BeerCritic


Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine Style Ale

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 15% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Fairless Hills, PA for $3.73

Aroma: wow, rich, raisins, peach, rose, autumn, leaves, mold, intoxicating.

Visuals: average label, nice 4 pack, like turkey gravy , muddy, mississippi, thick, thin white head, beautiful, sticky lace.

Taste: mostly malt up front, good hoppy finish, unbalanced in both directions, delicious, sugary, syrupy, bitter ending, good strength.

Palate: feeling of high quality, sticky, woody, long bitter finish.

Overall: Exactly what I paid for — not exactly a 120 minute IPA, but more of a mix between the 120 Minute and a Raison d’ extra. I’d have it again, for sure. very nice, but not one of my favorites. Medium value for high craft.

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Shmaltz He’brew Rejewvenator

A 22 oz bottle. American Strong Ale in a tumbler. 7.8% ABV est. at 400 calories.

After sampling Lenny’s RIPA from Shmaltz, I knew I had to try some others from this brewery. I was a little reluctant to get beer intended for the chosen people, being raised Catholic and all, but after getting a nice comment from the brewer on my last review, I feel a bit more justified. 😉

Rejewvenator is pretty. The label art is always very well done by Shmaltz. The color is a mix of koolaid and instant iced tea. Ruby highlights and red undertones. Although this was a gusher, it quickly settled down and shows a quickly dissipating white head. The viscosity is very nice, but there is no lace whatsoever.

The aroma reminds me of DFH’s Raison D’Etre. Lots of citrus, raisins, prunes, and since figs are the showcased element, this is no surprise. The aroma is very nice, and not muted at all.

The taste is very good with the figs coming through. Some wood flavors emerge. Honey. Lots of natural flavors coming through. Well balanced.

Texture is fairly crisp, drying. Tissue paper. Medium finish, and the hops give way to the malt.

Delicious. I’d definitely have it again. Well crafted, and nice mix of ingredients. L’Chaim!



Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale 2008

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.79
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating:  93

Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: very nice

Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma:
rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma:
grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: average
Lace: poor
Notes: A menacing appearance – deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression:  very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor:
flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other:
maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic



Dogfish Head Raison D’etre

ABV: 8%
Calories: estimated at 180C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: wine goblet
Purchased at: Circle Liquors
Price per fl oz: $2.25 / 12 fl oz = $0.18 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful deep red ruby – rich lacquer depth and translucency – red depth. off white head and amazing nutty aroma. Deep alcoholic taste – very nice flavor signature. Foamy and sticky lace and head.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: resin, floral, herbs
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, leather, earth
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, apple, butterscotch, corn, string bean, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, vanilla, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: pale, red, black, brick, fiery, ruby, amazingly rich and deep.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate, deep red.
Head and lace are: off-white, sticky

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

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, papery
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long, deep rich

Overall experience: 19 out of 20. I liked the color, the flavor, the feel, the taste, the depth, the richness, and the hops. I enjoyed this brew.



Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine Style Ale

ABV: 10.2%
RateBeer rating: 98
Calories: estimated at 400C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: 4.99 on special who knows why.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Impressive in presence and aroma. Aroma is raisins, prunes, and cherries. Sour is the leading scent. Visuals are mostly deep red and ruby body with a thin tan head. Taste is amazing. Active all over the mouth. Sweet, sour, bitter, hoppy, fruity, toasted. Grapefruit, nuts, cherries, and alcohol dominate. Palate is crisp with a dry long, very enjoyable finish. Second Impression – really takes a hold of you and does not let go. A deep and hoppy experience. Delicious, and very good. This is only my second Great divide brew, but they are very clearly my favorite brewer.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 19 out of 20