Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Great Divide | Tags: beautiful, caramel, citrus, clear, contemplative, crisp, deep, fresh, intricate lace, long lasting, mahogany, malt, nice, pepper, roasted, ruby, spice, strong, thin tan head, well balanced
Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83
Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.
Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide. It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.
Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.
Palate: Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!
Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.
Filed under: Bear Republic, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: beautiful packaging, black, corn, fort knox, hay, hefty, high hops, high quality, intricate lace, longer finish, low malt, marshmallow, medium strength, opaque, smooth texture, syrup, thin tan head, very nice, well balanced
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.89
Aroma: hefty, hay, corn, marshmallow, syrup, very nice.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, fort knox, black, opaque, thin tan head, intricate lace.
Taste: well balanced, low malt, high hops, medium strength.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, longer finish.
Overall: Hard to tell what this even tastes like after the Mikkeller Black, but the quality shines through. A repeat, could even be a favorite. high value. Medium high craft.
Filed under: European Strong Lager (lager glass), Mikkeller | Tags: beautiful white long lasting head, beautifully crafted, caramel, cloudy, coke syrup, dark, heavy, heavy malt, hoppy, intricate lace, long bitter finish, misty bronze, roasted grains, solid, Syrupy
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.