Filed under: Dunklerbock (Mug or snifter), Left hand | Tags: bready, brown ale, chai, cloudy, deep murky brown, flowery, grassy, interesting label, inviting, light, like an aged iced tea, meadow, medium, medium strength, onions, rain, roses, rye, smooth oily texture, some hops, sticky lace, tasty finish, tea, thick off white head, very nice, very well balanced, wheaty
Style and Glass: Dunkler Bock, Mug; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.7% in 25.36 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.79 (down from $14 ea — I picked up 6 for $15 — madmen there, and they better stay nutso)
Aroma: very nice, inviting, flowery, rye, bready, wheaty, grassy, meadow, rain.
Visuals: interesting label, like an aged iced tea, deep murky brown, cloudy, thick off white head, sticky lace.
Taste: very well balanced, brown ale, sage, onions, rye, roses, tea, chai, some hops, medium strength.
Palate: very nice, smooth oily texture, medium, light, tasty finish.
Overall: A summery brew, refreshing, very enjoyable. A repeat, 6x at least. Maybe my favorite bock so far. Amazing value — makes me wonder why the run on the price. well crafted.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Dogfish Head | Tags: autumn, average label, beautiful, bitter ending, delicious, feeling of high quality, good hoppy finish, good strength, intoxicating, leaves, like turkey gravy, long bitter finish, mississippi, mold, mostly malt up front, muddy, nice 4 pack, peach, raisins, rich, rose, sticky, sticky lace, sugary, Syrupy, thick, thin white head, unbalanced in both directions, woody, wow
Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 15% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 300C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Fairless Hills, PA for $3.73
Aroma: wow, rich, raisins, peach, rose, autumn, leaves, mold, intoxicating.
Visuals: average label, nice 4 pack, like turkey gravy , muddy, mississippi, thick, thin white head, beautiful, sticky lace.
Taste: mostly malt up front, good hoppy finish, unbalanced in both directions, delicious, sugary, syrupy, bitter ending, good strength.
Palate: feeling of high quality, sticky, woody, long bitter finish.
Overall: Exactly what I paid for — not exactly a 120 minute IPA, but more of a mix between the 120 Minute and a Raison d’ extra. I’d have it again, for sure. very nice, but not one of my favorites. Medium value for high craft.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Rock Art | Tags: better design, burning, exquisite, floral, hazy, less malt, long lasting thinner white head, longer finish, low quality, medium high strength, more hops, reddish brown, spongy, sticky lace, terricloth texture, well balanced, wonderful
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.09
Aroma: wonderful, floral, exquisite, burning.
Visuals: better design, reddish brown, hazy, long lasting thinner white head, sticky lace.
Taste: well balanced, less malt, more hops, medium high strength.
Palate: low quality, spongy, terricloth texture, longer finish.
Overall: Immensely better than its ‘younger brother’ Ridge Runner, but that’s not saying very much. Not a repeat, since I could have a great beer in the same volume at an only slightly higher price in Ruination, not a favorite, not very valuable, low craft. It’s a shame really, Rock Art has some very nice and affordable imperial IPAs.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Weyerbacher | Tags: black, expertly balanced, great, heavy craft, heavy hops, heavy malt, heavy strength, high quality, liquor, long chocolate finish, medium high design, nice, oak, oily, permeating, rose, sandy texture, sticky lace, tannins, thick tan head, whiskey, wonderful
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Jack’s Wine Sense, Ewing, NJ for $4.99
Aroma: nice, wonderful, permeating, oak, liquor, tannins, rose, whiskey. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: medium high design, black, oily, thick tan head, great, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: expertly balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength, heavy craft. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, sandy texture, long chocolate finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: It’s almost a crime for me to have beer this good for this price. This is a fantastic, affordable, high quality treat, I’ll have it again for sure, a new favorite, high value, expertly crafted. About the only thing I don’t like about the whole experience is the cheesy graphic on the label. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Abbey Tripel (trappist), Maredsous | Tags: alcohol, bright white head, clear to hazy, floral, fruit, golden, high craft, high malt, high quality, high strength, long spicy finish, medium design, medium high hops, nice, scratchy texture, spices, sticky lace, well balanced
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Trenton Road Take Out, Bristol, PA for $6.99
Aroma: nice, spices, fruit, floral, alcohol. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: medium design, golden, clear to hazy, bright white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium high hops, high strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, scratchy texture, long spicy finish. 4 out of 5.
Overall: A hoppy Belgian style. One of the most beautiful laces I’ve seen. Well done, a repeat, not necessarily a favorite, medium value, medium high craft. 17 out of 20.
Filed under: Premium Bitter [ESB] (English pint), Southern Tier | Tags: chalky texture, clear, corn, expertly balanced, golden, good design, hay, high quality, hops, long lasting white head, long medium bitter finish, medium hops, medium malt, medium strength, nice, sticky lace, sugar, well crafted, wheat
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.7 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.00
Aroma: nice, wheat, hay, hops, corn, sugar. 8 out of 10.
Visuals: good design, golden, clear, long lasting white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: expertly balanced, medium malt, medium hops, medium strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, chalky texture, long medium bitter finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: A beautiful example of what an everyday or session brew should be, an absolute repeat, not a favorite, but it’s not my favorite style either, high value, high craft. This is what Budweiser Ale should strive hard to be. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Lagunitas, Stout (English pint) | Tags: brown, chemical, coffee, little tan head, low strength, medium balance, medium hops, medium malt, medium quality, nice, okay package, short finish, smooth texture, soft, some craf, spice, sticky lace, translucent
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.