Filed under: American Pale Ale (lager glass, shaker), Oskar Blues | Tags: active, amber, beautiful, bitter, bright, brown, citrus, clay, clear, coriander, deep, dull, flowery, full, golden, grapefruit, heavy malt, hoppy, long, mold, nicely laced, off white, pine, rippled, sour, spicy, sweet, varied, wonderful
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Consumed at: Home
sensory first impression: Nice rippled creamy head. Beautiful color — off white head on a golden, amber, brown, varied body. Clear, bright sparkling. Hoppy aroma and wonderful flavor of pine and citrus.
Aroma: 10 out of 10
Spicy, coriander, Pine, Grapefruit, sludgy texture, clay, flowery.
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Amber, brown, golden, variant body with long lasting head of off white. Nicely laced.
Taste: 10 out of 10
heavy malt overtones, slightly sweet aftertaste, very hoppy bitter presence, sour in after taste.
Palate: 4 out of 5
Body is medium-full. Mouthfeel is clay and mold. Texture is dull, but wonderful. Carbonation is visually present, and active. Finish is long, sweet, sour, and deep.
Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the uniquity of the canned delivery, the surprise of the quality, the aroma, the color, and the flavor.
Filed under: Abbaye Des Rocs, Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler) | Tags: active, ash, audible, beautiful, cherry, cloudy, dark, explosive, interesting, inviting, italian bread, medium, peach, peas, quiet, rice, scary, soil, specialty, sticky, sweet, tea, walnut, warming, whole wheat toast, yeast
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Size: 25.4 fl oz
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
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
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
Balance: between sweet and bitter. Interesting.
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
Sensation: sticky, warming
Carbonation: highly carbonated, like seltzer
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
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.
Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Nogne O | Tags: active, amazing, angry, bitter, dark, grapefruit, hoppy, nearly opaque, pine, poem, quiet, red, resin, roasted, salty, sour, sweet, tan, toasted, umami, wheat
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Size: 16.9 fl oz
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 100
Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor: pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.
Appearance out of 5
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and quite bitter
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor: earth herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy drying warming
Notes: whole mouth is affected – sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.
General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company. It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.