Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Coffee Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 13.1% in 12.7fl oz. estimated at 250 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99

Aroma: Amazing, coffee, licorice, dirt, sand, mold, sulfur.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, dark, oily, black, staining, without light, long lasting tan head, the most vibrant lace.

Taste: well balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength.

Palate: high quality, silky, oily, melted chocolate, fluid, long bitter finish.

Overall: Another amazing brew from Mikkeller. An absolute repeat. An instant favorite. High value. High craft.

Rogue Buckwheat Ale
06/23/2008, 3:09 AM
Filed under: Rogue, Specialty Grain (shaker) | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 4.8 %
RateBeer rating: 63
Calories: estimated at 140 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: shaker
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $2.59
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Bush vomits on Premier

beach winds at morning
cloudy copper with white wisps
strange fruit soft finish
different, yes, better, no.
it takes courage to brew this

aroma 7 out of 10
visuals 3 out of 5
taste 4 out of 10
palate 2 out of 5
overall 12 out of 20

Dogfish Head Midas Touch

ABV: 9%
RateBeer rating: 86
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: Dimpled mug, English pint, Stein, Yard
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $3.50
Consumed at: home

Tanka beer review:

bubbling gold and white
sand and leather, sawdust sweet
long lasting sweetness
honey, chives, silt and barley
traveled from a thousand years

aroma 8 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 8 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:
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
just amazing dark depth of burnt flavor.
Notes: dark, coffee, dark roast, sand, delicious

Palate 5 out of 5

Sensation: creamy drying warming

Carbonation: medium

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.

Magic Hat HIPA
05/21/2008, 4:00 AM
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Magic Hat | Tags: , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.8%
RateBeer rating: 73
Calories: estimated at 160 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Valley Wine and Liquor
Price: $2.00
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Clever packaging may be its best quality. I’d rather have a great beer with poor packaging, like DFH. Not bad, not the best, but certainly not watery or tasteless. Very nice color and texture. Aroma is flowery, mellow. Visuals are a thick long lasting white head on a copper body. Taste is hops and some sweetness. Very bitter, and I like that. Palate is dry, slightly sticky, with a long, enjoyable aftertaste.

Second Impression. The $2 single makes for an affordable 6 pack, and this isn’t bad. It’s not Hop Devil, but it might only cost $7 for a six. I’ll take another look sometime.

Aroma: 7 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 13 out of 20