Eden P.


All about Eden

Eden is a member of Odin DBRD.
Eden has logged 4163 beers a total of 5471 times.
Eden's favorite beer so far seems to be Fremont Brew 1000: 100 (logged 2 times)
Eden's most often logged beer so far is Firestone Walker Parabola Imperial Stout: 93 (logged 19 times)
Eden's favorite type of beer seems to be Stout.

Eden's Log

… and an even straighter stout. It’s not as sweet as the Kali Ma, but it is on the sweet (cocoa? butter?) side. I had somewhat hoped for at least one beer today to be firmly in the humorless roasty category but looks like I didn’t choose well for that.
Draft
Hits the notes that Hubbard’s Cave missed. Sweet coffee with a light bodied stout, no weird, extraneous flavors. Still a bit on the sweet side and no roast to balance it, but positively normal after the past two outliers. Firmly in what I would consider breakfast stout territory.
Draft
Undrinkable! Intensely flavored, almost like dry cola syrup. Forward sweet, tacky, more unpleasant than the Hubbard’s Cave, which is saying something.
Draft
Lack of checking maltlog bit me here. Not good. Vegetal, weirdly smoky, super sweet. At least it’s not sour to boot, but more on that in a sec.
Draft
Thickish as you’d expect from Parabola. Strong mocha, fainter coconut… something of a stronger bitterness than expected to finish.
Bottle
Slightly smoky, deep roast, medium thick mouthfeel that has a creamier and more caramel smoothness than you’d expect from the opening. Clearly very strong.
Draft
Wet - Grassy - Cereal - Sweet - Candied lime rind - dry - perfume
Draft
Dry roasted biscuit, yeasty bitterness, leaves throat fairly dry. Caramel.
Draft
Refreshing, tart, but clean sour raspberry. Only the tiniest hint of funk, this really doesn’t resemble a beer. Only knock is that off all the berry flavors, raspberry is my least favorite.
Draft
Bottle at Work
Only had a sip, it was pleasant, a bit funky, but I didn’t have a chance to make a real impression.
Draft
Not exactly a robust stout, but very pleasant. Thin-ish, creamy coffee with sweet-ish caramel notes. Has the same lingering sweetness as the other beers. Not syrupy.
Draft
Strong grapefruit-pine hop juice. Sweet sheen, but not very much body underneath to counteract it. My least favorite of the flight.
Draft
Definitely the same lineage as the wit; just as bright, lightly fruity, but instead of the Belgian flavors you have a strong cereal body. There's a bit of a noxious sweetness that I think is a characteristic of the yeast and has built up - after two tasters it's a bit strong.
Draft
Light, fruity, bright, clear banana notes with subtle clove and ginger on top. Very drinkable, super refreshing.
Draft
Pretty good; flavored like some other dry-hopped sours but on the more puckery side. Very dry, but with a profound, somewhat funky cereal body.
Can
Whiskey forward. Light cream stout flavor, hints of cacao and coffee but also a base tartness that comes to be the primary characteristic of the beer. Definitely strong.
Draft
Dry and fizzy, initial tartness mellows into a brett-funky, vinous flavor. The finish is almost uncannily clean. I would call this extremely tasty although maybe just adjacent to my ideal.
Bottle
Extremely carbonated, faintly sweet, otherwise a mix of toasted malts, subtle acidity, and a background of cloudy duck. Sort of somewhere between an Irish red and an Oktoberfest.
Draft
Juicy orange/grapefruit citrus reminiscent of a hazy pale, but with a kind of buttery, brett-like funk over it. Finishes clean, just a touch uric. I imagine I wouldn't always be in the mood for this but today it was very nice.
Bottle at Home
Seems to bear out the earlier reviews, which is that in the can this is more assertive than on draft, though still very tasty. The sweetness kind of fades into a raw alcohol flavor by the bottom fo the can, but overall it hit the spot.
Can at Home
Also weirdly sweet. Like a watery chocolate milk stout, a bit tart/metallic on the finish.
