BeerCritic


JW Dundee’s Honey Brown
09/10/2008, 5:11 AM
Filed under: brown ale [bruin] (mug), Jim Dundee | Tags:

JW Dundees Honey Brown Lager
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 140
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as part of a sampler.
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $0.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 19th, 2008

sensory first impression: Beautiful orange color. Simple aroma. Feel is papery, creamy, and shallow, like most JWD brews.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: simple, thin, and creamy.
Hop flavor is: floral and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy and dry.
Other flavors include: corn, ginger, raisin, vanilla

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: bright, orange, brown.
Liquid is: clear, clean
Head and lace are: minimal, off white.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: light, creamy
Texture is: creamy, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: medium, enjoyable

Overall experience: Not a bad beer, but not great in the least. Have a few and you’ll enjoy it more. Good color. No head or lasce. Watery. Shallow, but not horrible. Good transitional brew.



Victory Baltic Thunder

ABV: 8.5%
RateBeer rating: 89
Calories: estimated at 375 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: stem glass, tulip, English pint
Purchased at: Laurenti’s Shop RIte, Hamilton, NJ
Price: $4.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Seems like many other brown ales and porters. Looking forward to the hit of the 8.5%. Respectable head, good deep ruby color. Aroma is faint and quiet, plums perhaps. Visuals are a deep ruby with a relatively persistent head. Taste is in a word, plain. Not watery – good hops, nice dark finish, but kind of flat in terms of layered flavor. Palate is crisp, carbonated, roasted, with a medium finish. Second Impression: Not bad at all, but victory has a lot better choices on offer. I’d take it over many other brands, because it has a nice depth, color, and hoppy finish, but only because of Victory’s lineup. Having just had Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast for the first time the other night didn’t help this brew’s standing with me, either.  See Hop Wallop or V12 for what Victory does great things with.

Aroma: 6 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 15 out of 20



Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus American Amber Ale

ABV: 5 %
RateBeer rating: 76
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: pint, shaker
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $4.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: An average IPA alike. Chemical flavors hurt the taste. Aroma is a spicy citrus. Visuals are a beautiful amber body below a bright white head with persistent lacing. Taste is hoppy, chemical, and a bit soapy. Palate is crisp, drying, and acetic with a long bitter finish. Second Impression – not a bad beer, except that it tastes unnatural – many better beers exist for this purpose (hop delivery).

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20



Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout

ABV: 6 %
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: pint

Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $4.50
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A very impressive presence – a nice aroma, good head and rich flavor. Aroma is bitter, coffee, and roasty. Visuals are an inky black body topped with a tan head that is persistent and lacy. Taste is thick with espresso notes, licorice, and pepper. Palate is perhaps its downfall – a bit weak, with a medium finish. Second Impression – not anything close to a Yeti or a Shakespeare, but not a bad stout – far surpasses a Guinness. But for $4.50 a 12 oz bottle, I’d much rather have the Yeti.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 3 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20



Anchor Steam Beer
06/21/2008, 4:25 AM
Filed under: Anchor, California Common (lager glass) | Tags: , , , ,

Bottle at WInberie’s in Princeton. A very nice beer for such wide distribution. The aroma was very muted because of over chilling, but did not seem bad or off. The appearance was a darker body with a very active head. The flavor was fine – a bit deeper than your average American pils. The palate seemed nice – it hangs on for a minute. Over all, not a bad beer, and a good alternative to many macros.



Fort Collins Double Chocolate Stout
06/16/2008, 3:22 AM
Filed under: Fort Collins | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 8.1 %
RateBeer rating: 82
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: Weizen, English Pint
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $5.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is nice, malty, syrupy, and dark. Visuals are absolutely black opaque body under a tan head that thins quickly. Taste is chocolate, coffee, malt, and roasty goodness. Delicious. Palate is thin, wet, and sweet. Finish is short lived and simply bitter. Second Impression – not a great beer, not overwhelming, but not bad. There are better beers for less per ounce than this one, but it was a fairly enjoyable experience.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20



Flying Dog Road Dog Porter

ABV: 6 %
RateBeer rating: 57
Calories: estimated at 150C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: stem glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not great, but not bad. Dark, roasted flavors, coffee and some chocolate, on top of a watery base. Aroma is faint, stale, and chocolate. Visuals are deep brown, with a quickly dissipating head. Taste is roasted, chocolate, coffee, and spices. Palate is top of mouth, somewhat hoppy and long lasting finish. Second Impression is much like the first – not great but not bad. Many others stomp on it comparatively.

Aroma: 4 out of 10

Visuals: 3 out of 5

Taste: 6 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 14 out of 20