BeerCritic


Speakeasy Double Daddy Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.5%
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 190 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: tulip, snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Of the Imperial Order

golden with white head
walnut, pine and licorice
long, bitter finish
well balanced and delicious
an imperial richness

aroma 9 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



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



Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2007

Glass: Trappist, shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $12.19
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 11%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories:450 C
RateBeer Rating: 98

Aural: pop opening, low carbonation, quiet pour

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

Malt Aroma: brown sugar cinnamon toast truffles chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
oregano cinnamon cilantro
Other Aroma:
bubblegum
Notes: An enticing aroma.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:deep brown black
Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: despite the issues with head retention, the body is very deep and rich.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: barley rye bread brown caramel chocolate mocha coffee
Hops Flavor:
rum raisin orange
Other:
melon
Notes: Like dessert. A wonderful flavor much more focused on malt flavors than hop flavors, but a great taste.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: finish has strong warming effect – nice hidden abv.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Very malty, high ABV, but well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Not as fruity as I’d expect, but still a wonderful ale. Thanks, Mikkeller!



De Dolle Extra Export Stout

Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Price: $4.27
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: opening is a long chore. carbonation is overstimulated, pour takes five minutes.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp
Impression: a bit off

Malt Flavor: alcohol toffee chocolate roast
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
Other:
a bit chemical
Notes: alcohol dominates the aroma

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color:  black
Clarity: opaque
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and bitter

Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: burnt caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin
Other:
licorice, espresso, dark, roasted, rich
Notes: A taste that more than makes up for other failings.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: faint
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.

General Impression: 16 out of 20
Craftmanship: medium
Freshness: seems a bit stale
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Again, having trouble with a De Dolle bottle opening, which is highly disappointing, considering the cost. Luckily, I’ve mastered the art of opening overcarbonated/yeast issue  beers.



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

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Glass: 4 oz wine glass
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ – Thanks, Mike!
Price: $7.59
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 9.5 %
IBU: 75
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet and Sharp
Impression: very Nice

Malt Flavor: Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor:
Earth Floral Resin
Other:
alcohol, oak, woods, leaves
Notes: What an amazing aroma – off the charts in my personal experience.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: un-impenetrably Black
Clarity: Opaque
Head Retention: Persistent
Notes: Everything an imperial stout should be in appearance – absolutely un-impenetrable darkness, a rich tan head, and a very nice presence.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: beautifully balanced between Sweet and Bitter
Impression: so Nice
Malt Flavor:
Caramel Toffee Chocolate Coffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Resin
Other: alcohol, garlic, oak, depth
Notes: Simply amazing. Easily one of my favorites.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Drying Warming
Body: Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length: very Long
Intensity: very Strong
Balance: Bitter
Notes: The whole mouth is activated – the mouthfeel is wonderful, covering and coating and making the whole mouth tingle. The finish is very long lasting, and imparts a depth of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Perhaps my favorite beer I’ve tasted yet. Great Divide knows exactly what they are doing, and they should continue doing it forever.



Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
ABV: 10.6%
IBU:
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Princeton Community Liquor
Consumed on: Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

sensory first impression: Beautiful to behold – rich deep wet sandy head. Head thins out quickly, but aroma is overwhelming. Utterly black – light does not penetrate. First taste is almost syrupy, but also rich in dark roasted malt flavor. You must sip this. Attention is on the back upper roof of the mouth. Back of the tongue. Very bitter and nicely so. Sweetness balances after a moment. A very tasty ride.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is roasted, chocolate, cream and caramel. It reminds me of a chocolate lava cake with rich chocolate truffles. It’s wonderful.
Hops are slightly grassy, and very present – they fight for attention through the chocolate, syrup, and sweetness.
Yeast/Bacteria hints of pillows, pine, plastic, and sweaters. All clean.
Alcohol, wood, licorice, and butterscotch come and go. The alcohol is primary and sweeping in the flavor.

Visuals/Appearance:
black and vibrating. Scary.
Liquid is active and bubbly, especially for a stout.
Head/Lace is minimal, and a beautiful wet sandy brown.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness/Sweetness is rather heavy, but welcome.
Hoppiness/Bitterness is medium to heavy. Very nice.
Sour not at all.
Chocolate and hops. Lovely.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and heavy.
Texture is not thin, which would be a detractor for me, and is what I expect of stouts in general. Surprisingly creamy, and thick.
Carbonation is above average for a stout.
Finish is long and luxurious.

Overall second impression: Wow – I love this brewery. Brooklyn is so very available, and yet so affordable and special. This stout is another of my favorites, without the presumptuousness of Rogue. Though, I absolutely love Rogue.



Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2008

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 25th edition
ABV: 9.6%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: wine goblet
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington
Price per fl oz: $2.75 / 12 fl oz = $0.22 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Amazing – rich overwhelming powerful ale – great hoppy depth and wonderful color. yellow head on a ruby deep body. Amazingly deep and full orange, reds, and browns.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, dark bread, rich hay, oatmeal, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, grassy, citrusy, grapefruit, orange
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, spongey
Other flavors include: deep alcohol, medicine, licorice, raisin, sulfur, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: bright, ruby, amazing
Liquid is: clear, jumping
Head and lace are: fantastic – head is nice, with beautiful color, with a very sticky lace.

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

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, oceanic, cardboard
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: heavily astringent, bitter, abrupt, long, and strong

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the bitterness, the sweetness, the depth, the color, the lace, and just about everything else. I loved this brew.