Draft
Sweet with a hint of cinnamon, reminds me of a holiday stout except I totally wasn’t expecting it. Unfair minus, maybe, but it was a minus.
Bottle
Smooth, lightly sweet, reminds me of a malt liquor. No edge.
Draft
Really smooth, you can tell there was roast but the edge is definitely taken off. Nice rum flavor, don’t know if the wood comes from the rum or the cherry bark here.
Bottle at A Friend's
TASTES CHANGE, I GUESS
Whatever I didn't like about this before I had the opposite reaction to it this time. It's bold and grassy, flavorful, bitter finish.
Good balance between chocolate milk and roast, thin mouthfeel, somewhat cola-like. Barely tart aftertaste, overall very nice.
A balanced malty/hoppy amber but on the sweeter side. Light roast. Seemed pretty generic.
My notes say "tastes more like a soda than a beer." Surprise! Found out after the fact that it was a hard seltzer. Sweet, fruity, not tart at all... like an Italian soda but slightly more watery.
Good coconut flavor, an almost bourbon-like caramel. Some strength of hop and roast that makes this a lot less smooth than most coconut beers and puts it maybe on the more idiosyncratic side than purely enjoyable. I did really like this last time so I wonder if this suffered in context.
Similar to the Oswald in flavor profile but with amped up juice and hop sweetness. Not nearly as well-balanced.
Piney IPA, a bright flavor with fruity grape/apple notes. Clean finish.
Slightly yeasty, clean, light hop notes and some sweet cereal. A really drinkable, refreshing blonde ale.
Again, murky. But my palate may have been corrupted.
Murky, and yeasty, somewhat tacky in the throat. There's definitely a sweet coffee character, but it's more lost in the murk rather than elevating it.
Hoppy, smoky, but more ashy than woody. Somewhat sour on the finish, which ended up being a theme here today.
Started off nice, bright, pine-hop forward, just a hint of sweet cereal, it seemed well-balanced. Bubbly. There was a hard note of resin that grew over time into something more acrid, which knocked my enjoyment back down, but it was nice at first.
Smells of sweet chocolate, almost minty. The first taste is a bit of a shock, dry, a touch tart, and then resolves into a smooth, subdued dark chocolate. If there’s Bourbon it’s mostly showing up as sweetness. There’s a slight soapy quality from the nitro but otherwise a nice light stout.
Light, notes of coffee, a bit like an old Dick's Cream Stout but with the somewhat sour character of an English Taddy Porter. A bit of a punch at the end, not sure if it was hops or rye.
Strongly sour, dark, plummy, bit of molasses. Bubbly. More of a drinking vinegar character which made it a bit hard to keep drinking, and overpowering enough that I didn't get any of the "Black IPA" part of it. I didn't hate it, but also did not finish mine.
Fair Isle Isabelle (Batch no. 1)
This was a super interesting beer, and I was at the collaboration winery so it was a natural choice. This is syrah-dominant -- basically it's wine, but lightened by the beer and given a moderate effervescence. The overall effect is a red champagne, airy but still dry and tannic, hints of raspberry. Felt perfect for a Valentine's dinner.
Nice flavor but somewhat watery, dry and nutty/sour on the finish. Hazelnut and lemon are the most noticeable flavors, if there is raspberry it's more in the smell than the flavor. I appreciate it's not syrupy, but it does seem slightly under-bodied.
Bottle
Thick and sweet, hints of ginger and other cola spices but who even knows since it's so sweet it just overpowers any other flavor. Finishes syrupy and tacky in the throat. Just way too much.
Bottle at Home
Sour base like the other P-51s, a little smoky, although that's balanced out really well by the peanut butter and especially raspberry notes in the mix. It manages to taste dessert-like without being actually very sweet. It's not superb, but it's interesting and enjoyable enough.
Can at Home
Molasses, biscuit, a very assertive brett-like dryness that verges on the sour. Finishes clean and a little funky. I honestly don't know what a Burton ale is supposed to taste like, but if this it, then "Brett saison" is a pretty close match. Just a little too much on the sour side to purely enjoy.
