BeerCritic


Southern Tier Choklat

Style and Glass:  Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for $8.99

Aroma: So nice, cocoa, chocolate, milk chocolate, sourness, cream, caramel, alcohol.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, as usual, utter darkness, like a night in the deep woods, black, opaque, nice tan head, strong lace.

Taste: Well balanced, syrupy chocolate, tight bitter finish, warming, strong, delicious.

Palate: High quality, smooth texture, warm, bitter finish.

Overall: dessert in a bottle. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. Likely my favorite chocolate imperial stout. It turns it to 11. Nicely done once again by Southern Tier.



Hoppin Frog BORIS the Crusher

Style and Glass: Oatmeal-Imperial Stout; snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors for $9.49

Aroma: very nice, cocoa, coffee, cream, rye, oak, wine.

Visuals: okay packaging, velvet chocolate cake, black, opaque, thin tan head, fully dissipating, no lace, hefty viscosity.

Taste: well balanced, chocolate, hefty malt, bitter, hefty hops, high strength.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, medium bitter finish.

Overall: delicious and amazing. An absolute repeat. A very nice brew. Medium value. High craft.



Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ  for $4.89

Aroma: hefty, hay, corn, marshmallow, syrup, very nice.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, fort knox, black, opaque, thin tan head, intricate lace.

Taste: well balanced, low malt, high hops, medium strength.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, longer finish.

Overall: Hard to tell what this even tastes like after the Mikkeller Black, but the quality shines through. A repeat, could even be a favorite. high value. Medium high craft.



Rock Art Ridge Runner BWSA

Style and Glass: Barleywine, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.5 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.29

Aroma: okay, soft, gentle.

Visuals: bad label, bad packaging, ruby, angry, color, clear, thin white head, long lasting lace.

Taste: unbalanced, little malt, no hops, no strength.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, no finish.

Overall: like water. Hard to believe this is 7% abv, not a repeat, not a favorite, okay value, little craft.



Orval Trappist

Style and Glass: Trappist; trappist, tulip, tumbler, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories:6.2  % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ

Aroma: floral, metallic, banana, hops. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: minimal design, orange, thick, hazy, no head, little lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, metallic, little malt, no hops, weak strength, bad craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: low quality, smooth texture, watery finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: I’m very disappointed. Something’s wrong here — what am I missing about why everyone loves this? Not a repeat, not nearly a favorite, little value, low craft. 12 out of 20.



Allagash Four

Style and Glass: ABT/Quadrupel; Trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories:10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ

Aroma: Very nice, alcohol, rose, wine, grapes, spinach, cheese, wood. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: Slight gush, great bottle design, haunting, ruby, increasingly hazy, no head, no lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, candy, high hops, dry, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long fruity finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: A religious experience, definitely a repeat, a favorite, medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20.



Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Imperiale

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong; trappist, tulip, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ

Aroma: very nice, cherry, chocolate, wine, sediment, moss. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: Gusher (like all Brasserie Des Rocs). nice label design and packaging, brown, murky, chunky with sediment, thin brown head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, pure malt, syrupy, no hops, low strength, medium craft. 8 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, smooth texture, short fruity finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very much like iced tea. Alcohol is almost unnoticable, not a repeat, not a favorite, low value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.



La Biere des Collines Hercule Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories:9 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $3.00

Aroma: amazing, chocolate, syrup, heather. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful design, deep brown, mostly opaque, thin white head, little lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, low strength, medium craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, smooth texture, quick finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: A real disappointment, more of a brown ale than an imperial stout, not a repeat, not a favorite, little value, medium craft. 15 out of 20.



Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Style and Glass: Stout, english pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington for $4.99?

Aroma: nice, soft, coffee, chemical, spice. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: okay package, brown, translucent, little tan head, sticky lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: medium balance, medium malt, medium hops, low strength, some craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, smooth texture, short finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: More like coffee than stout, would not repeat, not a favorite, low value, low craft for lagunitas. 15 out of 20.



Budweiser American Ale

Style and Glass: Amber Ale; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $1.08

Aroma: quiet, faint, caramel. 5 out of 10.

Visuals: well designed label, beautiful, copper, brilliant, little head, some lace. 4 out of 5.

Taste: weak, some malt, little hops, low strength, low craft. 3 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, smooth texture, quick finish. 2 out of 5.

Overall: About what you’d expect, but not nearly as bad as American Lager. Will likely repeat, as it is quite affordable and not bad at all, not a favorite, high value, low craft. 13 out of 20.