All about Eden
Eden is a member of Odin DBRD.
Eden has logged 4345 beers a total of 5701 times.
Eden's favorite beer so far seems to be Goose Island 2015 Bourbon County Rare: 100 (logged 2 times)
Eden's most often logged beer so far is Black Raven Splinters Bourbon Strong Scotch Ale: 88 (logged 20 times)
Eden's favorite type of beer seems to be Stout.
Pours golden. Very nice, sour and dry, a bit salty on the lips but with a nice authentic guava flavor.
Round, malty, redolent of unspecified spice. Bitter finish. Tastes like a fruit beer without the fruit.
Pretty strongly bitter, and I hate to say “in a rubbery way” because it’s actually really quite good. Light lemon, some cloudy cereal funk, but all very dry in a way that leads really naturally into the bitterness.
Robust but creamy, mocha notes, high roast, malty as all get out. I enjoyed it!
Looks like they changed the name. First taste seems great - a deeply hoppy, woody flavor that is offset by some cereal funk. It's nice, but on the fruit front there's a lingering citrus oiliness that outlasts the flavor and leaves the mouth dry, just a tad off-putting.
Holds up in character through the nitro, chocolatey, roasty, mellow.
Each new release of this beer seems a little less whiskey and a little more Scotch ale. Fairly thin, but mellow. Barrel is mostly wood and background. A fine beer for my birthday.
I quite liked this. Not sure I got more than a hint of pineapple, the overall impression is of a bitter orange, a nice pucker, but dry and clean. I've never had the cocktail and I gather grapefruit is involved? That's believable. But it tasted more orange to me.
Can at Home
Basically my platonic idea of a Scotch Ale, yeasty, nutty, goes down smooth without any particular sweetness or bitterness. Reminds me of imprinting on this style at Black Raven or Bellevue Brewing. Or maybe it's just this pizza place, which is great.
Clean and nice, the initial flavor is herbaceous, like a lightly-sweet lemongrass herbal tea, but followed very quickly upon by a dry pineapple fruitiness and a mellowing coconut. More soda-like than beer, although it is dry. Only mid-tart. I'd say this beer is exactly as advertised.
Aged now for seven years, lots of caramel, cacao, and hints of aged balsamic grape, finishing with a nice, clean, tannic dryness. Love to open an old bottle and find that it's still superb.
Bottle at Roy’s
Hit much nicer today, but I was fresh. Very smooth, light spice, murky and pumpkiny. Plus it’s nice being back at the Pine Box.
Draft at The Pine Box, Seattle
Sweet and port-like, strong in flavor all-around and pretty much what you might expect based on the description. You can taste the barleywine underneath but the barrel is pretty dominant here. Save this one for dessert.
Light, sweet milk stout with nutmeg-dominant pumpkin spice added. It's got a relatively thin mouthfeel but this still tastes a little bit on the cloying, candy-like side.
Starts lemon pine and gets deeply pungent very quickly. Murky, resinous and finishes with almost a numbing tingle on the tongue, and yet this is much more compelling than this type of beer would normally be for me. Reminds me of that old Stone Belgian IPA with its pepperiness and yeasty bitterness.
This is... a bit much. Maybe it's because it was at the tail end of a lot of beers, but this was over the top malty, over the top hoppy. One could say this is by design for barleywines, but I've had many that were a lot more enjoyable than this.
Brewed by Bellevue Brewing under the house label here. Lots of caramel, grassy, rounded hops, medium bitter finish. Strong. The caramel lingers in a sweet aftertaste. Would be interesting to compare this directly with Bellevue's Scotch ale.
I don’t love the style but this is pretty good in that context. Cacao, light roast, hops poking out in the right balance. Similar bitterness buildup as the Aloha. Finishes clean.
A really nice combination! Light tropical/grapefruit hazy flavors with a bit of complex dryness from the hibiscus. Very clean finish.
A really high quality IPA - lemon-pine, lingering bitterness and fragrance without being over the top. Strong without feeling unbalanced, although there is just a hint of perfume-like artificiality around the lemon flavor.
Bottle at Home
I found any crispness here to be absolutely overwhelmed by the oiliness of the hop juice. Borderline skunky on the nose, although that can happen quickly on a day as sunny as today. I could see how this could be somebody’s thing, but it isn’t my thing.
Draft at The Hop and Hound, Bothell
Cinnamon, bread, light hints of caramel apple (perhaps this is the only hint of bourbon I got? But it was faint). Pleasant if not mind-blowing.
Lightly tart, fruity, maybe fig? Closes into a bit of a cloudy cereal/chocolate funk. Word of note: none of the barrel aged beers I had today really tasted especially barrelly.
So maybe because it was super-chilled, but this was a lot more mellow than it seems my first try was. Still intensely green, the matcha gives a sweet grass kind of smoothness to the opening, and the rest is basically a somewhat bitter bit light IPA.
Bottle at Shinya Shokudo, Redmond
It’s been a good while since I’ve had this beer and the fact I’ve already had a grandfather raven means it’s hard to judge this impartially, but this is still very nice. Caramel, lightly plummy, thin but assertive. I think this lives up to my memory.
Opens with a tart but very believable mango flavor, like you might get from a shrub. Stays clean and lightly fizzy all the way through, maybe just a hint of salt on the lips but not very funky at all. Nice brewery space. Wasn't hungry at all but the food smelled good.
Draft at Falling Sky Brewpub, Eugene
Really tasty... Clean guava, strawberry, maybe apple? The impression here is of a slightly puckery fruit punch. Very summery and nice, and unusual for guava notes to come out so fruity in a beer, but MAYBE THIS IS NOT EXACTLY BEER-LIKE?
Brackish and hoppy, mildly sweet. Good enough. A bit put out that this taproom told me I could bring a cat in a carrier to the patio (over the phone) and then reneged when I showed up. I had to correct for this negativity after the fact.
A nice Belgian pale, effervescent. This says spices added but honestly nothing sticks out too much beyond what you might get naturally from Belgian yeast, so maybe they had trouble replicating that flavor profile?
Bottle at San Jose, CA
There's a bit of forward tartness but it doesn't carry through, maybe because it runs up against the same drying bitterness of the other beers here. That works in its favor, as the opening flavors gave me flashbacks to some recent definitely-gone-bad barrel aged beers, and this isn't that - it's pure barleywine, caramel, fairly pungent.
I think this was the most complex beer in the flight and it could have been a winner if I hadn't reached the limit of what I could reasonably enjoy today. Dry like the other beers, but a little smoky, a little grassy, slightly herbaceous. Not a ton of body but it's the one I keep thinking about afterward.
Only had about an ounce of this, but it seemed really good. Light, more nutbrown than what I would think of for porter, lightly sweet but with enough roast to balance it in the finish. Seems like decent beer to take the weight off of one of these fluffy biscuits.
Draft at Buttercloud Bakery & Cafe, Medford
Fool me twice. Sour, vinegar-like, burnt sugar/caramel. Buffalo Trace barrels used, we preteneded the first time that it was a wine barrel and we could excuse the taste, or something went wrong, but now I have to assume this flavor is by design.
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