Bottle at Home
Orange/grapefruit and pith, bitter finish, drinks very dry. The alcohol flavor pokes through very strongly in this one, especially later in the glass.
More in the vein of a wheat IPA, dry and citrus, with a lighter ABV and flavor profile. Basically, not at all an American Hefe. Very drinkable, needed with the super salty takeout it accompanied.
Draft at Home
Lightly hoppy pale with an unpleasantly perfumey orange zest flavor. This is a recurring problem for this brewery when the word “orange” is involved. Not sure how different this is from the old Blood Orange IPA but my notes then were similar.
Not sure what makes this winter. Thick in appearance, like a mango nectar. A profound citrus IPA, orange/grapefruit and maybe a hint of passion fruit. Very bitter and woody to finish, though not as much as the Jolly Roger.
Bready, caramel, quite hoppy with an intensely bitter buildup on the finish. A little too much of that to love, although it has an appealing foundation. Lightly carbonated.
Shockingly bad - intensely sour with a musty berry flavor but around the edges, a strong off flavor that I eventually pegged as super-earthy mushrooms, like black truffles or porcinis. The kind of beer that makes you feel queasy almost immediately.
Bottle at Home
Medium tart cider, although this is juicy rather than dry, so the lemonade comes right through. Vanilla is strong at first but the second half of this cider is dominated by the florality of the chai. Unusual, yes, though not sure the flavor really came together for me.
Bottle at Home
Tart, apricot-like, going into a lightly bitter, pretty funky Brett character. Finishes buttery and mellow, very much the prototypical ideal for a sour for me.
Bottle at Home
Light, schwarzbier-like, very easily drinkable.
Bottle at Home
This was really weird and surprisingly compelling?? Easily the best Thai curry-inspired beer I’ve had, and I’ve had more than you’d expect .
Bottle at San Jose, CA
So cloudy it stains the side of the glass. Extremely sweet, banana at the forefront with lighter flavors of peanut butter and toffee following. Ends syrupy and could have used a bit of roasty backbone, anything, to balance.
Much fruitier than the Laughing Monk, almost grape-like. Lots of hop resin, very lightly caramel. Bitter.
Vanilla, whiskey. Dry, noticeably hoppy followthrough with a hint of coffee. Advertised as a blonde but definitely a barleywine.
A nice find at the unusually well-stocked grocery near the Airbnb. Very nice! I think my recollection of a sweet, creamy stout that was kind of one-note is here balanced really well with quite a roasty and dry finish. Not overly boozy, although you can tell it's there.
Bottle at San Jose, CA
Maybe this is because it was the end of my flight, but this was a very pleasant surprise. Remarkably clean and easy drinking while still being fairly tart. Effervescent, grapey, dry in a kind of brut champagne way but finishes super-clean. Well balanced with a bit of hop florality.
Sweet, medium thick, quite a lot of whiskey character. The sweetness comes from the whiskey rather than any kind of inherent or syrupy flavoring and there is a medium bitterness that follows on from a combination of roast and light hops. It's been a while but this seems more in the mold of a Big Bad Baptist or a Lagunitas Willettized than, say, a Parabola.
Smells sweet. Buttery, toffee, coffee, although at its center it is not sweet at all, and in fact a bit dry. Roasty finish. Really nice.
Light and caramel, but backed by a strong grassy bitterness. A little bit roasty. Anyway, I appreciated the assertiveness of this beer, took it up to enjoyment.
Bready, lightly sweet, caramel, just a little dry sourness at the bottom of the flavor which kind of enhances that “Cheesecake Factory dark loaf of bread” character.
Light, with a recognizable but not overwhelming barrel/whiskey flavor. I realize I was six drinks in and my taste buds were probably shot, but this is the one that probably most suited the goblet (and pairing with lunch, which was a quite serviceable philly cheesesteak equivalent).
Medium tart, unrecognizable fruit (berry?) but really lets the Syrah come through. Only had a taster’s worth.
