Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), North Coast | Tags: beautiful design, biting texture, black, chocolate, coffee, cream, dark finish, high craft, high hops, high malt, high quality, high strength, little lace, long, opaque, So nice, thin tan head, very well balanced
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.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Browerij Het Anker | Tags: angry, bitter, bitter finish, brilliant, cherry, dark, dry, floaters, Fruity, long, long lasting white head, medium craft, red, roasted, sour, spongey, subtle, subtle lace, warm, washy, watery
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler)
Aroma: fruity, cherry, sour. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: floaters, brilliant, angry, red, long lasting white head, subtle lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: cherry, sour, watery, warm, dark, roasted, bitter, medium craft. 7 out of 10.
Palate: washy, dry, spongey, long, subtle, bitter finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Seems like a kriek, but much less intense than something from Cantillion. I would not go out of my way to have it again. Craft seems strangely lacking. 16 out of 20.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: bitter finish, black, burnt, cappuccino, chocolate, coffee, dark finish, dark malts, deep, delicious, espresso, fluffy, long, oily, opaque, persistent head, rich, roasted, sour, steady lace, syrup, tan, thick, well crafted
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 190 C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Langhorne, PA for $.41
Aroma: deep, roasted, coffee, syrup, chocolate, sour. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: deep, opaque, black, oily, tan, fluffy, persistent head, steady lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: rich, coffee, espresso, dark malts, burnt, roasted, bitter finish,thick, delicious, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: oily, thick, long, dark finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Like a Wawa cappuccino but much darker and deeper. I will seek it out and have it again and again, as long as this price stands. It’s very well crafted, and it is a personal favorite. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: American Pale Ale (lager glass, shaker), Oskar Blues | Tags: active, amber, beautiful, bitter, bright, brown, citrus, clay, clear, coriander, deep, dull, flowery, full, golden, grapefruit, heavy malt, hoppy, long, mold, nicely laced, off white, pine, rippled, sour, spicy, sweet, varied, wonderful
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Consumed at: Home
sensory first impression: Nice rippled creamy head. Beautiful color — off white head on a golden, amber, brown, varied body. Clear, bright sparkling. Hoppy aroma and wonderful flavor of pine and citrus.
Aroma: 10 out of 10
Spicy, coriander, Pine, Grapefruit, sludgy texture, clay, flowery.
Visuals: 5 out of 5
Amber, brown, golden, variant body with long lasting head of off white. Nicely laced.
Taste: 10 out of 10
heavy malt overtones, slightly sweet aftertaste, very hoppy bitter presence, sour in after taste.
Palate: 4 out of 5
Body is medium-full. Mouthfeel is clay and mold. Texture is dull, but wonderful. Carbonation is visually present, and active. Finish is long, sweet, sour, and deep.
Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the uniquity of the canned delivery, the surprise of the quality, the aroma, the color, and the flavor.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Samuel Smith | Tags: black, chocolate, coffee, dark, deep, delicious finish, heavy, heavy malt flavors, inviting, layered, light bitterness, liquor, long, loose lace, murky, nice, oily, opaque, persistent head, rich, roasted, soda, tan, tannins, well crafted
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75
Aroma: tannins, dark, roasted, chocolate, coffee, nice, inviting. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: deep, murky, black, opaque, tan, persistent head, loose lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: deep, roasted, liquor, light bitterness, heavy malt flavors, layered, rich, well crafted. 9 out of 10.
Palate: soda, heavy, oily, long, deep, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Not quite up there with some other imperials, such as Stone, and not nearly as rich nor deep as something like Mikkeller’s Geek Breakfast, but highly available, and very delicious. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. It’s a great beer, and very well crafted. 18 out of 20.
Filed under: American Pale Ale (lager glass, shaker), Great Divide | Tags: anise, bitter, bronze, cascade hops, cloudy with fresh hop floaters, crisp, delicious finish, electric, fantastic, golden, great lace, honey, hoppy, long, rough, sandy, so very deeply bitter, strong, sweet, well crafted, wispy white head
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1 % in 22fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield, NJ for $7.49
Aroma: sweet, cascade hops, honey, anise. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: cloudy with fresh hop floaters, golden, bronze, strong, wispy white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: so very deeply bitter, hoppy, fantastic, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: crisp, sandy, rough, electric, long, bitter, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Wow. Great Divide just doesn’t make a bad brew. The floating bittering hops do the job completely. I will most definitely seek this out again. It’s an absolute favorite, and very well crafted. 20 out of 20.