Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Style; glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
22 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 209 / 60 = 3.48 beers * 150 C = 5.22 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $9.99

A deep, rusty brown body, wholly opaque, with a dark tan head. Mahogany in depth and mood. Scent of coffee, dust, earth, and wood chips. Taste is espresso syrup, roasted malt, coffee, earth, resin, and compost. Overall, it’s another amazing, layered, and complex creation for the Yeti brand, and for Great Divide. Keep them coming.

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Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock
Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock

Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock

Style; glass: Doppelbock; Dimpled Mug
12 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 114 / 60 = 1.9 beers * 150 C = 285 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: caramel, sugar, syrup, roasted notes, dust.

Visuals: nice, elegant packaging, reddish brown, brilliant body, off white head, pretty.

Taste: very sweet, tea notes, nutty, smoke, charcoal, wood.

Palate: some crispness, middle is sweetness, bitter ending calms to sweet enjoyable finish.

Overall: very sweet, enjoyable, for sipping.

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Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Great Divide Hibernation Ale

Great Divide Hibernation Ale

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.

Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale
05/28/2008, 2:35 AM
Filed under: Flying Dog, Kolsch (kolsch, altbier) | Tags: , , , , , , ,

ABV: 5%
RateBeer rating: 18
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: altbier
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33
Consumed at:

First Impression: Nice character on a very average beer. Aroma is wheat and malt. Visuals are a pale yellow body with a thin white head. Taste is easygoing, simple, and crisp. Palate is dry, longer finish then you might expect. Second Impression: You might as well be drinking a Budweiser, but there is certainly a different sense and respect of craft here, in the finish, clarity, taste, and color.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 4 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 10 out of 20

Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 43
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33 as part of mixed pack sampler.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not your typical american lager. Delicious surprising hops depth, dark bitter finish, and very nice color.

Aroma is slightly flowery, hops and malt. Woody.

Visuals include a beautifully varied yellow, pale, amber body. Depth is variable, and visually stunning. Very clear and brilliant.

Taste is surprising; roasted toasted, nutty, smoky, wheat, corn, and malt. Clearly distinguishable from the average lager.

Palate is roof of mouth, crisp, dry, actively carbonated, with a long, dark, very nice bitter finish.

Second Impression. This is quite enjoyable, and I was taken by surprise, because I expected a much less enjoyable beer, not because of the brewery, but because of the style. Great work, as per the usual, Flying Dog.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20

Rochefort Trappistes 6
05/13/2008, 4:02 AM
Filed under: Abbey Dubbel (Trappist), Rochefort | Tags: , , , , ,

Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors
Price: $4.99 discounted due to age (consume by August 19 2008 )
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 7.5%
Estimated Calories: 170 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: more strong
Balance: more sweet
Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: dark bread, brown sugar, toasted walnuts, caramel, grapes
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral coriander
cherry corn
Notes: sour

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: Brown
Clarity: chunky and cloudy
Head Retention: quite persistent
Notes: Visually, this beer suffers from age. The chunks of formed sediment are likely from the beer being past its drinking date.

Flavor 8 out of 10
Intensity: stronger
Balance: well balanced
Impression: Very nice. Fruity.
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Nut Caramel
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Citrus
Other: cherry melon corn
Notes: A very well balanced flavor with layers of fruit and malts.

Palate 4 out of 5

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body: medium
Carbonation: Faint

Intensity: middle
Balance: middle
Notes: long lasting finish but very muted.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: very very well done
Freshness: Stale notes likely make this great beer suffer.
Personal Taste: Liked very much, despite its age.
Notes: I’m looking forward to trying a fresher version of this.