Ommegang Abbey Ale
04/30/2009, 10:36 PM
Filed under: Abbey Dubbel (Trappist), Ommegang
Ommegang Abbey Dubbel

Ommegang Abbey Dubbel

Style and Glass: Abbey Dubbel, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5% in 2 fl oz. estimated at 50C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawenceville, NJ for $0 at a tasting event

Aroma: Well done Belgian style. Scent of cloves, spices, anise, oak, age, mold, and alcohol.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging,nice tan head, sticky lace, and a deep mahogany body.

Taste: Well balanced, fruit, oak, wood, anise, great layered flavors. Very well done.

Palate: Fruit juice texture, beautiful long lasting deep dark, earthy flavor.

Overall: A very well done American version of the style. I’d have it again. Very nice especially for the price.

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA
Pourn: Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Pourn: Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Style; glass: DIPA; tulip, snifter
12 fl oz x 9% ABV = 108 / 60 = 1.8 beers * 150 C = 270 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ  for $2.78 Thanks, Mike!

Aroma: citrus, sweetness, and hash resin

Visuals: simple but effective packaging, a deep sunset with rain coming, clear, red, orange, and pinks, sediment pour brings particles, off white yellowish head, sticky lace.

Taste: very well balanced, approaches cloying, sweet, bitter, sour, Simcoe and cascade hops, delicious.

Palate: Bright, then very dull and rounded. All about the citrus burn and hop bitterness.

Overall: One of my favorite IPAs despite the overt sweetness. Well layered, well done.

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Stone Imperial Russian Stout
04/25/2009, 6:23 PM
Filed under: Stone

Creamy, chocolate, coffee, sweetness, burnt, roasted, delicious. An exemplar of the style. Phenomenal, always positively surprising, that’s Stone.

Oskar Blues Gordon DIPA
04/25/2009, 6:10 PM
Filed under: Oskar Blues

Gordon double IPA is citrus, resin, cascade hops, sweetness, and presence, $4.25 at the Hulmeville Inn in PA. Amazing.

Mikkeller To From 2007
04/24/2009, 11:25 PM
Filed under: Mikkeller, Strong porter (snifter)
Mikkeller To From 2007

Mikkeller To From 2007

Style; glass: Strong Porter; snifter
25.4 fl oz x 8% ABV = 203.2 / 60 = 3.38 beers * 150 C = 507 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Foodery. #rd and Arch, Phila, PA for $25.00

Aroma: citrus, cocoa, alcohol, roasted malts,

Visuals: fun, interesting, and intriguing packaging, the color of the remaining ashes of a burnt hearth, brown to black with a tan head, wholly opaque with a nice lace.

Taste: Sweet, then bitter, very much about coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted malts.

Palate: Well rounded mouthfeel, not drying.

Overall: An absolutely amazing brew. I’d have it again if I could afford it. A favorite.

Long Trail Unfiltered IPA
04/23/2009, 11:33 PM
Filed under: Current selections
pourn: Long Trail's IPA

pourn: Long Trail's IPA

Style; glass: IPA, Tulip
12 fl oz x 5.9% ABV = 70.8 / 60 = 1.18 beers * 150 C = 177 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Beer Outlet for $1.25

Aroma: faint lemon citrus, pleasant.

Visuals: fair packaging, mindful of Vermont, Body is yellow to deep sunset with an off white head, goes from brilliant to cloudy with pouring, little fine lace.

Taste: slight sweetness, a lot of malted barley flavors, hops provide a bitter flavor, but light.

Palate: Starts quite crisp, moves to drying, lingering taste is of roasted malts.

Overall: Enjoyable, most especially for the price, a bit lemony and summery for the style, but enjoyable.

Victory V Lager
04/16/2009, 3:04 PM
Filed under: lager (lager glass), Victory | Tags: , , , , ,
Victory V Lager

Victory V Lager

Style; glass: Lager; lager glass
12 fl oz x 4.8% ABV = 57.6 / 60 = .96 beers * 150 C = 144 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Beer Outlet at Franklin Mills, Phila, PA for $1.25

Aroma: corn, hay, rice, grains, barnyard, dust

Visuals: inspiring packaging, propagandistic, bright clear brilliant filtered body, thin white head is fleeting, little lacing.

Taste: clean, crisp, light, mostly malty sweetness, some light hop bitterness follows.

Palate: Crisp, two notes of sweetness and quick bitterness.

Overall: Well done for one of my least favorite styles. I always enjoy Victory brews.

Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2008
04/10/2009, 10:22 PM
Filed under: Current selections
Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2008

Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2008

Style; glass: Belgian Strong; trappist, tulip, tumbler
25.4 fl oz x 11% ABV = 279.4 / 60 = 4.65 beers * 150 C = 697.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $12.19

Aroma: cocoa, coriander, orange peel, zest, and pepper.

Visuals: fun, idyllic, brand oriented packaging, A deep midnight, deep brown, opaque, bright tan head, sticky lace.

Taste: expertly balanced, dark roasted coffee malt, peppery hops, refined strength.

Palate: crisp texture gives way to a rounded mouthfeel, long burnt finish with bitterness and cocoa.

Overall: delicious, layered and amazing. This is the epitome.

Dominion Millennium BWSA
Dominion Millennium BWSA

Dominion Millennium BWSA

Style; glass: BWSA; snifter
12 fl oz x 10.5% ABV = 126 / 60 = 2.1 beers * 150 C = 315 calories (est.)
Purchased at: The Beer Outlet for $1.25

Aroma is honey, hops and an alcohol burn, inviting, strong.

Visuals are a deep ruby red, lightly carbonated, very quick tan head goes away completely.

Taste is bitter, middling to sweetness, finish is a long bitter burn.Tasty, but unbalanced.

Palate is crisp, rough, and sandy. Gritty, drying, and with an alcohol burn throughout.

Overall, a very nice brew, definitely a different kind of barleywine, this one much less sweet than others, with a great deal of hop presence. Delicious, well done.