Thursday, May 6, 2010
Beer # 178 - Auld Battle Axe, Laurelwood Brewing, Portland, Oregon
Ahhh, Laurelwood - a consistent provider of delicious beers! We ventured over to the East Side to enjoy the Laurelwood Pizza Company and happened across the very last bottle of the Auld Battle Axe, a Scottish Style Ale. At 10% in a beautiful bottle, I was anxious to crack it open -
It pours a deep brown with a thin head.
The aroma reveals big malt, which greets the nostrils with big vanilla and slight nut.
It has strong alcohol tones right away that build with the big malt presence in the full body. It is strong and aggressive with vanilla, but there is not too much sweetness, with nuttiness rounding the vanilla off. It is lively on the tongue. Oak and slight cherry sourness arrives in the finish, giving it a very dynamic arc.
The aftertaste is big and strong with malt and alcohol dominating, with subtle nuttiness, oak and slight cherry.
It is a full body, full flavor beer - Bold, strong and delicious! For being so big, it still provides dynamic flavors that keep the palate lively -
If you can find it, get it!