J.W. Dundee’s Porter

J.W. Dundee’s Porter
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 170
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as a part of a sampler
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: My first ever porter, I’m sure, and not likely the best exemplar. It’s thick enough to be dark, but still translucent. Very chocolaty, quite nutty, and not at all unenjoyable, but not nearly to the degree of Rogue or Brooklyn’s stouts. Okay lace – tan head, but not frothy or deep. Good aroma. Okay color – a bit alcoholic.

Malt flavor is: chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roast.
Hop flavor is: resinous, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, and very dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, raisin, a touch of smoke

Color is: dark reddish brown, thick but not inpenetrable
Liquid is: dark and translucent at 90%
Head and lace are: thin, tan

Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: very light

Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to full
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long and not bad at all.

Overall experience: A fairly dark beer with a nice nutty chocolaty taste. For the price, it’s fantastic, but for the type, it’s lacking. Spending $ on a 12 pack sampler, vs a 6 pack of chocolate stouts at 10% is like to result in different outcomes. This is likely the best of the sampler though.

Harnas Beer

ABV: 5.5% (12.5 cpfo estimated)
Calories: estimated at 211 C (12.5 cpfo x 16.9)
Volume: 16.9 oz
Glass: Pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $2.50 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.14 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Skunky. Pours thin amber stream with thick white head, which dissipates quickly. Almost clear yellow body. Visibly carbonated. Quite active. Taste is disappointingly average. American Pilsner average. Anheuser Busch average. Poor.

Aroma/Olfactory: 3 out of 10
Malt flavor is: bread, hay, grass
Hop flavor is: dried herbs
Yeast flavor is: dust, mold, dirt
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, medicine, band aids, skunk

Visuals/Appearance: 1 out of 5
Color is: pale, yellow.
Liquid is: clear, sparkling
Head and lace are: none.

Taste/Flavor: 3 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: none to light

Palate/Tactile: 1 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, nothing
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: abrupt, sweet.

Overall experience: 4 out of 20. This is the definition of average. I liked the easy drinkability. I did not like the price, the lack of hops, flavor, and color, or much else about this beer.

Anchor Porter

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, porter, english pint or stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.6% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: leather, funk, armpit. feet. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, black and oily, persistent tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: leather, tea, licorice, corn, little hops, well crafted brown style. 8 out of 10.

Palate: flat soda, smooth, quick flat finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Like delicious but flat root beer. I would not seek it out a second time, but this is not my favorite style. It seems of a high craft. 15 out of 20.

Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 43
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33 as part of mixed pack sampler.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not your typical american lager. Delicious surprising hops depth, dark bitter finish, and very nice color.

Aroma is slightly flowery, hops and malt. Woody.

Visuals include a beautifully varied yellow, pale, amber body. Depth is variable, and visually stunning. Very clear and brilliant.

Taste is surprising; roasted toasted, nutty, smoky, wheat, corn, and malt. Clearly distinguishable from the average lager.

Palate is roof of mouth, crisp, dry, actively carbonated, with a long, dark, very nice bitter finish.

Second Impression. This is quite enjoyable, and I was taken by surprise, because I expected a much less enjoyable beer, not because of the brewery, but because of the style. Great work, as per the usual, Flying Dog.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20