Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Stone | Tags: alcohol, amazing, arugula, ashes, bitter, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, cloudy, coffee, dark, deep, depth, dirt, drying, espresso, grapefruit, grapes, grass, great job, hoppy, mango, mold, mud, nearly perfect, nice, pepper, rich, roast, rubber, rum, rye, sharp, smoke, strong, sweet, walnut, warming
First Published on June 13th, 2008
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Size: 22 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97
Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma: mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma: grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear
Head Retention: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor: dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other: mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: drying warming
Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.
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: American Strong Ale (trappist), HeBrew | Tags: citrus, crisp, drying, figs, gusher, honey, instant iced tea, koolaid, medium finish, more malty, natural flavors, nice, nice aroma, no lace, pretty, prunes, quickly dissipating, raisins, red, ruby, Shmaltz, strong ale, tissue paper, tumbler, very good, well balanced, well done, wood
A 22 oz bottle. American Strong Ale in a tumbler. 7.8% ABV est. at 400 calories.
After sampling Lenny’s RIPA from Shmaltz, I knew I had to try some others from this brewery. I was a little reluctant to get beer intended for the chosen people, being raised Catholic and all, but after getting a nice comment from the brewer on my last review, I feel a bit more justified. 😉
Rejewvenator is pretty. The label art is always very well done by Shmaltz. The color is a mix of koolaid and instant iced tea. Ruby highlights and red undertones. Although this was a gusher, it quickly settled down and shows a quickly dissipating white head. The viscosity is very nice, but there is no lace whatsoever.
The aroma reminds me of DFH’s Raison D’Etre. Lots of citrus, raisins, prunes, and since figs are the showcased element, this is no surprise. The aroma is very nice, and not muted at all.
The taste is very good with the figs coming through. Some wood flavors emerge. Honey. Lots of natural flavors coming through. Well balanced.
Texture is fairly crisp, drying. Tissue paper. Medium finish, and the hops give way to the malt.
Delicious. I’d definitely have it again. Well crafted, and nice mix of ingredients. L’Chaim!
Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Southern Tier | Tags: aromatic, beautiful label, bitter hops, brilliant, citrus, clear, delicious, drying, fresh, golden, high quality, high texture, nice, persistent, pine, slowly dissipating lace, strong, strong finish, sweet malt, well balanced, well crafted, white head
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 360 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $5.99
Aroma: fresh, nice, aromatic, pine, citrus. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautiful label, golden, brilliant, clear, persistent, white head, slowly dissipating lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, sweet malt, bitter hops, strong, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, high texture, strong finish, drying, delicious. 5 out of 5.
Overall: A beautifully executed imperial IPA. Everything it should be. I’ll have it again. It’s an exemplar. Of average value. Beautifully crafted, and I expected nothing less of Southern Tier. 20 out of 20
Filed under: Abbey Tripel (trappist), Browerij Het Anker | Tags: banana, beautiful, biting, chemical, dark, drying, fruit, golden, hazy, inviting, long finish, nice lacing, sandy, some bitterness, sunrise, sweet, thin, white head, woody
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler)
Aroma: inviting, banana, fruit, sweet. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: gusher, hazy, golden, beautiful, sunrise, thin, white head, nice lacing. 5 out of 5.
Taste: banana, some bitterness, dark, chemical. 8 out of 10.
Palate: biting, drying, sandy, woody, long finish. 4 out of 5.
Overall: Unique. Seems commercial for a Belgian offering, but not bad. It’s good, but I wouldn’t travel for it. okay craft. 17 out of 20.
Filed under: Founders, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: beautiful IPA, bitter, citrus, crisp, dark, deep, drying, dull copper body, excellent craft, floral, fresh, fuller, Grain, grapefruit, great, great deep, herbal, hoppy, intense, lively body, long finish, loved, medium intensity, nice, persistent head, resin, sharper, Toast
deep, great, dull copper body, persistent head, crisp, nice, drying, fuller, lively body, beautiful IPA, intense, sharper, nice, toast, grain, floral, herbal, resin, citrus, long finish, medium intensity, bitter, great deep, dark, hoppy, intense, bitter, nice, grapefruit, excellent craft, fresh, loved
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Smuttynose | Tags: bitter, buzzing, coating, deep but clear opacity, drying, heavy malt, intricate lace, inviting, limited clarity, long, maple, nice, nicely crafted, persistent head, roasted, ruby color, strong finish, sweet, tan
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: for $4.99
Aroma: sweet, nice, inviting, maple. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: deep but clear opacity, ruby color, limited clarity, tan, persistent head, intricate lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: heavy malt, roasted, bitter, nicely crafted. 9 out of 10.
Palate: coating, drying, buzzing, long, strong finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Lighter and crisper than Old Ruffian. I’d have it again in an instant. Nicely priced, and great flavors. Get it. Well crafted. 18 out of 20.