BeerCritic


Left Hand Rye Bock Lager

Style and Glass: Dunkler Bock, Mug; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.7% in 25.36 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.79 (down from $14 ea — I picked up 6 for $15 — madmen there, and they better stay nutso)

Aroma: very nice, inviting, flowery, rye, bready, wheaty, grassy, meadow, rain.

Visuals: interesting label, like an aged iced tea, deep murky brown, cloudy, thick off white head, sticky lace.

Taste: very well balanced, brown ale, sage, onions, rye, roses, tea, chai, some hops, medium strength.

Palate: very nice, smooth oily texture, medium, light, tasty finish.

Overall: A summery brew, refreshing, very enjoyable. A repeat, 6x at least. Maybe my favorite bock so far. Amazing value — makes me wonder why the run on the price. well crafted.

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Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ  for $4.89

Aroma: hefty, hay, corn, marshmallow, syrup, very nice.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, fort knox, black, opaque, thin tan head, intricate lace.

Taste: well balanced, low malt, high hops, medium strength.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, longer finish.

Overall: Hard to tell what this even tastes like after the Mikkeller Black, but the quality shines through. A repeat, could even be a favorite. high value. Medium high craft.



Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Style and Glass: ESB; English pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.00

Aroma: nice, wheat, hay, hops, corn, sugar. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: good design, golden, clear, long lasting white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: expertly balanced, medium malt, medium hops, medium strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, chalky texture, long medium bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A beautiful example of what an everyday or session brew should be, an absolute repeat, not a favorite, but it’s not my favorite style either, high value, high craft. This is what Budweiser Ale should strive hard to be. 20 out of 20.



Avery Salvation Belgian Strong Ale

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong Ale; Trappist, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: wonderful, banana, peach, fruit. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: fine label design, brilliant, golden, clear, thin white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: mostly malt, little hops, medium strength, lower craft, washy. 6 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, washy texture, soft medium finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: not nearly as good as Golden Monkey — more like a high ABV Hoegaarden, not a repeat, not a favorite, lower value, lower craft. 13 out of 20.



Mikkeller All Others Pale

Style and Glass: American Pale Ale, Shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 17 fl oz. estimated at 175C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $8.54 after discount

Aroma: nice, pine, citrus. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful, simple design, red golden color, brilliant, persistent white head, great lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, medium texture, medium finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: A fantastic brew, like all Mikkellers, I’d love the opportunity to repeat, but not necessarily a favorite, overtly expensive, superlative craft. 18 out of 20.



Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Sweet stout, Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.1% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: great, cocoa, chocolate, coffee. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: high design, black, oily, persistent tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: heavy malt, medium hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, dark texture, bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: a sweet treat, I’d have it again, very good, medium value, high craft. 18 out of 20.



Bell’s Porter

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, porter, pint, stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.6% in 12fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: nice, chocolate, malty, dark, roasty. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: tasteful, brown, opaque, tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: heavy malt, light hops, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, roasted finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: deep, malty, I’d have it again, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.