BeerCritic


High and Mighty Home for the Holidays
01/25/2009, 5:43 AM
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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.



Avery Hog Heaven BWSA
Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

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.



Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Coffee Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
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.



Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Imperial Stout, Snifter
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.



Anchor Porter

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, porter, english pint or stem glass
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.



North Coast 25th Anniversary Ale (La Merle)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 89, Saison, tulip
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.



Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout

Glass: English pint
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield NJ (Thanks, Jay & Matt!)
Price: $14.99
Size: 22.3 fl oz
ABV: 7.5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aural: quick release in opening, dark, quiet carbonation, intense but uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression:  so nice

Malt Aroma: oat, sugar, toast, hazelnut, caramel, espresso roast
Hops Aroma
: mold, licorice, tar, resin, lemon
Other Aroma
: bacon

Notes: An amazing aroma. An aroma by which to compare all others. Phenomenal.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: black

Clarity:  wholly opaque

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A full darkness with a dark tan head. An exact replica of deep roasted coffee.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: so very nice

Malt Flavor: oat, rye, chocolate syrup, burnt toast, carbon, cashew, caramel, toffee, espresso
Hops Flavor: mint, cilantro, dust
Other: alcohol

Notes: An amazing flavor. Comparable to no others. An instant and lasting favorite.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying, warming

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: Leaves you wanting another taste. Would make a great gift. I wish I was having pancakes right now.

General Impression: 20 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: absolutely  loved

Notes: I cannot find more superlatives to apply here. It is, without a doubt, my favorite beer. Mikkeller is a genius.