Marshall Wharf Brewing Company Reviews




bratschepeter
4.1
Marshall Wharf Sea Belt Scotch Ale
16oz can - thanks Randolph! Pours a nearly opaque dark amber-brown with a creamy white head; slow dissipation, leaving sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet, slightly sour malt, a little bready with notes of toffee and some chocolate. Taste is quite strong and tangy, with malt profile similar to a Weizenbock; aftertaste features some smoke and bitter chocolate. Consistency is fairly rich and the beer coats the mouth agreeably. Very good.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

puboflyons
4.1
Marshall Wharf Phil Brown Ale
From the 16 oz. can which was canned in May 2016. Gorgeous top-of-the line dark brown pour with a frothy, lingering tan head. Decent lacing as it fades.Nutty, sweet malts, butterscotch, and smoky characters in the aroma with a distant note of vanilla. Low hop profile but the hops I get are earthy. Medium or slightly better body. The malt sweetness and the nutty characters shine through in the taste as they did on the nose and the earthy, slightly dry bitterness at the end balances it out.
Friday, May 27, 2016

puboflyons
4
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
From the 16 fl. oz. can dated 5/14/16. The pour is a slightly foggy yellow color with busy carbonation building up to a soft, foamy off-white head. Nice citrus and fruity hop aromas on the nose along with toasted bread and biscuit. Medium or better body. The toasted sweetness is firm but the citrus hops really roar in to add some punch but they do not overtake.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

jkwood04
3.9
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
BIg can in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, light oak, and some sweetness. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Smoother texture. Could be a little heavier in the texture, but not bad at all.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Westchesterco
3.7
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
From a 16 oz can it is a cloudy gold with a thick head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is of clementine tgat evolved into hints of pine and Citrus It has a strong tangy finish
Friday, May 06, 2016

Iphonephan
3.8
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
From a 16 oz can. Pours a hazy greenish gold with a thick off white head. Grassy nose. Flavors of mandarin orange and pine. Very tasty.
Friday, May 06, 2016

zvikar
3.5
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
Pours yellow to orange with a small head, aroma of fruits, pineapple and mango, flavor of tropical fruits, good bitterness, lemon, medium bodied
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

thepatrickman
3.6
Marshall Wharf Ace Hole
Can at home with potato latkes. Walks the line between APA and IPA, with a light grain backbone and a citrus, spice, and light grapefruit hop profile. The main impression this gave, though, was general satisfaction -- a good, easy drinker.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

VastActiv
3.2
Marshall Wharf Ayuh
Tap at Novare Res Bier Cafe, Portland. Originally rated 20160221. DeScription: Ayuh (aka Nada Limonada IPA). ABV 6.66. Brewed w/agave citra/sorachi ace hops. Rating: Colour is slightly cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours. Fruits, citrus, strange spices, hops and malts. Very strange spiciness.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

fonefan
3.5
Marshall Wharf Little Toot

Cask (gravity) @ GBBF 2015, Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, England W14 8UX.

[ As Marshall Wharf Little Toot ].
Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, flowers, peach. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, citrus, fruity, peach - passion fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150812]

Thursday, December 31, 2015

anders37
3.2
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2015. Pours a hazy golden color with a small longlasting white head. Has a fruity citrus hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy citrus flavor. Has a fruity malty weak hoppy citrus finish.
Monday, December 14, 2015

thomashall
3.9
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can shared at Darkness day. Thick black pour. Aroma is mostly malts. Taste is much sweeter with some dark fruits and soy sauce. Really nice finish, delicious.
Thursday, December 03, 2015

JK
3.7
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Canned i liked this and foundnit in the character of an English stout. Low carbonation, soy sauce, chocolate. Some sweetness. I liked the palate.
Friday, October 23, 2015

jackl
2.9
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can. Deep brown with a small head. Chocolate and coffee. Taste has some unfortunate soy character. Pretty oily and earthy. Unami. Full body, soft carb.
Friday, October 23, 2015

Bacterial
3.7
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Big black pour with a slight head. Big malty nose. Nice taste, booze totally hidden.
Friday, October 23, 2015

deyholla
3.5
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can shared by Tom! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark grains and roasted malts with a decent amount of dark fruits underlying. Flavor has sweet dark grains and dark fruits with a touch of earthy roasted malts.
Friday, October 23, 2015

