Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Schlafly | Tags: alcohol, amazing, beautiful, bitter, brilliant, clear, dark, deep, hoppy, long finish, oak, pine, red, resin, resinous, sour, whiskey
Style and Glass: Barley Wine Style Ale, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.2% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Hamilton for $11.99
Aroma: Oak, whiskey, alcohol, heartburn, smoke, and tobacco. An exhilarating aroma, and just being around it seems a little bit like a spicy barbecue is nearby.
Visuals: Packaging is a bit precious, but well done, and meets the need for specialty presentation. Body is an angry deep hazy red under an almost white long lasting head. Freshness and quality are evident from the way the body acts. Lacing is sticky and thick. Beautiful.
Taste: licorice, smoke, spices, and oak meld at the front, the middle has a deep slow burn, and the finish is almost all hops with a sweet malty undertone. An amazing brew. The oak really gives this BWSA a depth and flavor that I find pretty unique. Barbeque sweetness and smoke is welcome. This should be had with some blackened chicken and spicy curried potatoes. This would be great with Indian cuisine.
Palate: Smoother than you’d expect by far. Very oaky, woody, and crisp. A bit sour, puckers after a moment. Finish is warm, delicious, and strong
Overall: I love this, but I’d love it more playing against some savory and spicy flavors. Delicious.
Filed under: Eel River, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol in front, bright, delicious, dust, frothy, heady, heavy, iced tea, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, little hops, long lasting tan head, medium finish, mostly malt, musk, nice, nicely packaged, oak, quite hazy, rocky, rose colored glasses, smooth, thick sticky lace, unbalanced, warming, whiskey, wood
Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter; English Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: nice, heady, whiskey, oak, wood, musk, dust
Visuals: nicely packaged, rose colored glasses, iced tea, quite hazy, long lasting tan head, rocky, frothy, thick sticky lace.
Taste: whiskey, unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, alcohol in front, warming, bright, heavy.
Palate: delicious, warming, smooth, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, medium finish.
Overall: Enjoyable. Good winter night brew.
Filed under: Founders, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol, alcohol is well hidden, barnyard, beautiful packaging, bitter finish, candy, delicious, finishes malty, grassy, hay, hazy, high quality, iced tea, leather, long arc of flavor, longer muddy finish, oak, ruby, smoother texture, some minerals, some thin lace, starts malty, sticky, sugary, sweetness, thick legs, thin off white head, very nice, wheat, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99/4
Aroma: Very nice, oak, wine, leather, barnyard, hay, wheat, alcohol, sweetness.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, thick legs, ruby, iced tea, hazy, thin off white head, some thin lace.
Taste: starts malty, finishes malty, sugary, candy, delicious, sticky, long arc of flavor, bitter finish, grassy, some minerals, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate: high quality, smoother texture, longer muddy finish.
Overall: A winner. Like most anything by Founders, I’d surely have this again. Not my favorite style, a bit too sweet for me, but delicious. A bit expensive, but worth the taste.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Uinta | Tags: acrid, beautiful, beautiful lacing, burnt, cherry, deep, figs, hoppy, light viscosity, lingers, long finish, mold, nicely balanced, oak, peaches, pricey, roses, ruby, sponge, static, sweet, tan head, very dry, very nice, whiskey, wine, wonderful
Beautiful deep ruby with a static tan head and beautiful lacing. Viscosity seems a bit light, but no worries.
Aroma is wine, oak, whiskey, figs, and cherry. Wonderful to inhale. Sweet on the intake.
Taste has a nice hoppy bite to balance out the very malty base. Acrid, stays on the tongue towards the front and the back. Mold, roses, and peaches. Burnt. Old cherries. Very nice. Very well done, nicely balanced and tasty. Fruit on the palate. Lingers nicely.
Like a sponge. Very dry. A mouthful of flowers. long wonderful finish.
It’s very nice. I’d love to have it again. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
Filed under: Hoppin Frog, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: bitter, black, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, fully dissipating, hefty hops, hefty malt, hefty viscosity, high quality, high strength, medium bitter finish, no lace, oak, okay packaging, opaque, rye, smooth texture, thin tan head, velvet chocolate cake, very nice, well balanced, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors for $9.49
Aroma: very nice, cocoa, coffee, cream, rye, oak, wine.
Visuals: okay packaging, velvet chocolate cake, black, opaque, thin tan head, fully dissipating, no lace, hefty viscosity.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate, hefty malt, bitter, hefty hops, high strength.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, medium bitter finish.
Overall: delicious and amazing. An absolute repeat. A very nice brew. Medium value. High craft.