BeerCritic


Struise Black Albert Imperial Stout
08/03/2009, 10:03 PM
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Struise | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and syrup. roasted malted barley, wood, and sweetness. Completely opaque, dark with a tan long lasting head. Crisp, very sour, syrup, striking flavor. Interesting and wonderful, very different. Alcohol is exquisitely hidden. Long sour finish, with a generally crisp and active palate. A very special brew.

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Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Beer Review: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Originally published on Published on: Sep 6, 2008 @ 2:55

ABV: 21 %
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: Trappist
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Consumed at: home

Former Impression: Wow. Knocks you over. 0-60 in 3 sips. The aroma fills the room with flowery hops. The malt is jumping. The bottle conditioning is a nice touch. I like a little haze in my 21% ABV ale (!). It’s syrupy with sweetness. It seems like a barleywine style, except for the IPA overtones. You are absolutely forced to sip and recover. The aftertaste is long, palate damaging, and delicious. I would find it hard to pair this with anything but the richest foods. This is the death by chocolate of hoppy beers. Thick yellowish head reduces to a wispy white foam with nice lacing.  The reputation of this beer precedes it and it does not disappoint, though I thought I would enjoy it a bit more than I am, it simply whacks you over the head. It’s like trying to drink coke syrup. It’s exactly what I asked for, but as they say, be careful of what you ask for, they might serve it to you in a 12 oz bottle for 9 bucks.

Current Impression: It is the essential full bodied beer. There is no other like it, save for some Avery brews. It is overwhelming, delicious in very small quantities, and a force to be reckoned with. There is very little to compare to this collection of peach, cherry, chocolate syrup, hops bitterness, and mint leaves. Superb.



St. Bernardus Prior 8

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong, trappist
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C

Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $17.00 as a part of a gift pack complete with glass.

Aroma: sour, fainter, flowers, metallic, mold

Visuals: inviting, dark, moat, deep brown, nearly opaque, thin, staying, off white head, tight lace.

Taste: well balanced, maple, syrup, sour, woody, fruity, plum, cherry, orange, slightly bitter.

Palate: whole tongue active, sweet, bitter, delicious, mellow, blunt, long dark finish.

Overall: Delicious and remarkable. Deep, dark, and multi-layered. I’d love to have it again, though generally, I prefer sweeter Belgian variants.



Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.1 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at:Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ  for $4.89

Aroma: hefty, hay, corn, marshmallow, syrup, very nice.

Visuals: beautiful packaging, fort knox, black, opaque, thin tan head, intricate lace.

Taste: well balanced, low malt, high hops, medium strength.

Palate: high quality, smooth texture, longer finish.

Overall: Hard to tell what this even tastes like after the Mikkeller Black, but the quality shines through. A repeat, could even be a favorite. high value. Medium high craft.



He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA

Style and Glass: DIPA; snifter, tulip
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.



Smuttynose Smuttonator

Style and Glass: Doppelbock; mug, stein, stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $5.89

Aroma: nice, syrup, maple, mold, rose, citrus.

Visuals: interesting packaging, iced tea, reddish brown, slightly hazy, off white long lasting head, intricate lace.

Taste: well balanced, high malt, medium hops, medium high strength.

Palate: high quality, spicy, scratchy, dry, longer drying finish.

Overall: A very well done beer, and one of the few doppelbocks I’ve truly enjoyed. If they were all like this, I might like the style more. I’d have this again, though it’s not what I’d call a favorite. High value for a well crafted brew.



La Biere des Collines Hercule Stout

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories:9 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $3.00

Aroma: amazing, chocolate, syrup, heather. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful design, deep brown, mostly opaque, thin white head, little lace. 3 out of 5.

Taste: unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, low strength, medium craft. 6 out of 10.

Palate: lower quality, smooth texture, quick finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: A real disappointment, more of a brown ale than an imperial stout, not a repeat, not a favorite, little value, medium craft. 15 out of 20.