BeerCritic


Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again – amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.

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Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 16 fl oz. estimated at 250 C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA, on tap for $7.00 (Hi to my new found friends there.)

Aroma: overpowering, overwhelming, room altering, caramel scent. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, dark, black, thick, tan, persistent head, thin lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: caramel, crystal malt, few hops, alcohol, overpowering, like dessert. 8 out of 10.

Palate: oily, long cloying finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: It was almost entirely the essence of caramel. Interesting but not one of my favorites. I’d have it again, but It’s not something I’ll go out of my way for. It was well crafted, but not one of my favorites. 16 out of 20.



Allagash Curieux Triple

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Abbey Tripel, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5 % in 16 fl oz. estimated at 250C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s on tap in Newtown, PA for $6.00 (Hi to my new found friends there. )

Aroma: oak, bourbon, nice. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, beautiful, golden, thin white head. 4 out of 5.

Taste: bourbon, oak, barley, banana. 9 out of 10.

Palate: amazing, dark, deep finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Nicely balanced Belgian and oak. I’d have it again. It’s great. Very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, American Strong, Trappist
22 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 158.4 / 60 = 2.64 beers * 150 C = 396 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.50

Aroma: mild, inviting, quiet, present, grains. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: attractive, deep red, brilliant, clear, off white, wispy head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: hops, roasted grains, maple syrup, leaves, hay, dust, delicious, well balanced, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: leathery, coating, sponge, amazing, deep finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the Oaked Bastard, but I preferred this by a mile, and I liked that one a lot. I’d have it again, and I plan to. One of my go to beers from here on out, since I can get it almost anywhere. Well crafted – a very nice treat. 18 out of 20.



Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Very much like iced tea or lemonade from a sugar mix. That’s not a compliment. Hard to drink.

Aroma is lemons. Visuals are average American pils. Taste is like fruit juice. Palate is overly sweet without any longevity. Overall, Leinenkugel does this better, and I really don’t enjoy Leinenkugel either.



Yuengling Original Black and Tan
07/29/2008, 10:05 PM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Yuengling | Tags: , , ,

Not nearly as abysmal as their other offerings, but not great either – I think that the taste here leads to the idea that their porter would probably be rather nice, considering the price, but this mix of lager and porter only hints at what that might taste like. Rather like a weak brown ale, this is just okay.

Aroma is okay, taste is about average, palate is poor, visuals are average. Overall, it makes me want something else.



Yuengling Traditional Lager
07/28/2008, 3:06 AM
Filed under: pale lager (mug, English pint, lager, shaker), Yuengling | Tags:

This was a simple lager. Nothing great, but better than Bud, if only by a bit. Aroma was missing, visuals were typical, taste was rice and corn, and palate was short and bland. Perfectly average.