It's been a long while! A few trips have led me to Colorado, New Mexico, California, BC and Alaska...Where many great beers have been had! I will get back on the blogging wagon and post some of these soon! For now, it's good to be back in Portland, the land of beer. I will continue sampling some new beers as I post some of the delicious beers from my trips...
For now here's an old favorite of mine...At 7.2% and available year round in the 12oz bottles, there is never a bad time for a bastard...
It pours a deep copper with a thin head.
The aroma is big oak with vanilla sweetness. Roasty malt is evident as well.
It has a big full body although it starts mellow. The flavors develop quickly in the body, the roasty malt and oak combine giving it a lot of character. There isn't the sweetness that is evident in the aroma.
The aftertaste is bitterness and oak which lingers nicely.
A good experiment is to get a regular Bastard and an Oak Bastard, line 'em up and try 'em!