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Beercritic asks: Attending Twitter Live Tasting: Stouts?
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Tonight at 6 p.m., EST, I’ll be participating (as twitter username lemasney) in an online tasting event, part of Twitter Tasting Live, more commonly known on

Twitter as #TTL, where people tweet tasting notes all the time, and hash TTL as a way of updating those who are interested.

From time to time, specific beers are chosen for group review, like a book club, and we all get together on a Saturday night, virtually, to participate.

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Tonight, we’ll be tasting two British Stouts, and two American Stouts. They each have garnered 98s on RateBeer.com which is no easy task. Rogue‘s Chocolate Stout and their Shakespeare Stout, as well as Samuel Smith‘s Oatmeal Stout and their Imperial Stout. I’ve had all of these before, but am looking forward to having them all again. This will be my first time participating in a group TTL event, but not their first event — I missed that one, and how sad I was.

For more info, visit: http://www.twittertastelive.com/events/twitter-taste-live-beer-stouts

Also, I’ve done some math on what I can expect to consume in calories this evening as a single taster who does not intend to throw any of this great beer away:

Brewery and brew	RateBeer	ABV	Price	FlOz	Calories	price per fl oz
Rogue Chocolate Stout	98.	6.30%	$5.99	22	347	$0.27
Rogue Shakespeare Stout	98.	6.00%	$5.99	22	330	$0.27
Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout	98.	7.00%	$3.29	18.7	327	$0.18
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout	98.	5.00%	$3.09	18.7	234	$0.17
					1,238	Total Calories
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Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 5L Mini Keg
Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 5L mini keg

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA 5L mini keg

Style and Glass: IPA; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 5 liters estimated at 1,000,000 C
Purchased at: Bensalem Beer and Soda for $34.59

Aroma: mellow, sour, grassy. Hops come through nicely.

Visuals: The 5L can is impressive, unique, and a great way to draw beer. Fun, inventive packaging for craft brew. A bit hazy, golden to amber in color, with a long lasting white head that thins but does not disappear. Lace is phenomenal.

Taste: Very well balanced, with a malty, sweet start and a bitter hoppy finish. All the classic flavors you’d expect: pine, grapefruit, and resin. Dark malty finish is delicious. Flavor is deep, strong, and lasting.

Palate: Fresh, clean, and crisp, but lingers nicely on the front and back of the tongue. Tingles throughout the mouth.

Overall: A special treat from a great brewer. As close to the tap as I’ll have at home. I’d love to have it again, but I doubt I’ll ever see it again, after I slowly enjoy these 14 glasses. Delicious.



Rogue Old Crustacean BWSA 2006

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11.5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.49

Aroma: amazing, tannins, oak, grapes, wine, alcohol, cherries, sourness. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: well designed, black, thick, opaque, long lasting off white head, persistent lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: way off balance, hefty malt, some hops, layered, very strong, medium craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smoother texture, rough finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: A mixed bag. Interesting, but very chemical, and lots of unmasked alcohol. Seems fruity, but also off. Nice to try, but not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, medium value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.



Rogue Brutal Bitter

Style and Glass: ESB, Pint, Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $5.99

Aroma: nice, hoppy. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: okay design, golden color, clear, persistent white head, good lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, light malt, heavy hops, light strength, good craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, prickly texture, medium finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: reminds me of a watery Hop Harvest from Sierra Nevada. I’ve had this before, and I might have it again. I’m surprised that this rates as high as it does. medium value. good craft. 16 out of 20.



Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, American Strong Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.0 % in 26 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $11.49

Aroma: alcohol, powerful, floral, sweet. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: packaging is beautiful, as usual, yellow, ruby, gold, brown, brilliant, amazingly persistent head, no lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: rye, malty, nice hops, well hidden alcohol, beautifully crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: great quality, denim, terrycloth, long deep finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: reminds me of a meadow. I love it, and would seek it out. It’s very well done. 20 out of 20.



Rogue Anniversary (yellow snow/integrity IPA)
07/01/2008, 7:18 PM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.2%
RateBeer rating: 93
Calories: estimated at 170 C
Volume: 16 fl oz.
Glass: shaker, draft
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $5.00
Consumed at: lunch with chicken soup and a Broccoli cheddar quiche. Not a great pairing, but very good food.

