BeerCritic


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.



Brooklyn Barleywine Style Monster Ale 2007

ABV: 10.1%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Snifter
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington
Price per fl oz: $3 / 12 fl oz = $0.25 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Aroma is dense – a bit chocolatey, very malty. I’m swooning. An amber pour to a ruby red body with a tan off white head. Aroma of sweet wine is very nice. Wow – knocks you over the head with alcohol. Velvety and rich. A little too rich for me I think, but it’s a wonderfully full experience. Angry red color is foretelling.

Aroma/Olfactory: 8 out of 10
Malt flavor is: syrupy, cloying sweet, and burning. chocolate in aroma.
Hop flavor is: citrus, raspberry.
Yeast flavor is: metallic, dirt, sandy, dry
Other flavors include: cherries, alcohol, raspberry, medicine, raisin, sulfur, oak, barley

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: pale, amber, orange, red, fiery, ruby
Liquid is: slightly hazy, actively carbonated
Head and lace are: initial off white, tan goes to wispy nothingness.

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

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full!
Texture is: oily, thick, gravitas
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, bitter, very long

Overall experience: 16 out of 20. I liked the utter power of it, the color, and the aroma. It was overwhelmingly sweet and alcoholic. It’s not for everyday, but it’s something very special. I’ll have it again when I’m eating something I need to balance the flavor of, like scotch bonnet peppers.



Rogue Shakespeare Stout

ABV: 6%
IBU: 69
Volume: 1 pt. 6 fl. oz.
Glass: tapered pint 12 oz.
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2.5.2007

first impression: Rich deep dark chocolate color with an inch thick head. A true stout. Depth is impenetrable. A darkness in flavor too, though not rough or rocky – very smooth and quite appealing. Dull and has feel of clay slip. Definite chocolate undertones, with hints of licorice and allspice. It’s delectable.

Visuals — Color, depth, Belgian lace, legs: The color is absolutely thick with a deep brown. Only at the very edges does any caramel color emerge. It’s mysterious. Head is thick even after retreating. It is a solid stout, and fairly still, like a moat. Lace is intricate and leggy. Crystalline structures are well supported and the lace sparkles.

Olfactory — Aroma: Aroma is like a sealed box of fudge. You can’t keep the flavor from scenting the air.

Taste — Hoppiness, bite, maltiness, flavor: The taste is full, deep, and entirely satisfying. It reminds of a chocolate whole wheat bread.

Tactile — weight, mouthfeel: This is a warming, hearth of a beer. It’s quite dense to look at and to lift and is absolutely full of heft.

second impression: This is the first stout I’ve ever actually enjoyed, as others seem watery, or too heavy, or without character and I fear others will pale comparatively. This is an absolutely fantastic beer.



Struise Mikkeller

Glass: Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Price: $7.49
Size: 11.2 fl oz
ABV: 9%
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Sweet
Impression: Nice

Malt Flavor: Sweet Roast Nut licorice banana
Hops Flavor:
dirt grass Herbal Spice Tar Lemon
Other:
cherry, candy
Notes: What an amazingly tasty, varied, layered flavor.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: Copper
Clarity: Sandblasted
Head Retention: Good with great lacing.
Notes: A stunning looking beer. The malevolence of the deep sandblasted body is notable.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: Strong
Balance: Bitter
Impression: Nice
Malt Flavor:
Grain Sweet Roast Nut Toffee
Hops Flavor: Earth Floral Herbal Spice Resin Citrus
Other: Cherries, licorice, bubblegum
Notes: The flavor is the best part of this absolutely fantastic beer.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: Creamy Warming
Body:  Full
Carbonation: Lively
Finish

Length:  Long
Intensity:  Strong
Balance:  Bitter
Notes: The palate and finish are yet another complimentary aspect of this brew.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: Excellent
Freshness: Fresh
Personal Taste: Loved
Notes: Probably one of my favorite beers.



Hoppy Otter India Pale Ale
05/24/2008, 3:07 AM
Filed under: Hoppy Otter, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , ,

1 pint, .9 fl oz.
ABV: 6.8%

Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ
Consumed on: 2/3/2008 at 11 pm

first impression: Beautiful. enticing smell and allure. Rich amber tones. Frothy, solid head. bubbly. Quite malty and flavorful. Smooth and without edges, but full flavor and enjoyable light bite.

Color, depth: medium dark. color intensifies at concave point, and pales at edges. Remarkable color.
Belgian lace, legs: lace is light, but head is good.

