Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Great Divide | Tags: beautiful, caramel, citrus, clear, contemplative, crisp, deep, fresh, intricate lace, long lasting, mahogany, malt, nice, pepper, roasted, ruby, spice, strong, thin tan head, well balanced
Style and Glass: American Strong, Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.83
Aroma: caramel, syrup and roasted malts. Some pepper, spice, and citrus.
Visuals: Beautiful packaging, recently redesigned cohesive brand from Great Divide. It does the beer within the bottles justice. The ruby mahogany body is deep and contemplative. hard to see through, but clear rather than hazy. Thin tan head is long lasting, lace is intricate and shows this brew’s freshness.
Taste: Well balanced flavor starts with roasted malt, follows with a rush of crispness from carbonation, and finishes long with a dark roasty deliciousness. Sugar overtones, followed quickly by a light sourness. Easily drinkable. Alcohol is quiet and well hidden.
Palate: Smooth, crisp, drying, and long fantastic finish add up to a wonderful session brew, despite the high ABV, so beware!
Overall: A beautiful, enticing, delicious beer, affordable, from a great brewer, and entices the senses. I’ll have it again, for sure.
Filed under: Hefeweizen (weizen), Starr Hill | Tags: banana, carbonated, cloudy, clove, cloves, medium sweet finish, nice lace, okay craft, orange, pepper, thin white short head, washy
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 66, German Hefeweizen, Weizen.
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: wood river grill and wine shop, Waynesboro, VA for $1.33
Aroma: banana, clove, pepper. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: cloudy, orange, thin white short head, nice lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: banana, cloves, okay craft. 7 out of 10.
Palate: washy, carbonated, medium sweet finish. 3 out of 5.
Overall: Just like Hoegaarden, but far more expensive. I would not seek it out. just okay. 14 out of 20.
Filed under: Bells, Stout (English pint) | Tags: bitter, black, coffee, espresso, good head, impressive, inky, licorice, nice aroma, not bad, pepper, rich flavor, roasty, tan, weak
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
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