BeerCritic


Southern Tier Jahva Coffee Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville
Price: $5.99
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 12%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, simple pour

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

Malt Aroma: chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
earth resin citrus
Other Aroma:
wetness
Notes: Amazing presence of aroma – reminds of the scent of a smoking volcano about to go.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: intricate
Notes: An amazingly appropos appearance. Deeply coffee inspired.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: roast coffee, nuts and ashes.
Hops Flavor:
earth resin orange
Other:
just amazing dark depth of burnt flavor.
Notes: dark, coffee, dark roast, sand, delicious

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming

Body:full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: amazing palateexcellent, delicious,  and finish – exactly what you’d expect of both a great coffee stout and a Southern Tier bomber.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: A Favorite – obviously I love hoppy, dark stouts – and this one does not disappoint. What an amazing flavor and color and aroma, and finish. 8 stars.



Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
ABV: 7.2%
Calories: estimated at 175 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: Princeton Community Liquors
Price per fl oz: $1.60 / 12 fl oz = $0.13 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful deep dark ruby color. Nice hoppy flavor with caramel malt overtones. Beautiful lacing with a present, but thin dark tan head. Not quite a robust stout, but stands on its own as a beautiful brown ale. A delicious example of the type.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, dark crusty bread, granola, coffee, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: dry grass, orange slices
Yeast flavor is: dust, chocolate, granules, dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, dark, burnt, water chestnuts, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, walnut

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: dark, red, brown, ruby
Liquid is: clear, dark, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, brown, lace stands up

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

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, slick
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: astringent, bitter, warm, long

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. A very nice experience. I liked the color, the aroma, the flavor, and the effects. I did not like the small short lived head.



Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Strong Ale

Glass: Large Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: opening is explosive, but contained over a few minutes of caution. carbonation is very active and audible, pour after calming is beautiful and quiet.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: medium
Balance: sweet
Impression: inviting

Malt Aroma: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Aroma:
earth floral herbal
Other Aroma:
fruit cherry, peach,
Notes: inviting, nice, fruity, mild

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: quite cloudy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: head dissipates almost instantly to absolutely nothing. The body is quite beautiful though – murky, cloudy, and reminds you of what it might be like to swim in the dirty seas of countries that have no concern for pollution. Scary, in a way.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: between sweet and bitter. Interesting.
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: rice, Italian bread, whole wheat toast, walnut
Hops Flavor:
soil, dying flowers, tea
Other:
cherry, celery, peas
Notes: A very interesting, dark taste. Full bodied, deeply flavorful, and not easily drank. Alcohol is expertly hidden.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sticky, warming
Body: full
Carbonation: highly carbonated, like seltzer
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: medium
Balance: more bitter
Notes: A bit of ash, yeast, and tea in the finish. Again, quite interesting mix of fruit, texture, and color.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A once in a while treat – not one of my favorites, but glad to have tried it as a specialty.