BeerCritic


Founders Centennial IPA

deep, great, dull copper body, persistent head, crisp, nice, drying, fuller, lively body, beautiful IPA, intense, sharper, nice, toast, grain, floral, herbal, resin, citrus, long finish, medium intensity, bitter, great deep, dark, hoppy, intense, bitter, nice, grapefruit, excellent craft, fresh, loved



Weyerbacher Merry Monks

copper body, dull, good but fleeting head, very pretty, bronze, slick, chemical, medium body, relatively flat, sweet, high intensity, very sweet, nice, heavy bread feel, grain, nut, herbal, gentle moldy aroma, light crisp  finish, medium flavor, nice, well crafted.



Jim Dundee’s Pale Bock

Jim Dundee’s Pale Bock
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as part of a sampler.
Price per fl oz: $10 / 144 fl oz = $0.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: Nice head. Fluffy to start. Beautiful solid golden hue. Very clear. Nice aroma, though faint. Taste is very nice – surprisingly deep and slightly cloying. Very nice.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: white light bread, oat cereal, nutty, but not roasty
Hop flavor is: floral, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, earthy, dusty and dry
Other flavors include: apple, raisin, light vanilla

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, golden, amber
Liquid is: clear and calm
Head and lace are: minimal, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: very light
Sour level is: very very light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: sticky, and tissue papery
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: medium, pleasant but not challenging.

Overall experience: A very nice beer. A good substitute for a greta beer. A very enjoyable aftertaste and cloy. A wonderful aroma and vision. Not bad, and very enjoyable.



Rogue Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $4.99 on discount
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11.6%
IBU: 87.5
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet, almost silent opening, little poppy carbonation, quiet, beautiful pour

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

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet chocolate syrup
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal
Other:
smoke
Notes: A wonderful chocolate primer – deep smoky overtones.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: completely opaque
Head Retention: poor
Notes: Much more about the body than the head.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: grain bread  toast nut dark chocolate roast espresso
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
Other:
wood, char, grill, smoke
Notes: A beautifully hoppy taste, with very little in the way of sweetness – surprising, but very enjoyable. Reminds me of 85% cacao, or very little sugar mix chocolate.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity: strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A little bit chemical in finish, very bitter, and very roasted. delicious.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: more stale, hence the markdown
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A surprisingly dense and bitter stout, definitely imperial, but not sweet in the least. Quite enjoyable, and worth the fiver.



Struise Struiselensis Belgian Ale

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $6.64
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 6%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 95

Aural: gentle opening, light carbonation, quiet pour

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: middle
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
floral herbal spice
Other:
fruit
Notes: A nice aroma – definitely in the Belgian style.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: amber copper
Clarity: hazy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: An interesting looking body, but no head whatsoever.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sour
Impression: surprising
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast
Hops Flavor:
dirt floral citrus
Other:
sour cherry, peach, kiwi, lime
Notes: An interesting flavor – this should be served colder than this.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick
Body: light
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: medium
Intensity: medium
Balance: sour
Notes: Definitely the sort of beer Mike from Canal’s would enjoy, though I’m not as much of a fan of sour beers. It’s interesting, but not really my thing. Noticed that it has a salivating effect on me in the finish. Weird.

General Impression: 15 out of 20
Craftmanship: interesting
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked.
Notes: This was an experience I was glad to try, but I really prefer extreme beers to this kind of subtlety, beautiful though it is.



Victory 10 Years Alt

Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $1.89
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5 %
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 84

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Medium
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral
Other:
Hops, bit of mold
Notes: A very nice aroma, though somewhat faint for the flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A stunningly beautiful beer. It is a deep copper under an off white head that won’t quit. Very nice.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance: Nicely balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression:  Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Other: Wheat, hops, honey
Notes: A surprisingly hoppy beer, and delicious. Dark, roasty, and deep. A great beer.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Lively
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer. Thanks again, Victory.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: A great achievement in both your history and this beer. Fine job, and keep it coming.



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.



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.



Brasserie Des Rocs Brune

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

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

Malt Flavor: Grain  Sweet Toast Nut 
Hops Flavor:
Floral Herbal Spice
Other: Cherries, kiwi, peach

Notes: A wonderful aroma – a strong scent of fruit and a delicious introduction.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: almost opaque
Head Retention: Poor
Notes: Highly carbonated upon opening, such that it was a slow open, but it was worth the wait, though the head is lacking.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Sweet Toast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Floral Herbal Spice  Citrus
Other: Fruit
Notes: A classic Belgian brown.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Notes: A very smooth brew, with a well hidden alcohol content, and quite fruity.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste: Liked
Notes: A very nice beer, despite the slow opening session.



St. Bernadus Abt 12

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ and Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.25 or less
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 10%
Estimated Calories: 200 C

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

Malt Flavor: toasted Grains Bread Toast Nuts Caramel Toffee
Hops Flavor:
Floral Jungle Spice
Other:
Fruit and lots of it
Notes: This is beautifully aromatic – one of the finest aromas I’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy in a beer.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: brown
Clarity: Cloudy
Head Retention: Very, very good.
Notes: My original tasting was a gusher, but my subsequent tasting gave no such issue. An absolute standard for the type. Dark fully opaque body, with a long lasting, consistent bright white head.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: Middle
Balance: More sweet than bitter, but fairly well balanced.
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Toast Nut Tea
Hops Flavor: Earth Herbal Citrus
Other: Fruit and lots of it
Notes:  The flavor is nice, and the fruity backdrop is a well balanced and delicious setting.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Warming
Body: Medium
Carbonation: Faint
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Medium
Balance: more Sweet
Notes: This is quite enjoyable as a standard of the Belgian Abbey Trappist style.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: Very, very good.
Freshness: I think that this second tasting was fairly fresh.
Personal Taste: Liked, quite abit.
Notes: A lesson — always enjoy a beer well within its intended tasting period, or suffer the consequences of enjoying at a later date.