The Pint is Mightier: Outlander Brewing

(Beer Connoisseur Eric Peters contributed to this post)

After playing some serious catch up with our previous review of Skagit River Brewery, we’re ready to stay ahead of the game with our latest review! From the Center of the Universe in Seattle, WA….

Outlander Brewing

Although this brewery has only been open for about six months, we would hardly be surprised if it wound up taking off in the near future. With a prime spot in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, a stylish location in a converted old home, and a line up of well-crafted, creative beers, Outlander is one to watch.

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The first beer that we tried was Outlander’s Peanut Butter Stout. It was quite dark with mild carbonation and a light scent of peanut butter on the nose. The beer itself had nice, roasted notes in the flavor with just a hint of chocolate. We felt it had a mouthfeel more similar porter, but that’s semantics. The peanut butter flavor was very subtle, but was just enough to add that special something to the brew. It’s just a slight tease, enticing the drinker to go back for more and more until, before they knows it, their glass is empty and it’s time for another beer. Evil geniuses, those Outlander folks are.

The Foreign IPA was the next beer we tried out. It was a dull amber in color and possessed a rather flimsy aroma that held for barely a second in your nose. Unfortunately the flavor was similarly ephemeral. It had a mild, earthy hop nose that shifted into a slight sweet malt base. The more we drank, the more we thought the different flavors bled together and dissipated too quickly. Overall we felt the Foreign IPA was perhaps the most mediocre of Outlander’s brews. With so many other interesting options, you’re better off grabbing one of the hundreds of other IPA’s in the Pacific Northwest.

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We could describe the Tesla Wizard Imperial Stout in one word: Boom. This is a brute of a beer, not for the faint of heart, but nonetheless absolutely delicious if you have the fortitude to handle it. It clocks in at 10.5% ABV and pours pitch black, as if daring you to try to drink more than one. From the first sip you’ll be able to taste bourbon and blackberry alongside the dark malts. There is a surprising lack of roastiness to this beer, but it really allows the other flavors to shine through. We highly recommend the Tesla Wizard – it’ll kick your ass, but you’ll love every minute of it.

We finished up with another truly interesting beer – the OG Apple Ale. This brew is tailor-made for cider lovers looking for a way to ease into the beer scene. It’s sweeter than your normal beer, and packed full of unique flavors of apple and ginger. At the same time, it still has many of the trappings of a normal, malt-based beer as well. Surprisingly, these two divergent profiles come together to form a rather tasty cider-beer hybrid.

Definitely check out Outlander. We’re already itching to go back!

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