BVery
3.6
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Can shared by Tom - thanks! Super dark oily pour. Sweet vanilla and molasses. Light carbonation. Good.
Friday, October 23, 2015

ClarkVV
3.1
Marshall Wharf Old No. 59 - Sherry Butt Aged
Draught, MW 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Deep magenta-tinged mahogany with medium clarity and a fully fading beige head.
Woof, this is just loads of sherry bursting with both alcohol and tremendous amounts of fruitiness. Dry vanilla, moderate oxidation and some sourdough-like character from malt and wood.
In the flavor its fruity and woody, which isnít my favorite combination, though some sweet caramel-laced vanilla-like sugars do help brace the palate for impact. Ranging from oily-to-creamy (though tending oily) with plenty of barrel influence adding some lightly astringent woodiness, hints of fruity, lighthearted vinegar and more oxidation in the form of light soy and peanut brittle. Ok, I did it, I tried one of these things. There were four other barrel-aged beers Iíd never tried or rated (sherry and bourbon Cant Dog, bourbon Old 62 and bourbon Chaos) but I just couldnít continue to take the punishment. If I can do one to two new ones a year, thatíll be an accomplishment (though surprisingly, the Old No. 60 barrel variants were very tame and low (relatively speaking) on the barrel character).

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.5
Marshall Wharf T2 - R9 Barleywine
Draught at MWís 8th anniverary, 10/17/15.
Wonderfully bright appearance shows an amber liquid topped by a light beige head with moderate to strong retention.
Big caramel and toffee notes collide with vanilla, leafy, lightly citric hops and lots of fruity yeast esters (cherry and apple primarily, mixing with the malt and alcohol to produce candied-like notes). As far as non-barrel aged barleywines go, this nails it, with clean, round, succulent malt character, apparent but not overdone hoppiness and alcohol that is contained but also used to create interesting aromatics.
In the flavor itís richly malty, with plentiful sweet caramel and toffee, big citrus hop notes (with a moderate amount of resulting bitterness) and candied fruit notes. Hints of alcohol add spiciness and vanilla character while ample carbonation makes it about as drinkable as youíre going to get for a barleywine of its size (still undrinkable....IMHO). Clean, in great condition and really well done.
That I couldnít drink more than about three sips is irrelevant as I just canít drink barleywines anymore. While the alcohol does bother me, to a degree, itís really just the monotonous caramel/toffee/rich honey malt that I canít deal with. Absolutely no finesse, charm or complexity to these things. And thatís just an inherent flaw with the style, I think. Even something like Bells Batch 6000, which I think I have at a 4.7, I can still remember vividly. And it wasnít any different than this, fresh. Hoppy as all hell (it had more hop complexity, but also more resin as well) and just no malt depth/complexity. So take my rating with a grain of salt. I guess if you just love booze, bitterness and rich medium malts, than this is about as good as itís going to get, barleywine-wise. Tried to be fair and give it an objective score as opposed to about a 2.0, which is the subjective score Iíd give it.

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.4
Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
Draught at MWís 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Little-to-no dark beige head atop the dark ebony body. Low clarity.
Vanilla, plentiful sugars and a bit of an oak-infused chocolate character. Was hoping the oak and perhaps the vanilla would help brighten the rather dull, chocolate-heavy nose that is the regular Chaos Chaos. To some extent, the vanilla adds levity, but where I wanted some nice dry, rich, woody oak notes, I get only a bit of dry wood and alcohol.
The flavor seems sweeter, I assume this is the lower carbonation from the aging, and perhaps the oak and vanilla intensifying the flavors? Whatever the case, I thought the vanilla was a bit too prominent (though not obnoxious by any stretch) and could actually use some more oak dryness (though itís there lightly on the finish). Canít think of too many stouts where I thought vanilla really improved it; just donít think vanilla is a great addition and itís almost always used too liberally, which is probably my main gripe with it. Nonetheless, still drinkable, enjoyable and all, but like the regular version, needs more oomph to the texture. A touch too thin. And texture is a HUGE thing for me when it comes to stouts.

