BeerCritic


Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Dogfish head Burton Baton Oaked IPA

Dogfish head Burton Baton Oaked IPA

Originally reviewed July 5th, 2008. Revisited on June 16th, 2009 in honor of Rob Mangold who gave a 4 pack as a gift. Cheers, Rob!
ABV: 10%
RateBeer rating: 94
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay and Matt!)
Price: $4.99
Consumed at: home

Tanka: the fire’s been lit

the devil’s red eyes
the clean smell after phys ed
biting, shocking, hot
live circuit completes in mouth
and lights you up so brightly

aroma 10 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 10 out of 10
palate 5 out of 5
overall 20 out of 20

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008
pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

Glass: Shaker, Tulip
Purchased at: Oaktree buy rite, South Plainfield, NJ
Price: $16.99 for two 6 packs.
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6.8 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: quiet opening, active carbonation, nice pour

Aroma 8 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Impression:  nice

Malt Aroma: rye toast, peanut oil
Hops Aroma
: dry earth, grass, basil, grapefruit
Other Aroma
: pine

Notes: A great active aroma. Very mindful of a strong IPA.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color dark

Clarity: cloudy, bottle conditioned

Head Retention: average

Lace: intricate

Notes: Beautiful beer. Deep red orange hues with a white head and lace.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread toast nut
Hops Flavor: curry, cardamom, grapefruit
Other: orange, grapefruit, pine

Notes: Sawdust and blood. Like an accident happened, but in a good way. How do they make such a commercial beer so very good?

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: Perhaps the best aspect of this very good beer. Leaves you wanting more.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: An amazing beer for the brewer and price. Just fantastic.

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Mikkeller Monk’s Brew (Elixir)
Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Style; glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
25.4 fl oz x 10% ABV = 254 / 60 = 4.23 beers * 150 C = 634.5 calories (est.)

Purchased at: The Foodery at 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia, PA for $25.00

Aroma: caramel, tar, dirt, dust, earth, wine, fruit, cherries, mold, cellar, dank

Visuals: brand conscious packaging, stylish, deep dark copper body, tan head, staying, looks like an illustration of hell, in a good way.

Taste: well balanced, sweetness up front gives way to funky sourness, and finishes with a delicate bitterness.  Phenomenal.

Palate: active carbonation, not drying, rounded mouthfeel.

Overall: Delicious, if expensive. Like many other Mikkeller brews, this one is a great take on the style.

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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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Smuttynose Gravitation Quadrupel
02/15/2009, 2:59 AM
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Smuttynose Gravitation ABT Quadrupel

Smuttynose Gravitation ABT Quadrupel

Style; glass: ABT/Quad; trappist
22 fl oz x 8.5% ABV = 187 / 60 = 3.08 beers * 150 C = 462.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.99

Aroma: cherry, raisin, wine, fruity, flowery.

Visuals: quirky but not unappealing packaging, ruby red body is brilliant, transparent and foreboding, weak white head thins to nil, little lace. The body is breathtakingly beautiful.

Taste: Very over the top sweet, slightly artificial in flavor. Candy malt, bright cherry sugar flavors, hops seem to be an afterthought, but they are there.

Palate: Tangy, tingly, highly carbonated, sharp, could cut through a heavy meal. Might be better with some age. Finish is acrid, bitter, and biting, but quick and fleeting.

Overall: A nice big beer from Smutty, though not my favorite from them. This one seems kind of  chemically influenced, somewhat overly sweet, and just a bit off balance. Some time in the cellar would teach it a few tricks, I think.

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Breckenridge 471 Small Batch DIPA
Breckenridge Small Batch DIPA

Breckenridge Small Batch DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA; Tulip, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in12  fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Hulmeville Inn for $7.00

Aroma: A pine forest with a grapefruit juice truck spill. Delicious.

Visuals: Very nice packaging, inviting, well designed. Hazy thick orange deep body with long lasting, thin white head and thin soapy lace.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, resin, and hops.

Palate: Thick start with a bitter middle and finish. No crispness. Very much an IPA, and extremely so. Delicious.

Overall: A very good beer, a great example of an DIPA, and a delicious pairing compliment.



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.



Founders Double Trouble DIPA
Founders Double Trouble DIPA

Founders Double Trouble DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4% in 12 fl oz. estimated at200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.75

Aroma: A beautiful, hoppy explosion. Pine, citrus, resin, salt, seawater, and burn of alcohol is very present.

Visuals: design is fun, inviting, and apropos, body is a winter sunset, deep reddish orange with a bright white head, very clear, head is small but withstands the tasting, lace is missing.

Taste: smooth, sweet and burning, syrupy and spicy with savory notes, hops are forefront, bitter and biting.

Palate: smooth throughout. Alcohol inhale on first taste, followed quickly by sweetness, then intense bitterness, then a long dulling battering of the mouth. Delicious.

Overall: An amazing and delicious brew. A bit expensive, but always worth it. .



High and Mighty Home for the Holidays
01/25/2009, 5:43 AM
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On tap at the Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep reddish brown with a thin off white head. Sour! Licorice, seems off. Bitter, seems smoky, and deep. Not my type but well done. Cherry and lots of wine. Grapes, tannins, and wine. Once you notice the wine effects, it makes a lot more sense.



Founders Backwoods Bastard

This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Dirty Bastard, which I enjoyed very much. Oak aging usually does not add a lot for me, though I’m endlessly interested in the way it alters the flavor. This brew comes in at 9.2% ABV in a 12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ for about $2.50 a bottle and 200 Calories.

The color is beautiful. A deep ruby red, almost opaque. Good lacing with a thinner but persistent light tan foamy head.

The aroma is sweet, oak, and tea. Alcohol is present in the nose. Lots of leather, and the aroma is quite strong.

The flavor is mostly whiskey. Very penetrated with the oak aging. Good finish, smoky, dark and burnt. A superlative scotch ale. Founders knows how to do it right.

The palate is prickly — lightly carbonated and long lasting. Very dark, intense flavors. A very well done brew.

Overall, I like this quite a bit. Better, IMHO, than Oaked Arrogant Bastard which does not balance the aging nearly as well. I’d have this again. Not a favorite, but I simply prefer heavier stouts.




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