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Anchor Christmas Ale
01/25/2009, 6:04 AM
Filed under: Anchor, Spice Herb Vegetable [shaker] | Tags: , , , , , ,

On tap at Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep brown body with some clarity. Head barely hangs on. Deep in color and character. Wine-ish. Not a favorite. Finish improves it for me, but still less than what I expected from both the brewer and the style.



Founders Backwoods Bastard

This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Dirty Bastard, which I enjoyed very much. Oak aging usually does not add a lot for me, though I’m endlessly interested in the way it alters the flavor. This brew comes in at 9.2% ABV in a 12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ for about $2.50 a bottle and 200 Calories.

The color is beautiful. A deep ruby red, almost opaque. Good lacing with a thinner but persistent light tan foamy head.

The aroma is sweet, oak, and tea. Alcohol is present in the nose. Lots of leather, and the aroma is quite strong.

The flavor is mostly whiskey. Very penetrated with the oak aging. Good finish, smoky, dark and burnt. A superlative scotch ale. Founders knows how to do it right.

The palate is prickly — lightly carbonated and long lasting. Very dark, intense flavors. A very well done brew.

Overall, I like this quite a bit. Better, IMHO, than Oaked Arrogant Bastard which does not balance the aging nearly as well. I’d have this again. Not a favorite, but I simply prefer heavier stouts.



Huyghe Delirium Tremens

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 88
Calories: estimated at 185 C
Volume: 11.2
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: %5.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: banana, fruit, spongey body with nice sweet overtones. Aroma is pure fruit. Visuals are a hazy yellow gold body under no head at all. Taste is a typical hefe with some nice hoppy finish. Palate is well rounded, wet sandy, with a long dark finish. Second Impression – not a bad beer at all: great finish, classic hefe body, and a good color and haze. Aroma is nice, finish is nicer.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20