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.1
Marshall Wharf Scottís Scoville Chili Ale-ien
Draught at MWís 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Clear, very light golden body has a small white head that quickly fades to a ring.
Incredibly fresh habaneros in the nose provide the bulk of the aroma, with a touch of light honey, dry cracker-like grains and just a pinch of yeast-derived fruitiness. Very light, though you can tell the habaneros are there for sure.
And so it goes in the flavor, which is bursting with tons of fresh pepper spiciness. Fleshy, light, bright and enjoyable, it nonetheless comes off as a bit of a one-trick pony. Which is fine. Ilegal Ale-ien is a pretty straightforward drinkin beer with a fairly low flavor profile. Thus, this comes off as a light, habanero-infused golden ale. Very short finish, without a ton of actual heat. Very light bodied, little malt structure, no sweetness to be found. Would be great mid-July.

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
4.2
Marshall Wharf Imperial Danny McGovernís Oatmeal Stout
Draught at MWís 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Favorite of the day here, by a good margin (even if the rating dosent suggest it). A deep ebony body with some mahogany edges and a beige head that is well-retained.
Caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes and mild hop notes (spicy, floral, vague citrus) are all very nicely balanced in the nose. No alcohol or flaw.
Very substantial body to it and a chewy texture, no doubt thanks in part to the oats. Pretty much everything that Chaos Chaos lacks...a rich English-like toffee character almost redolent of a barleywine, yet with enough roast and coffee notes to give it a stout feel. Light prune and tobacco notes build complexity and the alcohol never emerges. Vanilla, salty toffee and caramel all linger on the finish. Malty and yet appropriately dry and drinkable, with ample carbonation and no flaws. Wonderful stuff!

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
3.7
Marshall Wharf Chaos Chaos Russian Imperial Stout
Draught at MWís 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Deep, inky, dark ebony body is opaque and has a fairly light colored beige head atop with moderate to moderately-low retention.
Chocolate, licorice and vanilla dominate the nose, which is less given to roastiness than a majority of imperial stouts Iíve had. Not sure if thatís a good or bad thing, but it dosent make for quite as big an aroma, nor is there much vinousness/plum/prune-like notes in the nose that I associate with a good dose of roasted barley. Clean, however, as their beers always are and with some alcohol sharpness, but not a boozey mess by any means.
Malty and yet rather drinkable for its size, which is surprising. I do see what people are saying regarding it being not quite as thick and chewy as it could be. Yet for all its lighter bodied character (for the style, of course), it is still decidedly bitter (chocolate malt) and does have a bit of an alcoholic edge to it (seems inevitable at this size). Vanilla, mild coffee and light hop bitterness are all notable. Texture is slick and malty with ample carbonation. I love the drinkability here, even though thatís not something I or many people really look for in an Imperial. But itís nice to be able to drink more than 2 ounces of an Imperial stout without your palate being wrecked. Donít see that a lot anymore these days. Still, a little more chewiness/suppleness to the body would be appreciated, as well as a touch more complexity.

Monday, October 19, 2015

ClarkVV
2.7
Marshall Wharf 3-Way
Draught at MWís 8th Anniversary, 10/17/15.
Chaos dominating the appearance though some lighter mahogany notes do cluster the edges, with a beige-to-tan head that is small and rapidly dissipating. Clarity indeterminable, but assumedly opaque.
Citrus and lightly pine-like hops in the nose are somewhat overshadowed by chocolate notes and light roast. Some soy, oxidation and bits of vanilla dot the nose as well, but itís not a massive aroma by any means. The massive amounts of various malts whirl about and combine to give complexity but I could do with a bit more of something lighter/brighter to break up that. I guess the hops sort of do that, but the citrus and pine isnít really the first thing Iíd pick. No flaws, and the alcohol isnít overt in the nose.
Lots of chocolate malt, kind of like the doppelbock I just had, with caramel, toffee and very easygoing roastiness mixed in all to varying degrees. Bitterness from the hops is felt, but only slightly, being quite controlled by all of this maltiness. Some crystal malt-like hardness of texture and iced tea-like notes with either some early oxidation (seems odd) or maybe just thatís some of cominbation of malt flavors. Sweet, rather warming and just too much for me. Thereís little finesse or even potential brightness from fruitiness/vinousness or barrel woodiness, which would actually be welcome here, I think. For a beer that must be around 12%abv, itís well-controlled in that department.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

