Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

ABV: 6.7%
RateBeer rating: 100
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: stem glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $3.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A nice ruby drinkable beer. Aroma smells just like a nice lager, but taste is much different. Lots of grain and herbs in the aroma. Visuals are all about the ruby — deep dark ruby body with explosively carbonated head to start, but dies down very quickly. Tastes much like a brown ale, but has nice raisin, licorice, and nut signatures. Palate is dark, and activates the entire mouth. Subtle and layered. Second Impression: This reminds very much of what a great grain inspired beer might achieve. I’m not that familiar with the style, and so I can’t speak unto its accuracy, but it is a very nicely done beer. Personally, I prefer a stronger style than this, like an imperial stout, double IPA, or a barleywine style ale, but as it is, it’s very good.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20

Rochefort Trappiste 8

ABV: 9.2%
RateBeer rating: 100
Calories: estimated at 200C
Volume: 11.2 fl oz
Glass: trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 discounted due to 02 09 2008 consume by date.
Consumed at: home

First: Very cluttered deposits, surely due to age. Does not hurt the taste very much if at all. In pouring, the color went from rather clear red, to a ruby, to an impenetrable dark brown. Head was fleeting at best, though hangs on to a thin film. Again, likely due to age. Notes of cherry, alcohol, nuts, yeast, and peach. A very layered set of flavors, and very nice. Hoppy and aromatic. Whiffs of dust and cardboard. Nice lacing. Palate is crisp, sandy, and subtle. Long lasting fruity finish. A very nice beer. I think that a fresher one will do even better.

Aroma 9 out of 10

Visuals 4 out of 5

Taste 8 out of 10

Palate 4 out of 5

Second A very good beer, though a fresher one would do better, I’m sure. Certainly worth its praise.

Overall 17 out of 20

Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine Style Ale

ABV: 10.2%
RateBeer rating: 98
Calories: estimated at 400C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: 4.99 on special who knows why.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Impressive in presence and aroma. Aroma is raisins, prunes, and cherries. Sour is the leading scent. Visuals are mostly deep red and ruby body with a thin tan head. Taste is amazing. Active all over the mouth. Sweet, sour, bitter, hoppy, fruity, toasted. Grapefruit, nuts, cherries, and alcohol dominate. Palate is crisp with a dry long, very enjoyable finish. Second Impression – really takes a hold of you and does not let go. A deep and hoppy experience. Delicious, and very good. This is only my second Great divide brew, but they are very clearly my favorite brewer.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 19 out of 20

Current Selections
05/11/2008, 5:19 AM
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The following is a photo of my current store of brews, followed by RateBeer’s list of the ‘Best Beers available in New Jersey’. Please don’t be too jealous. In the list below, I’ve bolded the beers I have in the picture. I’ve italicized the beers I’ve already enjoyed. It’s a great checklist to follow, and I have every reason to believe I’ll be able to sample each of these at some point. Next stop, Southern Tier via Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ.

These are the best beers you can find in this region’s stores and restaurants based on the availability information provided by RateBeerians in this area. A beer has to have 5 or more ratings to be listed here.
Name Brewer Ratings Pctl
1 Rochefort Trappistes 10 Brasserie Rochefort 1864 99.9
2 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Stone Brewing Co. 1251 99.9
3 St. Bernardus Abt 12 St. Bernard Brouwerij 1589 99.8
4 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) Dogfish Head Brewery 1100 99.8
5 Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company 1149 99.8
6 Ølfabrikken Porter Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet) 637 99.7
7 Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Mikkeller 581 99.7
8 Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Brauerei Aying 1742 99.6
9 Rochefort Trappistes 8 Brasserie Rochefort 1433 99.6
10 Abbaye des Rocs Brune Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs 786 99.6
11 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout North Coast Brewing Company 1826 99.6
12 Victory Storm King Imperial Stout Victory Brewing Company 1521 99.5
13 Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs 742 99.4
14 Victory Old Horizontal Victory Brewing Company 1009 99.4
15 Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Dogfish Head Brewery 1993 99.4
16 Stone Ruination IPA Stone Brewing Co. 1531 99.4
17 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek 3 Fonteinen 307 99.4
18 Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company 1014 99.4
19 Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Oskar Blues Grill & Brew 468 99.4
20 Double Bastard Ale Stone Brewing Co. 1121 99.3
21 De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva De Dolle Brouwers 482 99.3
22 Great Divide Hercules Double IPA Great Divide Brewing Company 1153 99.3
23 Southern Tier Oat Southern Tier Brewing Company 347 99.2
24 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Brooklyn Brewery 1412 99.2
25 Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Nøgne Ø 571 99.2
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