BeerCritic


Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

Stone 13th Anniversary Ale

Style & glass: American Strong Ale; Snifter

22 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 209 / 60 = 3.48 beers * 150 C = 522 calories (est.)

Available at: Joe Canal’s for $9.99

aroma is tar and resin, visuals are deep angry ruby under a tan head, taste is citrus, cherries, peach, and a quick turn to pine and resin, feels crisp and bright, overall, a delicious and wonderful brew.

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Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron

Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 12% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 360 C

12%abv*12 fl oz = 144/60 = 2.4 beers * 150c = 360
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.99Aroma: heady, floral, grapes, wine, wood, dust.

Visuals: typical dfh package, deep brown, oily, fully opaque, thin wispy tan head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: unbalanced, mostly roasted malts, some lingering hops, beautiful, chocolatey, coffee, fruit. almonds, spicy.

Palate: oily, smooth, coating, long roasted bitter finish.

Overall: A wonderful, beautiful, tasty brew. I’d have it again, and like many DFH, it’s hard to beat. Delicious.

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Captain Lawrence Nor’ Easter Winter Warmer
Captain Lawrence Nor'Easter Winter Warmer

Captain Lawrence Nor'Easter Winter Warmer

Style and Glass: American Strong; Trappist, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 12 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $14.49

Aroma: Very much the impression of bourbon or whiskey. Alcohol, smoke, and fire await. Like a fireplace going in the neighborhood on a cold winter night.

Visuals: Very nice packaging, tasteful, inviting. Thin white head hangs on indefinitely, over a dark black oily body. Lacing is intricate and sticky.

Taste: Like cough syrup — it’ll cure what ails you. Thick, sugary, with a surprising control of the 12% ABV. Warms immediately. Woody, oaky, and smoky. More of a smoked german sausage than italian or polish spicyness. Like biting into a cupcake — very thick. Tasty! Cherry, chocolate, and caramel.

Palate:  Warming throughout. Starts thick and dull, no crispness throughout, and not really looking for it. Middle is spongy and drying, and finishes long, smoky, and a little spicy.

Overall: Like other CL’s I’ve tried, this is very much about the smoke, and like others I’ve tried, CL seems to do it right — not like eating a sausage, but it would compliment it very well. Delicious, expertly balanced, and neither cloying nor overpowering, which is astounding considering the ABV.



Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83

Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide.  It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.

Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.

Palate:  Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!

Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.



Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Trappist; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $1.66 ($19.99 for a 12 bomber case on special)

Aroma: nice, cocoa, heather, hay, flowers, leaves, musty, musk, dark roast malts.

Visuals: exciting packaging, like a lighter flavored chocolate stout, brown to black, fully opaque, staying rocky tan head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: chocolate malts, more towards malt than hops, focyus on aromatic hops, some bittering hops finish, delicious.

Palate: milky, peppery carbonation, wash, surf, medium finish.

Overall: Amazing for the special price. I’ll have it about 11 more times at least. I’d like to pair it with something like pizza, broccoli, garlic chicken, soy, beans, lots of possibilities there.



Stone Double Bastard Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Snifter; trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.99

Having this on Christmas night to finish off an amazing day. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you.

Aroma: amazing, sweet, flowery, hoppy, grassy, heavenly, malty, earthy, mold.

Visuals: nice label design, what seas might look like in hell, menacing deep red, brilliant, clear, thick white head, sticky tight lace.

Taste: wow. very malty, deeply hoppy, sugary, not syrupy, crisp, heavy, molasses, smoke, strong.

Palate: Of the highest visual and taste quality, rigid, sandy, rough, long bitter finish.

Overall: An absolutely amazing DIPA, though not classified as such. I’d have it again no question. Perhaps one of my top ten. A favorite. Great value. High craft.



Shmaltz He’brew Rejewvenator

A 22 oz bottle. American Strong Ale in a tumbler. 7.8% ABV est. at 400 calories.

After sampling Lenny’s RIPA from Shmaltz, I knew I had to try some others from this brewery. I was a little reluctant to get beer intended for the chosen people, being raised Catholic and all, but after getting a nice comment from the brewer on my last review, I feel a bit more justified. ;)

Rejewvenator is pretty. The label art is always very well done by Shmaltz. The color is a mix of koolaid and instant iced tea. Ruby highlights and red undertones. Although this was a gusher, it quickly settled down and shows a quickly dissipating white head. The viscosity is very nice, but there is no lace whatsoever.

The aroma reminds me of DFH’s Raison D’Etre. Lots of citrus, raisins, prunes, and since figs are the showcased element, this is no surprise. The aroma is very nice, and not muted at all.

The taste is very good with the figs coming through. Some wood flavors emerge. Honey. Lots of natural flavors coming through. Well balanced.

Texture is fairly crisp, drying. Tissue paper. Medium finish, and the hops give way to the malt.

Delicious. I’d definitely have it again. Well crafted, and nice mix of ingredients. L’Chaim!



Southern Tier Uber Sun Wheat Beer

Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist, Weizen
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $5.69 (after discount)

Aroma: nice, pine, hops, citrus. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: nice design, gold, bright, clear, no head, little lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, medium malt, medium hops, low strength, high craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, subtle finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Not bad at all, but rather dull. I could avoid a repeat, not a favorite, some value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.



Southern Tier Big Red
09/20/2008, 12:54 AM
Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Southern Tier

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $5.99

Enjoyed with Roch Pisarek on his birthday. Many more and much love.

Aroma: nice, citrusy. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: nice label, good design, brilliant, amber, clear, fluffy white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: malty, bitter, balanced, strong, well crafted, delicious. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, nice texture, longer finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: beautiful, tasty, well done beer. I’d have it again, but it wasn’t especially special. Average value, nicely crafted. 17 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.




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