Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Struise | Tags: Beverages, chocolate, coffee, Food, Home, Palate, Shopping, syrup
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.
Filed under: Dogfish Head | Tags: death by chocolate, hazy, jumping, knocks you over, long finish, overwhelming, rich, sipper, syrup, Syrupy, whack, wispy
Originally published on Published on: Sep 6, 2008 @ 2:55
ABV: 21 %
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
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.
Filed under: Bear Republic, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: beautiful packaging, black, corn, fort knox, hay, hefty, high hops, high quality, intricate lace, longer finish, low malt, marshmallow, medium strength, opaque, smooth texture, syrup, thin tan head, very nice, well balanced
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.
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: Ellezelloise, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: amazing, beautiful design, chocolate, deep brown, heather, little hops, little lace, low strength, lower quality, medium craft, mostly malt, mostly opaque, quick finish, smooth texture, syrup, thin white head, unbalanced
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.