BeerCritic


Left Hand Rye Bock Lager

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.



Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine Style Ale

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.



Rock Art Vermonster

Style and Glass: BWSA, snifter
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.



Weyerbacher Heresy

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
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.



Maredsous 10

Style and Glass: Abbey Tripel; Trappist
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.



Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Style and Glass: ESB; English pint
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.



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.



Green Flash Hop Head Red Ale

Style and Glass: Amber/Red Ale, Pint, Mug
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 160 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: impressive, hops, grapefruit. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: simple, effective, deep red, clear, persistent white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, sweet malt, bitter hops, good strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, syrupy texture, long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: a great IPA derivative, I would have it again in a heartbeat, it’s a favorite, high value, well crafted. 20 out of 20.



Founders Breakfast Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.3% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 180 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington, NJ for $2.75

Aroma: inviting, cocoa, chocolate, roasted, coffee. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful label, black, opaque, everlasting tan head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: well balanced, chocolate malt, subtle hops, tempered strength, well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, creamy, long quiet finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: a delicious dessert.  I’ll have it again. A favorite. Medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20



Bell’s Amber Ale

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 81, Amber Ale, English Pint; shaker
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.8% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Bound Beverages, Bensalem, PA for $3.33

Aroma: musky, dank, humid, sticky candy. 9 out of 10.

Visuals: tasteful, well designed, natural, bronze, hazy, unfiltered, off white head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: maple, cocoa, light bitterness, medium strength, high craft. 9 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, clay, mud, longer malty finish. 4 out of 5.

Overall: Perhaps the best amber ale I’ve ever had. I would have it again.  Reasonable value.  Very well crafted.  18 out of 20.