First Impression: Aroma is faint but inviting. Visuals are hazy and golden with just a little head. Taste is good – hoppy and bitter. Palate is a medium finish with a nice bitterness. Second Impression great taste, presence, and depth.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



My top 50 on RateBeer after 200 ratings
1 Smuttynose Big A IPA Smuttynose Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.85 5 6/1/2008
2 Victory V12 Victory Brewing Company Belgian Strong Ale 3.77 5 4/16/2008
3 Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.07 5 5/9/2008
4 Great Divide Hercules Double IPA Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 4.04 5 5/26/2008
5 Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.18 5 5/30/2008
6 Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale Stone Brewing Co. American Strong Ale 3.85 5 6/21/2008
7 Nøgne Ø # 100 (Batch 100) Nøgne Ø Imperial/Double IPA 3.89 5 6/1/2008
8 Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout 4.04 5 5/26/2008
9 Ølfabrikken Porter Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet) Porter 4.14 5 6/8/2008
10 Southern Tier Jah-va Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial Stout 3.95 5 6/6/2008
11 Green Flash Barleywine Green Flash Brewing Co. Barley Wine 3.69 5 6/14/2008
12 Struise Mikkeller (Elliot Brew) Struise Imperial/Double IPA 3.8 4.9 5/23/2008
13 Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Imperial Stout 4.07 4.8 4/27/2008
14 Oskar Blues Gordon Oskar Blues Grill & Brew American Strong Ale 3.86 4.8 4/28/2008
15 Stone Old Guardian (Vintages 2004 and later) Stone Brewing Co. Barley Wine 3.84 4.8 6/12/2008
16 OHanlons Thomas Hardys Ale (vintage 2003 and later) OHanlons Barley Wine 3.92 4.8 6/22/2008
17 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek 3 Fonteinen Lambic – Fruit 4.08 4.8 6/12/2008
18 Rogue Shakespeare Stout Rogue Ales Stout 3.9 4.8 5/24/2008
19 Dogfish Head Raison D Etre Dogfish Head Brewery Belgian Strong Ale 3.62 4.8 4/4/2008
20 Victory Old Horizontal Victory Brewing Company Barley Wine 4.06 4.8 5/28/2008
21 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout North Coast Brewing Company Imperial Stout 4.11 4.8 4/6/2008
22 Weyerbacher Old Heathen Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial Stout 3.77 4.8 4/8/2008
23 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Stone Brewing Co. Imperial Stout 4.23 4.8 5/8/2008
24 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) Dogfish Head Brewery Imperial Stout 4.19 4.8 5/8/2008
25 Smuttynose Imperial Stout Smuttynose Brewing Company Imperial Stout 3.96 4.8 6/15/2008
26 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale Bear Republic Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.96 4.7 3/9/2008
27 Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Dogfish Head Brewery Imperial/Double IPA 4.07 4.7 2/11/2008
28 Victory Golden Monkey Victory Brewing Company Abbey Tripel 3.71 4.7 2/27/2008
29 Youngs Old Nick Wells & Youngs Barley Wine 3.58 4.7 4/15/2008
30 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Barley Wine 3.89 4.7 4/3/2008
31 Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale Founders Brewing Company Scotch Ale 3.71 4.7 6/21/2008
32 Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale Oskar Blues Grill & Brew American Pale Ale 3.76 4.7 4/26/2008
33 Great Divide Old Ruffian Great Divide Brewing Company Barley Wine 3.91 4.7 5/10/2008
34 Southern Tier Un*Earthly Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.87 4.7 5/24/2008
35 Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel Brasserie d’Achouffe (Moortgat) Abbey Tripel 3.94 4.6 5/22/2008
36 Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Imperial/Double IPA 3.96 4.6 4/6/2008
37 Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2007 Mikkeller Belgian Strong Ale 3.89 4.6 6/13/2008
38 Southern Tier Gemini Southern Tier Brewing Company Imperial/Double IPA 3.91 4.6 6/7/2008
39 Flying Dog Double Dog Double Pale Ale Flying Dog Brewery American Strong Ale 3.83 4.6 4/30/2008
40 Smuttynose IPA Smuttynose Brewing Company India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.71 4.6 2/28/2008
41 Ommegang Three Philosophers Brewery Ommegang (Moortgat) Abt/Quadrupel 3.84 4.6 4/6/2008
42 Unibroue Maudite Unibroue (Sapporo) Belgian Strong Ale 3.81 4.6 4/17/2008
43 Stone Ruination IPA Stone Brewing Co. Imperial/Double IPA 4.06 4.6 2/11/2008
44 Stone India Pale Ale Stone Brewing Co. India Pale Ale (IPA) 4.01 4.6 2/15/2008
45 Brooklyn East India Pale Ale Brooklyn Brewery India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.42 4.6 2/27/2008
46 Abbaye des Rocs Brune Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs Belgian Strong Ale 4.11 4.6 5/24/2008
47 Wachusett IPA Wachusett Brewing India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.41 4.6 4/15/2008
48 Yards India Pale Ale Yards Brewing Company India Pale Ale (IPA) 3.48 4.6 4/27/2008
49 Rochefort Trappistes 10 Brasserie Rochefort Abt/Quadrupel 4.34 4.6 5/3/2008
50 Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale Dogfish Head Brewery Brown Ale 3.69 4.6 4/8/2008



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