BeerCritic


Smuttynose Imperial Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $5.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10.1%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: barley, Italian bread, white refined sugar, dark roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
citrus, burning
Other Aroma:
hamburger, steak, lamb
Notes: a very meaty finish.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: While the head is missing, the presence is amazing. Deep, dark, permeating.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Impression:  nice
Malt Flavor: nut caramel  coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth floral  resin citrus
Other:
fruit
Notes: An amazingly deep flavor with fruit, hops, and depth.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: A beautful finish to a great beginning.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship:  excellent
Freshness:   fresh
Personal Taste:  loved
Notes: A great mouthfeel and finish.



Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Strong Ale

Glass: Large Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: opening is explosive, but contained over a few minutes of caution. carbonation is very active and audible, pour after calming is beautiful and quiet.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: medium
Balance: sweet
Impression: inviting

Malt Aroma: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Aroma:
earth floral herbal
Other Aroma:
fruit cherry, peach,
Notes: inviting, nice, fruity, mild

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: quite cloudy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: head dissipates almost instantly to absolutely nothing. The body is quite beautiful though – murky, cloudy, and reminds you of what it might be like to swim in the dirty seas of countries that have no concern for pollution. Scary, in a way.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: between sweet and bitter. Interesting.
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: rice, Italian bread, whole wheat toast, walnut
Hops Flavor:
soil, dying flowers, tea
Other:
cherry, celery, peas
Notes: A very interesting, dark taste. Full bodied, deeply flavorful, and not easily drank. Alcohol is expertly hidden.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sticky, warming
Body: full
Carbonation: highly carbonated, like seltzer
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: medium
Balance: more bitter
Notes: A bit of ash, yeast, and tea in the finish. Again, quite interesting mix of fruit, texture, and color.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A once in a while treat – not one of my favorites, but glad to have tried it as a specialty.