BeerCritic


Stone Old Guardian BWSA

First Published on June 13th, 2008

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Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11.26%
IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Impression: nice

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
Color: dark
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Impression: amazing
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
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

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
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
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.

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Saranac Imperial Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Imperial Stout, Snifter
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.



Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter
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.



Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout

Glass: English pint
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield NJ (Thanks, Jay & Matt!)
Price: $14.99
Size: 22.3 fl oz
ABV: 7.5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aural: quick release in opening, dark, quiet carbonation, intense but uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression:  so nice

Malt Aroma: oat, sugar, toast, hazelnut, caramel, espresso roast
Hops Aroma
: mold, licorice, tar, resin, lemon
Other Aroma
: bacon

Notes: An amazing aroma. An aroma by which to compare all others. Phenomenal.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: black

Clarity:  wholly opaque

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A full darkness with a dark tan head. An exact replica of deep roasted coffee.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: so very nice

Malt Flavor: oat, rye, chocolate syrup, burnt toast, carbon, cashew, caramel, toffee, espresso
Hops Flavor: mint, cilantro, dust
Other: alcohol

Notes: An amazing flavor. Comparable to no others. An instant and lasting favorite.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying, warming

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: Leaves you wanting another taste. Would make a great gift. I wish I was having pancakes right now.

General Impression: 20 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: absolutely  loved

Notes: I cannot find more superlatives to apply here. It is, without a doubt, my favorite beer. Mikkeller is a genius.



Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

ABV: 6 %
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: pint

Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $4.50
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



Rogue Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 on discount
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11.6%
IBU: 87.5
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet, almost silent opening, little poppy carbonation, quiet, beautiful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: wonderful

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet chocolate syrup
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal
Other:
smoke
Notes: A wonderful chocolate primer – deep smoky overtones.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: completely opaque
Head Retention: poor
Notes: Much more about the body than the head.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
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
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A little bit chemical in finish, very bitter, and very roasted. delicious.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
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.



De Dolle Extra Export Stout

Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $4.27
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: n/a
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
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp
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
Color:  black
Clarity: opaque
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and bitter

Impression: nice
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
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: medium
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.