BeerCritic


Smuttynose Smuttonator

Style and Glass: Doppelbock; mug, stein, stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.89

Aroma: nice, syrup, maple, mold, rose, citrus.

Visuals: interesting packaging, iced tea, reddish brown, slightly hazy, off white long lasting head, intricate lace.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium hops, medium high strength.

Palate: high quality, spicy, scratchy, dry, longer drying finish.

Overall: A very well done beer, and one of the few doppelbocks I’ve truly enjoyed. If they were all like this, I might like the style more. I’d have this again, though it’s not what I’d call a favorite. High value for a well crafted brew.



Weyerbacher Heresy

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Jack’s Wine Sense, Ewing, NJ for $4.99

Aroma: nice, wonderful, permeating, oak, liquor, tannins, rose, whiskey. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: medium high design, black, oily, thick tan head, great, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: expertly balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength, heavy craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, sandy texture, long chocolate finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: It’s almost a crime for me to have beer this good for this price. This is a fantastic, affordable, high quality treat, I’ll have it again for sure, a new favorite, high value, expertly crafted. About the only thing I don’t like about the whole experience is the cheesy graphic on the label. 20 out of 20.



Maredsous 10

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Bristol, PA for $6.99

Aroma: nice, spices, fruit, floral, alcohol. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: medium design, golden, clear to hazy, bright white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium high hops, high strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, scratchy texture, long spicy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: A hoppy Belgian style. One of the most beautiful laces I’ve seen. Well done, a repeat, not necessarily a favorite, medium value, medium high craft. 17 out of 20.



Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Style and Glass: ESB; English pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.00

Aroma: nice, wheat, hay, hops, corn, sugar. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: good design, golden, clear, long lasting white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: expertly balanced, medium malt, medium hops, medium strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, chalky texture, long medium bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A beautiful example of what an everyday or session brew should be, an absolute repeat, not a favorite, but it’s not my favorite style either, high value, high craft. This is what Budweiser Ale should strive hard to be. 20 out of 20.



North Coast Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ

Aroma: So nice, coffee, chocolate, cream. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful design, black, opaque, thin tan head, little lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: very well balanced, high malt, high hops, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, biting texture, long, dark finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Amazing, definitely a repeat, always a favorite, high value, high craft. 20 out of 20.



Allagash Four

Style and Glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories:10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ

Aroma: Very nice, alcohol, rose, wine, grapes, spinach, cheese, wood. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: Slight gush, great bottle design, haunting, ruby, increasingly hazy, no head, no lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, candy, high hops, dry, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long fruity finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A religious experience, definitely a repeat, a favorite, medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20.



Green Flash Le Freak

Style and Glass: Begian strong; trappist, tulip, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99

Aroma: very nice, spicy, aromatic, smooth, fruity, delicious. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: nice packaging, copper, golden, hazy, unfiltered, thin white head, loose lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: almost balanced, medium malt, heavy hops, surprising, great strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, rippled texture, long bright finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Done in the tradition of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, where the hops and bananas all get in bed together. Definitely a repeat, though maybe not a favorite, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.



Avery Maharaja DIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA, Tulip, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.21% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for about $6

Aroma: exhilarating, pine, grapefruit, citrus, lime, spirits. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful label design, rich, copper, brilliant, thin white head, breaking lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: beautifully balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, great strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long mild finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: My favorite style bar none, and an exemplar of it, I’ll repeat it most definitely, a favorite, highly affordable pleasure, masterfully crafted. 20 out of 20.



DuPont Saison

Style and Glass: Saison; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.5 % in 12.7fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.79 after discount

Aroma: nice, hay, fields, wheat, rain, alcohol. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: okay design, brilliant, golden, clear, thin white head, fine lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: very well balanced, low malt, low hops, low strength, high craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long malty finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: A very nicely craftedfarmhouse ale — perhaps the best, I’d have it again, not nearly a favorite, medium value, high craft. 16 out of 20.



Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist glass, tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $13.29 after discount.

Aroma: very nice, fruit, spices, hops, burn, alcohol. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: okay label design, golden, bright, hazy, thin white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium hops, great strength, master craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long easy finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: An absolutely delicious beer, easy to drink despite the ABV. I would get it again, but it’s so damn expensive, I doubt I will. Expertly crafted. 18 out of 20.