ClarkVV
3.6
Marshall Wharf Attenuator Doppelbock
Draught at MWís 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Deep, dark purple tinged mahogany body does not seem to show much clarity. Dark beige head atop fades slowly to cover.
Deep, bitter bakerís chocolate notes in the nose with light anise, vanilla, berries and leafy hop resins. No alcohol or flaw.
Big chocolate malt notes outshine even the light melanoidins and berry-like fruity notes. Fresh hop notes are lightly dank, leafy, with a pinch of citrus and are interspersed nicely breaking up the malts which are certainly rich, though not syrupy or too sweet. As everyone has said, itís certainly not a by-the-book rendition, but the dark fruitiness/melanoidins certainly keep it not too far off track. Like a blend of a hoppy porter and a German doppelbock and quite enjoyable, if perhaps a bit too chocolatey, overall. Ample carbonation and malty texture with no flaws or alcohol noted (which is also impressive given its strength).

Sunday, October 18, 2015

ClarkVV
4
Marshall Wharf Rauchmore
On draught at MWís 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
Wasnít sure what to expect with this one and it was certainly unique. A dark amber-auburn body shows a chill haze and a large beige head with strong retention.
Not all that smokey in the nose, leaning more towards strong melanoidins, toffee and caramel notes. Tons of boisterous fruitiness (raspberries, strawberries, apples). No alcohol or flaw.
In the flavor is very strong sourdough-like maltiness, tons of the melanoidins creating a nearly vinous, raspberry and rich, dry toffee-like flavor. Strong carbonation and a malty texture but with great attenuation. Smokiness is extremely dry, woody and more phenolic with no big bacon/meat-flavors. Like a lightly smoked doppelbock, with LOTS of sourdough and oily, rich fruitiness. Very well done and interesting.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

ClarkVV
3.8
Marshall Wharf Ayuh
Draught at MW 8th anniversary, 10/17/15.
High clarity and good carbonation in this copper-tinged-golden beer with a firm white head atop.
Base malts add light honey and white dough in the background, creating a balance to the fresh, leafy, lightly fruity hop notes. No pine and only moderate amounts of grapefruit and orange rind. No alcohol or flaws.
Again with the fresh, even slightly spicy hops in the flavor, adding moderate bitterness with ample balancing maltiness, light white bread notes, fresh yeast and light bits of lemon merengue and herbal hop notes on the finish. Ample carbonation and no alcohol or flaws. I could do with perhaps a touch less body but otherwise itís delicious.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

ClarkVV
3.7
Marshall Wharf Mashing Pumpkin
Draught at the brewery, 10/1015.
Clear, chestnut-to-light-mahogany with some deep amber tints. Beige head atop is small but neatly retained.
Crystal and caramel malts in the nose are light and allow very light pumpkin-vegetal notes. Vanilla, light fruitiness and fresh yeast. No flaws or alcohol.
Lightly sweet, well-attenuated medium malts and some base malt sugars make up the flavor. Moderate fruitiness from the yeast, with minimal pumpkin flavors. You probably wouldnít miss it, but you could. Low bitterness, with just a touch of herbal/spicy hops and no flaws or alcohol. Nice to see an unspiced pumpkin beer. Not a lot of them in existence.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ClarkVV
3.7
Marshall Wharf Men@Work Pale Ale
Draught at the brewery, 10/10/15.
Clear pale golden with a touch of waxy yellow hue. White head is medium-sized, frothy and moderately well-retained.
More relaxed hop notes in the nose than Toughcats or even Tug pale, with lots of floral, some minor citrus and a good bit of fruitiness. Plenty of honey notes from the malt, with house yeast, clean and no alcohol.
Tight carbonation, richly malted, but well-attenuated, as is the norm with MWís beers. Bitterness is moderate, with no resin. Lots of leafy-herbal notes, very minor lemon-like citrus and plentiful honey. Fruity and easy drinking; very balanced. Clean and no alcohol in the flavor. Very standard, classic APA.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Scopey
3.4
Marshall Wharf 40 (and onwards) Cream Ale
On tap at Novare Res as 46 Cream Ale. It pours clear clear golden with a small white head. The nose is soft, creamy, cream soda, sherbet and bread. The taste is crisp, sweet, bitter, creamy, toasty, straw, grass, cream soda and lemon peel with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Hides alcohol well. Decent cream ale.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The_Osprey
3.4
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask at GBBF 2015 as íMarshall Wharf Little Tootí. Light yellow, still, pretty clear, nice big foamy white head, full lacing. Aroma is flowers, coriander, apple. Body is medium, soft carbonation, smooth. Taste is light biscuit, shortbread, tea, pithy citrus with a dry finish. Decent.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Desverger
3.3
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask@GBBF 2015, Olympia, London - golden orange coloured pour with white head. Citrus fruity hoppy and malty aroma and taste, mandarin, lemon, peachy, caramel, some grassy and floral nuances, bitter finish.
Monday, August 31, 2015

