BeerCritic


Heineken Lager

Style and Glass: lager, pilsener
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150C
Purchased at: everywhere for $1.00

Aroma: okay, hay, corn.

Visuals: okay packaging, artificial sunlight, yellow, pale, clear, thin white head, no lace.

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

Palate: low quality, smoother texture, light finish.

Overall: not bad, but very much a light beer. sure, it’s a repeat. not a favorite. okay value. no craft.



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.



Weyerbacher Merry Monks

copper body, dull, good but fleeting head, very pretty, bronze, slick, chemical, medium body, relatively flat, sweet, high intensity, very sweet, nice, heavy bread feel, grain, nut, herbal, gentle moldy aroma, light crisp  finish, medium flavor, nice, well crafted.



J.W. Dundee’s Porter

J.W. Dundee’s Porter
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 170
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as a part of a sampler
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: My first ever porter, I’m sure, and not likely the best exemplar. It’s thick enough to be dark, but still translucent. Very chocolaty, quite nutty, and not at all unenjoyable, but not nearly to the degree of Rogue or Brooklyn’s stouts. Okay lace – tan head, but not frothy or deep. Good aroma. Okay color – a bit alcoholic.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roast.
Hop flavor is: resinous, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, and very dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, raisin, a touch of smoke

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: dark reddish brown, thick but not inpenetrable
Liquid is: dark and translucent at 90%
Head and lace are: thin, tan

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

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to full
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long and not bad at all.

Overall experience: A fairly dark beer with a nice nutty chocolaty taste. For the price, it’s fantastic, but for the type, it’s lacking. Spending $ on a 12 pack sampler, vs a 6 pack of chocolate stouts at 10% is like to result in different outcomes. This is likely the best of the sampler though.



Struise Struiselensis Belgian Ale

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $6.64
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 6%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 95

Aural: gentle opening, light carbonation, quiet pour

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
floral herbal spice
Other:
fruit
Notes: A nice aroma – definitely in the Belgian style.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: amber copper
Clarity: hazy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: An interesting looking body, but no head whatsoever.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sour
Impression: surprising
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
dirt floral citrus
Other:
sour cherry, peach, kiwi, lime
Notes: An interesting flavor – this should be served colder than this.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick
Body: light
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: medium
Intensity: medium
Balance: sour
Notes: Definitely the sort of beer Mike from Canal’s would enjoy, though I’m not as much of a fan of sour beers. It’s interesting, but not really my thing. Noticed that it has a salivating effect on me in the finish. Weird.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: interesting
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked.
Notes: This was an experience I was glad to try, but I really prefer extreme beers to this kind of subtlety, beautiful though it is.



Sierra Nevada Porter
05/21/2008, 4:20 AM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Sierra Nevada | Tags: , , , ,

Glass: Stem Glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ.
Price: $ 2.75
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV:5.6 %
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 90

Aroma 6 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Neutral

Malt Flavor: Bread Sweet Nut Caramel Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other:
Corn
Notes: Not a deep flavor, but not bad at all.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention:Persistent
Notes: Very good appearance for such a widely available beer.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: Sweeter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Caramel Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Other:
Notes: Flavor here has some depth, but not a lot.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: Medium Long
Intensity: Stronger
Balance: Sweeter
Notes: A very nice aftertaste, though not long lasting.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: Middle
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Okay
Notes: Many stouts are far more enjoyable, but are usually much more expensive. A very affordable nice brew.




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