Beercritic asks: 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 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 @ 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 would be greatly appreciated.


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

Address :

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


Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Coffee Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 13.1% in 12.7fl oz. estimated at 250 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99

Aroma: Amazing, coffee, licorice, dirt, sand, mold, sulfur.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, dark, oily, black, staining, without light, long lasting tan head, the most vibrant lace.

Taste: well balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength.

Palate: high quality, silky, oily, melted chocolate, fluid, long bitter finish.

Overall: Another amazing brew from Mikkeller. An absolute repeat. An instant favorite. High value. High craft.

Heineken Lager

Style and Glass: lager, pilsener
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150C
Purchased at: everywhere for $1.00

Aroma: okay, hay, corn.

Visuals: okay packaging, artificial sunlight, yellow, pale, clear, thin white head, no lace.

Taste: unbalanced, little malt, no hops, no strength.

Palate: low quality, smoother texture, light finish.

Overall: not bad, but very much a light beer. sure, it’s a repeat. not a favorite. okay value. no craft.