Tart, clean, pretty good but absolutely tasted nothing like lychee.
I’m surprised I’m giving this such a low rating but it just seems over the top after the Georgetown. Not integrated in its strength yet.
Light, creamy porter with fruity liquor overtones - cherry, caramel, slightly vegetal. The lightness really helps here.
Creamy opening, almost smoky, dries out to a bit of a metallic sourness that I didn’t find very pleasurable.
Brackish opening, lightly grassy and bitter but finishes with a lightly sweet, buttery cereal finish. Kind of like an Italian/German hybrid.
Too thick, too young, too sweet, and here's my first rule of cinnamon (or cassia) beers, it doesn't matter what else you put into it, it just tastes like cinnamon. This might as well be a second-rate Mexican cake stout. And for being based on a legendary beer, I just wanted to taste some coconut.
Bottle at Home
Interesting contrast with the Schwarzbier. Starts milder and sweeter, chocolate and alcohol. Less lactic, bitterer finish. Decent but the lesser of the beers.
Actually this was great. A bit of cola-like brightness to start, almost fruity, but the perfect amount of milky-smooth creaminess carries the flavor through to a slightly roasty finish. Really enjoyable.
Pine hops, bracing, pithy bitterness. It doesn't linger, though. A pretty fine example of the style.
Clean, cereal blonde with a lightly bitter finish. Very nice. I think the brewery is right; same owner and the server told me these beers were brewed in Alaska.
Good but not sure if it's an actual decline in quality or the Rum Coco Jones was just that good, but it suffers in direct comparison. Seemed thinner than I remember, a little more fruity and less balanced. Definitely got that Bourbon though.
Not a ton of rum in the flavor (although you can smell it), but this is pretty much as enjoyable as the base beer. Hard to say exactly, though, since I haven't had Coco Jones in a while. Lightly sweet, smooth, coconut. Nothing poking out around the edges.
Quite firmly in the IPL category, but I think I may be tasting the hops more because a lager isn't going to stand up so well after a strong barrel-aged stout.
Dry, smooth without being thick. A bit more surprisingly bitter at the end than I expected but otherwise very good. I should have written notes down on the day.
Fruity, almost orangey, with a kiss of acid right before it mellows into a funky sweet cereal. Seems better than the last time I had this (in fact, it appears completely different), but I still think it could have been a little more assertive.
Light, citrus, tropical, very hazy. Juicy but not bitter, finishes clean.
The wax top on this bottle was crazy hard, the cap tore before the wax did! Erupted ferociously upon opening. Profoundly dark, roasted. You get a lot of malt but the beer is also fairly sour, making it somewhat unpleasant to drink. Not sure if it this was by design or something went wrong in the bottle. My least favorite beer of the night.
Bottle at Home
This was good, and the mouthfeel was right - not too thick, but flavorwise probably a bit too sweet. You'd have to like marzipan a lot, I think. Didn't taste the salt - primarily a cacao-coconut into marzipan kind of thing going on here - and for me, not much wood.
Bottle at Home
My favorite beer of the night, although you'd have to be into the idea of something unusual. A mellow apple flavor crossed with a cloudy cereal funk, with a lot of barrel/wood to smooth it out really nicely at the end.
Bottle at Home
Was afraid this was going to be too far gone at 11 years in the bottle, but this was actually quite good! Medium stout, seemed mellowed out. Caramel, wood, vanilla. Mostly flat, which was unsurprising, but I did wish it had more fizz. Very clear Scotch overtones with just as much peat as you're looking for (I got it, others didn't).
Bottle at Home
Good as always, but wasn't going to live up to the pure enjoyability of the pumpkin beer.
I know last time I had this out of the bottle I mentioned Belgian notes, this time I can't say I really tasted them. A fruity, pumpkin-apple character that makes me think of pie and mulling spices as well as shortbread. Really good, super drinkable.
Intensely bright and hoppy flavors on top of a chocolatey roast malt. Finishes quite bitter. Something tells me someone who’s into this style would dig it; for me it’s a bit too hoppy.
