsweetened cocoa, a little molasses, some dark fruit, a little caramel and some roast are present on the nose. As with all of the HA beers I've had yet, this is clean, rounded and well-balanced.

The palate opens with a blend of caramel and medium-dark chocolate, bitter and sweet, with a pleasant roasted grain acidity. Some fruit as well, there's plums and mild red grapes. Quite sweet but never cloying thanks to the grainy bitterness, this is wel-balanced. Medium-light in body and with a fine, creamy carbonation, this is an absolute treat on the palate - silky smooth and very soft. The finish is creamy with a blend of bitterness and caramel/cocoa sweetness. Quite excellent, this is among the lighter, more drinkable baltic porters I've had.

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer from this brewery, but mighty impressed.

Not a great deal of carbonation, poured a dark reddish black/brown.

Smell is wonderful sour coffee. Typical baltic porter.

Great chocolate coffee taste, with a bitter aftertaste. Excellent beer, with an easy drinking thin to moderate mouthfeel.

Will definitely seek this out in the future.

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Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle shared as part of Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Medium tan head, slow dissipation with above average lacking over dark brown opaque body. Complex nose, medium roast, some smoke, chocolate and floral hops. Taste is more smoky than the nose which pairs well with the roasted malt, good dose of chocolate, dark and cocoa nibs, floral hops with some sweetness on the back end. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, good effervescence, pretty dry finish. I'm continually impressed year after year by this beer, a nice Baltic Porter for the lunchbox heads at Christmas time. Often this style suffers from heavy-handed smokiness, but Heater Allen got this just right again. Worth seeking out for fans of the style.

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Sandy Paws (2011) from Heater Allen Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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