BeerCritic


Struise Black Albert Imperial Stout
08/03/2009, 10:03 PM
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Struise | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and syrup. roasted malted barley, wood, and sweetness. Completely opaque, dark with a tan long lasting head. Crisp, very sour, syrup, striking flavor. Interesting and wonderful, very different. Alcohol is exquisitely hidden. Long sour finish, with a generally crisp and active palate. A very special brew.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

ABV: 10.8 %
RateBeer rating: 100/96
Calories: estimated at 600 C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $5.99

Originally enjoyed on 5/9/2008

This is a one-year anniversary tasting, and by complete coincidence.

First Impression: Aroma is roasted, chocolate, nutty, and slightly metallic. Visuals are pitch dark body topped with a nice thick brown head, which dissipates in a few minutes but not completely. Lacing is nice.  Taste does not disappoint. A deep, hoppy, roasted flavor. Some coffee, some dark chocolate, some smoke, but just a touch. Alcohol is very well hidden. Palate is back of tongue, spongey, yeasty, and blunt, long, very tasty finish. Nicely done. A grave presence. Second Impression: an impressive beer by any standard, but a great stout. Surprisingly drinkable, deep, delicious, and so very well balanced. Stone does amazing things.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 19 out of 20. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Style; glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
22 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 209 / 60 = 3.48 beers * 150 C = 5.22 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $9.99

A deep, rusty brown body, wholly opaque, with a dark tan head. Mahogany in depth and mood. Scent of coffee, dust, earth, and wood chips. Taste is espresso syrup, roasted malt, coffee, earth, resin, and compost. Overall, it’s another amazing, layered, and complex creation for the Yeti brand, and for Great Divide. Keep them coming.

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Moylan’s Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout
Moylan's Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout

Moylan's Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout

Style; glass: Imperial stout; snifter
22 fl oz x 10% ABV = 220 / 60 = 3.66 beers * 150 C = 549 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $6.99

A roasted malt taste explosion, supported with coffee, chocolate, grapes, sourness and a heap of bitterness. Delicious, with a beautiful opaque body and thick, long lasting tan head. Really great, as usual, from Moylan.

http://www.moylans.com/site/pages/brewery/beer.php

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Long Trail Coffee Stout


Style; glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
22 fl oz x 8% ABV = 176 / 60 = 2.93 beers * 150 C = 439.50 calories (est.)
Purchased at:Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.50

A delicious, dark roasted coffee, cocoa, and espresso imperial stout with a deep opaque body topped with a dark tan head. Syrupy, sticky, and like dessert. A decadent treat.

Long Trail Coffee Stout

Long Trail Coffee Stout

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Mikkeller 黑
Mikkeller Black Stout

Mikkeller Black Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
12.7 fl oz * 17.5% = 222.5 / 60 = 3.7 beers * 150 = 555 C est.
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $18.99

Neither of those (17.5 or 18.99 or 12.7 fl. oz. ) are typos.

Aroma: amazing, coffee, cocoa, hay, barnyard, oak, alcohol, ether.

Visuals: world class packaging, blackness, midnight, deep woods, solid, thick, viscous, staying tan head, intricate lace.

Taste: nicely balanced, off the charts in malt and hops, a new level of strength. Superb.

Palate: highest quality, syrupy texture, long dark finish.

Overall: The DFH 120 minute IPA of the world of imperial stouts. All others pale. It is without a doubt the best beer I have ever tasted in my life. I will go and clear the shelves of it, whatever the cost. It’s not only a favorite, it is my new superlative standard. Highest value for the highest craft. Mikkeller is only posing as a human.

A second tasting: I often say that this beer or that beer is ‘one of my favorites’ but this beer is, by far, my favorite brew. I forst had this in November of 2008, and wondered when I declared that it was my favorite how long it would hold the title. Many beers since have been very good, very complex, flavorful, and rewarding, but this one has all of that, plus personality, style, and an aroma, that is at once chocolatey, peppery, and full of booziness. The complex mixture in the flavor and texture includes maple syrup, alcohol, vodka, coffee, licorice, candy, dust, and chalk. The heft is intimidating, and the alcohol effects about halfway through makes you respect and quietly sip and contemplate it. This is an amazing brew, and would pair well with the most powerfully spicy or sweet dishes. It would overpower almost anything else, and for me, that’s right on. Play on, Mikkeller, you rock it hard.



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.

Rouge Ales Distillery & Public House, Portland...

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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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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout
02/21/2009, 4:48 AM
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Samuel Adams Boston Brewing
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout

Samuel Adams Imperial Stout

Style; glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
12 fl oz x 9.2% ABV = 110.4 / 60 = 1.84 beers * 150 C = 276 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.24Aroma: chocolate taffy, tootsie roll, roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, licorice, burning, smoke, wood.

Visuals: Beautiful and elegant packaging. Well done sub branding. Pitch black  body beneath a respectable tan head than thins, but stays. Lacing is beautiful.

Taste: starts with wholly roasted malt flavor, middles to earthy hoppiness, and begins a lingering licorice and spice finish. Delicious.

Palate: Starts carbonated and crisp, quickly middles to a wet roundness, and finish is a slow hoppy burn through the rear palate.

Overall: An amazing offering from the micro producer of macro brews. I hope they continue this trend. Very well done.

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North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout 2007

ABV: 9%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 4 oz stem goblet
Purchased at: circle liquors, pennington
Price per fl oz: $3 / 12 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Rich, deep, chocolaty, and nutty. Alcohol comes through, but still drinkable. Impressive darkness, tan head, and aroma. Hoppy finish and malty front end are wonderfully balanced. A great example of the style.

Aroma/Olfactory: 10 out of 10
Malt flavor is: dark caramel, maple syrupy, dark chocolate, bold coffee, almonds, cashews, almost burnt
Hop flavor is: resinous, florid, oregano
Yeast flavor is: rye, floury, feta cheese, dirt, dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, ginger, garlic, licorice, raisin, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: black, without highlights except for a light blue tinge
Liquid is: absolutely dark
Head and lace are: nice, brown with sticky lacing

Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium to heavy
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: oily, creamy, sticky, papery
Carbonation is: soft, flat
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long

Overall experience: A great taste and visual experience. Murky and mysterious, but tastes deep and wonderful. 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, color, and aroma. I did not like the high price, but I can’t say it wasn’t worth it.

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Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout
Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

Style; glass: Imperial Stout; 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 $2.99

Aroma: An amazing aroma of cocoa, sugar, chocolate, syrup, coffee, mold, and dust.

Visuals: Cans are beautful, rather unique for craft brew, and very welcome. It is darkness in a glass. It’s midnight. It eats light. It is black and fully opaque. The beautiful brown tan head is fluffy and lasting, and the lace struggles against the ABV, but is beautiful.

Taste: Like chocolate syrup, so very delicious. A chocolate milkshake. Over the top roasted malts and a bitter rich finish that is very much like espresso. Absolutely delicious.

Palate: Starts sweet and with a heavy gravity, middle is dark and roasted with a satisfying bitter finish. Great for a hop head like me, but soothes my imperial cravings as well.

Overall: An amazing, if expensive, brew. Worth every penny. Dark chocolate, espresso, and syrup, you just can’t beat it.

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