Lightly sweet, bright raspberry flavors, not tart at all, tempered a bit by a dry funk that immediately follows. Doesn’t finish tacky, exactly, but it’s not clean either.
I gave this a decent before but I think we can safely say this was probably because it was nitro. This was superb, not syrupy, dry, cocoa, liquor.
Really super pleasant; very mildly sour, a nice brett dryness. Slightly buttery and vinous follow-through and super-clean in the finish. Probably the best Propolis beer I've had.
Bottle at Home
Lightly funky, coffee, cola-like brown. Some hint of mint - second beer to have it today, maybe it's a characteristic of the house yeast?
Fruity opening, malty sweet. Cereal finish but a little light and lacking in backbone, I think.
A little harsh, dry, touch of resin. Vegetal. Really nice aftertaste, though.
Fruity, juicy, just on the edge of minty. Mellow finish.
Has continued to age in new and appealing ways. Quite mellow, with bourbon on top, burnt-caramel sweetness following through to raisin/date and what remains of the hops, dissipating in to a clean finish. Tastes like a warm home on a winter's day.
Bottle at Home
Pleasant enough, orange-lemon, medium-hazy IPA. Smells sweet and has a slightly pithy sheen but finishes with very littel bitterness. My only complaint is that it is a little samey through the course of a pint; I got a little bored by it.
Can at Home
Thin, strongly whiskey, flattish. Very sweet, but not thick. Not gonna lie, this is delicious but I don’t think I can take this more than two ounces at a time.
Very different looking and tasting than last time. Pores clean, opens malty, followed by grassy bitterness, finishes clean. Very strong Oktoberfest.
Thick, sweet, syrupy. Banana and peanut butter come to the front, with a jammy character that sticks in the throat. The worst part about this beer was that when the can was empty of liquid it was still heavy with some kind of pasty residue inside. Yuck.
Can at Home
This was... off-putting. Not because of the mushroom, which was weird at worst, but I think more because of the weaksauce nature of the beer, which was not black at all and tasted watery and like musty caramel. Bit of smoke and umami, and a little sweet, I just never got comfortable with this.
Can at Home
Starts with citrus and pith; once the bitterness clears there’s a really nice, mellow, cereal lemon-pine finish that reminds me more of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed than Hazy IPAs. Just a tiny bit more bitter than I love but otherwise very tasty!
Creamy, lightly fruity. Has a bit of a cereal milk quality to it, both in terms of sweetness and milkiness.
A light sweetness, just enough toasted grain, offset by grassy bitterness. Pretty strong Oktoberfest beer.
A fruity but clear IPA. Prety good.
Can at Home
Tasted a bit off, like rooty, watery coffee. I haven't quite yet experienced a beer that successfully made me think "stout" at session ABVs, much like low-calorie colas this sits firmly in the uncanny valley.
Can at Home
Pilsner-like, but with a maltier, bitter bite. Just on the edge of skunky, but where it landed it's not bad.
Bottle at Home
A really clean, nice, rounded orange flavor. Blood orange? But also reminded me of mandarin. What it really brought to mind was the classic Goose Island Orange Cream sodas from the '90s.
Strong and roasty, this is what you look for when you think Russian Imperial Stout. And war stories about porn bugs is what you look for when you have a gathering of old browser devs.
Probably accurate for cola, but there's a corn syrup quality to this that is too sickly sweet for a beer. Flavor is reminiscent of cola with a noticeable ginger heat, and a strong tang. Feels like it should be more dilute or fizzier. Sticks in the throat.
Can at Home
Really nice, actually, probably the best beer I've had from this brewery. Medium-dry pumpkin ale, malty, light in flavor and spice profile. Didn't seem especially Belgian, although there was a light fruitiness that might have been banana, and buttery overtones that really lent an impression of pie. Reminds me of my idea of Pumking, maybe not quite as well-designed, but not the worst thing to draw comparisons to.
