cwald (91) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mazama Brewery. Draft.
Wow. Serious beer drinkers need to give this beer a try. Mazama is putting out some interesting stuff that many NW beer drinkers are unfamiliar with...or at least skeptical about. I’m just not a Belgian or doppelbock guy, but this stop really surprised me. There is more taste here than I can describe. It’s got...well...something. It’s different. Its unique. Smooth and easy to drink, and pretty light for a 9.9%. Well, I guess technically it is a lager, but you wouldn’t guess it without reading the label.
My only gripe is they wouldn’t let me get a growler of it, and I would have gladly paid for it. Really curious to bring this one back home to Bend and see what my IPA friends think. They are selling it in bottles at the brewery, but that doesn’t work for me.
Anyway, if you’re in Corvallis, find this brewery and try this beer. It will be worth the stop. Also try the Grand Crux. Between these two beers, Mazama has something unique for NW beer drinkers to talk about.
Strykzone (4783) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Deep amber in color and pretty much clear. A creamy beige head is about one finger. Lots of malts in this aroma and just a bit of fruit. The flavor brings some heat along with those malts and fruit. Raisins and cloves. Some bread in there. Alcohol is tasted initially but then not at all. Just read the last rating and I also tasted a bit of toffee and a hint of vanilla. This was a fault free Doppelbock. There is nothing to dislike here. And while not a perfect offering it is a nice one.
hayduke (3318) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured amber with a beige head and big bubbles. Nose of toffee, rich malts, and floral hops. Alcohol appears in the aroma. Medium plus body. Flavor is very rich malts with some fruit, nuts, and floral hops. Sweet finish. Really big on flavor. I like this a lot.
writerljberg (635) - Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Lost rating found in notes.
A: Dark brown with a caramel head. Good legs.
N: Toffee, bread, vanilla, and coffee. Bready with some piney, earth hop features.
T: Very sweet with a big breadiness. NW hop bitterness underpinning.
M: Meal in a glass mouthfeel.
O: Good Oregon rendition of a Doppelbock. Not up to the German standards, but so far, not even Heater Allen has accomplished an Ayinger Celebrator.
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Heavy bready and maltiness in this one, smooth, rich, soft dark pitted fruit, and biscuity.   Has a dark molasses background.   Touch of soy, smidgen of campfire, otherwise bit bready molasses with a strong biscuity maltiness.   This is a very bready, malty, and chewy beer.   Surprised to see its almost 10% ABV.   Thankfully not cloying or overly sweet.   A fairly good example that surprised me.
Salmoniform (459) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Rich copper hue with off white fizzy head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of raisins, malt, cola, ethanol, peppercorn. Mouthfeel is refreshing with a lighter body and medium carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness throughout with a slight hop bitterness and slight astringentness in the following and CO2 bite and ethanol in the finish. Overall this is a decent brew. A bit dry for my preference in a Dopplebock.
pdx77 (1197) - Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at 2013 Holiday Ale Festival 12/07/13. Amber color. Aroma is sweet corn and malt. Taste is a whole lot of sweet malt and caramel, but not much else. Really smooth finish, but not as great as other Mazama beers.