Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guest beer on draught at the 1221 E. Pike Street brewery in Seattle, Washington. Pours a clear copper amber brew with an average off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, a touch of brown sugar and some dry iced tea with fuggle style hops. Taste is medium bodied, some powdered toasted caramel malt flavors with a touch of black pepper. Finish is mildly bitter, slightly dry with a light malt and dry hop aftertaste.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capitol Hill Elysian. Dark red with nice head. Bitter hops, yet not overwhelming and very smooth. Nice session beer that is malt forward, but doesnít forget about the hops.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber with solid covering of creamed burnt caramel froth. Fruity hop and malt aroma. Again, quite fruity hops with a slight malt backbone in flavor. A good brew that straddles English ESB/American Amber territory. Nice balance. Mild bitterness that rounds out the profile.
Oakes (12447) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden-accented dark brown with a thick caramel head. Looks great. Rich earthy-caramel nose with a slight minerally accent. Bitter, with a woody, toasty, minerally character. PNW bitterness + English taste = nice!
theisti (3232) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft at brewery in South Downtown Seattle, enjoyed in the company of after4ever. Pour is a clear mahogany with a smallish off white head. If they hadnít done the hand pull in front of me, I think I would have doubted this was on cask. Aroma of crystal malt, and not really much else. Taste is straight crystal malt, this tasted pretty much exactly like Iced Tea. Crystal overpowered any subtlety that may have lied within on this one. This was not a very enjoyable beer for me as I am not a fan of the crystal malt taste. Per Tomís comment, perhaps cask killed this one a bit?
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Elysian Fields. Pours bright orange/ruby-highlighted medium amber with a thick, moussy tan head that shows a fair amount of bubbling. Big iced tea nose, almost lemony in its intensity. After that brilliant coloration, the nose shouldnít have been a surprise...the overdose of crystal malt here will really get ya. Itís got a nice brightly carbed session-me session-me attack, medium body, itís a quenching beer. Then that iced tea crystalness takes over and smacks you around. So puckery and tea-like that you almost pick up lemon on the finish. Thisíd be fine, if unspectacular, on a really hot day, but, truly, they need to get some balance in the specialty malt bill on this one. Kind of a surprise to see a blatant recipe error like this in an Elysian beer...or maybe no one else (other than Aspidites) dislikes this flavor as much as I do.
They also offered this beer on cask, which for my money sapped the life from it, and made it into flat, watery iced tea with a loose head. Again, though, Iím not the guy to come to for lucidly impartial ratings of casked beers. So put that together with a crystal overdose and my objectivity is just shot.