Aroma: mellow, delicious aroma. flowery.

Hoppiness, bite: Only a light bite but very nice.
Maltiness, flavor: malty, hoppy, and delicious, without being overbearing on any front.

Weight: A hefty, full, weighty feel in the hand.
Mouthfeel: dry and only slightly cloying. Memorable.

second impression: This is a delicious and enjoyable brew, but does not know you over the head with bite or flavorings. It is a mellower IPA with lesser bitterness, but would do better paired with lighter fare. A great example of a well balanced brew.



Red Hook Winter Ale
05/23/2008, 4:02 AM
Filed under: English Strong Ale (English pint, trappist), Red Hook | Tags: , , , ,

ABV:6.0 %

Purchased at: Circle
Consumed on: 2/1/8

first impression: Good aroma, rich body, lasting impression.

Color, depth: rich red body with depth
Belgian lace, legs: n/a

Aroma: full bodied, with flowery presence.

Hoppiness, bite: heavy on hops and deliciously so.
Maltiness, flavor: malty flavor and body.

Weight: not light at all.
Mouthfeel: weight and countenance from start to finish.

second impression: A very solid beer.



Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.5%
RateBeer rating: 99
Calories: estimated at 400C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: small snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $7.29
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is chocolate, caramel, and espresso. Dark roasted notes. Aroma is simply amazing. Fills the room. Visuals are an oily black with a tan head that starts thick but dissipates quickly to a wispy film. There is no light penetrating – sucks you in. Taste is its greatest feature, with fuller chocolate notes than many others. Peppery. Reminds me of other favorite chocolate stouts, like Brooklyn’s. It is rich, deep, and satisfying – well balanced, and 9.5% is hidden expertly. Palate is sudsy, satin, and luxurious. This is worthy of very high praise. Second Impression: One of my favorites. I have to start getting a hold of some more Great Divide brews – I hardly noticed them before. There’s something about the more subtle notes that put this brew slightly above the others in its class.

Aroma: 10 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 20 out of 20. I think this is my perfect beer.



Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2007
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

ABV: 18%
RateBeer rating: 100/95.6
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: 4 oz wine
Purchased at: Joe Canals’s, Lawrenceville. NJ
Price: $8.49
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Aroma is alcohol, raisins, prunes, fruity, wineish.  Visuals are an exquisite ruby body, a very small tan head but great legs and lacing. Taste is grapey, full of various barleys, chocolate, cocoa, and flowers, perfume, rum, prunes, figs, sand. Palate is wet and thick to start, but with a quite dry, long, finish. A very deep and luxurious feel. Much more enjoyable as you get used to the overwhelming nature of it. Much like the 120 minute IPA, appreciation comes with time. Second Impression – a very deep, slightly off balance, but still very amazing beer. You have to sip it and pause to enjoy it, but if you take a calm approach, you’ll be thoroughly rewarded. On second thought, you’ll be amazed.

Aroma: 10 out of 10, Visuals: 4 out of 5, Taste: 9 out of 10, Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20. A very rich, intense experience, and quite enjoyable, if you give it a minute.

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Rocheforte Trappiste 10
05/04/2008, 2:55 AM
Filed under: ABT/Quadrupel (trappist), Rochefort | Tags: , , , , ,

Rochefort Trappist 10ABV: 11.3 %
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz bottle
Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $5.49
Consumed at: home

Impression:Deep, dark rich, inpenetrable visually. Glorious, deep rich aroma, chocolate, greens, grains, and nuts. Very enjoyable. Rich, but not overpowering. Deep, but not murky or quicksand. A deep and full flavor signature of herbs, chocolate, sweets, malts, and spices. An absolutely satisfying beer.Rocheforte Trappistes 10

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20 – A wonderful, deep, and highly enriched beer.

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Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith Oatmeal StoutABV: 5 %
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz bottle
Glass: concave shaker
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $2.75
Consumed at: home

Impression: A rich, deep dark body with a thick tan head. Impressive for such a widely available beer. Almost impenetrable but has a deep ruby core in bright light. Deep, rich, and full flavor with good long aftertaste. Chocolate, roasted coffee, raisin, plum, and orange peel are evident. A very good example of a well crafted mass produced beer. Good finish and aftertaste. Enjoyable, drinkable, and with depth of flavor throughout.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal StoutAroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 9 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 17 out of 20

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