BeerCritic


Eel River Triple Exultation Old Ale

Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter; English Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: nice, heady, whiskey, oak, wood, musk, dust

Visuals: nicely packaged, rose colored glasses, iced tea, quite hazy, long lasting tan head, rocky, frothy, thick sticky lace.

Taste: whiskey, unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, alcohol in front, warming, bright, heavy.

Palate: delicious, warming, smooth, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, medium finish.

Overall: Enjoyable. Good winter night brew.

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Stone Double Bastard Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Snifter; trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.5% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.99

Having this on Christmas night to finish off an amazing day. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you.

Aroma: amazing, sweet, flowery, hoppy, grassy, heavenly, malty, earthy, mold.

Visuals: nice label design, what seas might look like in hell, menacing deep red, brilliant, clear, thick white head, sticky tight lace.

Taste: wow. very malty, deeply hoppy, sugary, not syrupy, crisp, heavy, molasses, smoke, strong.

Palate: Of the highest visual and taste quality, rigid, sandy, rough, long bitter finish.

Overall: An absolutely amazing DIPA, though not classified as such. I’d have it again no question. Perhaps one of my top ten. A favorite. Great value. High craft.



Mikkeller Draft Bear ESL

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, European Strong Lager, Lager Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 22.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $14.99

Aroma: heavy malt, syrupy, coke syrup, caramel. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: cloudy, misty bronze, beautiful white long lasting head, intricate lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: hoppy, roasted grains, dark, beautifully crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: solid, heavy, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Makes me think of what a lager could be if any attention or care was put to it. Absolutely beautiful.  I’d have it again in a second. It’s not a favorite because the style isn’t a favorite, but if more lagers were like this, I’d seek them out. Beautifully crafted. 18 out of 20.



G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus

BEER: G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock Ale

ABV: 8.2% 16.9 fl oz bottle
BREWER: G. Schneider & Sohn
GLASS: Weizen
PURCHASED AT: Shop Rite Liquors, Hamilton, NJ
PRICE: $ 2.95
Price per fl oz $2.95 / 16.9 fl oz = $.17 per fl oz.

Date: Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Aroma : 10

Malty – heavy, dark bread, burned cookie, straw, burnt, nutty, molasses, dark chocolate, mild coffee.
Hoppy – light, perfume, herbs, resinous, orange and lime citrus,
Yeasty – heavy, dough, leather, soap, mold, broth.
Miscellaneous – banana, prune, apple, cherry, red wine, tar, butterscotch, maple syrup, clove, alcohol, sulfur.

Appearance : 4

Head – initially large, rocky, firm. Turns to thin film. white with virtually no Lacing. Longevity is Fully diminishing
Body – Clarity is minimal, with normal carbonation. A murky, muddy, milky brown. Medium body, with average density. Bottle conditioned. Hue is brown with deep orange highlights.

Flavor : 9

Initial flavor is moderately sweet, somewhat acidic, lightly bitter and slightly acetic.
Finish – long finishing flavor is lightly sweet heavily acidic, moderately bitter, and quite sour.

Palate : 4

Body is Medium to full
Texture is very Dry and somewhat creamy.
Carbonation is Soft
Finish – Feel
o Astringent – light
o Alcoholic – moderate

Overall Score (1-20): 16
Comments: A very nice ale, overall, and an amazing array of flavors. Much different from all of the American beers I’ve been enjoying. The subtlety of flavor compounds, texture, and aroma are exquisite. A fine ale, but not necessarily the first thing I’d go for, though for someone who appreciates complex and fruity flavors, it’s an amazingly complex and inviting drink.



Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75

Aroma: tannins, dark, roasted, chocolate, coffee, nice, inviting. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, murky, black, opaque, tan, persistent head, loose lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: deep, roasted, liquor, light bitterness, heavy malt flavors, layered, rich, well crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: soda, heavy, oily, long, deep, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Not quite up there with some other imperials, such as Stone, and not nearly as rich nor deep as something like Mikkeller’s Geek Breakfast, but highly available, and very delicious. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. It’s a great beer, and very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Stone IPA

Stone India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%
IBU:
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Tulip Goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Liquor
Consumed on: Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

first impression: A quickly dissipating head and a slightly unfiltered, hazy appearance gives a mixed bag of anticipation, but I’ve had this beer before, and know what I’m in for. The grapefruit is amazingly present in the aroma, and the color, while not the most interesting or poetic, is certainly not unappealing. The taste is remarkable. It warms, and travels down the chest with a trail of hops. It is a beer with a taste history to it. You can remember the flavor for minutes after, and it is a great flavor. Wonderfully bitter with heavy malt undercurrents. It is an exemplar of an IPA.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is roasted, toasty, and weighs heavily on the flavor.
Hops are resinous, very flowery, and brimming with grapefruit and lemon.
Yeast/Bacteria reminds one of a stack of stone slabs, a hint of surface water but not odoriferous or negative in impression.
It is tasty, heady, commanding, intoxicating, present, heavy, and delicious.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is pale, orange, single noted, and without real depth.
Liquid is just a bit hazy and quiet.
Head is gone, but the lace is remarkable present. Hangs more on the glass than the volume itself. Quite white at the start.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet in a slight way, but more bitter
Bitter is the overarching sentiment here, and it delivers in droves. It’s not ruination, but it’s not far off, IMHO.
Sour notes come with the bitter and citrus components.
Beatifully balanced in hops and malt.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and long lasting.
Texture is slightly cloying, not in a sweet way, and not like a stout, but it does not dissipate quickly.
Carbonation is crisp but not visually active.
Finish is quite bitter, and nicely so.

Second impression: Overall, this is a great beer, a fantastic example of an IPA, a strong exemplar of Stone’s lineup, and just a pleasure to have. One of my favorite beers, by far.



Brooklyn Barleywine Style Monster Ale 2007

ABV: 10.1%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington
Price per fl oz: $3 / 12 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Aroma is dense – a bit chocolatey, very malty. I’m swooning. An amber pour to a ruby red body with a tan off white head. Aroma of sweet wine is very nice. Wow – knocks you over the head with alcohol. Velvety and rich. A little too rich for me I think, but it’s a wonderfully full experience. Angry red color is foretelling.

Aroma/Olfactory: 8 out of 10
Malt flavor is: syrupy, cloying sweet, and burning. chocolate in aroma.
Hop flavor is: citrus, raspberry.
Yeast flavor is: metallic, dirt, sandy, dry
Other flavors include: cherries, alcohol, raspberry, medicine, raisin, sulfur, oak, barley

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: pale, amber, orange, red, fiery, ruby
Liquid is: slightly hazy, actively carbonated
Head and lace are: initial off white, tan goes to wispy nothingness.

Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy, stretched.
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium
Sour level is: heavy

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full!
Texture is: oily, thick, gravitas
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, bitter, very long

Overall experience: 16 out of 20. I liked the utter power of it, the color, and the aroma. It was overwhelmingly sweet and alcoholic. It’s not for everyday, but it’s something very special. I’ll have it again when I’m eating something I need to balance the flavor of, like scotch bonnet peppers.