Nogne 0 #100 Barleywine Style Ale (Imperial IPA)

Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Price: $7.59
Size: 16.9 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: 80
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 100

Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity:  strong
Balance: sweet and sharp
Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor:
pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.

Appearance out of 5
Color:  brown
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance:  sweet and quite bitter
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor:
earth herbal resin citrus
pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.

Palate 5 out of 5

Sensation: creamy drying warming
Body:  full
Carbonation: medium

Length: long
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Notes: whole mouth is affected – sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company.  It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.

Coniston Bluebird Bitter

ABV: 4.2%
Calories: estimated at 200C
Volume: 16.9 fl oz
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Fine Wines and Liquors
Price per fl oz: $5 / 16.9 fl oz = $0.29 per fl oz
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Much like an IPA in aroma, taste and body. Nice long bitter after taste. Citrus overtones. A very nice, spicy beer.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, bread, hay, nuts, toasted
Hop flavor is: resin, citrus, pine
Yeast flavor is: dust, silt, clay, crisp
Other flavors include: clove, raisin, walnut

Visuals/Appearance: 4 out of 5
Color is: bright, golden, amber, dark tones throughout – beautiful contrast and clarity.
Liquid is: clear, moving, sparkling
Head and lace are: thick, frothy, white, with nice lacing.

Taste/Flavor: 9 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: light

Palate/Tactile: 4 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: light to medium
Texture is: sticky, oceanic, gritty
Carbonation is: soft
Finish is: astringent, bitter, long

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the flavor, body, head, lacing and other visual aspects. Very easily drinkable. The aroma is so very nice. This is a very well executed beer.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2008

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale 25th edition
ABV: 9.6%
Calories: estimated at 200 C
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: wine goblet
Purchased at: Circle Liquors, Pennington
Price per fl oz: $2.75 / 12 fl oz = $0.22 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Amazing – rich overwhelming powerful ale – great hoppy depth and wonderful color. yellow head on a ruby deep body. Amazingly deep and full orange, reds, and browns.

Aroma/Olfactory: 9 out of 10
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, dark bread, rich hay, oatmeal, nuts, roasted
Hop flavor is: resinous, floral, grassy, citrusy, grapefruit, orange
Yeast flavor is: doughy, moldy, spongey
Other flavors include: deep alcohol, medicine, licorice, raisin, sulfur, oak

Visuals/Appearance: 5 out of 5
Color is: bright, ruby, amazing
Liquid is: clear, jumping
Head and lace are: fantastic – head is nice, with beautiful color, with a very sticky lace.

Taste/Flavor: 10 out of 10
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: heavy
Sour level is: heavy

Palate/Tactile: 5 out of 5
Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, oceanic, cardboard
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: heavily astringent, bitter, abrupt, long, and strong

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the bitterness, the sweetness, the depth, the color, the lace, and just about everything else. I loved this brew.

Great Divide Old Ruffian Barleywine Style Ale

ABV: 10.2%
RateBeer rating: 98
Calories: estimated at 400C
Volume: 22 fl oz
Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: 4.99 on special who knows why.
Consumed at: home

First Impression: Impressive in presence and aroma. Aroma is raisins, prunes, and cherries. Sour is the leading scent. Visuals are mostly deep red and ruby body with a thin tan head. Taste is amazing. Active all over the mouth. Sweet, sour, bitter, hoppy, fruity, toasted. Grapefruit, nuts, cherries, and alcohol dominate. Palate is crisp with a dry long, very enjoyable finish. Second Impression – really takes a hold of you and does not let go. A deep and hoppy experience. Delicious, and very good. This is only my second Great divide brew, but they are very clearly my favorite brewer.

Aroma: 9 out of 10

Visuals: 5 out of 5

Taste: 10 out of 10

Palate: 4 out of 5

Overall: 19 out of 20