Filed under: Belgian Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Victory | Tags: amazing, beautiful, bitter, crisp, dark, deep, dry, hazy, long finish, mold, pine, resin, sour, strong
Style; glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist
22 fl oz x 6.7% ABV = 147.4 / 60 = 2.45 beers * 150 C = 367.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $9.99
It’s a deep bitter style that eludes traditional style descriptions – not quite an IPA, not quite a Belgian, but delicious, dank, and a bit soapy. Recommended as a different direction for hop lovers and Belgian lovers.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Moylan's | Tags: alcohol, beautiful, bitter, black, chocolate, coffee, crisp, dark, delicious, hops, long finish, opaque, resin, roasted, strong, well balanced
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.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Long Train | Tags: bitter, black, chocolate, coffee, dark, deep, delicious, long finish, opaque, resin, roasted, sweet, well balanced
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.
Filed under: Current selections | Tags: beer, black, caramel, chocolate, coffee, crisp, dark, deep, delicious, Facebook, hoppy, opaque, resin, roasted, Samuel Smith Brewery, stout, strong, TweetDeck, Twitter, United Kingdom, United States
Tasting Times (EST USA):
7:30 – ? @reluct_scooper says he has a few UK Stouts that he will open and tweet about. Discussion on Sam Smith & Rogue continues.
5:53: I’ve got my water nearby, tweetdeck chirping away, and I’ve already done group and individual bottle shots. This is going to be cool.
6:21: Just got some compliments on my notes. This is fun.
7:08 this is tough to do. Lots of beer!
8:39 What an experience. Here’s the trail:
- @reluct_scooper those two are very fine examples, but many more exist. #ttl
- @NormskiBrewer nice to have you! #ttl
- http://twitpic.com/1mf4n is a little compilation pic of tonight’s offerings. Cheers.
- @beerbabe just finished a WWS, and enjoyed it immensely. It defines the words ‘sip’ and ‘pleasure’. #ttl
- @beerbabe I <3 Santo Palo Marron. I’ve gotten into Facebook fights over the amazingness of this brew. #ttl
- @beerbabe the flavor really emerges with the mellowing warmth. #ttl
- @beertweeter I am an amateur beer chef. ;) hehehe. #ttl
- having very room temp Shakespeare, and it’s still standing up nicely. Nice hop finish, a bit mellower, of course, but flavor is there. #ttl
- @beertweeter good or bad? I finished my impy. #ttl
- biab. You people absolutely rock. #ttl
- @beertweeter you inspired me. ;) #ttl
- @Normskibrewer My pleasure. ;) #ttl
- @tastelive blushes and cheers. ;) Video forthcoming, but a slower process. #ttl
- @beerbabe Thanks! It’s my latest little way of getting into my work. ;) #ttl
- Photos from tonight’s tasting: http://tinyurl.com/bcxrph #ttl
- @Ekajtactless love that bastard. #ttl
- #3 trend on all of twitter. That really is kind of something on a Saturday evening, no? #ttl
- Wow. we cracked the code. Care deeply about something and talk about it. For hours! Lets get advertisements going. ;) #ttl
- @Gservo had the Creme Brulee on tap once. That was nice. #ttl
- @Normskibrewer I like the way you drink… er think. #ttl
- @beertweeter Sessions are the new imperial styles. ;) #ttl
- @reluct_scooper yeah I’d like to hear the also rans! #ttl
- @Normskibrewer If you want bucketlist brews, I’d suggest Mikkeller Black, Beer Geek breakfast, Great Divide Yeti, Dogfish Head 120, etc #ttl
- @Normskibrewer I don’t think any of these were to-die-for brews, but all good. #ttl
- @beerbabe I think these all stood up well. We can all agree that a macro brown ale would have trouble in the list. ;) #ttl
- @Normskibrewer Sam Smith Imperial 17/20 Oatmeal 18/20 Rogue Chocolate 16/20 Shakespeare 18/20 #ttl
- @beerbabe it’s going to be a long night. But delicious. Cheers! #ttl
- going to follow each of you soon. ;) #ttl
- @beertweeter I love that we live in a time that we can share this experience in this way. I’m a technologist first, and this is sublime #ttl
- @beerbabe it was my absolute pleasure, I can assure you. I’ve wanted to taste beers with you a long time now. #ttl
- does anyone esle have unfinished bombers sitting before them? #ttl
- This has been a lot of fun, friends! I’m looking forward to the next one as well. #ttl
- Being that Philly Beer week is approaching I think ale on cask will be an easy fix come March. Just saying. #ttl
- @beertweeter I think we all might benefit. They do casks at the Hulmeville Inn from time to time, in PA. #ttl
- I once had Sculpin from a Firkin in Philadelphia at a very special event. ;) #ttl
- @beertweeter will do. I’m in NJ. You? #ttl
- @beertweeter there’s a place near me that has no trouble kicking casks in a few days — they do great advertising, beer lists, etc. #ttl