ClarkVV
3.9
Marshall Wharf Wrecking Ball Baltic Porter
Draught at 3 Tides, 8/29/15.
Dark brown body has some magenta highlights when held to the light, showing good clarity and a dark beige head atop with moderate retention.
Anise, very dry roast, vanilla and bakers cocoa in the nose are all held together by just enough caramel, but it remains dry and challenging, for sure. Perhaps a pinch of alcohol? No flaws.
Richly malted, yet dry and drinkable, with a carbonation imparting a creamy texture in concert with the malts. Chocolate ranges from bitter to milk as it warms, with malt adding sweetness and dry, ashen and prune-like notes providing a too-style character. What it dosent kill you with is hops or alcohol and as mentioned, itís not syrupy-sweet. Rich, for sure, but delicious and quite drinkable. Served in a pint glass, I was able to drink the whole thing quite normally without any fatigue of palate. No soy/oxidation or any other problems. Low hop apparency.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ClarkVV
3.6
Marshall Wharf Tug Pale Ale
Draught at the brewery, 8/28/15.
Pale golden with some light rust tints and a large white head that slowly fades to cover. High clarity.
Floral and spicy hops signify more than just your typical PNW hop melange, though there certainly is a fair amount of citrus here, as well as some light juicy fruit notes. Good maltiness showing honey, baked bread and just a speck of caramel. Clean, quite aromatic, with no flaw or alcohol.
Stronger bitterness than expected, with light pine, an interesting woody character and a softer finish of juicy fruits and plentiful honey and light caramel. Good carbonation, supple malt body but well-attenuated. Very flavorful for the style and yet also quite light. Almost like a precursor to the session IPA. But for a bit too much grassy, overly bitter notes, itís quite flawless.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

cpetrone84
3.6
Marshall Wharf Little Mayhem
Pour is dark brown with tons and tons of creamy tan head. Nose is lightly smoked and ashy, dry chocolate, hint of roast. Flavor is more heavily roasted malt, more chocolaty, dry finish, bitter coffee. Soft light body, creamy and nicely carbonated.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

planky84
3.2
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask at GBBF, Olympia, London, 2015. Gold pour with a white head. Sweet spice, toffee, sultana and bitter citrus aroma and taste. Good.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

evergreen0199
3.3
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask at GBBF 2015, Olympia, London. A light golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, fruity, floral aroma. Tastes hoppy, fruity, floral, grassy with a slightly bitter finish.
Monday, August 24, 2015

rlgk
3.6
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
At Great British Beer Festival 2015, Day 2. Clear golden beer with a decent offwhite head. Fruity hop aroma, grassy, hay, grapes, some caramel. Hoppy citrus flavor, grassy, peach, herbal, pine, some oranges.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

madmitch76
3.5
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
12th August 2015
GBBF Day 2. Cask. Hazy gold beer, tidy white head. Palate is light and semi dry, decent fine carbonation. Nice condition. Light pale malts. Mild floralness. Modest citrus and citrus peel. Light dry finish. Mild citric peel bitter linger. All round mild but decent.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

