Filed under: Current selections | Tags: bitter, brown, cherry, deep, licorice, off white, red, smoky, sour, tannins, thin, well done, wine
On tap at the Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA, for $1.25 as part of a sampler flight. Deep reddish brown with a thin off white head. Sour! Licorice, seems off. Bitter, seems smoky, and deep. Not my type but well done. Cherry and lots of wine. Grapes, tannins, and wine. Once you notice the wine effects, it makes a lot more sense.
Filed under: Pilsener (flute or footed pilsener), Victory | Tags: beautiful, bologna, Bread, bubblegum, cabbage, cereal, cherry, deep, doughy, floral, ginger, golden, great, leathery, moldy, nice lacing, no head, nuts, oats, pilsner, pork, raisin, resinous, rich, simple, smoke, smoky, thick, Toast, very herbaceous, yellow
Victory Prima Pils
Volume: 12 fl oz
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s
Price per fl oz: $8 / 72 fl oz = $0.11 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 18th, 2008
sensory first impression: No head but a beautiful yellow golden beer. A pilsner, to be sure – pale, clear, and plain, visually. Aroma is smoky. Aroma is deep and rich. Aroma is hints of pork and cabbage. Taste is delicious, rich and hinting of other flavors. I taste bologna. I taste bread. I taste lettuce. I taste toast. It’s wonderfully balanced, a superlative taste but so very simple and unidimensional. Lacing is nice, but head is minimal. Warm with light alcohol. A great simple beer.
Malt flavor is: bread, cereal, nuts, toast, oats.
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, very herbaceous
Yeast flavor is: doughy, thick, moldy, leathery, deep.
Other flavors include: bubblegum, lightly cherry, ginger, raisin, smoke
Color is: pale, golden, amber, light, thin, white.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, white
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light to medium
Sour level is: none
Body or Mouthfeel is: medium
Texture is: creamy, thick, silky
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: long and wonderfully balanced.
Overall experience: Visually this is not a stimulating beer, but so rewarding in other ways. It’s delicious in terms of taste, though not overwhelming in any way. It’s feel is enveloping, smooth, and mellow. Its aroma is enticing, but not overwhelming. It’s a wonderful beer, and easily my favorite pilsner.
Filed under: Founders, Scotch ale (thistle) | Tags: aged, alcohol, barrel, beautiful, bourbon, burnt, dark, flavorful, good finish, good lacing, intense, interesting, leather, long lasting, oaked, opaque, prickly, red, ruby, smoky, strong, superlative, sweet, tan head, tea, well done, whiskey
The color is beautiful. A deep ruby red, almost opaque. Good lacing with a thinner but persistent light tan foamy head.
The aroma is sweet, oak, and tea. Alcohol is present in the nose. Lots of leather, and the aroma is quite strong.
The flavor is mostly whiskey. Very penetrated with the oak aging. Good finish, smoky, dark and burnt. A superlative scotch ale. Founders knows how to do it right.
The palate is prickly — lightly carbonated and long lasting. Very dark, intense flavors. A very well done brew.
Overall, I like this quite a bit. Better, IMHO, than Oaked Arrogant Bastard which does not balance the aging nearly as well. I’d have this again. Not a favorite, but I simply prefer heavier stouts.
Filed under: Brauerei Heller-Trum, Smoked (dimpled mug, lager glass, stein) | Tags: acetic, brown, clouded, creamy, lightly laced, little bitterness, medium sour finish, nearly dissipating head, needs pairing, oily, pale, pepperoni, roasted, sausage, slightly watery, smoky, sour, spicy, sticky, strong, troubled, well balanced, white, wispy
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.5 % in 16.9 fl oz. estimated at 170C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield NJ for $4.99
Aroma: smoky, sausage, sour, spicy, roasted. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: pale, clouded, brown, troubled, wispy, white, nearly dissipating head, lightly laced. 4 out of 5.
Taste: smoky, well balanced, needs pairing, strong, spicy, pepperoni, little bitterness, slightly watery. 7 out of 10.
Palate: creamy, sticky, oily, medium sour finish, acetic. 3 out of 5.
Overall: Smoked sausage in a bottle. In desperate need of a strong food pairing. I’d have it again with a Polish or German meal. Might go well with Pizza. Not a favorite for me, but the style is one of my lesser picks. It’s down there with Lambics. Seems well crafted, but somewhat weaker than expected. 16 out of 20.