BeerCritic


Anchor Christmas Ale
01/25/2009, 6:04 AM
Filed under: Anchor, Spice Herb Vegetable [shaker] | Tags: , , , , , ,

On tap at Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep brown body with some clarity. Head barely hangs on. Deep in color and character. Wine-ish. Not a favorite. Finish improves it for me, but still less than what I expected from both the brewer and the style.



High and Mighty Home for the Holidays
01/25/2009, 5:43 AM
Filed under: Current selections | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep reddish brown with a thin off white head. Sour! Licorice, seems off. Bitter, seems smoky, and deep. Not my type but well done. Cherry and lots of wine. Grapes, tannins, and wine. Once you notice the wine effects, it makes a lot more sense.



Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Imperiale

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong; trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ

Aroma: very nice, cherry, chocolate, wine, sediment, moss. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: Gusher (like all Brasserie Des Rocs). nice label design and packaging, brown, murky, chunky with sediment, thin brown head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, pure malt, syrupy, no hops, low strength, medium craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, smooth texture, short fruity finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very much like iced tea. Alcohol is almost unnoticable, not a repeat, not a favorite, low value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.



Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Style and Glass: Stout, english pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington for $4.99?

Aroma: nice, soft, coffee, chemical, spice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: okay package, brown, translucent, little tan head, sticky lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: medium balance, medium malt, medium hops, low strength, some craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, smooth texture, short finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: More like coffee than stout, would not repeat, not a favorite, low value, low craft for lagunitas. 15 out of 20.



Bell’s Porter

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, porter, pint, stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.6% in 12fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: nice, chocolate, malty, dark, roasty. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: tasteful, brown, opaque, tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: heavy malt, light hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, roasted finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: deep, malty, I’d have it again, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.



Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, American Strong Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.0 % in 26 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $11.49

Aroma: alcohol, powerful, floral, sweet. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: packaging is beautiful, as usual, yellow, ruby, gold, brown, brilliant, amazingly persistent head, no lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: rye, malty, nice hops, well hidden alcohol, beautifully crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: great quality, denim, terrycloth, long deep finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: reminds me of a meadow. I love it, and would seek it out. It’s very well done. 20 out of 20.



McChouffe Belgian Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, Scotch Ale, Thistle
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.29

Aroma: typical brown ale scent. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, brown, red, cloudy, light head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: special, fruity, nice, sparkling fruit juice, some bitterness, dry. 10 out of 10.

Palate: dry, terrycloth, fruity, bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very much like seltzer and fruit juice. Refreshing. I like it, but it’s way too expensive. Not a favorite, but well crafted. 16 out of 20.



Guinness Extra Stout

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 22oz
Glass: pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $4.50 / 22 fl oz = $.20 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Rich, deep, roasted malty aroma – different from regular Guinness stout in this way. Head and pour are absolutely beautiful. Color is an inpenetrable black except for a ruby hint around the edge. Wow – taste is deep, malty, syrupy, cloying, and dessertish. Heavy on the tongue and surprising flavor for a 5% abv. Has overarching oak and wine flavor. This has all of what regular Guinness is missing – depth, bite, hops, flavor, and character.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, coffee, roasted
Hop flavor is: resinous, hay, grapefruit, pepper
Yeast flavor is: crumbs, leather, very dry.
Other flavors include: alcohol, tomato paste, medicine, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, walnut, oak

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: black, ruby highlights
Liquid is: darkest night.
Head and lace are: bumpy, frothy, tan, brown, with classic lacing.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium to heavy
Sour level is: light to medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: full, raging
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, gritty, large particles, paper towel, cardboard
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, long, syrupy, very nice.

Overall experience: An absolutely stunning beer for its distribution. I liked to punch, the bitterness, the depth, the warmth, the color, and the flavor. I did not like a slight metallic tinge, the price, or the idea that the regular stout is so deeply different than this.



Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Rocky Mountain Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: 1.59
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.



Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Dimpled Mug, Lager glass, Stein
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.5 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield NJ for $4.99

Aroma: smoky, sausage, sour, spicy, roasted. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: pale, clouded, brown, troubled, wispy, white, nearly dissipating head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.

Taste: smoky, well balanced, needs pairing, strong, spicy, pepperoni, little bitterness, slightly watery. 7 out of 10.

Palate: creamy, sticky, oily, medium sour finish, acetic. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Smoked sausage in a bottle. In desperate need of a strong food pairing. I’d have it again with a Polish or German meal. Might go well with Pizza. Not a favorite for me, but the style is one of my lesser picks. It’s down there with Lambics. Seems well crafted, but somewhat weaker than expected. 16 out of 20.