cgarvieuk
3.8
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask at GBBF 2015... Golden amber.. Soft floral.. Juicy fruits.. Juicy orange.. Big floral fruit.. Juicy fruits.. Nice
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

harrisoni
3.1
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask gravity at GBBF 2015. Clear gold amber lasting white head. thanks to Scopey. Peachy aroma and flavour. Some bitterness mostly peach and apricot though. Touch of rhubarb. Odd.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scopey
3.4
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
Cask at GBBF. It pours clear golden with a thick white head. Very nice looking. The nose is soft, doughy, toasty grainy, stone fruits and light cereal. The taste is crisp, bitter, doughy, pine needles, bitter orange, grapefruit, grassy, varnish and peppery with a dry finish. Light - medium body and fine, lively carbonation. Good condition and high drinkability. Nice.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

yespr
3.1
Marshall Wharf Little Toot
From cask. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is light greasy hoppy. Bitter, light fruity. Toasted, citrusy and smooth fruity. Bitter and light fruity finish.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ClarkVV
3.4
Marshall Wharf Cant Dog Imperial Pale Ale
Ah Cant Dog...Iíve held off trying this one for the 7 years Iíve been going to 3Tides/MW but for whatever reason, on 8/1/15, at the brewery, it was time. Dark copper-golden body is topped by a well-retained white head. High clarity. Certainly looks the part.
Some light candied cherry-like alcohol/esters a la Big Twitch, but a robust, pine-laced citrus. Some resin, inevitably, but itís not bad especially given the high abv. I guess all that malt certainly helps cut things and while sweet is not obnoxiously so.
Very supple texture from all the malt, made even creamier by the tight carbonation. Pine and citrus do not wow with innovation or anything, but are pretty passable and the beer is pretty shockingly drinkable for its size. If youíre going this high in abv, though, I feel like youíve got to have ALOT more going on, otherwise why drink a 10%abv beer when you can get this kind of hop flavor from a 5 or 6% beer (even here at the brewpub, Ace Hole provides almost as much hop flavor at half the liver damage). Clean, though quite estery. Bit of pine sap and chewy malt lingering...

