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.



Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008
pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

pourn: Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 2008

Glass: Shaker, Tulip
Purchased at: Oaktree buy rite, South Plainfield, NJ
Price: $16.99 for two 6 packs.
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 6.8 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: quiet opening, active carbonation, nice pour

Aroma 8 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Impression:  nice

Malt Aroma: rye toast, peanut oil
Hops Aroma
: dry earth, grass, basil, grapefruit
Other Aroma
: pine

Notes: A great active aroma. Very mindful of a strong IPA.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color dark

Clarity: cloudy, bottle conditioned

Head Retention: average

Lace: intricate

Notes: Beautiful beer. Deep red orange hues with a white head and lace.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread toast nut
Hops Flavor: curry, cardamom, grapefruit
Other: orange, grapefruit, pine

Notes: Sawdust and blood. Like an accident happened, but in a good way. How do they make such a commercial beer so very good?

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: Perhaps the best aspect of this very good beer. Leaves you wanting more.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: An amazing beer for the brewer and price. Just fantastic.

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Allagash White

On tap at Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep, hazy gold, thick, white foamy head. Aroma is wheat, hay, grass, washy. Some banana, peach, and cloves. In the background. Softer, less warm than most Belgian styles. Lacing and legs are intense and sticky.



Weyerbacher 12

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 44, Barleywine, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $11.00

Aroma: weak, light, uninviting, lagerish, hay, grass. 4 out of 10.

Visuals: label design poor, presentation is okay, orange body, brilliant, long staying white head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: sweet, artificial, chemical, nice hops, notable strength, medium craft, little balance. 8 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, rough texture, chemical, acetic finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Not especially good, considering the price. I won’t have it again. Not a favorite. Not of high value.  Okay craft. 13 out of 20.



Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6%
IBU: ?
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Goblet
Purchased at: Ewing Discount Liquor
Consumed on: Wednesday February 20th, 2008

first impression: No head really at all, a fine pale amber color, very clear. Finest lace and wisps of bubbles. Quiet in terms of carbonation. A nice bite in hops, and a bit malty. Not bad, by any means, but mass produced, perhaps not for the masses.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is oceanic – a bit salty, a bit sandy.
Hops are present.
Yeast/Bacteria hang on the glass, and are the most present component in my tasting.
Other flavors include wind across a field of grass, corn, or hay.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color a thin, pale orange.
Liquid is golden and brilliant.
Head/Lace is very present.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet overtones.
Bitterness is very light.
Sour not at all.
Salty and might pair well with fast food.
Hoppiness is present, but minimal.
Maltiness is thin and syrupy.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is quite light.
Texture is cutting. Quite dry.
Carbonation is fairly light.
Finish is quite short, except for the salty seltzer finish. Refreshing in this regard.

Overall – not a bad beer by any means, but not a very deeply crafted beer. It may separate itself (as a mass produced, mass consumed beer) from Budweiser in a far superlative way, but it does not approach the beers produced by Stone, Victory, or Dogfish Head. It is quite desirable where only macros exist.



Harnas Beer

ABV: 5.5% (12.5 cpfo estimated)
Calories: estimated at 211 C (12.5 cpfo x 16.9)
Volume: 16.9 oz
Glass: Pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $2.50 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.14 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Skunky. Pours thin amber stream with thick white head, which dissipates quickly. Almost clear yellow body. Visibly carbonated. Quite active. Taste is disappointingly average. American Pilsner average. Anheuser Busch average. Poor.

Aroma/Olfactory: 3 out of 10
Malt flavor is: bread, hay, grass
Hop flavor is: dried herbs
Yeast flavor is: dust, mold, dirt
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, medicine, band aids, skunk

Visuals/Appearance: 1 out of 5
Color is: pale, yellow.
Liquid is: clear, sparkling
Head and lace are: none.

Taste/Flavor: 3 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: light
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: none
Sour level is: none to light

Palate/Tactile: 1 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light
Texture is: thin, nothing
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: abrupt, sweet.

Overall experience: 4 out of 20. This is the definition of average. I liked the easy drinkability. I did not like the price, the lack of hops, flavor, and color, or much else about this beer.



Bell’s Oberon Wheat Ale

Glass: weizen

Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA

Price: $5.00

Size: 12 fl oz

ABV: 6%

IBU:n/a

Estimated Calories: 160 C

RateBeer Rating: 82

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, easy pour

Aroma 7 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: whole wheat flour, nut, light caramel

Hops Aroma: dust, dirt, grass, coriander, lemon

Other Aroma: apple

Notes: A very nice aroma – not overpowering, but enjoyable, sweet, demure.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: cloudy

Head Retention: thin but persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A very nice example of an American wit. Good color, nice yeasty cloudiness, like a sunset. Head is present but thin.

Flavor 8 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, sugar, rye, peanut
Hops Flavor: dust, rind, coriander, lemon, orange
Other: apple

Notes: A very tasty, if light, flavor. What many might call a good lawnmower beer, but by no means a killer beer.

Palate 3 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy

Body: light

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: short

Intensity: faint

Balance: sweet

Notes: A crisp, quick finish is my least favorite part of this beer – it’s refreshing, but with a short lived refreshment.

General Impression: 16 out of 20

Craftmanship: very nice.

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked.

Notes: It was enjoyable, delicious and simple, but many other wits and belgian styles would be my choice when spending $5 on a 12 oz bottle.