BeerCritic


McChouffe Belgian Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 93, Scotch Ale, Thistle
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.29

Aroma: typical brown ale scent. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, brown, red, cloudy, light head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: special, fruity, nice, sparkling fruit juice, some bitterness, dry. 10 out of 10.

Palate: dry, terrycloth, fruity, bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very much like seltzer and fruit juice. Refreshing. I like it, but it’s way too expensive. Not a favorite, but well crafted. 16 out of 20.

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Southern Tier Back Burner BWSA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.99 (sale)

Aroma: amazing, delicious, tea, herbs, alluring. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful, blood red moon, quickly thinning, off white head, interesting lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: blunt, delicious, silky, mild, surprising, very well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: dull, numbing, medium to long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Taste is smooth and alcohol is amazingly disguised. Very interesting aroma — more than inviting. I would have it again, and it is a favorite. It was very well crafted. 20 out of 20.



Starr Hill Jomo Lager

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 51, Vienna, Lager Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Wood River Grill and Wine Shop, Waynesboro, VA, for $1.66

Aroma: mild, average, beery. 6 out of 10.

Visuals: clear golden, white short head, okay lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: sour, corn, some light bitterness, well crafted for the style. 7 out of 10.

Palate: sweeter, longer bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Like a well done macro. I would not seek it out again.It is not a favorite. It was well crafted. 14 out of 20.



Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, American Strong, Trappist
22 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 158.4 / 60 = 2.64 beers * 150 C = 396 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.50

Aroma: mild, inviting, quiet, present, grains. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: attractive, deep red, brilliant, clear, off white, wispy head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: hops, roasted grains, maple syrup, leaves, hay, dust, delicious, well balanced, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: leathery, coating, sponge, amazing, deep finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the Oaked Bastard, but I preferred this by a mile, and I liked that one a lot. I’d have it again, and I plan to. One of my go to beers from here on out, since I can get it almost anywhere. Well crafted – a very nice treat. 18 out of 20.



Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith Oatmeal StoutABV: 5 %
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz bottle
Glass: concave shaker
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.75
Consumed at: home

Impression: A rich, deep dark body with a thick tan head. Impressive for such a widely available beer. Almost impenetrable but has a deep ruby core in bright light. Deep, rich, and full flavor with good long aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted coffee, raisin, plum, and orange peel are evident. A very good example of a well crafted mass produced beer. Good finish and aftertaste. Enjoyable, drinkable, and with depth of flavor throughout.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal StoutAroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20

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