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Heater Allen Sandy Paws Dark Lager (2009)


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
2009 Dark Lager From BA: "Our Christmas beer. This year’s Sandy Paws will be a little on the light side for a Baltic Porter, actually more of a roasty Bock."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 29, 2012
THANKS, Jeffrey, for bringing these bottles out of the cellar during my visit! What a huge treat! Deep brown pour (like cocobolo wood, with pretty crimson highlights), khaki foam, nice lacing. Nose is honey-kissed pumpernickel, roasted chestnuts, and a whisper of leafy/herbal hops. Lightly sweet toasted malts show up in the taste, along with a very mild bitterness. Medium body, creamy texture, and still showing ample carb. Delicious beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4928) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
I shared this 22 oz. bottle rating discussion with Strykzone via Facebook chat, and my brother and wife weighed in on the discussion as well but I take full responsibility for this review. This poured rich clear amber with a red tinged head and some really excellent lacing rings. Very attractive. The nose is chocolate, and nuts wafting up from the roasted malts. Medium to heavy body and a very smooth and clean mouthfeel. The flavor is very rich and you get the same chocolate, nuts, and rich roasted malts as in the aroma. As you move into the finish hops shine through and you get some grassy and floral bitterness that is not at all intrusive and makes this good drinking all the way to the last drop. Overall an excellent brew. While called a dunker bock here, it was bordering on tasting like a porter with the addition of the lager smoothness. I like this a great deal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke. We enjoyed it together via facebook chat. This poured a cola color with black and red. A nice thick tan foam on top. The aroma was chocolate and roasted notes. Those were both prominent themes in the flavor. The chocolate edged ahead, though. There was gobs of malt and that made for a sweet beer. Some grassy hops added a bit of tartness and bitterness but only a bit. This was sweet and rich. It was also very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Trade bottle from DA. Pours a dark brown with tiny white lacy head. Aroma is cinnamon, roasty chocolate. Very roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Very nice carbonation. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2010
22. Pours a nearly opaque ebony with a dense, creamy tan mousse atop. Nice dense sheeting lace coming down the sides. Very much a rich and deep beer. Mild roasty, toasty dark bread nose. Creamy medium body, lively carb. Plenty of presence here. Dark toasty brown bread, roast, nuts, and a bit of molasses on the mid-palate. Lingering brown bread finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Draught. Pured black with medium ecru head. Aroma is malty toast and caramel. Roasty full body, with toffee and caramel notes. Smoky finish, as if some barrel aging had taken place. A difficult beer to place, not really a bock, not a porter, not a schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours very dark brown with a four finger tan head. Sort of smokey chocolate aroma. Medium body; foamy carbonation. Flavor is mildly smokey and somewhat burnt malt. No chocolate. Finish is like some sort of bakery dessert flavor. Then maybe some chocolate. Or not.

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