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Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf BWSA
Ridgeway Criminally Badf Elf BWSA

Ridgeway Criminally Badf Elf BWSA

Style & glass: BWSA, Snifter

16.9 fl oz x 10.5% ABV = 177.45 / 60 = 2.96 beers * 150 C = 444 calories (est.)

Available at: Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.80

sweet, syrupy aroma, deep brown body under a white head, quickly dissipating, cloying, syrupy, sugary, unbalanced, blunt mouthfeel, Slightly unrefined for the style. Blunt, dull, and hammering.

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Stone Old Guardian BWSA

First Published on June 13th, 2008

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Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11.26%
IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma:
grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor:
dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other:
mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.



Dominion Millennium BWSA
Dominion Millennium BWSA

Dominion Millennium BWSA

Style; glass: BWSA; snifter
12 fl oz x 10.5% ABV = 126 / 60 = 2.1 beers * 150 C = 315 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Beer Outlet for $1.25

Aroma is honey, hops and an alcohol burn, inviting, strong.

Visuals are a deep ruby red, lightly carbonated, very quick tan head goes away completely.

Taste is bitter, middling to sweetness, finish is a long bitter burn.Tasty, but unbalanced.

Palate is crisp, rough, and sandy. Gritty, drying, and with an alcohol burn throughout.

Overall, a very nice brew, definitely a different kind of barleywine, this one much less sweet than others, with a great deal of hop presence. Delicious, well done.


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Sierra Nevada Bigfoot BWSA 2009
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot BWSA 2009

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot BWSA 2009

Style; glass: BWSA; snifter
12 fl oz x 9.6% ABV = 115.2 / 60 = 1.92 beers * 150 C = 288 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $1.99

Aroma: Tea, cherries, alcohol, oak, hay, smoke, agitation brings out the hops

Visuals: well designed packaging, inviting, funny, and brand-strong, A deep pool of tea, orange to red, brilliant and clear, thin gray head, very nice lacing.

Taste: Overtly sweet and malty, some roasty flavors, high gravity, caramel, sharp crisp hoppy bitterness.

Palate: Starts heavy with sweetness, syrupy, quickly moves to tea and caramel, followed by slow descent to bitterness and hoppy overload.

Overall: Delicious and amazing. I have to grab it when I first see it each season. Great stuff. An absolute go-to fave. Value is amazing for the craft involved. Despite the macro overtones of what Sierra Nevada is doing, on their scale, you have to give them credit for delivering on flavor and quality on their brews — they do macro right.

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Schlafly Reserve Oak Aged Barley Wine Style Ale (2007)
Schlafly Oak Aged Barley Wine Style Ale

Schlafly Oak Aged Barley Wine Style Ale

Style and Glass: Barley Wine Style Ale, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.2% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Hamilton for $11.99

Aroma: Oak, whiskey, alcohol, heartburn, smoke, and tobacco. An exhilarating aroma, and just being around it seems a little bit like a spicy barbecue is nearby.

Visuals: Packaging is a bit precious, but well done, and meets the need for specialty presentation. Body is an angry deep hazy red under an almost white long lasting head. Freshness and quality are evident from the way the body acts. Lacing is sticky and thick. Beautiful.

Taste: licorice, smoke, spices, and oak meld at the front, the middle has a deep slow burn, and the finish is almost all hops with a sweet malty undertone. An amazing brew. The oak really gives this BWSA a depth and flavor that I find pretty unique. Barbeque sweetness and smoke is welcome. This should be had with some blackened chicken and spicy curried potatoes. This would be great with Indian cuisine.

Palate: Smoother than you’d expect by far. Very oaky, woody, and crisp. A bit sour, puckers after a moment. Finish is warm, delicious, and strong

Overall: I love this, but I’d love it more playing against some savory and spicy flavors. Delicious.



Avery Hog Heaven BWSA
Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.19

Aroma: Very nice. Aromatic. Grapes, hay, olive oil. Spices. Flowery. A very inviting scent. Foretells of a certain kind of wallop.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging, as with most Avery brews. The reddish slightly hazy body seems angry, ruby, bloody. It is fairly brilliant to start, but gets hazier with pour. Thick off white head and lace are staying, sticky, and wonderful.

Taste: Beautifully balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is clearly a lingering burn, mixed with a sweet tea moment. Delicious, bitter, and satisfying, but most surprising of all, it can be tasted. Restrained, and wonderfully so. Nice hop bitterness throughout, but the malt is forefront. On a longer sip, fruits emerge. Cherry, grape, melon, sweetness, but not overly so. Warm, spicy, and simply delightful.

Palate: A long lasting flavor of tea, hops, licorice, grapefruit, and cherry. A wonderful warming sensation throughout, clearly due to the ABV, but the usual burn on the palate is missing. That’s killer.

Overall: Near the top of my list for Barelywines. I prefer a bit more of a cloying flavor in a BWSA, whereas this is much dryer. I’ll search this out again though. I’d love to pair it with a medium rare steak, some al dente green vegetables with a spicy sauce, or a spicy potato masala dosa.



Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine Style Ale

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 15% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Fairless Hills, PA for $3.73

Aroma: wow, rich, raisins, peach, rose, autumn, leaves, mold, intoxicating.

Visuals: average label, nice 4 pack, like turkey gravy , muddy, mississippi, thick, thin white head, beautiful, sticky lace.

Taste: mostly malt up front, good hoppy finish, unbalanced in both directions, delicious, sugary, syrupy, bitter ending, good strength.

Palate: feeling of high quality, sticky, woody, long bitter finish.

Overall: Exactly what I paid for — not exactly a 120 minute IPA, but more of a mix between the 120 Minute and a Raison d’ extra. I’d have it again, for sure. very nice, but not one of my favorites. Medium value for high craft.



Uinta 15th Anniversary Barleywine

I picked up a 6 of this brew on spec at Super Saver Pennington for about $11. It’s 10.4% ABV in 12 oz. I poured it into a snifter as per the style.

Beautiful deep ruby with a static tan head and beautiful lacing. Viscosity seems a bit light, but no worries.

Aroma is wine, oak, whiskey, figs, and cherry. Wonderful to inhale. Sweet on the intake.

Taste has a nice hoppy bite to balance out the very malty base. Acrid, stays on the tongue towards the front and the back. Mold, roses, and peaches. Burnt. Old cherries. Very nice. Very well done, nicely balanced and tasty. Fruit on the palate. Lingers nicely.

Like a sponge. Very dry. A mouthful of flowers. long wonderful finish.

It’s very nice. I’d love to have it again. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.



Rock Art Vermonster

Style and Glass: BWSA, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.09

Aroma: wonderful, floral, exquisite, burning.

Visuals: better design, reddish brown, hazy, long lasting thinner white head, sticky lace.

Taste: well balanced, less malt, more hops, medium high strength.

Palate: low quality, spongy, terricloth texture, longer finish.

Overall: Immensely better than its ‘younger brother’ Ridge Runner, but that’s not saying very much. Not a repeat, since I could have a great beer in the same volume at an only slightly higher price in Ruination, not a favorite, not very valuable, low craft. It’s a shame really, Rock Art has some very nice and affordable imperial IPAs.



Rock Art Ridge Runner BWSA

Style and Glass: Barleywine, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.5 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.29

Aroma: okay, soft, gentle.

Visuals: bad label, bad packaging, ruby, angry, color, clear, thin white head, long lasting lace.

Taste: unbalanced, little malt, no hops, no strength.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, no finish.

Overall: like water. Hard to believe this is 7% abv, not a repeat, not a favorite, okay value, little craft.




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