BeerCritic


Stone Old Guardian BWSA

First Published on June 13th, 2008

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Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11.26%
IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma:
grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor:
dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other:
mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.



J.W. Dundee’s Porter

J.W. Dundee’s Porter
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 170
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s as a part of a sampler
Price per fl oz: $11 / 144 fl oz = $.07 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008

sensory first impression: My first ever porter, I’m sure, and not likely the best exemplar. It’s thick enough to be dark, but still translucent. Very chocolaty, quite nutty, and not at all unenjoyable, but not nearly to the degree of Rogue or Brooklyn’s stouts. Okay lace – tan head, but not frothy or deep. Good aroma. Okay color – a bit alcoholic.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roast.
Hop flavor is: resinous, and herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, and very dry
Other flavors include: alcohol, corn, raisin, a touch of smoke

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: dark reddish brown, thick but not inpenetrable
Liquid is: dark and translucent at 90%
Head and lace are: thin, tan

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light
Sour level is: very light

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium to full
Texture is: creamy, thick, papery
Carbonation is: flat
Finish is: long and not bad at all.

Overall experience: A fairly dark beer with a nice nutty chocolaty taste. For the price, it’s fantastic, but for the type, it’s lacking. Spending $ on a 12 pack sampler, vs a 6 pack of chocolate stouts at 10% is like to result in different outcomes. This is likely the best of the sampler though.



Southampton Imperial Porter
Glass: pint, stem glass, tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJPrice: $4.99

Size: 22 fl oz

ABV: 7.2%

IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 350 C

RateBeer Rating: 94

Aural: silent opening, little carbonation, dark, quiet pour

Aroma 7 out of 10Intensity: faintBalance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee

Hops Aroma: resin citrus

Other Aroma: peppers

Notes: A simple, faint aroma of molasses.

Appearance 5 out of 5Color: blackClarity: mostly opaque

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: poor

Notes: A dark and impressive looking beer.

Flavor 8 out of 10Intensity: strongBalance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: nut caramel toffee chocolate

Hops Flavor: resin citrus

Other: alcohol, some metal

Notes: A bitter beer, and surprising considering the style. Lots of tasty malt and bitter hoppy balance.

Palate 4 out of 5
Mouthfeel
Sensation: drying warming

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: The finish, other than a bit metallic, is very nice.

General Impression: 17 out of 20Craftmanship:  excellentFreshness:  fresh

Personal Taste: liked

Notes: A very tasty beer, at a good price, and a great finish.



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!



Brewery Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek Blended Lambic

Glass: flute
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $15.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 6%
IBU:n/a
Estimated Calories: 310C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: interesting cork opening, high carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: very sharp (incredibly sour)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: roast
Hops Aroma:
marigolds peppers orange
Other Aroma:
cherry
Notes: what an amazing aroma. overpowering with sour cherry content and context.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: brown
Clarity: deeply cloudy,

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: An absolutely stunning color, depth and presence. No head at all.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: roast
Hops Flavor:
grapefruit
Other:
cherry
Notes: What an amazing, surprising and wholly sour flavor. Knocks you down with intent and determination. A beautiful flavor with dark intent. This beer wants to take a bough of arrows and send each of them deep into your heart, and you still love it so! It is a fruit based flavor that wants to convince you of IPAs. it’s phenomenal.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying
Body: full
Carbonation: medium
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: what an amazing palate and finish – great depth to the bitterness and sourness of the palate.

General Impression: 18 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: quite fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: It is dominated by sourness and acidity, but it is interesting to no end as a result. It is not sweet or cloying, but you are overwhelmed by the things we associate with sweetness — cherries, grapes, and melons (rinds). So nice.



0lfabrikken Porter

Glass: Stem glass
Purchased at: Canal’s discount Liquor Mart, Burlington, NJ
Price: $8.07
Size: 22.3fl oz
ABV: 7.5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating:100

Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: amazingly strong
Balance: sweet
Impression: delicious

Malt Aroma: chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
earth tar resin
Other Aroma:
prunes
Notes: Amazingly deep and burning aroma – one of the best ever.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: black
Clarity: fully opaque

Head Retention: persistent
Lace: little
Notes: An amazing deeply present appearance.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter

Impression: incredible
Malt Flavor: caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor:
earth resin citrus
Other: cocoa,
chocolate liquor, hops, bitterness.
Notes: This is easily one of my favorite beer flavors of all time.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sharp drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: the coffee, raisin, and other dark notes are very present in the wonderful finish.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: The dark notes are most enticing. Absolutely one of my favorite beers.



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.