Saturday, August 08, 2015

yngwie
3.6
Marshall Wharf / Novare Res 7 yr Itch Crab IPA
On tap at Novare Res, Portland, Maine. A more or less clear, golden beer with a white head of moderate size. The arom has notes of pale malts in the back, with citrus zest, grapefruit and a piney touch. It has a nice bitterness in the mouth, itís medium to full-bodied and with a nice carbonation level. Rather dry, with citrusy hops dominating the flavor, and lasting for a good while. Easy drinkable and quite tasteful. 150609
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ClarkVV
3.4
Marshall Wharf Toughcats IPA
Draught at Marshall Wharf, 8/1/15.
Clear golden body has a good amount of moderately well-retained, white head atop.
Spicy, almost sprucey hops in the nose also reveal some very light tropical fruits (dry mango) and a good amount of juicy fullness. Sweet malts balance, or nearly overbalance and thereís a touch of alcohol to the nose.
Sweet, but with plentiful, balancing bitterness in the flavor. Woody-like hops, with a smattering of pine, oranges and some more lighthearted juicy fruits towards the end. Good, if a bit aggressive. Clean, ample carbonation with a full body and malty texture.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ClarkVV
3.6
Marshall Wharf Sloppy Seconds
Draught at the outdoor bar, 3 Tides, Summer 2010.
Deep golden with some darker brassy tints about and a medium-high clarity. White head atop is small and shows moderate to low retention.
Dried yellow fruits in the nose combine with light vanilla and honey from the malts to balance out quite nicely in to not really a saison so much as just a golden, Belgian ale. Lots of peppery phenols are welcome, as well as lightly spicy hop notes and a touch of grassiness. No alcohol, nor flaws.
Straightforward Belgian blonde ale with light but evident hopping, a strong carbonation and slick, almost creamy texture; maltiness helping see to that. Thankfully free from banana/clove messiness, and while thereís light clove-like spice on the end, itís just one small piece of the pie. A bit of sharpness on the finish, especially with some warming, but the fruitiness lingers on nicely as well, keeping things interesting. Had a couple of these that day and always hope for more Belgian golden types of beers from them.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ClarkVV
3.7
Marshall Wharf Sea Belt Scotch Ale
Draught at Marshall Wharf tap room, Summer 2014
Inky ebony with some lighter mahogany tints on the edges and a beige head that shows moderate retention. Good clarity, not transparent completley, but not overly hazy.
Berries, prunes, melanoidins and some salty toffee-like sweetness in the nose. Light notes of vanilla, touches of alcohol dryness and more phenols on the end. Thereís an underlying smoky/char-like character that MacFindlay has; very subtle and is of course here too. Quite stiff and robust aroma, if somewhat heavy on the char/prune/alcohol dryness/astringency. Donít get the kelp in the nose.
Flavor is immediately dry, with very dry melanoidins, some light astringent notes from either the yeast phenols, alcohol or both. Vanilla-extract, saltiness and finally some light caramel sweetness coming on the very end. With more warming, the heavy dryness/astringency lessens somewhat, with more maltiness emerging. The grassy element, present in many of their beers is here, however and keeps the sweetness from ever really gaining much traction. Soft, salty-smokey notes abound, as well as interesting alcohol/phenolic notes on the end too. Not sure if the kelp is apparent or what it tastes like, but perhaps itís responsible for the light saltiness. Very much like MacFindlay, with a bit more complexity and yet a bit more astringency.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ClarkVV
3.9
Marshall Wharf Chaos Chaos - Rum Barrel Aged
Draught at 3 Tides, 7/18/15
Pitch black, ebony body is of undetermined clarity, with a tan head atop that is small and shows moderate retention.
My mom took a sip of this and I thought she was going to die, so I was prepared for a bitter, roasty, boozy ride. However, upon first sniff, I get only a minor note of rum/booze, mixed with rich caramel and raisin, growing towards a sweet (but not sugary) chocolate-cream finish. Very luxurious, finely extracted base malts and surprisingly not a roast monster. It tickles the nose and even with extended breathing/warming, dosent become too obnoxious with the alcohols. Could, perhaps, find a touch more complexity to the nose; as is, itís mostly a rum raisin meets milk chocolate blend. I could see a bit more wood, prune and vanilla notes helping, though I suppose that would make for a different beer. No flaws in the nose.
The flavor outshines the aroma, which I always prefer, if one is going to be better than the other (I guess thatís pretty obvious). Where I was bracing myself for dry, roasty, bitter notes, alcohol and heavy dark chocolate/rum flavors, I find a soft, velvety, milk chocolate and buttercream flavored stout, with very little sign of alcohol, rum-based or otherwise. Very light coffee suggestions, a touch of vanilla and very light wood dryness are found through the middle, helping to balance. Yet for all the rich, malty goodness here, the beer isnít terribly sweet. Really one of the best breweries around at extraction and attenuation (though I know stuff like Cant Dog and T2-R9 are on the sweeter side), itís just amazing to have the silky, chocolate-laden malt notes glide down the throat and not end in a pile of sugar and syrup. Above average complexity and very reserved on the barrel character (both wood and rum), which is nice. Slight touches of alcohol grace the palate and seem pretty reasonable for 11.2. Awesome beer, could have easily had another, which is very rare for an Imperial Stout.

Monday, July 20, 2015

ClarkVV
3.7
Marshall Wharf Weisse Grip Heffeweizen
Draught at 3 Tides, since debut, most recently on 7/18/15
Cloudy copper body has a very staunchly-retained, white head atop it.
Pretty wheaty aroma is dry, clean, watery (minerals) and finally yields clove and light banana. Malts are well-attenuated, adding only light white toast/crackers and just the slightest touch of honey/caramel. No alcohol or flaws.
Not tons of banana, but itís definitely always in the background, while clove and spicy white pepper lead through the middle in to a bubble gum and light pale malt sugar finish. Medium carbonation for the style and a slick, watery, very drinkable texture. Not much to argue with here. Perhaps itís not screaming with flavor, but itís dry, balanced and yet well-malted enough. I suppose the aroma could stand to be a bit more lively/bright.

Saturday, July 18, 2015