atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
On tap in Austin while in town on business. Mostly brown with some orange and a little head. Aroma is somewhat light fruit, wheat and is fairly round and calm. It’s also spiced and with some bananna. Flavor is a bit sharp from hop bitterness. Wheat is present along with some spice. Decent fruit and a little underlying malt. Nice finish, though a little thin. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Another good beer that with a bit of work would at least have me liking it perhaps far too much. Nice aroma and flavor, but a tad thin in body and fro my preferences, would benefit from a bit more malt "backbone". Other rhan that, easily quaffable as I polished off a 750 with ease. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours murky, hazed orange with a nice offwhite head and some yeast. Smell is nicely rich, thick tart maltiness with alcohol well hidden. Taste is tart/sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Typical flavors of the style, but nicely made and much better to me than most of the style. Worth a try. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2008 Draft at NXNW. Poured yellow hazy. No nose due to the cold temp. Not sweet on the taste as most BW’s but very drinkable. Not sure about the English Strong ale label and not quite a barleywine either. Sort of a tweeer style that is very good nonetheless. Limit 2 at the bar. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of lb4lb. Pours mahogany/amber with a fizzy white head. Smells of roses, caramel, hints of cherries, some toffee. Taste yields lots of rosy character, some raisin, bits of caramel, touches of citrus and some subtle bitterness. Some alcohol is also present here. Low carbonation (similar to a cask beer) results in a somewhat flat but oily mouthfeel. Finish reveals some bitterness. Interesting, but a little unbalanced.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Thanks to notalush for bringing this one out. Deep amber beer, slightly cloudy with a white head. Earthy, spicy aroma. Lots of herbal character as well. Sweet pale caramel malts. Cherry, apple, pear fruitiness with a soft figgy/raisiny character. A soft fruity and toffeeish character. The palate is a bit thinnish, but otherwise it works. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle shared by notalush. Very rich pumpkin, apple cider aroma, pepper and holiday spice. Delicious and complex. The flavor disappoints, though, harsh and pissy, dry, metal, with a totally off finish that at the back becomes bready. Sad after such a great aroma. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2008
JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Thanks to whomever cracked this open at crizay’s house. It was a refreshing change of pace though a tad predictable. I’m sure North by Northwest makes some great beers. I wouldn’t consider this one of them. It falls into the ’safe and drinkable’ category.
Aroma / Appearance - A pale white head danced above the bronze body trapping the chocolate dipped peaches and tapioca pudding underneath. Everything was cohesive but hardly exciting. The white bread base did little to make me want to spend more time than needed exploring what was there.
Flavor / Palate - A breakfast buffet of peaches and glazed Krispy Kreme donuts is complimented by bread. A trace of cheap processed ham lurks in the background. This was acceptable but given the circumstances I would probably pass on it in the future. It just doesn’t do enough for me to make it worth further inspection.
Bottle sample courtesy of bgburdman. Cloudy amber in color with a thin white head. Malty nose with cherry and raspberry character. Sweet flavor with some tart fruit influence and a sugary finish. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2009
750mL bottle courtesy of slimchill poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky caramel orange with small floaties in the first pour underneath a small head of big bubbles that recedes to a small collar and left some delicate lacing.
The aroma is musky but sweet with lots of apple and pear sweetness with a healthy dose of bready malts as well. There are hints of spices, maybe cinnamon and pepper.
The taste has an interesting spicy kick up front before the big light fruit sweetness comes on with apples mainly and a hint of floral sweetness. The spices come back in the finish with a slight peppery dryness.
The mouthfeel is very slick with low carbonation - drinks almost like a cask ale.
This is a very interesting beer from NXNW with lots of fruity sweetness battling with an herbal spiciness throughout. Certainly worth a try and very original.