Filed under: Dogfish Head, Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip) | Tags: Alcohol by volume, Arts, Beer rating, biting, bright, clean, electric, Glass, hot, Literature, red, ruby, shocking, South Plainfield, South Plainfield New Jersey, Tanka
Originally reviewed July 5th, 2008. Revisited on June 16th, 2009 in honor of Rob Mangold who gave a 4 pack as a gift. Cheers, Rob!
RateBeer rating: 94
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay and Matt!)
Consumed at: home
Tanka: the fire’s been lit
the devil’s red eyes
the clean smell after phys ed
biting, shocking, hot
live circuit completes in mouth
and lights you up so brightly
aroma 10 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 10 out of 10
palate 5 out of 5
overall 20 out of 20
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Stone | Tags: Alcohol by volume, amazing, beer, Beer rating, chocolate, coffee, delicious, hoppy, nuts, rich, seasonal, snifter, spring, stout, Types of chocolate
ABV: 10.8 %
RateBeer rating: 100/96
Calories: estimated at 600 C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Originally enjoyed on 5/9/2008
This is a one-year anniversary tasting, and by complete coincidence.
First Impression: Aroma is roasted, chocolate, nutty, and slightly metallic. Visuals are pitch dark body topped with a nice thick brown head, which dissipates in a few minutes but not completely. Lacing is nice. Taste does not disappoint. A deep, hoppy, roasted flavor. Some coffee, some dark chocolate, some smoke, but just a touch. Alcohol is very well hidden. Palate is back of tongue, spongey, yeasty, and blunt, long, very tasty finish. Nicely done. A grave presence. Second Impression: an impressive beer by any standard, but a great stout. Surprisingly drinkable, deep, delicious, and so very well balanced. Stone does amazing things.
Aroma: 9 out of 10
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Taste: 10 out of 10
Palate: 5 out of 5
Overall: 19 out of 20. This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Sierra Nevada | Tags: active, Alcohol by volume, amazing, basil, beautiful, beer, Beer rating, blood, cardamom, cloudy, creamy, curry, deep, Drink, dry earth, drying, excellent, Food, fresh, grains, grapefruit, grass, India Pale Ale, orange, peanut oil, pine, Recreation, red, rye toast, sawdust, strong, white
Glass: Shaker, Tulip
Purchased at: Oaktree buy rite, South Plainfield, NJ
Price: $16.99 for two 6 packs.
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6.8 %
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96
Aural: quiet opening, active carbonation, nice pour
Aroma 8 out of 10
Malt Aroma: rye toast, peanut oil
Hops Aroma: dry earth, grass, basil, grapefruit
Other Aroma: pine
Notes: A great active aroma. Very mindful of a strong IPA.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Clarity: cloudy, bottle conditioned
Head Retention: average
Notes: Beautiful beer. Deep red orange hues with a white head and lace.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Malt Flavor: grain bread toast nut
Hops Flavor: curry, cardamom, grapefruit
Other: orange, grapefruit, pine
Notes: Sawdust and blood. Like an accident happened, but in a good way. How do they make such a commercial beer so very good?
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy drying
Notes: Perhaps the best aspect of this very good beer. Leaves you wanting more.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: An amazing beer for the brewer and price. Just fantastic.
Filed under: Beercritic asks..., Imperial Stout (snifter), Rogue, Samuel Smith, Stout (English pint), Sweet stout (English pint) | Tags: Alcohol by volume, beer, Beer rating, Brewery, Drink, Food, stout, Twitter
Tonight at 6 p.m., EST, I’ll be participating (as twitter username lemasney) in an online tasting event, part of Twitter Tasting Live, more commonly known on
Twitter as #TTL, where people tweet tasting notes all the time, and hash TTL as a way of updating those who are interested.
From time to time, specific beers are chosen for group review, like a book club, and we all get together on a Saturday night, virtually, to participate.
Tonight, we’ll be tasting two British Stouts, and two American Stouts. They each have garnered 98s on RateBeer.com which is no easy task. Rogue‘s Chocolate Stout and their Shakespeare Stout, as well as Samuel Smith‘s Oatmeal Stout and their Imperial Stout. I’ve had all of these before, but am looking forward to having them all again. This will be my first time participating in a group TTL event, but not their first event — I missed that one, and how sad I was.
For more info, visit: http://www.twittertastelive.com/events/twitter-taste-live-beer-stouts
Also, I’ve done some math on what I can expect to consume in calories this evening as a single taster who does not intend to throw any of this great beer away:
Brewery and brew RateBeer ABV Price FlOz Calories price per fl oz Rogue Chocolate Stout 98. 6.30% $5.99 22 347 $0.27 Rogue Shakespeare Stout 98. 6.00% $5.99 22 330 $0.27 Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout 98. 7.00% $3.29 18.7 327 $0.18 Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout 98. 5.00% $3.09 18.7 234 $0.17 1,238 Total Calories