- @beertweeter trending #10 – damn, who’s at #9? #ttl
- @beertweeter The Mikkeller (Imperial stout) I mentioned earlier comes out at about 18% ABV. #ttl
- @hopwild I have to say I usually taste at cellar or warmer. I enjoy fuller flavors, genuinely. Mine aren’t cold at all, but delicious. #ttl
- @beerbabe sadly, no. #ttl
- @Normskibrewer Sam Smith Imp Stout. #ttl
- @hoppy_mike Raison seems a lot more intense than this, though. This is smoother, mellow, to me. #ttl
- To Bill, a deserving brew for a deserving appreciative. #ttl
- palate starts washy, foamy, middles to a linen and silk luxury, followed by a raisinous dark roasted finish that stays for a bit. Nice. #ttl
- Agitation does wonders for the visuals and for the aroma. The flavor retains its impact thoughout. #ttl
- Taste goes right to raisin, plum, oats, and coffee. So very smooth. some carbo in the finish, but not distracting. #ttl
- An appropriate stout for the toast: thick viscosity, thinner beautiful tan head, intricate lacing. Bill might have loved it. #ttl
- @hopwild to Bill! #ttl
- @reluct_scooper Cheers! #ttl
- @beertweeter me am. I mean I am. Wow. Long night. #ttl
- Maybe instead of the 25 random things craze on facebook, we could start a 10 beers for life list. Just a thought. ;) #ttl
- pausing to video and snapshot the pour and body. biab. #ttl
- Mikkeller 黑 is mine, hands down. Lots of Number 2s though. http://tinyurl.com/akgg4q #ttl
- @beerbabe how’s the pairing? #ttl
- @beerbabe Agreed and wholeheartedly. #ttl
- @beerbabe I would go as far as to say that generalizing to gender is a fruitless endeavor. Especially when it comes to beer. ;) #ttl
- Comparatively, I’d say this is more intense than the Sam Smith, but less than the Shakespeare. Hops are somewhat less here, no? #ttl
- @beertweeter and oh, how I’ve tried to turn her on to great beer. ;) #ttl
- @beertweeter my wife. #ttl
- Starts carbona crisp, dry, and middles to blunt malty roasted notes. Finish is slightly bitter. Dark chocolate throughout. Delicious. #ttl
- roasted malt definitely comes through in the aroma as chocolate. Fully opaque body with foamy tan head. lacing is nice already. Milky. #ttl
- just paused to take some video of the pour and some body shots. Pourn. hehe. Ahem. Back now. #ttl
- oh man. sit this pint aside. take a drink of water. deep breath. #ttl
- @beerbabe a good problem to have. ;) #ttl
- For Rogue, DFH, and Stone, having new offerings allows for diversity and experimentation that led to their original success. Good on em #ttl
- @beerbabe And as a result, you get Chipotle ale. I was less impressed with Soba ale. Don’t get me started on Dogfish Head. ;) #ttl
- @beerbabe Babe Ruth was a leader in strikeouts as well as hits (i think), I think Rogue’s experimental nature allows for greatness. #ttl
- @beertweeter +10 for Lovibond reference. #ttl
- @beerbabe Rogue is really one of the most reliable brewers for hopheads no matter the style. Their Yellow Snow IPA, is world class IMO. #ttl
- No light escapes the body, no taste bud avoids the hop and silky coating. The back and roof my mouth are tingling. Well crafted. #ttl
- I think it’s brave of Sam Smith to endcap these brews from Rogue in our tasting. It says something for the fortitude of their brews. #ttl
- @beertweeter WD-80 ;) #ttl
- Flavor is far more hoppy, middles out to citrus and mint for me, finish is very bitter and lasting. I absolutely love Rogue brews. #ttl
- this is wholly opaque, black, no such ruby notes as in the SS. Fluffy tan head goes to thin with intricate lace. Beautiful. #ttl
- @hopwild mine deflated too, but lace is nice. #ttl
- @beerbabe i <3 sediment. Lees, extra yeast, whatever, let me at it. #ttl
- @beertweeter lol Radiohead here. #ttl
- <sips water> #ttl
- @hopwild as we approach 25% ABV in some experimental Dogfish head brews, I think we’ll see it more and more. ;)One can hope. #ttl
- @hopwild I find that 5% and under forego the ABV listing. #ttl
- @reluct_scooper the carbo left mine pretty quickly and let the flavor come through. I started at cellar temp, too. #ttl
- Belgian lacing is crisp, intricate, and picture perfect. Nice way to finish. #ttl
- starts crisp, mellows to soy and dark notes quickly, longer oat based finish. A delicious session brew. #ttl
- I have a little 5 LED flashlight to get a good impression of the deeper color in more opaque brews. This one lights right up! #ttl
- I love stouts with some sediment or bottle conditioning. This one is clean as a whistle, but I’ll not hold it against ol’ Sam. #ttl
- @binendswine bottoms up while it’s 5% ABV! ;) #ttl
- @binendswine blushing and cheers! #ttl
- jealous of those with food pairing. ;) #ttl
- The color is one of the nicest features, I think — that ruby tinge is one of my favorite in the beer spectrum. #ttl
