Filed under: Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip), Victory | Tags: beautiful presence, brown sugar, dust, favorite, fern, inviting, lemon, light caramel, oil, orange, peach, rye, sour cream, star anise, tea, tea towel, toast ed peanuts, very hoppy, wheat, Wondrous, zest
Glass: snifter, tulip
Originally Purchased at: Laurenti’s ShopRite, Hamilton, NJ on July 3rd, 2008
Today: A gift from Bryan K and Angel B – Thanks!
Size: 12 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 250 C in 12 oz
RateBeer Rating: 93
Aural: quiet opening, good carbonation, simple pour
Aroma 9 out of 10
Impression: very nice
Malt Aroma: wheat, rye, brown sugar, toast ed peanuts, light caramel
Hops Aroma: dust, fern, star anise, lemon
Other Aroma: tea, peach
Notes: An absolutely amazing, if faint, aroma. Wondrous and inviting.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful presence, nicely retained white head, simple lacing, and a deep copper body.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Malt Flavor: wheat, rye, cane sugar, roasted peanuts, light caramel
Hops Flavor: dust, lemon, orange, zest,
Other: tea, oatmeal
Notes: Likely the best feature of this delicious brew – very hoppy, not well balanced, likely on purpose. Bitterness is key.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: sour cream, oil, tea towel
Notes: A delicious and richly textured finish.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: One of my favorite beers.
Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Dogfish Head | Tags: beautiful, chocolatey, coating, coffee, deep brown, dust, floral, fruit. almonds, fully opaque, grapes, heady, long roasted bitter finish, mostly roasted malts, oily, smooth, some lingering hops, spicy, sticky intricate lace, thin wispy tan head, unbalanced, wine, wood
12%abv*12 fl oz = 144/60 = 2.4 beers * 150c = 360
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.99Aroma: heady, floral, grapes, wine, wood, dust.
Visuals: typical dfh package, deep brown, oily, fully opaque, thin wispy tan head, sticky intricate lace.
Taste: unbalanced, mostly roasted malts, some lingering hops, beautiful, chocolatey, coffee, fruit. almonds, spicy.
Palate: oily, smooth, coating, long roasted bitter finish.
Overall: A wonderful, beautiful, tasty brew. I’d have it again, and like many DFH, it’s hard to beat. Delicious.
Filed under: Saison [farmhouse ale] (tulip), Weyerbacher | Tags: barley, brilliant at first pour, corn, crisp finish, delicious, dust, flowery, hay, hazy after, light, little hops, loose lace, mold, nice, orange, pale, rice, silky, smooth, subtle, sunset at harvest, tea, unbalanced, wacky label, wheat, wispy head stays
Style and Glass: Saison, Tulip; flute
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.66
Aroma: nice, flowery, wheat, rice, hay, dust, mold, field, grass.
Visuals: wacky label, sunset at harvest, pale, orange, brilliant at first pour, hazy after, wispy head stays, loose lace.
Taste: unbalanced, corn, barley, rice, little hops, subtle, delicious.
Palate: silky, smooth, tea, light, crisp finish.
Overall: A very nice light saison. I’ve had it a few times now, and I enjoy it. I prefer stronger brews, but this is a nice, lighter session brew. Unbelievable value for the price.
Filed under: Eel River, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol in front, bright, delicious, dust, frothy, heady, heavy, iced tea, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, little hops, long lasting tan head, medium finish, mostly malt, musk, nice, nicely packaged, oak, quite hazy, rocky, rose colored glasses, smooth, thick sticky lace, unbalanced, warming, whiskey, wood
Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter; English Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: nice, heady, whiskey, oak, wood, musk, dust
Visuals: nicely packaged, rose colored glasses, iced tea, quite hazy, long lasting tan head, rocky, frothy, thick sticky lace.
Taste: whiskey, unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, alcohol in front, warming, bright, heavy.
Palate: delicious, warming, smooth, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, medium finish.
Overall: Enjoyable. Good winter night brew.
Filed under: American Pale Ale (lager glass, shaker), Jim Dundee | Tags: calm, cereal, cirtus, corn, crisp, doughy, dry, dust, Grain, grassy, hay, hops, light, moldy, nice, not great, nuts, orange, smoke, sparkle, sulfur, sunset, wispy head
Volume: 12 fl oz
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s – sampler.
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: Home on March 18th, 2008
sensory first impression: A bit of sparkle, but a calm beer. nice deep sunset color – clear orange red. big head goes to bumpy head goes to wispy head goes to nothing. Suprisingly nice flavor – crisp, a touch of hops. Not entirely disappointing, but not very great. A bit watery, but not undrinkable. Not far off from big pilsners though.
Malt flavor is: hay, grain, cereal, nuts, and dust.
Hop flavor is: grassy, a wee bit citrus.
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, dry
Other flavors include: bubblegum, corn, sulfur, smoke.
Color is: bright, orange, red fiery, sunset.
Liquid is: clear, a bit thin.
Head and lace are: minimal, white.
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: very light
Sour level is: none.
Body or Mouthfeel is: thin.
Texture is: slick, papery.
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: slight, and short.
Overall experience: Not a bad beer. Not off putting, but not very good. I don’t think I’d get it again. The price is the best part, and that’s just not a very good reason to choose a beer.
Filed under: Carlsberg, pale lager (mug, English pint, lager, shaker) | Tags: Add new tag, alcohol, average, band aids, Bread, clear, clear yellow body, corn, dirt, dried herbs, dust, grass, hay, medicine, mold, pale, skunk, skunky, sparkling, thick white head, thin amber, yellow
ABV: 5.5% (12.5 cpfo estimated)
Calories: estimated at 211 C (12.5 cpfo x 16.9)
Volume: 16.9 oz
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.
Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Stone | Tags: amazing, attractive, brilliant, clear, coating, deep finish, deep red, delicious, dust, grains, hay, hops, inviting, leathery, leaves, maple syrup, mild, nice lace, off white, present, quiet, roasted grains, sponge, well balanced, well crafted, wispy head
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, American Strong, Trappist
22 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 158.4 / 60 = 2.64 beers * 150 C = 396 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.50
Aroma: mild, inviting, quiet, present, grains. 7 out of 10.
Visuals: attractive, deep red, brilliant, clear, off white, wispy head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: hops, roasted grains, maple syrup, leaves, hay, dust, delicious, well balanced, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: leathery, coating, sponge, amazing, deep finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Reminds me of the Oaked Bastard, but I preferred this by a mile, and I liked that one a lot. I’d have it again, and I plan to. One of my go to beers from here on out, since I can get it almost anywhere. Well crafted – a very nice treat. 18 out of 20.