BeerCritic


Struise Black Albert Imperial Stout
08/03/2009, 10:03 PM
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Struise | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and syrup. roasted malted barley, wood, and sweetness. Completely opaque, dark with a tan long lasting head. Crisp, very sour, syrup, striking flavor. Interesting and wonderful, very different. Alcohol is exquisitely hidden. Long sour finish, with a generally crisp and active palate. A very special brew.

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Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA

Great Divide Belgica Belgian IPA

Style & glass: Belgian Ale, Trappist

12 fl oz x 7.2% ABV = 86.4 / 60 = 1.44 beers * 150 C = 216  calories (est.)

Available at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $8.99

Scent of leather, centennial hops, fruit, and decay, visuals are a brilliant golden body with a long lasting white head, taste is begian sweetness, bananas, and biscuits, with IPA citrus, bitterness, and presence. Palate is drying, active carbonation, and creamy. Overall, a very good beer. I hope it’s regularly available, because I’d like to have it all the time.

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Ballast Point Sculpin IPA


Style; glass: IPA; tulip
22 fl oz x 7% ABV = 154 / 60 = 2.56 beers * 150 C = 384 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Craft Beer Outlet, Phila, PA for $11.99

Aroma: nice, calming, beach, field, grassy, salty, citrus.

Visuals: brand focused packaging, a bright engaged yellow, brilliantly clear, bright white tight bubbled head, sticky lace.

Taste: expertly balanced, honey, citrus, rind, peppers.

Palate: Bright, crisp, and layered, drying, increasingly bitter long finish.

Overall: Fantastic. In my top 3 IPAs, certainly. A favorite.

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Long Trail BMS Double IPA
Long Trail Double IPA

Long Trail Double IPA

Style; glass: Double IPA; Snifter
22 fl oz x 8.6% ABV = 189.2 / 60 = 3.15 beers * 150 C = 472.5 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $3.49

Aroma: nice aroma, pine, citrus, spicy.

Visuals: Simple, elegant packaging, warehouse on fire, deep orange body, brilliantly clear, thick, sticky white head, long lasting lace.

Taste: very well balanced, sweet, then quickly bitter. Beautiful, classic double IPA.

Palate: medium to full bodied, long bitter finish.

Overall: Amazing. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. A favorite.

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Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Style; glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
22 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 209 / 60 = 3.48 beers * 150 C = 5.22 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $9.99

A deep, rusty brown body, wholly opaque, with a dark tan head. Mahogany in depth and mood. Scent of coffee, dust, earth, and wood chips. Taste is espresso syrup, roasted malt, coffee, earth, resin, and compost. Overall, it’s another amazing, layered, and complex creation for the Yeti brand, and for Great Divide. Keep them coming.

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Mikkeller Monk’s Brew (Elixir)
Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Mikkeller Monk's Brew/Elixir

Style; glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
25.4 fl oz x 10% ABV = 254 / 60 = 4.23 beers * 150 C = 634.5 calories (est.)

Purchased at: The Foodery at 3rd and Arch, Philadelphia, PA for $25.00

Aroma: caramel, tar, dirt, dust, earth, wine, fruit, cherries, mold, cellar, dank

Visuals: brand conscious packaging, stylish, deep dark copper body, tan head, staying, looks like an illustration of hell, in a good way.

Taste: well balanced, sweetness up front gives way to funky sourness, and finishes with a delicate bitterness.  Phenomenal.

Palate: active carbonation, not drying, rounded mouthfeel.

Overall: Delicious, if expensive. Like many other Mikkeller brews, this one is a great take on the style.

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Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock
Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock

Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock

Style; glass: Doppelbock; Dimpled Mug
12 fl oz x 9.5% ABV = 114 / 60 = 1.9 beers * 150 C = 285 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: caramel, sugar, syrup, roasted notes, dust.

Visuals: nice, elegant packaging, reddish brown, brilliant body, off white head, pretty.

Taste: very sweet, tea notes, nutty, smoke, charcoal, wood.

Palate: some crispness, middle is sweetness, bitter ending calms to sweet enjoyable finish.

Overall: very sweet, enjoyable, for sipping.

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