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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.



Nogne O Imperial Stout

Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Canal Liquors, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $7.69
Size: 16 fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: 75
Estimated Calories: 300C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression:  Nice

Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Cinnamon resin grapefruit
Other: alcohol

Notes: Aroma is delicious and inviting.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color:  Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention: Good
Notes: inpenetrable darkness with a nice tan head. Lacing is intricate.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Impression:  Nice
Malt Flavor:
Roasted Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor: Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Chalk, dirt
Notes:An amazing complexity – good dark chocolate and espresso overtones. Depth and character unmatched by many other chocolate stouts.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

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

Length:  Long
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: electrifying, all over mouth, dark, hoppy, sharp, dry

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Easily the best darkest stout I’ve ever enjoyed. Well done, Nogne O.



Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $7.29
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.1%
IBU: 85
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Sweet Toast Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other:
Syrup, maple, nuts, grapefruit
Notes: One of the best aromas I’ve encountered – fills the room.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: slightly Dull
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: One of the best head retentions I’ve seen in quite some time. Lacing is remarkable. Color is deep and very good looking. Body is not perfectly clear, but I imagine that’s by design. There is no mention of bottle conditioning.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: well balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: very Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Grapefruit, orange peel
Notes: quite spicy – could stand up to the most potent foods and flavors.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Slick Drying and Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively and visible
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The finish is superb. The carbonation is present and active. The mouth is affected and warmed all over.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: One of my all time favorite beers – remarkably drinkable, smooth, bitter, sweet, and tasty. Beautiful to behold, and nicely crafted. Aroma is enticing. Price is reasonable for the product, and the finish keeps you interested. A superlative beverage.



Struise Mikkeller

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $7.49
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Sweet Roast Nut licorice banana
Hops Flavor:
dirt grass Herbal Spice Tar Lemon
Other:
cherry, candy
Notes: What an amazingly tasty, varied, layered flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: Copper
Clarity: Sandblasted
Head Retention: Good with great lacing.
Notes: A stunning looking beer. The malevolence of the deep sandblasted body is notable.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Sweet Roast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Cherries, licorice, bubblegum
Notes: The flavor is the best part of this absolutely fantastic beer.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The palate and finish are yet another complimentary aspect of this brew.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Probably one of my favorite beers.



Stone Ruination IPA
05/23/2008, 4:35 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Stone | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 7.7%
IBU: 100+
Volume: 1 PT 6 FL OZ
Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ

Price: $4.99
Consumed on: 02/11/2008 at 11:40 pm and many other occasions

first impression: A very nice lighter colored amber ale. Differs in depth at edge. Head is nice and thick and aroma is spicy and permeating. Flowers are everywhere. Nice lace. No question of its power upon first sip – rich and full of bitterness. Disposition of an angry old man, but balanced with flavor, depth, and character in loads. One of my favorite beers.

Aroma/Olfactory:
A nutty, roasted flavor of malt, just slightly charred.
Resinous hops, sticky and flowery. The hops dominate here.
There is something hinting at sawdust or a woodworking scent. Its beautifully layered.
A medicinal tinge loops into licorice and raisin and leads to a smoky wooden taste.

Visuals/Appearance:
A light stained walnut appearance and flavor doesn’t travel far from it. Sculptural.
This is a quiet, clear and crisp ale. More about taste than visuals, but not bad to look at.
A very white head, flattens in time, and clings nicely in lace.

Taste/Flavor:
A slight sweetness and overwhelmingly bitter, with 100+ IBUs.
Tasty sour aftertaste hangs on back of the tongue with a little bit of salt. This would go great with a curry. Malt keeps up with the hops, surprisingly.

Palate/Tactile:
A light body, despite the wallop. This ale is slick with alcohol.
Soft and quiet carbonation finishes with a bitter impact that is worth savoring.

second impression: Overall, this brew is fantastic – if you like bitter, you should not miss Ruination. Be forewarned, all others will pale in character afterwards. This should be the last brew in a session.