Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Sierra Nevada | Tags: amazing, beautiful, bitter, brilliant, citrus, clear, crisp, delicious, dry, golden, grapefruit, high quality, hoppy, hops, long finish, nice, orange, pine, resin, well balanced
First tasted on 2/21/2009
video added 3/25/2009
Aroma: hops, citrus, stinging, and pine needles. Invigorating.
Visuals: beautiful brand safe packaging, summer sunset, brilliant golden orange clarity, thinning white yellowish head, exquisite lace.
Palate: peppery, stinging, and tart, middles dull to a warming and a throb in the back of the mouth, the finish is dark, warming, and delicious.
Overall: This is a spectacular, delicious, and superlative achievement. At this price, intensity, and quality, I have found my go-to daily bread. Sierra Nevada, you’ve absolutely done it. You are so hired.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Oskar Blues | Tags: alcohol, beautiful, bitter, black, caramel, chocolate, coffee, dark, deep, delicious, high quality, hoppy, long finish, mold, opaque, resin, rich, roasted, strong, sweet, thick
Aroma: An amazing aroma of cocoa, sugar, chocolate, syrup, coffee, mold, and dust.
Visuals: Cans are beautful, rather unique for craft brew, and very welcome. It is darkness in a glass. It’s midnight. It eats light. It is black and fully opaque. The beautiful brown tan head is fluffy and lasting, and the lace struggles against the ABV, but is beautiful.
Taste: Like chocolate syrup, so very delicious. A chocolate milkshake. Over the top roasted malts and a bitter rich finish that is very much like espresso. Absolutely delicious.
Palate: Starts sweet and with a heavy gravity, middle is dark and roasted with a satisfying bitter finish. Great for a hop head like me, but soothes my imperial cravings as well.
Overall: An amazing, if expensive, brew. Worth every penny. Dark chocolate, espresso, and syrup, you just can’t beat it.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Southern Tier | Tags: alcohol, as usual, beautiful packaging, bitter finish, black, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, cream, delicious, high quality, like a night in the deep woods, milk chocolate, nice tan head, opaque, smooth texture, So nice, sourness, strong, strong lace, syrupy chocolate, tight bitter finish, utter darkness, warm, warming, well balanced
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for $8.99
Aroma: So nice, cocoa, chocolate, milk chocolate, sourness, cream, caramel, alcohol.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, as usual, utter darkness, like a night in the deep woods, black, opaque, nice tan head, strong lace.
Taste: Well balanced, syrupy chocolate, tight bitter finish, warming, strong, delicious.
Palate: High quality, smooth texture, warm, bitter finish.
Overall: dessert in a bottle. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. Likely my favorite chocolate imperial stout. It turns it to 11. Nicely done once again by Southern Tier.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), St. Bernardus | Tags: amazing, amazingly balanced, banana, bitter hops, Cinnamon, dark body, dark pour, deep finish, deep flavors, fruit juice texture, high quality, high strength, inviting, Malty, nice lace, opaque, overlapping influences, peach, red brown body, sweet, thin head
Sorry people, this was on location, and so no visual media.
Style and Glass: Strong Dark Belgian Ale, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at400 C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA for $18.00
Aroma: malty, sweet, inviting.
Visuals: typical St. Bernardus label — neither inviting or not, like visiting an old friend, dark pour, thin head, opaque, dark body, red brown body, nice lace.
Taste: amazingly balanced, deep flavors, overlapping influences, peach, banana, cinnamon, bitter hops, high strength.
Palate: high quality, fruit juice texture, amazing, deep finish.
Overall: delicious. An amazing treat. Beautiful, rich, and deep. A repeat when I can afford it. A high level favorite. medium value. high craft. Paired with a brownie and ice cream dessert — matched well in sweetness and contrast.
Filed under: Avery, English Strong Ale (English pint, trappist) | Tags: beautiful label, cherry, deep, Fruity, good strength, grapes, hazy, heavy barley malt, high quality, honey, long burnt finish, long lasting lace, Malty, nice tan head, peach, ruby, some hops, sticky texture, summer sunset, sweet, tannins, well balanced
No pics, friends, sorry. I was out and about, away from the photostudio.
Style and Glass: Strong English Ale, Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA for $5.00
Aroma: tannins, grapes, malty, sweet, honey, fruity
Visuals: beautiful label, summer sunset, deep, ruby, nice tan head, hazy, long lasting lace.
Taste: well balanced, heavy barley malt, cherry, peach, some hops, good strength.
Palate: high quality, sticky texture, long burnt finish.
Overall: Wonderful, delicious, great flavor & finish. I’d love to repeat. It’s a favorite. High value. High craft. I paired it with vegetarian chili and a blackened chicken wrap — absolutely delicious, and a very good pairing.
Filed under: Founders, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol, alcohol is well hidden, barnyard, beautiful packaging, bitter finish, candy, delicious, finishes malty, grassy, hay, hazy, high quality, iced tea, leather, long arc of flavor, longer muddy finish, oak, ruby, smoother texture, some minerals, some thin lace, starts malty, sticky, sugary, sweetness, thick legs, thin off white head, very nice, wheat, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99/4
Aroma: Very nice, oak, wine, leather, barnyard, hay, wheat, alcohol, sweetness.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, thick legs, ruby, iced tea, hazy, thin off white head, some thin lace.
Taste: starts malty, finishes malty, sugary, candy, delicious, sticky, long arc of flavor, bitter finish, grassy, some minerals, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate: high quality, smoother texture, longer muddy finish.
Overall: A winner. Like most anything by Founders, I’d surely have this again. Not my favorite style, a bit too sweet for me, but delicious. A bit expensive, but worth the taste.
Filed under: Hoppin Frog, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: bitter, black, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, fully dissipating, hefty hops, hefty malt, hefty viscosity, high quality, high strength, medium bitter finish, no lace, oak, okay packaging, opaque, rye, smooth texture, thin tan head, velvet chocolate cake, very nice, well balanced, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors for $9.49
Aroma: very nice, cocoa, coffee, cream, rye, oak, wine.
Visuals: okay packaging, velvet chocolate cake, black, opaque, thin tan head, fully dissipating, no lace, hefty viscosity.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate, hefty malt, bitter, hefty hops, high strength.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, medium bitter finish.
Overall: delicious and amazing. An absolute repeat. A very nice brew. Medium value. High craft.