BeerCritic


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



Southern Tier Jahva Coffee Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville
Price: $5.99
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 12%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
earth resin citrus
Other Aroma:
wetness
Notes: Amazing presence of aroma – reminds of the scent of a smoking volcano about to go.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: intricate
Notes: An amazingly appropos appearance. Deeply coffee inspired.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: roast coffee, nuts and ashes.
Hops Flavor:
earth resin orange
Other:
just amazing dark depth of burnt flavor.
Notes: dark, coffee, dark roast, sand, delicious

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy drying warming

Body:full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: amazing palateexcellent, delicious,  and finish – exactly what you’d expect of both a great coffee stout and a Southern Tier bomber.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: A Favorite – obviously I love hoppy, dark stouts – and this one does not disappoint. What an amazing flavor and color and aroma, and finish. 8 stars.



Victory 10 Years Alt

Glass: Concave Pilsener
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $1.89
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5 %
IBU:
Estimated Calories: 175 C
RateBeer Rating: 84

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: Medium
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral
Other:
Hops, bit of mold
Notes: A very nice aroma, though somewhat faint for the flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: Copper
Clarity: Brilliant
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: A stunningly beautiful beer. It is a deep copper under an off white head that won’t quit. Very nice.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity:  Strong
Balance: Nicely balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression:  Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread Sweet Toast
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal
Other: Wheat, hops, honey
Notes: A surprisingly hoppy beer, and delicious. Dark, roasty, and deep. A great beer.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation:  Lively
Finish

Length: Long
Intensity: Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The finish is one of the best parts of this beer. Thanks again, Victory.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship:  Excellent
Freshness:  Fresh
Personal Taste:  Liked
Notes: A great achievement in both your history and this beer. Fine job, and keep it coming.