Can at Home
Dry opening, pine and lemon zest. Clean on the tongue. Hints of candy/bubblegum sweetness but it's mostly an ethereal aftereffect, one that is distracting enough to detract a bit from the experience, though. Still, very tasty.
Bottle at Home
Not sweet, which is nice, works well with the spice profile. Issue here is that the finish is weirdly vegetal/woody, kind of like a chicory coffee, and bitter. Better after I got used to it but overall the tallboy can was a little too tall.
Can at Home
Will say: this is accurate. A strong, puree-like raspberry-ish flavor -- not gonna lie, couldn't tell you what makes a boysenberry a boysenberry -- but overall this was a lot heavy, thick, syrupy. Sweet enough to give me a headache. Not the best in a series that hasn't really wowed me.
Can at Home
Not terrible, but really not a hop flavor profile I enjoyed. Herbal and acrid, with a sweet character, this was somehow light and dank at the same time. The bitterness lingered a long time.
Bottle at Home
Scent of apple juice, flavor is a bit sweet, wet hay, nice finish. A little more malty and less cereal than I think I was looking for, but maybe I'm just really out of practice with these fest biers.
Bottle at Home
At once sweet wheat and citrus, there's a little more tartness and bitterness to this beer than makes me love it, feels a bit like a gimmick.
Grassy and bitter, which is nice, but not as clean as I’d like. What threw me off was a pretty oily, hoppy finish, along the lines of what I'd expect more in an IPL (although this wasn't as strong).
Grassy, bitter, slightly brackish, a touch sweet; would have made a great drinking Helles by itself. The smoke is woody, somewhat bittering, maybe not 100% integrated into the flavor. I liked it but it was a thinker.
Very sweet, accurate to the name. Punches you in the face with vanilla, big buttery flavor, and a cloudy, yeasty golden ale underneath, but it's all out of balance. Not to mention it's very strong, ~9% ABV, and that sneaks up on you.
Bottle at Home
Nice caramel opening, clean, but overly hoppy - starts a touch dank and process to acrid bitterness, before fading back out to caramel.
Solid if unremarkable Bavarian hefe.
Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from this flavor. A treat more than an experience.
Can at Home
A decent if puckery-tart mango opening, a fruity orange juice ending, and in between a flavor that is not unlike what I imagine drinking Scrubbing Bubbles brand toilet cleaner would taste like.
Can at Home
Lots of pith, orange citrus and high alpha bitterness that remains strong through the finish. Sticks in the throat.
Intense, sweet, definitely cherries. Could deifnitely stand to mellow out with some aging.
Quite sweet, mellow, very pleasant. Very close to a juice.
Can at Home
At first I was horrified by this, but it mellowed out over time. Definitely mushroomy, buttery-then-earthy, some burnt caramel sweetness. Otherwise intense in roast and over-syrupy in a way I kind of expect from this Stillwater/Mikkeller/Evil Twin bunch. It's a strange mix of flavors and never settled into a comfortable place for me.
Can at Home
Pretty good, actually. A notable but appealing bitterness counters, lager-like, a piney hazy hop opening that is definitely not sweet and, in fact, almost on the savory side.
Can at Home
A little intense but also maybe as enjoyable as this style will get for me. Fruit-forward, pineapple? Drying pine and a clean, slightly bitter finish.
Somehow this isn't as satisfying today. Tastes a little insipid, though the aftertaste is kind of a nice cereal flavor. I think this is better than the Smithwick's though.
Lightly sweet, cola like. Could be fizzier, maybe? Aftertaste is a bit cloying.
A pretty in-your-face resin bomb. I think some would like it but it's the least likely style to ever convert me.
I thought this was tasty but there was something odd about the flavor that I never quite came to terms with. Wish I could remember more.
Comparing this to the Zephyros from the day before, this was somewhat less appealing though it is, I think, meant to have a similar flavor profile. The sourness is sharper, more unrelenting, and I don't think I got any interesting hop flavors. Maybe the elderflower in the Zephyros is what made the difference? Or maybe this was just not as well-conceived.
Bottle at Home

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