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Victory Hop Wallop
Victory Hop Wallop

Victory Hop Wallop

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!

Price: $1.83
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5%
Estimated Calories: 250 C in 12  oz
RateBeer Rating: 93

Aural: quiet opening, good carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 9 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

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

Color: copper

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: intricate

Notes: A beautiful presence, nicely retained white head, simple lacing, and a deep copper body.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

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

Mouthfeel

Sensation: sour cream, oil, tea towel

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A delicious and richly textured finish.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: One of my favorite beers.



Founders Red’s Rye

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, specialty grain, pilsener or shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: circle liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: siren like, sugary, pine, cascade hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: clear, deep brilliant, red, off white head, persistent, beautiful, strong lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: rye bread, pumpernickel, caraway seed, strong, bitter, hops, powerful, expertly crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: crisp, exciting, dry, sandy, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Simply amazing – the mix of rye and hops is one of my favorites. I’d have it again in a split second. An instant favorite. Beautifully crafted. One of the most impressive lacings I’ve ever enjoyed. 20 out of 20.



Avery Mephistopheles Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt)
Price: $8.99
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 16%
IBU: no frikkin idea
Estimated Calories:300  C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: easy opening, little carbonation, dark, pretty pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: amazing

Malt Aroma: rye, pumpernickel, sugar, cinnamon toast, peanut, chocolate, coffee
Hops Aroma
: moldy mud, marigold, tea, tar
Other Aroma
: alcohol burn

Notes: A rich and deeply layered scent – if the taste is anything like the scent, I’m in for a ride.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: black

Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: wispy

Lace: poor

Notes: A bold, deep black, sans light, plus wispy tan head. Beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: amazingly balanced

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, barley, pumpernickel, chocolate syrup, whole wheat toast, peanuts, toffee, dark chocolate, espresso roast, dark coffee
Hops Flavor: dry dirt, cilantro, peppers, tar resin, lemon
Other: alcohol

Notes: The taste is unequaled in stouts. It has an acidic burn of alcohol, deep, dark rich chocolate, amber waves of grain, plums, apricots, ginger, soy, spinach. It’s amazing.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body:  full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: Bitter depth of finish is one of the key reasons to find this beer again. It is murky with depth and history of flavors.

General Impression: 20 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: loved

Notes: Perhaps outshines even Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast.



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.



Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale 2008

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.79
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating:  93

Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: very nice

Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma:
rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma:
grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: average
Lace: poor
Notes: A menacing appearance – deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression:  very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor:
flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other:
maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic



0lfabrikken Porter

Glass: Stem glass
Purchased at: Canal’s discount Liquor Mart, Burlington, NJ
Price: $8.07
Size: 22.3fl oz
ABV: 7.5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating:100

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: amazingly strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: delicious

Malt Aroma: chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
earth tar resin
Other Aroma:
prunes
Notes: Amazingly deep and burning aroma – one of the best ever.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: fully opaque

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: little
Notes: An amazing deeply present appearance.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter

Impression: incredible
Malt Flavor: caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
Other: cocoa,
chocolate liquor, hops, bitterness.
Notes: This is easily one of my favorite beer flavors of all time.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sharp drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: the coffee, raisin, and other dark notes are very present in the wonderful finish.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: The dark notes are most enticing. Absolutely one of my favorite beers.



Smuttynose Big A IDIPA

ABV: 9.2%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume:22 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canal Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks Mike!)
Price: $7.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: An amazing example of the style. Aroma is flowery, hoppy, and citrus. Visuals are a deep copper under a thin yellow white head. Visibly carbonated. Taste is a deep hoppy citrus & pine. Very nice example. I enjoyed it with a very spicy homemade chicken curry and some naan. Palate has a long beautiful finish. Tongue registers sweet, bitter, and salty. Second Impression. Amazing. An absolutely satisfying imperial double IPA.

Aroma: 10 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 20 out of 20



Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $7.59
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.5 %
IBU: 75
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice

Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral Resin
Other:
alcohol, oak, woods, leaves
Notes: What an amazing aroma – off the charts in my personal experience.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: un-impenetrably Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: Everything an imperial stout should be in appearance – absolutely un-impenetrable darkness, a rich tan head, and a very nice presence.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: beautifully balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: so Nice
Malt Flavor:
Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Resin
Other: alcohol, garlic, oak, depth
Notes: Simply amazing. Easily one of my favorites.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: very Long
Intensity: very Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The whole mouth is activated – the mouthfeel is wonderful, covering and coating and making the whole mouth tingle. The finish is very long lasting, and imparts a depth of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Perhaps my favorite beer I’ve tasted yet. Great Divide knows exactly what they are doing, and they should continue doing it forever.



Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
ABV: 10.6%
IBU:
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Princeton Community Liquor
Consumed on: Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

sensory first impression: Beautiful to behold – rich deep wet sandy head. Head thins out quickly, but aroma is overwhelming. Utterly black – light does not penetrate. First taste is almost syrupy, but also rich in dark roasted malt flavor. You must sip this. Attention is on the back upper roof of the mouth. Back of the tongue. Very bitter and nicely so. Sweetness balances after a moment. A very tasty ride.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is roasted, chocolate, cream and caramel. It reminds me of a chocolate lava cake with rich chocolate truffles. It’s wonderful.
Hops are slightly grassy, and very present – they fight for attention through the chocolate, syrup, and sweetness.
Yeast/Bacteria hints of pillows, pine, plastic, and sweaters. All clean.
Alcohol, wood, licorice, and butterscotch come and go. The alcohol is primary and sweeping in the flavor.

Visuals/Appearance:
black and vibrating. Scary.
Liquid is active and bubbly, especially for a stout.
Head/Lace is minimal, and a beautiful wet sandy brown.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness/Sweetness is rather heavy, but welcome.
Hoppiness/Bitterness is medium to heavy. Very nice.
Sour not at all.
Chocolate and hops. Lovely.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and heavy.
Texture is not thin, which would be a detractor for me, and is what I expect of stouts in general. Surprisingly creamy, and thick.
Carbonation is above average for a stout.
Finish is long and luxurious.

Overall second impression: Wow – I love this brewery. Brooklyn is so very available, and yet so affordable and special. This stout is another of my favorites, without the presumptuousness of Rogue. Though, I absolutely love Rogue.



Victory Old Horizontal Barleywine Style Ale

Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (first visit, thanks, Mike)
Price: $1.89
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11 %
IBU: unknown
Estimated Calories: 210 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

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

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast Raisin
Hops Flavor:
Mud Floral Herbal Spice
Other:
Cherries, raisins, grapes, prunes
Notes: inviting, enticing, and makes you want a taste.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Ruby
Clarity: Mostly brilliant
Head Retention: Average
Notes: A beautiful, menacing colored body, with a nice off white head that dissipates quickly.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: balanced Sweet and Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Nut
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice
Other: orange peel, raisin, sour cherry, oak, grape, alcohol
Notes: A wonderful taste, more savory than sweet malt flavor, and with some deep hoppiness. Bill and Ron have done it again.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively, visible
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Notes: Leaves you wanting more. A very nice mouthfeel and finish.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Maybe my favorite BWSA. I only had to travel to Burlington to find it as a single. I did see a case of it in Bristol Township, PA at Penn Thrift. Just $50 and it’s yours. I’m saving up.