Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Rogue | Tags: amber, bitter, classic, clean, craft, crisp, deep, delicious, fresh, fun, golden, grapefruit, grassy, great, hazy, hoppy, hops, impressive, inventive, lasting, lingers, long lasting, Malty, mellow, nice, phenomenal, pine, resin, sour, special treat, strong, sweet, tingles, unique, well balanced, white head
Style and Glass: IPA; tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 6.2% in 5 liters estimated at 1,000,000 C
Purchased at: Bensalem Beer and Soda for $34.59
Aroma: mellow, sour, grassy. Hops come through nicely.
Visuals: The 5L can is impressive, unique, and a great way to draw beer. Fun, inventive packaging for craft brew. A bit hazy, golden to amber in color, with a long lasting white head that thins but does not disappear. Lace is phenomenal.
Taste: Very well balanced, with a malty, sweet start and a bitter hoppy finish. All the classic flavors you’d expect: pine, grapefruit, and resin. Dark malty finish is delicious. Flavor is deep, strong, and lasting.
Palate: Fresh, clean, and crisp, but lingers nicely on the front and back of the tongue. Tingles throughout the mouth.
Overall: A special treat from a great brewer. As close to the tap as I’ll have at home. I’d love to have it again, but I doubt I’ll ever see it again, after I slowly enjoy these 14 glasses. Delicious.
Filed under: De Dolle, Foreign Stout (snifter, tulip) | Tags: alcohol, bitter, black, chocolate, earth, espresso, hoppy, opaque, resin, rich, roast, strong, Toffee, unique
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Size: 11.2 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96
Aural: opening is a long chore. carbonation is overstimulated, pour takes five minutes.
Aroma 8 out of 10
Impression: a bit off
Malt Flavor: alcohol toffee chocolate roast
Hops Flavor: earth resin
Other: a bit chemical
Notes: alcohol dominates the aroma
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and bitter
Malt Flavor: burnt caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor: earth resin
Other: licorice, espresso, dark, roasted, rich
Notes: A taste that more than makes up for other failings.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.
General Impression: 16 out of 20
Freshness: seems a bit stale
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Again, having trouble with a De Dolle bottle opening, which is highly disappointing, considering the cost. Luckily, I’ve mastered the art of opening overcarbonated/yeast issue beers.