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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.



Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale

Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter, Shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99/4

Aroma: Very nice, oak, wine, leather, barnyard, hay, wheat, alcohol, sweetness.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, thick legs, ruby, iced tea, hazy, thin off white head, some thin lace.

Taste: starts malty, finishes malty, sugary, candy, delicious, sticky, long arc of flavor, bitter finish, grassy, some minerals, alcohol is well hidden.

Palate: high quality, smoother texture, longer muddy finish.

Overall: A winner. Like most anything by Founders, I’d surely have this again. Not my favorite style, a bit too sweet for me, but delicious. A bit expensive, but worth the taste.



Uinta 15th Anniversary Barleywine

I picked up a 6 of this brew on spec at Super Saver Pennington for about $11. It’s 10.4% ABV in 12 oz. I poured it into a snifter as per the style.

Beautiful deep ruby with a static tan head and beautiful lacing. Viscosity seems a bit light, but no worries.

Aroma is wine, oak, whiskey, figs, and cherry. Wonderful to inhale. Sweet on the intake.

Taste has a nice hoppy bite to balance out the very malty base. Acrid, stays on the tongue towards the front and the back. Mold, roses, and peaches. Burnt. Old cherries. Very nice. Very well done, nicely balanced and tasty. Fruit on the palate. Lingers nicely.

Like a sponge. Very dry. A mouthful of flowers. long wonderful finish.

It’s very nice. I’d love to have it again. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.



Shmaltz He’brew Rejewvenator

A 22 oz bottle. American Strong Ale in a tumbler. 7.8% ABV est. at 400 calories.

After sampling Lenny’s RIPA from Shmaltz, I knew I had to try some others from this brewery. I was a little reluctant to get beer intended for the chosen people, being raised Catholic and all, but after getting a nice comment from the brewer on my last review, I feel a bit more justified. 😉

Rejewvenator is pretty. The label art is always very well done by Shmaltz. The color is a mix of koolaid and instant iced tea. Ruby highlights and red undertones. Although this was a gusher, it quickly settled down and shows a quickly dissipating white head. The viscosity is very nice, but there is no lace whatsoever.

The aroma reminds me of DFH’s Raison D’Etre. Lots of citrus, raisins, prunes, and since figs are the showcased element, this is no surprise. The aroma is very nice, and not muted at all.

The taste is very good with the figs coming through. Some wood flavors emerge. Honey. Lots of natural flavors coming through. Well balanced.

Texture is fairly crisp, drying. Tissue paper. Medium finish, and the hops give way to the malt.

Delicious. I’d definitely have it again. Well crafted, and nice mix of ingredients. L’Chaim!



Hoppin Frog Bodacious Black and Tan

It’s dark and opaque, with a quickly diminishing tan head. It’s got very little in the way of aroma, but there is some coffee and pine. It’s translucent in the edges. Light just makes it through. The taste is spectacular. Coffee, hops, cocoa, yogurt, cream and citrus all come together nicely. An extreme flavor mix. A very tasty brew. Well balanced. A great dessert beer, but would also stand up to the spiciest flavors. Hoppin frog has some work to do on its labels, but they should keep doing exactly what they’re doing with the beers.



Hoppin Frog BORIS the Crusher

Style and Glass: Oatmeal-Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors for $9.49

Aroma: very nice, cocoa, coffee, cream, rye, oak, wine.

Visuals: okay packaging, velvet chocolate cake, black, opaque, thin tan head, fully dissipating, no lace, hefty viscosity.

Taste: well balanced, chocolate, hefty malt, bitter, hefty hops, high strength.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, medium bitter finish.

Overall: delicious and amazing. An absolute repeat. A very nice brew. Medium value. High craft.



Beercritic asks: RateBeer.com is down (but is it out?)
11/04/2008, 7:41 PM
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I’m sad to see the events as they unfolded on ratebeer.com recently. First a few weeks or months back, upon visiting the site, Firefox started warning of script redirects. If you wanted to still use RateBeer, you could, but only by ignoring the issues the site was experiencing, or by protecting yourself by antiscripting tools (e.g. the noscript plugin for Firefox) and/or great anti-virus tools. Sigh. Then yesterday, and a day or so before that, each beer listed would run a redirect script upon clicking. For the unprotected, it was more than just a nuisance — it was a threat. For the protected, the site became virtually unusable unless you starting typing in missing parts of URLs stripped by the antiscripting tools. Sigh again.

RateBeer shelf tags were perhaps the first way that I began to discover great beer, and I still use them today. I’m sad to say that it looks like that particular tool and its era are probably gone. The site currently reads:

RateBeer Security Timeout: I need some help!
So far I haven’t found a soul who can help. If you can help, please shoot me an email at joet @ ratebeer.com. I have recently been laid off, so I am a bit on the hurting for cash side. Anyone who can help here would be greatly appreciated. PayPal donations to joet@ratebeer.com would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Joe

p.s. thanks for all your support and understanding. 82 was compromised so it was closed.

Address : http://www.ratebeer.com/

Sorry to hear it Joe. Things are tough all over.

John.