- As the carbonation departs and it warms, the flavors start to emerge more. Raisin, plum, soy. #ttl
- roasted malt is definitely coming through — oats help it. more choc than coffee for me. #ttl
- Mine is smooth, a bit like tea. Some chocolate, as beerbabe notes. I have a cold, sigh. #ttl
- @hopwild may be a bit shelved. Age doesn’t work in all brews, or could be a bad producer recipe. #ttl
- Taking shots and video as we go, will go up on http://beercritic.wordpress… later. #ttl
- Just a bit translucent. The ruby undertones are beautiful and the tan head is fluffy with nice lacing. #ttl
- Lots of grain and earthiness in the aroma. Nice. #ttl
- it says 6 p.m. EST here. ;) #ttl
- I have four glasses setup, an english pint for the oatmeal, a shaker for the shakespeare, 2 snifters for the rest. All room temp, clean #ttl
- @binendswine Stouts, depending on substyle can be poured into shakers, English Pints (e.g. oatmeal), and Snifters (e.g. imperial) #ttl
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), North Coast | Tags: alcohol, beautiful, black, caramel, chocolate, dark, hoppy, nice, roasted, stout, strong, thick
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.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Oskar Blues | Tags: alcohol, beautiful, bitter, black, caramel, chocolate, coffee, dark, deep, delicious, high quality, hoppy, long finish, mold, opaque, resin, rich, roasted, strong, sweet, thick
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.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Schlafly | Tags: alcohol, bitter, black, caramel, cherry, chocolate, coffee, dark, delicious, dry, hoppy, resin, roasted, strong, sweet
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Hamilton, NJ for $11.99
Aroma: Mostly cocoa, fainter, but delicious. Attractive.
Visuals: Packaging is exquisite, royal. You should expect something very special, and if the BWSA from Schlafly is any indicator, I do. A black tar pit of a brew. Fully opaque, though the pour seemed thinner than this body proves. Thin tan head, almost fully dissipating, with some lace remaining.
Taste: Surprisingly light at first, but a quick flavor of oak, cherries, raisin, and alcohol hit after a second, followed by a longer hoppy burn. Very nice. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee show through. Licorice, taffy. A sweet treat. Needs some dark chocolate and pretzels to set it off.
Palate: Crisp, terricloth, and biting in the end. Hoppy dark finish. Oak is quiet on this comparative to the BWSA, but I don’t miss it. I only enjoy smokiness to a certain point, though there is some here, it is not overwhelming.
Overall: I liked it a lot. There are other less expensive, equally enjoyable imperial stouts, such as Oak Aged Yeti, or even just Yeti, but this was a very nice treat. Thanks, Schlafly.
Filed under: Stout (English pint), Young | Tags: Alcohol by volume, beer, black, chocolate, dark, deep, Food, opaque, resin, roasted, stout, Sweetness of wine, Taste, wheat, wine, Wine tasting descriptors
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: footed tapered 8 fl oz
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor
Price per fl oz: $4.39 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: home
sensory first impression: A dark and opaque beauty with a lacy, rich thick brown head. Luxurious chocolate flavor and not too heavy like many other chocolate stouts. Highly drinkable. Amber at the edge. Aroma is smoky, chalky, and very nice.
Aroma/Olfactory: 7 out of 10
Malt flavor is: chocolate, wine, coffee, roasted, and oak.
Hop flavor is: resin, leaves, and orange.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, dark hearth bread. Pretzels.
Other flavors include: dark cherries, lemon peel, alcohol, solvent, malty.
Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: black, brown, and amber at the edge. Beautiful Guinness-like rushing effect upon pour.
Liquid is: opaque.
Head and lace are: brown, thick, and lacy.
Taste/Flavor: 7 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: chocolate and medium sweet.
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: moderately bitter.
Sour level is: low.
Palate/Tactile: 3 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to heavy.
Texture is: creamy.
Carbonation is: medium.
Finish is: long, dark, and okay.
Overall experience: 15 out of 20. I liked the flavor, appearance, head, color, depth, signature flavors, longevity, alcohol, and packaging. An okay beer.
Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Captain Lawrence | Tags: alcohol, caramel, dark, deep, delicious, long finish, resin, roasted, smoke, spicy, strong, thick, white head
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.