BeerCritic


Weyerbacher Muse Saison Farmhouse Ale

Style and Glass: Saison, Tulip; flute
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.66

Aroma: nice, flowery, wheat, rice, hay, dust, mold, field, grass.

Visuals: wacky label, sunset at harvest, pale, orange, brilliant at first pour, hazy after, wispy head stays, loose lace.

Taste: unbalanced, corn, barley, rice, little hops, subtle, delicious.

Palate: silky, smooth, tea, light, crisp finish.

Overall: A very nice light saison. I’ve had it a few times now, and I enjoy it. I prefer stronger brews, but this is a nice, lighter session brew. Unbelievable value for the price.



Mikkeller Stateside IPA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, IPA, Shaker, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ, for $9.19

Aroma: sweet, moldy, musky, basement, pine, citrus. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: hazy, sandblasted bronze, thin white head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.

Taste: barley, specialty grains, hops, water, craft. out of 10.

Palate: loose, juicy, long dark bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: deeper and darker than the average IPA. I’d seek it out. It’s great. It’s a favorite IPA for a devoted hophead. It is masterfully crafted. 19 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.



Dogfish Head Immort Ale BWSA

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay and Matt)
Price: $4.99
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: quiet opening, very little carbonation, easy pour

Aroma 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: grain alcohol
Hops Aroma
: dust, rind, bitters
Other Aroma
: lemon

Notes: aroma is deceiving – It’s strong, different than most any other scent, but hard to place.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: dark

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: intricate

Notes: A very nice looking ale, and one of the few I’ve seen at this alcohol content with good lacing.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, barley, oats, brown sugar, hazelnut, syrup
Hops Flavor: marigold, coriander, parsley, lemon
Other:oak

Notes: A brilliant flash of inspiration with the flavor rush. It takes a moment to hit, in an amazing control over the 11% abv. So very well balanced, and so much more so than the 120 minute IPA. It’s phenomenal.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy warming

Body:  full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: A wonderfully deep finish.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: One of the finest controls over alcohol content I’ve ever experienced. You expect to be thrown down and ravaged, and instead, you’re invited out for dinner and a movie. Spectacular.



Avery Mephistopheles Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt)
Price: $8.99
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 16%
IBU: no frikkin idea
Estimated Calories:300  C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: easy opening, little carbonation, dark, pretty pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: amazing

Malt Aroma: rye, pumpernickel, sugar, cinnamon toast, peanut, chocolate, coffee
Hops Aroma
: moldy mud, marigold, tea, tar
Other Aroma
: alcohol burn

Notes: A rich and deeply layered scent – if the taste is anything like the scent, I’m in for a ride.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: black

Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: wispy

Lace: poor

Notes: A bold, deep black, sans light, plus wispy tan head. Beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: amazingly balanced

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, barley, pumpernickel, chocolate syrup, whole wheat toast, peanuts, toffee, dark chocolate, espresso roast, dark coffee
Hops Flavor: dry dirt, cilantro, peppers, tar resin, lemon
Other: alcohol

Notes: The taste is unequaled in stouts. It has an acidic burn of alcohol, deep, dark rich chocolate, amber waves of grain, plums, apricots, ginger, soy, spinach. It’s amazing.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body:  full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: Bitter depth of finish is one of the key reasons to find this beer again. It is murky with depth and history of flavors.

General Impression: 20 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: loved

Notes: Perhaps outshines even Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast.



O’Hanlon Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2007)

It’s my birthday today, and I decided, what better way to celebrate both my birthday and my 200th beer on RateBeer but by enjoying an aged BWSA that was given to me as a gift from Sean Piotrowski? Thanks, Sean.

Glass: Snifter

Purchased at: A gift from Sean.

Price: $ n/a

Size: 8.5 fl oz

ABV: 11.7 %

IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 175 C

RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: very quiet opening, subtle carbonation, beautiful amber pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity:  overwhelmingly strong

Balance:  very sharp

Impression: quite nice

Malt Aroma: barley, syrup, coffee

Hops Aroma: anise, licorice, acid

Other Aroma: alcohol

Notes: A wonderfully enticing smell, though seemingly strong.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: brown

Clarity:  nearly opaque

Head Retention: poor

Lace: poor

Notes: A deep dark color, stands up impressively against the led test, but of course as with many ales of this strength, there is no head.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: off the charts

Balance: sweet start with a bitter finish

Impression: strong, but very nice

Malt Flavor: grain nut caramel toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: floral tar resin grapefruit rind
Other: alcohol

Notes: The flavor is surprisingly balanced. I expected this to be a repeat of Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA, which defined new limits for me. This is much less intense than that, and very enjoyable.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying and warming

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance: mostly bitter

Notes: A very dry, enjoyable finish. It really does need deserve to be sipped.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: loved

Notes: I can’t wait to thank Sean for such an amazing treat. He made my birthday with this gift, even though for him, it was a drainpour giveaway. 😉



Dogfish Head Midas Touch

ABV: 9%
RateBeer rating: 86
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: Dimpled mug, English pint, Stein, Yard
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $3.50
Consumed at: home

Tanka beer review:

bubbling gold and white
sand and leather, sawdust sweet
long lasting sweetness
honey, chives, silt and barley
traveled from a thousand years

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 17 out of 20



North Coast Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

ABV: 9.4 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: trappist, tulip, tumbler
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.99
Consumed at: home over a dry rub chicken with onion gravy, brown rice and mixed legumes dinner.

Ocean salt and reeds
deep ruby with sandy peak
long bitter finish
grapes, barley, and chocolate,
bold flowers make fine tribute

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 17 out of 20



Smuttynose Imperial Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $5.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10.1%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: barley, Italian bread, white refined sugar, dark roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
citrus, burning
Other Aroma:
hamburger, steak, lamb
Notes: a very meaty finish.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: While the head is missing, the presence is amazing. Deep, dark, permeating.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression:  nice
Malt Flavor: nut caramel  coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth floral  resin citrus
Other:
fruit
Notes: An amazingly deep flavor with fruit, hops, and depth.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A beautful finish to a great beginning.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:   fresh
Personal Taste:  loved
Notes: A great mouthfeel and finish.



Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale 2008

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.79
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating:  93

Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: very nice

Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma:
rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma:
grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: average
Lace: poor
Notes: A menacing appearance – deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression:  very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor:
flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other:
maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic