BeerCritic


Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale

Style and Glass: American Strong Ale, Trappist; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.8 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville for $1.66 ($19.99 for a 12 bomber case on special)

Aroma: nice, cocoa, heather, hay, flowers, leaves, musty, musk, dark roast malts.

Visuals: exciting packaging, like a lighter flavored chocolate stout, brown to black, fully opaque, staying rocky tan head, sticky intricate lace.

Taste: chocolate malts, more towards malt than hops, focyus on aromatic hops, some bittering hops finish, delicious.

Palate: milky, peppery carbonation, wash, surf, medium finish.

Overall: Amazing for the special price. I’ll have it about 11 more times at least. I’d like to pair it with something like pizza, broccoli, garlic chicken, soy, beans, lots of possibilities there.



Avery Mephistopheles Stout

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt)
Price: $8.99
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 16%
IBU: no frikkin idea
Estimated Calories:300  C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: easy opening, little carbonation, dark, pretty pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: amazing

Malt Aroma: rye, pumpernickel, sugar, cinnamon toast, peanut, chocolate, coffee
Hops Aroma
: moldy mud, marigold, tea, tar
Other Aroma
: alcohol burn

Notes: A rich and deeply layered scent – if the taste is anything like the scent, I’m in for a ride.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: black

Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: wispy

Lace: poor

Notes: A bold, deep black, sans light, plus wispy tan head. Beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: amazingly balanced

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, barley, pumpernickel, chocolate syrup, whole wheat toast, peanuts, toffee, dark chocolate, espresso roast, dark coffee
Hops Flavor: dry dirt, cilantro, peppers, tar resin, lemon
Other: alcohol

Notes: The taste is unequaled in stouts. It has an acidic burn of alcohol, deep, dark rich chocolate, amber waves of grain, plums, apricots, ginger, soy, spinach. It’s amazing.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body:  full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity:  strong

Balance:  bitter

Notes: Bitter depth of finish is one of the key reasons to find this beer again. It is murky with depth and history of flavors.

General Impression: 20 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste: loved

Notes: Perhaps outshines even Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Breakfast.



Dogfish Head Raison D’etre

ABV: 8%
Calories: estimated at 180C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: wine goblet
Purchased at: Circle Liquors
Price per fl oz: $2.25 / 12 fl oz = $0.18 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Beautiful deep red ruby – rich lacquer depth and translucency – red depth. off white head and amazing nutty aroma. Deep alcoholic taste – very nice flavor signature. Foamy and sticky lace and head.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: resin, floral, herbs
Yeast flavor is: doughy, cheese, leather, earth
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, apple, butterscotch, corn, string bean, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, vanilla, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: pale, red, black, brick, fiery, ruby, amazingly rich and deep.
Liquid is: clear, immaculate, deep red.
Head and lace are: off-white, sticky

Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: medium

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, papery
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long, deep rich

Overall experience: 19 out of 20. I liked the color, the flavor, the feel, the taste, the depth, the richness, and the hops. I enjoyed this brew.



Brooklyn East Indian Pale Ale
02/27/2008, 5:58 AM
Filed under: Brooklyn, IPA (shaker, tulip) | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

ABV: 6.8%
IBU:
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Tapered 16oz
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Consumed on: Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

first impression: Thick head calms down quickly to a thin foamy cover. The color is rich and varied and has subtle golden variations within a deep red hue. The hops are very present, and the carbonation is very active. Lace hangs nicely to the glass. The color is very nice. Aroma is mindful of a clean, wet brick walk. Lingering attention is in the upper back roof of the mouth.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt is creamy, flexible, and exquisite. Just a hint of nuttiness.
Hops are grassy, citrusy, and very nice.
Yeast/Bacteria is of a brick or basement aroma, but not bad at all. Reminds one of autumn.
Raisins, soy and smoke, with impressions of a field after the rain.

Visuals/Appearance:
Color one of the most beautiful beers I know of despite a rather lame head.
Liquid is quite clear, and actively carbonated
Head is minimal but lace hangs if thinly for the duration, just slightly off white. The head is a downer, but minimal points off.

Taste/Flavor:
Lightly sweet, and ends with a rich, thorough bite.
Slightly sour by design, and bitter is its most welcome aspect.

Palate/Tactile:
Body/Mouthfeel is full and luxurious – like a real hot chocolate in texture, but not in flavor at all.
Texture is creamy with a finishing bite.
Carbonation is lively and plays off the color nicely.
Finish is thankfully long and bitter.

Overall, a very nice exemplar of an IPA – slightly sour, very bitter, biting, beautiful. Stands up to spicy foods, delicious on its own. Easily available, affordable and one of my favorite beers to enjoy.