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Victory Hop Wallop
Victory Hop Wallop

Victory Hop Wallop

Glass: snifter, tulip
Originally Purchased at: Laurenti’s ShopRite, Hamilton, NJ on July 3rd, 2008

Today: A gift from Bryan K and Angel B – Thanks!

Price: $1.83
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.5%
Estimated Calories: 250 C in 12  oz
RateBeer Rating: 93

Aural: quiet opening, good carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 9 out of 10

Intensity: medium

Balance: sweet

Impression:  very nice

Malt Aroma: wheat, rye, brown sugar, toast ed peanuts, light caramel
Hops Aroma
: dust, fern, star anise, lemon
Other Aroma
: tea, peach

Notes: An absolutely amazing, if faint, aroma. Wondrous and inviting.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: copper

Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: intricate

Notes: A beautiful presence, nicely retained white head, simple lacing, and a deep copper body.

Flavor 9 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, rye, cane sugar, roasted peanuts, light caramel
Hops Flavor: dust, lemon, orange, zest,
Other: tea, oatmeal

Notes: Likely the best feature of this delicious brew – very hoppy, not well balanced, likely on purpose. Bitterness is key.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: sour cream, oil, tea towel

Body: full

Carbonation: faint

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Notes: A delicious and richly textured finish.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness:  fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: One of my favorite beers.



Mad River Steelhead Extra Stout

A thick sticky tan head above an opaque black body, Aroma is coffee, nuts, caramel, and tea. Taste is sweet, tea, licorice, taffy, and pepper. Texture is smooth, with a nice rounded mouthfeel. A great session, even if not by definition. Very enjoyable, and extremely affordable, at $12 a case at Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ.

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Weyerbacher Muse Saison Farmhouse Ale

Style and Glass: Saison, Tulip; flute
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 300 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $1.66

Aroma: nice, flowery, wheat, rice, hay, dust, mold, field, grass.

Visuals: wacky label, sunset at harvest, pale, orange, brilliant at first pour, hazy after, wispy head stays, loose lace.

Taste: unbalanced, corn, barley, rice, little hops, subtle, delicious.

Palate: silky, smooth, tea, light, crisp finish.

Overall: A very nice light saison. I’ve had it a few times now, and I enjoy it. I prefer stronger brews, but this is a nice, lighter session brew. Unbelievable value for the price.



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.



Founders Backwoods Bastard

This is the bourbon barrel aged version of Dirty Bastard, which I enjoyed very much. Oak aging usually does not add a lot for me, though I’m endlessly interested in the way it alters the flavor. This brew comes in at 9.2% ABV in a 12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, NJ for about $2.50 a bottle and 200 Calories.

The color is beautiful. A deep ruby red, almost opaque. Good lacing with a thinner but persistent light tan foamy head.

The aroma is sweet, oak, and tea. Alcohol is present in the nose. Lots of leather, and the aroma is quite strong.

The flavor is mostly whiskey. Very penetrated with the oak aging. Good finish, smoky, dark and burnt. A superlative scotch ale. Founders knows how to do it right.

The palate is prickly — lightly carbonated and long lasting. Very dark, intense flavors. A very well done brew.

Overall, I like this quite a bit. Better, IMHO, than Oaked Arrogant Bastard which does not balance the aging nearly as well. I’d have this again. Not a favorite, but I simply prefer heavier stouts.



Southern Tier Back Burner BWSA

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 95, BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.99 (sale)

Aroma: amazing, delicious, tea, herbs, alluring. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: beautiful, blood red moon, quickly thinning, off white head, interesting lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: blunt, delicious, silky, mild, surprising, very well crafted. 10 out of 10.

Palate: dull, numbing, medium to long bitter finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: Taste is smooth and alcohol is amazingly disguised. Very interesting aroma — more than inviting. I would have it again, and it is a favorite. It was very well crafted. 20 out of 20.



Anchor Porter

RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 98, porter, english pint or stem glass
ABV, Volume & Calories: 5.6% in 12 fl oz. estimated at 150 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $2.50

Aroma: leather, funk, armpit. feet. 7 out of 10.

Visuals: opaque, black and oily, persistent tan head, thick lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: leather, tea, licorice, corn, little hops, well crafted brown style. 8 out of 10.

Palate: flat soda, smooth, quick flat finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: Like delicious but flat root beer. I would not seek it out a second time, but this is not my favorite style. It seems of a high craft. 15 out of 20.