BeerCritic


Mikkeller Jackie Brown

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 94, Brown Ale, Dimpled Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99

Aroma: faint, spicy, hoppy, caramel, root beer, nice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: brilliant, red-brown color, thick foamy off-white, persistent head, impressive lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: roasted, coffee, ginger, garlic, celery, intense hops, interesting, well crafted.10 out of 10.

Palate: mouthfeel is crisp, drying, texture is peppery, finish is long, bitter, and enjoyable. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminded me of a dark and delicious root beer. I’d have it again as a gift, but the price was very steep. Browns in general are not a favorite style for me. This one was very well done, as are all Mikkelleri. 18 out of 20.



Green Flash Imperial IPA
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

ABV: 9%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Oak Tree, South Plainsfield, NJ (Thanks, jay and Matt!)
Price: $5.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: deep, smoky aroma and a simple gold body with a white head. Aroma is smoke, hops, and some funk. Visuals are a gold body with a persistent white head with very intricate lacing. Taste is a roller coaster – a bit metallic, somewhat mechanical, deeply hoppy, and lacking balance, which I don’t mind.  Palate is sharply bitter with a smoky sourness. Long dark, deep finish. Rich. Second Impression – a very special IIPA, in that it imparts a sausagey flavor to the hoppy bitterness, and avoids the cloying answer to the bitterness and preserves the bitter crunch nicely. A great buy for such a very uniquely treated co-style.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20

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Dogfish Head Immort Ale BWSA

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jay and Matt)
Price: $4.99
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 11%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: quiet opening, very little carbonation, easy pour

Aroma 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: grain alcohol
Hops Aroma
: dust, rind, bitters
Other Aroma
: lemon

Notes: aroma is deceiving – It’s strong, different than most any other scent, but hard to place.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: dark

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: intricate

Notes: A very nice looking ale, and one of the few I’ve seen at this alcohol content with good lacing.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, barley, oats, brown sugar, hazelnut, syrup
Hops Flavor: marigold, coriander, parsley, lemon
Other:oak

Notes: A brilliant flash of inspiration with the flavor rush. It takes a moment to hit, in an amazing control over the 11% abv. So very well balanced, and so much more so than the 120 minute IPA. It’s phenomenal.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy warming

Body:  full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: A wonderfully deep finish.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: One of the finest controls over alcohol content I’ve ever experienced. You expect to be thrown down and ravaged, and instead, you’re invited out for dinner and a movie. Spectacular.



Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt)
Price: $3.99 (!)
Size: 16.9 fl oz
ABV: 8.2%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 300 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: quiet opening, visible carbonation, heady pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: banana bread, vanilla, walnut
Hops Aroma
: cinnamon, orange
Other Aroma
: banana

Notes: One of the clearest banana aromas I’ve ever encountered.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: hazy, nearly opaque.

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: present

Notes: beautiful, deep, hazy, thick, and dark with depth.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, quick bread, maple syrup, walnut, caramel
Hops Flavor: cinnamon, clove, orange, lemon
Other: banana

Notes: Very much the taste profile of banana bread – nicely done. Very hoppy for something that has the impression of sweetness.

Palate 4 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body: full

Carbonation: medium

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: medium

Balance: bitter

Notes: A very bitter, fruity finish. Very nice.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: Reminds me of Chouffe’s Dobblen IPA. A very nice mix of hops, sweetness, fruitiness, Belgian style, American ingenuity, and craft.



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



Anchor Old Foghorn BWSA

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 190 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: grapes
Hops Aroma
: roses
Other Aroma
: alcohol

Notes: An inviting and forewarning aroma. Enticing and siren like.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: brown

Clarity: hazy

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: medium

Notes: ruby body and wispy white head – quite beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: dust cinnamon lemon sugar
Other: alcohol

Notes: A wonderful flavor, full of wine live depth and flavors. Very sweet, but not cloying.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick warming

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Notes: A surprisingly deep mix of hoppy bitterness and sugary sweetness. Well done.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: A great beer, but hard to find and a bit expensive at $6 a bottle. I hope it comes to Jersey soon.



Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere harvest Fresh Hop Ale 2008

ABV: 6.7 %
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 24 fl oz.
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Price: $4.29
Consumed at: home

First Impression: A very nice IPA, if a bit commercial. Aroma is very flowery hops, dust and mold. Visuals are a beautiful red – copper body with a bright white head that is persistent with nice lacing. Taste is sweet with a bitter ending – very well done. Palate is crisp, dry, with a long bitter finish, but not very strong. Second Impression – an amazing value – a fantastic IPA for regular enjoyment. Delicious, and done in the true spirit of the craft.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20