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High and Mighty Home for the Holidays
01/25/2009, 5:43 AM
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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.



Victory Prima Pils

Victory Prima Pils
ABV: 5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Tulip
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.

Aroma/Olfactory:
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

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: pale, golden, amber, light, thin, white.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate
Head and lace are: minimal, white

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: light to medium
Sour level is: none

Palate/Tactile:
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.



Founders Backwoods Bastard

This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Dirty Bastard, which I enjoyed very much. Oak aging usually does not add a lot for me, though I’m endlessly interested in the way it alters the flavor. This brew comes in at 9.2% ABV in a 12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ for about $2.50 a bottle and 200 Calories.

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.



Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Dimpled Mug, Lager glass, Stein
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.



Green Flash Imperial IPA
Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

Green Flash Imperial India Pale Ale

ABV: 9%
RateBeer rating: 97
Calories: estimated at 400 C
Volume: 22 fl oz.
Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Oak Tree, South Plainsfield, NJ (Thanks, jay and Matt!)
Price: $5.99
Consumed at: home

First Impression: deep, smoky aroma and a simple gold body with a white head. Aroma is smoke, hops, and some funk. Visuals are a gold body with a persistent white head with very intricate lacing. Taste is a roller coaster – a bit metallic, somewhat mechanical, deeply hoppy, and lacking balance, which I don’t mind.  Palate is sharply bitter with a smoky sourness. Long dark, deep finish. Rich. Second Impression – a very special IIPA, in that it imparts a sausagey flavor to the hoppy bitterness, and avoids the cloying answer to the bitterness and preserves the bitter crunch nicely. A great buy for such a very uniquely treated co-style.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 4 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 5 out of 5

Overall: 18 out of 20

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Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

ABV: 5.5%
RateBeer rating: 43
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Lager Glass
Purchased at: Varsity Liquors, Princeton, NJ
Price: $1.33 as part of mixed pack sampler.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Not your typical american lager. Delicious surprising hops depth, dark bitter finish, and very nice color.

Aroma is slightly flowery, hops and malt. Woody.

Visuals include a beautifully varied yellow, pale, amber body. Depth is variable, and visually stunning. Very clear and brilliant.

Taste is surprising; roasted toasted, nutty, smoky, wheat, corn, and malt. Clearly distinguishable from the average lager.

Palate is roof of mouth, crisp, dry, actively carbonated, with a long, dark, very nice bitter finish.

Second Impression. This is quite enjoyable, and I was taken by surprise, because I expected a much less enjoyable beer, not because of the brewery, but because of the style. Great work, as per the usual, Flying Dog.

Aroma: 8 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 8 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 16 out of 20