maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 1, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Hanshin Department Store Portland Fair. Apparently, this is a Japan-exclusive beer. Medium roasty nose, caramel, and hazelnuts. Medium translucent brown color. Rich roast malt initial, moderate hop in mid, light coffee notes, mild bitter finish. Thin-medium body and very clean feautured. Smooth and fairly tasty.
Wombata (583) - Kobe, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hanshin for Portland/Valentines Day event. The idea for this came from Ai Tani-San of CBB and Laurelwood came up with the recipe and made it.
Aroma: Light molasses note, roasted hazelnuts, coffee.
Palate: Medium bodied.
Flavor: Light molasses sweetness hazelnut, dark chocolate, coffee that turns toward bitter chocolate on the finish.
Comment: Dry overall with definite nutty character. Well done.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Hanshin’s Portland Event. Laurelwood Nut Brown Ale 6.4%
Pouring a deep brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is nutty chocolate, think a nutty muffin. The flavor is a bit sweet than expected with a well balanced roastiness and nut spread character. Flavorful and easy drinking, it was my favorite of the tasting set.