Filed under: Dunklerbock (Mug or snifter), Left hand | Tags: bready, brown ale, chai, cloudy, deep murky brown, flowery, grassy, interesting label, inviting, light, like an aged iced tea, meadow, medium, medium strength, onions, rain, roses, rye, smooth oily texture, some hops, sticky lace, tasty finish, tea, thick off white head, very nice, very well balanced, wheaty
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.
Filed under: Founders, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol, alcohol is well hidden, barnyard, beautiful packaging, bitter finish, candy, delicious, finishes malty, grassy, hay, hazy, high quality, iced tea, leather, long arc of flavor, longer muddy finish, oak, ruby, smoother texture, some minerals, some thin lace, starts malty, sticky, sugary, sweetness, thick legs, thin off white head, very nice, wheat, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99/4
Aroma: Very nice, oak, wine, leather, barnyard, hay, wheat, alcohol, sweetness.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, thick legs, ruby, iced tea, hazy, thin off white head, some thin lace.
Taste: starts malty, finishes malty, sugary, candy, delicious, sticky, long arc of flavor, bitter finish, grassy, some minerals, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate: high quality, smoother texture, longer muddy finish.
Overall: A winner. Like most anything by Founders, I’d surely have this again. Not my favorite style, a bit too sweet for me, but delicious. A bit expensive, but worth the taste.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Uinta | Tags: acrid, beautiful, beautiful lacing, burnt, cherry, deep, figs, hoppy, light viscosity, lingers, long finish, mold, nicely balanced, oak, peaches, pricey, roses, ruby, sponge, static, sweet, tan head, very dry, very nice, whiskey, wine, wonderful
Beautiful deep ruby with a static tan head and beautiful lacing. Viscosity seems a bit light, but no worries.
Aroma is wine, oak, whiskey, figs, and cherry. Wonderful to inhale. Sweet on the intake.
Taste has a nice hoppy bite to balance out the very malty base. Acrid, stays on the tongue towards the front and the back. Mold, roses, and peaches. Burnt. Old cherries. Very nice. Very well done, nicely balanced and tasty. Fruit on the palate. Lingers nicely.
Like a sponge. Very dry. A mouthful of flowers. long wonderful finish.
It’s very nice. I’d love to have it again. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
Filed under: Hoppin Frog, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: bitter, black, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, fully dissipating, hefty hops, hefty malt, hefty viscosity, high quality, high strength, medium bitter finish, no lace, oak, okay packaging, opaque, rye, smooth texture, thin tan head, velvet chocolate cake, very nice, well balanced, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors for $9.49
Aroma: very nice, cocoa, coffee, cream, rye, oak, wine.
Visuals: okay packaging, velvet chocolate cake, black, opaque, thin tan head, fully dissipating, no lace, hefty viscosity.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate, hefty malt, bitter, hefty hops, high strength.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, medium bitter finish.
Overall: delicious and amazing. An absolute repeat. A very nice brew. Medium value. High craft.
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: ABT/Quadrupel (trappist), Allagash | Tags: alcohol, candy, cheese, dry, grapes, great bottle design, haunting, high craft, high hops, high malt, high quality, high strength, increasingly hazy, long fruity finish, no head, no lace, rose, ruby, Slight gush, smooth texture, spinach, very nice, well balanced, wine, wood
ABV, Volume & Calories:10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ
Aroma: Very nice, alcohol, rose, wine, grapes, spinach, cheese, wood. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: Slight gush, great bottle design, haunting, ruby, increasingly hazy, no head, no lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, high malt, candy, high hops, dry, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, long fruity finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: A religious experience, definitely a repeat, a favorite, medium value, high craft. 20 out of 20.
Filed under: Abbaye Des Rocs, Belgian Strong Ale (trappist, tulip, tumbler), Uncategorized | Tags: brown, cherry, chocolate, chunky with sediment, gusher, low strength, medium craft, medium quality, moss, murky, nice label design and packaging, no hops, pure malt, sediment, short fruity finish, smooth texture, Syrupy, unbalanced, very nice, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington, NJ
Aroma: very nice, cherry, chocolate, wine, sediment, moss. 9 out of 10.
Visuals: Gusher (like all Brasserie Des Rocs). nice label design and packaging, brown, murky, chunky with sediment, thin brown head, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: unbalanced, pure malt, syrupy, no hops, low strength, medium craft. 8 out of 10.
Palate: medium quality, smooth texture, short fruity finish. 4 out of 5.
Overall: Very much like iced tea. Alcohol is almost unnoticable, not a repeat, not a favorite, low value, medium craft. 16 out of 20.