Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: bitter finish, black, burnt, cappuccino, chocolate, coffee, dark finish, dark malts, deep, delicious, espresso, fluffy, long, oily, opaque, persistent head, rich, roasted, sour, steady lace, syrup, tan, thick, well crafted
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 190 C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Langhorne, PA for $.41
Aroma: deep, roasted, coffee, syrup, chocolate, sour. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: deep, opaque, black, oily, tan, fluffy, persistent head, steady lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: rich, coffee, espresso, dark malts, burnt, roasted, bitter finish,thick, delicious, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: oily, thick, long, dark finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Like a Wawa cappuccino but much darker and deeper. I will seek it out and have it again and again, as long as this price stands. It’s very well crafted, and it is a personal favorite. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Stone | Tags: alcohol, bitter, black, brown wispy head, burnt, coffee, dry, espresso, grains, hoppy, layered, licorice, liquor, long dark burnt finish, Malty, masterly crafted, opaque, sandy, silky persistent lace, sponge, thick
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again – amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Bells, Stout (English pint) | Tags: bitter, black, coffee, espresso, good head, impressive, inky, licorice, nice aroma, not bad, pepper, rich flavor, roasty, tan, weak
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Consumed at: home
First Impression: A very impressive presence – a nice aroma, good head and rich flavor. Aroma is bitter, coffee, and roasty. Visuals are an inky black body topped with a tan head that is persistent and lacy. Taste is thick with espresso notes, licorice, and pepper. Palate is perhaps its downfall – a bit weak, with a medium finish. Second Impression – not anything close to a Yeti or a Shakespeare, but not a bad stout – far surpasses a Guinness. But for $4.50 a 12 oz bottle, I’d much rather have the Yeti.
Aroma: 8 out of 10
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Taste: 10 out of 10
Palate: 3 out of 5
Overall: 16 out of 20
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Rogue | Tags: alcohol, bitter, Bread, char, chocolate, earth, espresso, Grain, grill, herbal, hoppy, opaque, quiet, resin, roasted, smoke, strong, syrup, wonderful, worth it
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 on discount
Size: 12 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99
Aural: quiet, almost silent opening, little poppy carbonation, quiet, beautiful pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet chocolate syrup
Hops Flavor: earth herbal
Notes: A wonderful chocolate primer – deep smoky overtones.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: completely opaque
Head Retention: poor
Notes: Much more about the body than the head.
Flavor 8 out of 10
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: grain bread toast nut dark chocolate roast espresso
Hops Flavor: earth resin citrus
Other: wood, char, grill, smoke
Notes: A beautifully hoppy taste, with very little in the way of sweetness – surprising, but very enjoyable. Reminds me of 85% cacao, or very little sugar mix chocolate.
Palate 4 out of 5
Sensation: creamy drying warming
Notes: A little bit chemical in finish, very bitter, and very roasted. delicious.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Freshness: more stale, hence the markdown
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A surprisingly dense and bitter stout, definitely imperial, but not sweet in the least. Quite enjoyable, and worth the fiver.
Filed under: De Dolle, Foreign Stout (snifter, tulip) | Tags: alcohol, bitter, black, chocolate, earth, espresso, hoppy, opaque, resin, rich, roast, strong, Toffee, unique
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Size: 11.2 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96
Aural: opening is a long chore. carbonation is overstimulated, pour takes five minutes.
Aroma 8 out of 10
Impression: a bit off
Malt Flavor: alcohol toffee chocolate roast
Hops Flavor: earth resin
Other: a bit chemical
Notes: alcohol dominates the aroma
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and bitter
Malt Flavor: burnt caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor: earth resin
Other: licorice, espresso, dark, roasted, rich
Notes: A taste that more than makes up for other failings.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.
General Impression: 16 out of 20
Freshness: seems a bit stale
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Again, having trouble with a De Dolle bottle opening, which is highly disappointing, considering the cost. Luckily, I’ve mastered the art of opening overcarbonated/yeast issue beers.