Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Dogfish Head | Tags: beautiful, chocolatey, coating, coffee, deep brown, dust, floral, fruit. almonds, fully opaque, grapes, heady, long roasted bitter finish, mostly roasted malts, oily, smooth, some lingering hops, spicy, sticky intricate lace, thin wispy tan head, unbalanced, wine, wood
12%abv*12 fl oz = 144/60 = 2.4 beers * 150c = 360
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ for $3.99Aroma: heady, floral, grapes, wine, wood, dust.
Visuals: typical dfh package, deep brown, oily, fully opaque, thin wispy tan head, sticky intricate lace.
Taste: unbalanced, mostly roasted malts, some lingering hops, beautiful, chocolatey, coffee, fruit. almonds, spicy.
Palate: oily, smooth, coating, long roasted bitter finish.
Overall: A wonderful, beautiful, tasty brew. I’d have it again, and like many DFH, it’s hard to beat. Delicious.
Filed under: American Strong Ale (trappist), Captain Lawrence | Tags: alcohol, caramel, dark, deep, delicious, long finish, resin, roasted, smoke, spicy, strong, thick, white head
Style and Glass: American Strong; Trappist, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 12 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $14.49
Aroma: Very much the impression of bourbon or whiskey. Alcohol, smoke, and fire await. Like a fireplace going in the neighborhood on a cold winter night.
Visuals: Very nice packaging, tasteful, inviting. Thin white head hangs on indefinitely, over a dark black oily body. Lacing is intricate and sticky.
Taste: Like cough syrup — it’ll cure what ails you. Thick, sugary, with a surprising control of the 12% ABV. Warms immediately. Woody, oaky, and smoky. More of a smoked german sausage than italian or polish spicyness. Like biting into a cupcake — very thick. Tasty! Cherry, chocolate, and caramel.
Palate: Warming throughout. Starts thick and dull, no crispness throughout, and not really looking for it. Middle is spongy and drying, and finishes long, smoky, and a little spicy.
Overall: Like other CL’s I’ve tried, this is very much about the smoke, and like others I’ve tried, CL seems to do it right — not like eating a sausage, but it would compliment it very well. Delicious, expertly balanced, and neither cloying nor overpowering, which is astounding considering the ABV.
Filed under: Black and Tan (pint or mug), Hoppin Frog | Tags: citrus, cocoa, coffee, cream, dark, dessert, hops, opaque, pine, spectacular, spicy, tan, tasty, translucent, well balanced
Filed under: HeBrew, Imperial/Double IPA (snifter, tulip) | Tags: blood moon, brilliant, citrus, crisp, fennel seed, grapefruit, heather, heavy malt, high hops, high quality, high strength, incredible packaging, lace, long finish, long lasting white head, nice, ruby, rye, rye bread, sharp, spicy, syrup, well balanced, wheat
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $4.49
Aroma: nice, grapefruit, citrus, syrup, wheat, heather, rye.
Visuals: incredible packaging, ruby, blood moon, brilliant, long lasting white head, lace.
Taste: well balanced, heavy malt, high hops, high strength, syrup, rye bread, fennel seed.
Palate: high quality, sharp, crisp, spicy, long finish.
Overall: A fitting tribute to Lenny Bruce. What a wonderful brew! As a onetime practicing Catholic, I’m in awe of Judaism’s inspiration for this brewery. A definite repeat. A favorite. High value for high craft.
Filed under: Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Green Flash | Tags: almost balanced, aromatic, copper, delicious, Fruity, golden, great strength, hazy, heavy hops, high craft, high quality, long bright finish, loose lace, medium malt, nice packaging, rippled texture, smooth, spicy, surprising, thin white head, unfiltered, very nice
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $8.99
Aroma: very nice, spicy, aromatic, smooth, fruity, delicious. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: nice packaging, copper, golden, hazy, unfiltered, thin white head, loose lace. 4 out of 5.
Taste: almost balanced, medium malt, heavy hops, surprising, great strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, rippled texture, long bright finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Done in the tradition of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, where the hops and bananas all get in bed together. Definitely a repeat, though maybe not a favorite, okay value, high craft. 18 out of 20.