Filed under: Current selections | Tags: bitter, brown, cherry, deep, licorice, off white, red, smoky, sour, tannins, thin, well done, wine
On tap at the Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep reddish brown with a thin off white head. Sour! Licorice, seems off. Bitter, seems smoky, and deep. Not my type but well done. Cherry and lots of wine. Grapes, tannins, and wine. Once you notice the wine effects, it makes a lot more sense.
Filed under: Avery, Barleywine Style Ale (snifter) | Tags: aromatic, beautiful, bitter, brilliant, cherry, clear, delicious, fruit, grapefruit, hoppy, licorice, long finish, nice, pine, well balanced, wonderful
Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.19
Aroma: Very nice. Aromatic. Grapes, hay, olive oil. Spices. Flowery. A very inviting scent. Foretells of a certain kind of wallop.
Visuals: Beautiful packaging, as with most Avery brews. The reddish slightly hazy body seems angry, ruby, bloody. It is fairly brilliant to start, but gets hazier with pour. Thick off white head and lace are staying, sticky, and wonderful.
Taste: Beautifully balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is clearly a lingering burn, mixed with a sweet tea moment. Delicious, bitter, and satisfying, but most surprising of all, it can be tasted. Restrained, and wonderfully so. Nice hop bitterness throughout, but the malt is forefront. On a longer sip, fruits emerge. Cherry, grape, melon, sweetness, but not overly so. Warm, spicy, and simply delightful.
Palate: A long lasting flavor of tea, hops, licorice, grapefruit, and cherry. A wonderful warming sensation throughout, clearly due to the ABV, but the usual burn on the palate is missing. That’s killer.
Overall: Near the top of my list for Barelywines. I prefer a bit more of a cloying flavor in a BWSA, whereas this is much dryer. I’ll search this out again though. I’d love to pair it with a medium rare steak, some al dente green vegetables with a spicy sauce, or a spicy potato masala dosa.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Mikkeller | Tags: amazing, beautiful packaging, black, coffee, dark, dirt, fluid, heavy hops, heavy malt, heavy strength, high quality, licorice, long bitter finish, long lasting tan head, melted chocolate, mold, oily, sand, silky, staining, sulfur, the most vibrant lace, well balanced, without light
ABV, Volume & Calories: 13.1% in 12.7fl oz. estimated at 250 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99
Aroma: Amazing, coffee, licorice, dirt, sand, mold, sulfur.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, dark, oily, black, staining, without light, long lasting tan head, the most vibrant lace.
Taste: well balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength.
Palate: high quality, silky, oily, melted chocolate, fluid, long bitter finish.
Overall: Another amazing brew from Mikkeller. An absolute repeat. An instant favorite. High value. High craft.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Stone | Tags: alcohol, bitter, black, brown wispy head, burnt, coffee, dry, espresso, grains, hoppy, layered, licorice, liquor, long dark burnt finish, Malty, masterly crafted, opaque, sandy, silky persistent lace, sponge, thick
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: liquor, alcohol, licorice, burnt, grains, coffee. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: opaque, black, thick, brown wispy head, silky persistent lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: layered, coffee, espresso, malty, hoppy, bitter, dry, masterly crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: sandy, dry, sponge, long dark burnt finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Like an espresso milkshake with dark chocolate shavings. I will go and seek this out again – amazing. It is masterly crafted and an immediate favorite. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Anchor, Porter (English pint, stem glass) | Tags: armpit, black and oily, corn, feet, flat soda, funk, leather, licorice, little hops, opaque, persistent tan head, quick flat finish, smooth, tea, thick lace., well crafted brown style
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.6% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50
Aroma: leather, funk, armpit. feet. 7 out of 10.
Visuals: opaque, black and oily, persistent tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: leather, tea, licorice, corn, little hops, well crafted brown style. 8 out of 10.
Palate: flat soda, smooth, quick flat finish. 3 out of 5.
Overall: Like delicious but flat root beer. I would not seek it out a second time, but this is not my favorite style. It seems of a high craft. 15 out of 20.
Filed under: North Coast, Saison [farmhouse ale] (tulip) | Tags: a bit wet, apple, best lace ever, bright white, bubbly, champagne, chemical finish, cherry, foamy, foamy lace, golden, grape, highly carbonated, licorice, medium craft, medium finish, persistent head, slightly cloudy, soapy, surf, thick
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.3 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s in Burlington, NJ (thanks for the ladder walk, Mike) for $7.12
Aroma: champagne, apple, soapy, licorice. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: slightly cloudy, golden, bright white, persistent head, thick, foamy lace, best lace ever. 5 out of 5.
Taste: apple, cherry, grape, chemical finish, a bit wet, medium craft. 7 out of 10.
Palate: foamy, surf, bubbly, highly carbonated, medium finish. 4 out of 5.
Overall: Visually appealing. Rather chemical finish, and a bit soapy. I would not seek it out again, though it was not bad. It seemed a bit more commercial than craft. 16 out of 20.