BeerCritic


Saranac Imperial Stout

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 86, Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 190 C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Langhorne, PA for $.41

Aroma: deep, roasted, coffee, syrup, chocolate, sour. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: deep, opaque, black, oily, tan, fluffy, persistent head, steady lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: rich, coffee, espresso, dark malts, burnt, roasted, bitter finish,thick, delicious, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: oily, thick, long, dark finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Like a Wawa cappuccino but much darker and deeper.  I will seek it out and have it again and again, as long as this price stands. It’s very well crafted, and it is a personal favorite. 20 out of 20.



Starr Hill Jomo Lager

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 51, Vienna, Lager Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Wood River Grill and Wine Shop, Waynesboro, VA, for $1.66

Aroma: mild, average, beery. 6 out of 10.

Visuals: clear golden, white short head, okay lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: sour, corn, some light bitterness, well crafted for the style. 7 out of 10.

Palate: sweeter, longer bitter finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Like a well done macro. I would not seek it out again.It is not a favorite. It was well crafted. 14 out of 20.



Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Rocky Mountain Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: 1.59
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Nice rippled creamy head. Beautiful color — off white head on a golden, amber, brown, varied body. Clear, bright sparkling. Hoppy aroma and wonderful flavor of pine and citrus.

Aroma: 10 out of 10
Spicy, coriander, Pine, Grapefruit, sludgy texture, clay, flowery.

Visuals: 5 out of 5
Amber, brown, golden, variant body with long lasting head of off white. Nicely laced.

Taste: 10 out of 10
heavy malt overtones, slightly sweet aftertaste, very hoppy bitter presence, sour in after taste.

Palate: 4 out of 5
Body is medium-full. Mouthfeel is clay and mold. Texture is dull, but wonderful. Carbonation is visually present, and active. Finish is long, sweet, sour, and deep.

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the uniquity of the canned delivery, the surprise of the quality, the aroma, the color, and the flavor.



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.



3 Fonteinen Oude Gueze

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 99, Lambic – Gueuze, flute, tumbler
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6% in 12.7 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: OakTree in South Plainsfield, NJ for $7.99

Aroma: strong, sour, sharp, and bitter. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: foggy, bronze, cloudy, golden, wispy white head, present. 4 out of 5.

Taste: mostly sour, strong, well crafted. 8 out of 10.

Palate: puckering, silt, silky, longer finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Very mindful of other lambics, and it’s done well, but it is definitely not a preferred style for me.  I would not seek it out again, but it was very well crafted, and highly respectable. 17 out of 20.



Captain Lawrence Smoke from the Oak, batch 2 (Wine Barrel)

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, Porter, English Pint, Stem Glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.4% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 340C
Purchased at: OakTree Buy Rite in South Plainsfield, NJ for $14.99 (special thanks to Jay for this back store grab.)

Aroma: wine, oak, age, extraordinary, overwhelming, pungent. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: fully opaque, black, thin wispy tan head, strong lacing. 5 out of 5.

Taste: grapes, oak, electric, sauerkraut, wet, burnt, pine, cherry, beautifully crafted. 9 out of 10.

Palate: surf, mercury, long, strong, bitter, sour. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Reminds me of the smell of a house burning. I wouldn’t seek it out again – smoked is not my favorite style, though I’m glad I had a chance to sample it. It’s extremely well crafted, and in my palate, it’s extremely close to wine. 17 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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Cantillon Lou Pepe Pure Kriek 2004

Glass: flute, tumbler
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt)
Price: $22.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 5 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 300 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: cork opening, but uneventful, beautiful, continuous carbonation, quiet, luscious pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: sour
Hops Aroma
: wholly floral, rose, cinnamon, clove,
Other Aroma
: orange, cherry, lemon

Notes: You have to be able to enjoy sour to get into a cherry behemoth like this. While it’s not my favorite style, I genuinely appreciate it when it’s done well. It’s done perfectly.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: ruby

Clarity: nearly opaque

Head Retention: poor

Lace: poor

Notes: Very much like a sparkling wine, with great visual effects.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: sour
Hops Flavor: rose, lemon, rind
Other: cherry, plum, dates, raisin

Notes: An absolutely overwhelming sourness and bitterness. Done with finesse and great care.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying

Body: full

Carbonation: heavy

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A dark, oaky, bitter finish and a very dry bite. delicious.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: liked very much.

Notes: As I said, while this is not my go to style (luckily, since I couldn’t afford it) I definitely appreciate when it’s done well, and this is very well crafted. It demands to be sipped.



Stone IPA

Stone India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.9%
IBU:
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Tulip Goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Liquor
Consumed on: Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

first impression: A quickly dissipating head and a slightly unfiltered, hazy appearance gives a mixed bag of anticipation, but I’ve had this beer before, and know what I’m in for. The grapefruit is amazingly present in the aroma, and the color, while not the most interesting or poetic, is certainly not unappealing. The taste is remarkable. It warms, and travels down the chest with a trail of hops. It is a beer with a taste history to it. You can remember the flavor for minutes after, and it is a great flavor. Wonderfully bitter with heavy malt undercurrents. It is an exemplar of an IPA.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is roasted, toasty, and weighs heavily on the flavor.
Hops are resinous, very flowery, and brimming with grapefruit and lemon.
Yeast/Bacteria reminds one of a stack of stone slabs, a hint of surface water but not odoriferous or negative in impression.
It is tasty, heady, commanding, intoxicating, present, heavy, and delicious.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is pale, orange, single noted, and without real depth.
Liquid is just a bit hazy and quiet.
Head is gone, but the lace is remarkable present. Hangs more on the glass than the volume itself. Quite white at the start.

Taste/Flavor:
Sweet in a slight way, but more bitter
Bitter is the overarching sentiment here, and it delivers in droves. It’s not ruination, but it’s not far off, IMHO.
Sour notes come with the bitter and citrus components.
Beatifully balanced in hops and malt.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and long lasting.
Texture is slightly cloying, not in a sweet way, and not like a stout, but it does not dissipate quickly.
Carbonation is crisp but not visually active.
Finish is quite bitter, and nicely so.

Second impression: Overall, this is a great beer, a fantastic example of an IPA, a strong exemplar of Stone’s lineup, and just a pleasure to have. One of my favorite beers, by far.



Samuel Adams Summer Ale (draft)

On tap at Winberie’s in Princeton. A bit of a sour note, but a delicious, highly available, well priced beer. A quiet aroma, mostly due to chilled glasses. The appearance was average. The flavor had a nice depth, and was refreshing, but was nothing out of the ordinary. The palate was nice, but again muted. Not a bad beer, but nothing near great. Much better than the average macro.