Last Week’s Craft Beer Tasting Notes—Jan 22–28, 2018

Oh dang. The Drake really brought it this week. They hosted a Seattle tap takeover featuring beers from Holy Mountain, Cloudburst, and Engine House No. 9. The list was amazing. My girlfriend and I worked through tasters of the whole menu, then went back the next day for glasses of our favorites!

An Afternoon in Seattle at The Drake

Bourbon Barrel Aged King’s Head by Holy Mountain Brewing

This bourbon-barrel-aged brown ale had rich notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and oak. I don’t normally like brwon ales, but this one was absolutely incredible.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Bonne Nuit by Holy Mountain Brewing

This bourbon barrel-aged Belgian strong had notes of fruity esters and spicy phenols from the yeast combined with candi sugar, vanilla, and oak. It was maybe a touch too sweet, but still really nice.

Transfiguration by Holy Mountain Brewing

Ths saison had a perfumey nose with lemon, straw, pepper, and light funk on the palate.

Astral Projection by Holy Mountain Brewing

This imperial IPA was hoppy and hazy with notes of mango, papaya, and grapefruit over a caramel malt base. It was smooth with well concealed alcohol.

Sunroom by Holy Mountain Brewing

This saison was tart and funky with notes of white grape, citrus, and oak.

Crystal Ship by Holy Mountain Brewing

This saison had notes of light funk, citrus pith, grainy malt, spice, and oak. It finished dry as a bone.

Lesser Ritual by Holy Mountain Brewing

This hoppy pilsner had a floral and citrus nose. The body was crisp and light with a touch of lemon, tropical fruit, and pepper on the palate.

Planned Obsolescence by Cloudburst Brewing

This double IPA had hoppy notes of passion fruit, grapefruit white grape over a crackery malt base. It was dry and bitter with a touch of minerality.

Would You Rather by Cloudburst Brewing

This IPA was light bodied with hoppy notes citrus, tropical fruit, and a touch of grassy bitterness.

Silence Breaker by Cloudburst Brewing

This IPa had notes of pine, tropical fruit, citrus, berries, and bubble gum over a biscuity malt base.

Whoa’ts by Cloudburst Brewing

This oatmeal stout had notes of roasty malt with a touch of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. The oats gave it an interesting mouthfeel with a slightly sweet finish.

O’leary’s Coffee Milk Stout by Engine House No. 9

This coffee milk stout had rich notes of coffee to complement the roasty malt. it had a slightly sweet finish with a smooth mouthfeel.

Redamancy by Engine House No. 9

This saison had nice fruity saison with a touch of earthy spice.

Frambuesa Moka by Engine House No. 9

This sour stout had rich notes of raspberry and chocolate with subtle oakiness and gentle tartness.

The Duel by Engine House No. 9

This wild ale was tart and creamy with notes of raspberry, cherry, and funk.

Le Visiteur by Engine House No. 9

This wild ale was tart and sweet with jammy and floral notes of blackberry and boysenberry.

Nectarberry Farmhouse by Engine House No. 9

This barrel-aged saison had mild tartness with fruity and floral berries.

Meraki #2 by Engine House No. 9

This barrel-aged saison was tart with notes of blueberries, funk, oak, and tannin.

Amour Aux Myrtilles by Engine House No. 9

This barrel-aged saison was tart with notes of blueberries, oak, and a touch of tannin. Dry finish.

Wild Tacoma Table Sour by Engine House No. 9

This was a solid table sour with moderate tartness, mild stonefruits nites, and a touch of funk.

Bottle & Cans

Pivotal by Category 12 Brewing

This ESB had floral hops on the nose and a malty body with notes of nut, caramel, and grassy noble hops. Nice bitter bite in the finish.

A Yellow Dog Named Melvin by Yellow Dog Brewing Co

This DIPA was a big old hop bomb with notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, berries, and bubblegum over a caramel malt base. Nice lingering bitterness.

Koko B. Ware by Twin Sails Brewing

This coconut imperial stout had notes of nutty roasty malt with loads of coconut flavour. So delicious with a smooth and slightly sweet body that drys out at the end.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Powell Brewery

Roasty malt with notes of fig, cherry, raisins, cherry, fig, vanilla, and oak. Very nice, but could do with a little more body.

Framework by Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

This saison was floral and fruity with notes of orange, elderflower, and berries, along with a touch of pepper-like spice. The finish was nice and dry.

Hazy In Love by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This hazy IPA had hoppy notes of cherry, grapefruit, and lime over a crackery malt base. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

Hazy Train by Parallel 49 Brewing Company

This hazy IPA Juicy notes of tropical fruit and citrus over a roasty malt base. Creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

Averbode (2017) by Brouwerij Huyghe

This saison was incredibly dry and effervescent. It had clove and pepper-like spicey phenols, fruity esters, and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Bourbon & Oak Infused Salted Black Porter by Field House Brewing Co.

Very subtle notes of bourbon and oak with a touch of salt. I think the original was far superior. They should have barrel aged it.

Cherry Vanilla Milk Stout by Field House Brewing Co.

Very subtle cherry and vanilla over a roasty malt base. There was a touch of something almost metallic in the finish.

Phantoma – Pomegranate Dark Saison by Phillips Brewing Company

Roasty malt with mild fruity esters, spicy phenols and a touch of pomegranate and molasses.

Blueberry (2015) by Cascade Brewing Company (USA) at The Drake Eatery

This clueberry sour was herbal and blueberries on the nose with tart blueberries and oak on the palate. So tasty.

“Alba” Rustic Table Saison by Luppolo Brewing Company

Sour and funky with notes of pineapple, pear, pepper, spice, and barnyard funk. Finishes nice and dry.