BeerCritic


Smuttynose Big A IDIPA

ABV: 9.2%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume:22 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canal Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks Mike!)
Price: $7.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: An amazing example of the style. Aroma is flowery, hoppy, and citrus. Visuals are a deep copper under a thin yellow white head. Visibly carbonated. Taste is a deep hoppy citrus & pine. Very nice example. I enjoyed it with a very spicy homemade chicken curry and some naan. Palate has a long beautiful finish. Tongue registers sweet, bitter, and salty. Second Impression. Amazing. An absolutely satisfying imperial double IPA.

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



Nogne 0 #100 Barleywine Style Ale (Imperial IPA)

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Price: $7.59
Size: 16.9 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: 80
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor:
pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
Other:
pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.

Appearance out of 5
Color:  brown
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and quite bitter
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal resin citrus
Other:
pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: whole mouth is affected – sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company.  It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.



De Dolle Extra Export Stout

Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $4.27
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: opening is a long chore. carbonation is overstimulated, pour takes five minutes.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp
Impression: a bit off

Malt Flavor: alcohol toffee chocolate roast
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
Other:
a bit chemical
Notes: alcohol dominates the aroma

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: opaque
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and bitter

Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: burnt caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
Other:
licorice, espresso, dark, roasted, rich
Notes: A taste that more than makes up for other failings.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: medium
Freshness: seems a bit stale
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Again, having trouble with a De Dolle bottle opening, which is highly disappointing, considering the cost. Luckily, I’ve mastered the art of opening overcarbonated/yeast issue  beers.



Coniston Bluebird Bitter

ABV: 4.2%
Calories: estimated at 200C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors
Price per fl oz: $5 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.29 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Much like an IPA in aroma, taste and body. Nice long bitter after taste. Citrus overtones. A very nice, spicy beer.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, bread, hay, nuts, toasted
Hop flavor is: resin, citrus, pine
Yeast flavor is: dust, silt, clay, crisp
Other flavors include: clove, raisin, walnut

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, golden, amber, dark tones throughout – beautiful contrast and clarity.
Liquid is: clear, moving, sparkling
Head and lace are: thick, frothy, white, with nice lacing.

Taste/Flavor: 9 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 4 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light to medium
Texture is: sticky, oceanic, gritty
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, body, head, lacing and other visual aspects. Very easily drinkable. The aroma is so very nice. This is a very well executed beer.



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.