BeerCritic


Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron

Dogfish Head Santo Palo Marron

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 12% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 360 C

12%abv*12 fl oz = 144/60 = 2.4 beers * 150c = 360
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.99Aroma: heady, floral, grapes, wine, wood, dust.

Visuals: typical dfh package, deep brown, oily, fully opaque, thin wispy tan head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: unbalanced, mostly roasted malts, some lingering hops, beautiful, chocolatey, coffee, fruit. almonds, spicy.

Palate: oily, smooth, coating, long roasted bitter finish.

Overall: A wonderful, beautiful, tasty brew. I’d have it again, and like many DFH, it’s hard to beat. Delicious.

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Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Coffee Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 13.1% in 12.7fl oz. estimated at 250 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99

Aroma: Amazing, coffee, licorice, dirt, sand, mold, sulfur.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, dark, oily, black, staining, without light, long lasting tan head, the most vibrant lace.

Taste: well balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength.

Palate: high quality, silky, oily, melted chocolate, fluid, long bitter finish.

Overall: Another amazing brew from Mikkeller. An absolute repeat. An instant favorite. High value. High craft.



Weyerbacher Heresy

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Jack’s Wine Sense, Ewing, NJ for $4.99

Aroma: nice, wonderful, permeating, oak, liquor, tannins, rose, whiskey. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: medium high design, black, oily, thick tan head, great, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: expertly balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength, heavy craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, sandy texture, long chocolate finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: It’s almost a crime for me to have beer this good for this price. This is a fantastic, affordable, high quality treat, I’ll have it again for sure, a new favorite, high value, expertly crafted. About the only thing I don’t like about the whole experience is the cheesy graphic on the label. 20 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.



Saranac Imperial Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 190 C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Langhorne, PA for $.41

Aroma: deep, roasted, coffee, syrup, chocolate, sour. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, opaque, black, oily, tan, fluffy, persistent head, steady lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: rich, coffee, espresso, dark malts, burnt, roasted, bitter finish,thick, delicious, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: oily, thick, long, dark finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Like a Wawa cappuccino but much darker and deeper.  I will seek it out and have it again and again, as long as this price stands. It’s very well crafted, and it is a personal favorite. 20 out of 20.



Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 16 fl oz. estimated at 250 C
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA, on tap for $7.00 (Hi to my new found friends there.)

Aroma: overpowering, overwhelming, room altering, caramel scent. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, dark, black, thick, tan, persistent head, thin lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: caramel, crystal malt, few hops, alcohol, overpowering, like dessert. 8 out of 10.

Palate: oily, long cloying finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: It was almost entirely the essence of caramel. Interesting but not one of my favorites. I’d have it again, but It’s not something I’ll go out of my way for. It was well crafted, but not one of my favorites. 16 out of 20.



Samuel Smith Imperial Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 170 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75

Aroma: tannins, dark, roasted, chocolate, coffee, nice, inviting. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, murky, black, opaque, tan, persistent head, loose lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: deep, roasted, liquor, light bitterness, heavy malt flavors, layered, rich, well crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: soda, heavy, oily, long, deep, delicious finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Not quite up there with some other imperials, such as Stone, and not nearly as rich nor deep as something like Mikkeller’s Geek Breakfast, but highly available, and very delicious. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. It’s a great beer, and very well crafted. 18 out of 20.



Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Dimpled Mug, Lager glass, Stein
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.5 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield NJ for $4.99

Aroma: smoky, sausage, sour, spicy, roasted. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: pale, clouded, brown, troubled, wispy, white, nearly dissipating head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.

Taste: smoky, well balanced, needs pairing, strong, spicy, pepperoni, little bitterness, slightly watery. 7 out of 10.

Palate: creamy, sticky, oily, medium sour finish, acetic. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Smoked sausage in a bottle. In desperate need of a strong food pairing. I’d have it again with a Polish or German meal. Might go well with Pizza. Not a favorite for me, but the style is one of my lesser picks. It’s down there with Lambics. Seems well crafted, but somewhat weaker than expected. 16 out of 20.



Brooklyn Barleywine Style Monster Ale 2007

ABV: 10.1%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington
Price per fl oz: $3 / 12 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Aroma is dense – a bit chocolatey, very malty. I’m swooning. An amber pour to a ruby red body with a tan off white head. Aroma of sweet wine is very nice. Wow – knocks you over the head with alcohol. Velvety and rich. A little too rich for me I think, but it’s a wonderfully full experience. Angry red color is foretelling.

Aroma/Olfactory: 8 out of 10
Malt flavor is: syrupy, cloying sweet, and burning. chocolate in aroma.
Hop flavor is: citrus, raspberry.
Yeast flavor is: metallic, dirt, sandy, dry
Other flavors include: cherries, alcohol, raspberry, medicine, raisin, sulfur, oak, barley

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: pale, amber, orange, red, fiery, ruby
Liquid is: slightly hazy, actively carbonated
Head and lace are: initial off white, tan goes to wispy nothingness.

Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy, stretched.
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium
Sour level is: heavy

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full!
Texture is: oily, thick, gravitas
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, bitter, very long

Overall experience: 16 out of 20. I liked the utter power of it, the color, and the aroma. It was overwhelmingly sweet and alcoholic. It’s not for everyday, but it’s something very special. I’ll have it again when I’m eating something I need to balance the flavor of, like scotch bonnet peppers.



Red Hook ESB
05/23/2008, 3:58 AM
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Red Hook | Tags: , , ,
Red Hook Extra Special Bitter Ale
ABV: 5.8 %

first impression: mindful of candles, not especially bitter. a bit watery, in fact. Not a bite to be had.

Color: Amber
Aroma: faint, but delicious
Hoppiness: Not hoppy in the least.
Maltiness: Not very malty.
Weight: a bit heavy.
Mouthfeel: just slightly oily.

second impression: Not an especially impressive beer. Very little head or bubbles. No belgian lace to speak of. nice color, but otherwise, forgettable.