Tuesday Tastings: Casual weekend edition

So yes, it’s technically Wednesday so I’m a bit late for a Tuesday Tastings but consider it a late edition. Plus I’m featuring three beers friends and I drank the weekend before last, so nothing as formal as I normally do but good beers with pictures. Onward!

Belmont Station / Ecliptic Brewing 19th Anniversary Barleywine

We picked up several bottles of this anniversary beer at Belmont Station in Portland last month, and had a chance to visit a bit with Lisa Morrison (owner and the Beer Goddess!) while we were there; Lisa thought this beer was still a bit “hot” and figured it would be great with about a year of aging. So, we drank one, and have one to save for a year.

My notes:

Beautiful aroma, full of vanilla/vanillin and amazing bourbon wood notes. A touch solventy, not unexpected. Thick, sweet, boozy, bourbony. Lisa’s right—a little hot but this is terrific with the booziness, the complex malts, the sweet woody notes, and a lovely warming sipping quality overall.

Belmont Station 19th Anniversary Barleywine

Sam Bond’s Brewing Filbert Brown Ale

Sam Bond’s has only been bottling two of their beers as recently as the last couple of months, and I picked this one up in Corvallis in April, possibly within a week or two of it coming out. I love filters (AKA hazelnuts) so a nut brown is a good vehicle to present them. This one was interesting but falls off at the end.

My notes:

Smells like Nutella—hazelnut and chocolate. A touch of smoky, roasty malts on the nose as well. Flavor-wise, it’s nutty and dry, with a toasty, amber-y malt body that is a little bitĀ metallic and a little bit likeĀ filbert shell.

Sam Bond's Brewing Filbert Brown Ale

Ecliptic Brewing Zenith Grapefruit Gose

I’m always excited to drink a gose, and this one was picked up at a beverage trade show recently. I enjoyed it, and generally I think Ecliptic is doing a great job with their beers. Definitely seek this one out if you’re a sour/gose fan.

My notes:

Saltwater (seawater) nose with a kiss of citrus grapefruit oil. Super subtle tartness, gets me right at the back sides/joint of the jaw, and I get a sea salt note at the back of the tongue. Fruity but mild, a bit of light grapefruit juice and zest, very well balanced and strikes me as a good version of the style.

Ecliptic Zenith Grapefruit Gose