BeerCritic


Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008
pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

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 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: quiet opening, active carbonation, nice pour

Aroma 8 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Impression:  nice

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

Color dark

Clarity: cloudy, bottle conditioned

Head Retention: average

Lace: intricate

Notes: Beautiful beer. Deep red orange hues with a white head and lace.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

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

Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: Perhaps the best aspect of this very good beer. Leaves you wanting more.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: An amazing beer for the brewer and price. Just fantastic.

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Moylan’s Hopsickle Imperial Ale

Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: The Six Pack Store, Roosevelt Blvd., Phila, PA for $12.00 (Thanks, Joe! First visit, but not the last!)

Aroma: A hop head’s delight. It’s deliriously, deliciously hoppy. A flowery, almost burning hop aroma. I love it.

Visuals: The packaging from Moylan’s is usually very advertising heavy, but well designed and attractive, if a little over the top. The orange pour leaves a hazy orange sunlight body, with an off-white creamy head with a lot of lace that’s sticky and fresh. This seems like the ultimate in DIPA beauty. Very well done visually.

Taste: Not very balanced. This is really all about hops, and while there is a slightly malty finish, it is very crisp, bitter, and ultra hoppy. I love it, but I imagine a differently organized palate might find it off-putting. Love hops? Find this brew!

Palate: The finish is long lasting, delicious, and dark. It’s creamy at the start, crisp in the middle, and sticky in the end. It’s a great tactile experience.

Overall: I absolutely love this brew. I’ll be looking for other Moylan’s brews, but this I’m specifically going to find this again. For hop heads, this seems like a destination beerage.



Founders Breakfast Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75

Aroma: inviting, cocoa, chocolate, roasted, coffee. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful label, black, opaque, everlasting tan head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, chocolate malt, subtle hops, tempered strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, creamy, long quiet finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: a delicious dessert.  I’ll have it again. A favorite. Medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20



Paulaner Hefeweizen

Somewhat watery, sandy. highly carbonated. short lived finish. Cloudy, with a nice head. pretty, golden. creamy. medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Banana, citrus, and spices. medium craft. Well done, if a bit weak.



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.



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.



Bell’s Oberon Wheat Ale

Glass: weizen

Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA

Price: $5.00

Size: 12 fl oz

ABV: 6%

IBU:n/a

Estimated Calories: 160 C

RateBeer Rating: 82

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, easy pour

Aroma 7 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: whole wheat flour, nut, light caramel

Hops Aroma: dust, dirt, grass, coriander, lemon

Other Aroma: apple

Notes: A very nice aroma – not overpowering, but enjoyable, sweet, demure.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: cloudy

Head Retention: thin but persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A very nice example of an American wit. Good color, nice yeasty cloudiness, like a sunset. Head is present but thin.

Flavor 8 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, sugar, rye, peanut
Hops Flavor: dust, rind, coriander, lemon, orange
Other: apple

Notes: A very tasty, if light, flavor. What many might call a good lawnmower beer, but by no means a killer beer.

Palate 3 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy

Body: light

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: short

Intensity: faint

Balance: sweet

Notes: A crisp, quick finish is my least favorite part of this beer – it’s refreshing, but with a short lived refreshment.

General Impression: 16 out of 20

Craftmanship: very nice.

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked.

Notes: It was enjoyable, delicious and simple, but many other wits and belgian styles would be my choice when spending $5 on a 12 oz bottle.



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. 😉



Rogue Mocha Porter
06/17/2008, 2:32 AM
Filed under: Porter (English pint, stem glass), Rogue | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 5.1 %
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: stem, pint, shaker
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $1.42
Consumed at: home

rivers red with blood
a faint musk coffee dust ball
quick creamy finish
cocoa root beer for adults
a light touch for bold brewers

aroma 7 out of 10
visuals 5 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



North Coast Old Stock Ale 2006

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington (thanks, Mike!)
Price: $2.84
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 13.25 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: quiet opening, average carbonation, simple uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: sweet, caramel, grape jelly
Hops Aroma:
tar, resin, mango
Other Aroma:
grapes
Notes: A wonderful aroma that reminds one of grape soda.

Appearance 3 out of 5
Color: brown black
Clarity: clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: the dark depth of color is impressive, but there is no head or lace in any respect.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: a bit cloying
Malt Flavor: sweet caramel toffee
Hops Flavor:
citrus
Other:
sugar sugar sugar
Notes: Though the intensity is cloying, the flavor is of a high quality.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick
Body: full
Carbonation: creamy
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Notes: An impressive beer, but overtly sweet. Finish is nice for a dessert style.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:  fresh
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Certainly a beer of high craft, but looking for a sweeter tooth than mine.