BeerCritic


Stone Old Guardian BWSA

First Published on June 13th, 2008

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Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $6.49
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 11.26%
IBU: n/a

Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour

Aroma 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma:
mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma:
grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear

Head Retention: poor
Lace: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Impression: amazing
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor:
dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other:
mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

General Impression: 19 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.

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Guinness Extra Stout

ABV: 5%
Calories: estimated at 300 C
Volume: 22oz
Glass: pilsner
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors
Price per fl oz: $4.50 / 22 fl oz = $.20 per fl oz
Consumed at: home

sensory first impression: Rich, deep, roasted malty aroma – different from regular Guinness stout in this way. Head and pour are absolutely beautiful. Color is an inpenetrable black except for a ruby hint around the edge. Wow – taste is deep, malty, syrupy, cloying, and dessertish. Heavy on the tongue and surprising flavor for a 5% abv. Has overarching oak and wine flavor. This has all of what regular Guinness is missing – depth, bite, hops, flavor, and character.

Aroma/Olfactory:
Malt flavor is: caramel, syrupy, coffee, roasted
Hop flavor is: resinous, hay, grapefruit, pepper
Yeast flavor is: crumbs, leather, very dry.
Other flavors include: alcohol, tomato paste, medicine, raisin, sulfur, soy sauce, walnut, oak

Visuals/Appearance:
Color is: black, ruby highlights
Liquid is: darkest night.
Head and lace are: bumpy, frothy, tan, brown, with classic lacing.

Taste/Flavor:
Maltiness or Sweetness level is: medium to heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium to heavy
Sour level is: light to medium

Palate/Tactile:
Body or Mouthfeel is: full, raging
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, gritty, large particles, paper towel, cardboard
Carbonation is: lively
Finish is: astringent, long, syrupy, very nice.

Overall experience: An absolutely stunning beer for its distribution. I liked to punch, the bitterness, the depth, the warmth, the color, and the flavor. I did not like a slight metallic tinge, the price, or the idea that the regular stout is so deeply different than this.



Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: OakTree BuyRite, South Plainfield, NJ (Thanks, Jason and Matt)
Price: $3.99 (!)
Size: 16.9 fl oz
ABV: 8.2%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 300 C
RateBeer Rating: 96

Aural: quiet opening, visible carbonation, heady pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: banana bread, vanilla, walnut
Hops Aroma
: cinnamon, orange
Other Aroma
: banana

Notes: One of the clearest banana aromas I’ve ever encountered.

Appearance 4 out of 5

Color: amber

Clarity: hazy, nearly opaque.

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: present

Notes: beautiful, deep, hazy, thick, and dark with depth.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: nice

Malt Flavor: wheat, quick bread, maple syrup, walnut, caramel
Hops Flavor: cinnamon, clove, orange, lemon
Other: banana

Notes: Very much the taste profile of banana bread – nicely done. Very hoppy for something that has the impression of sweetness.

Palate 4 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming

Body: full

Carbonation: medium

Finish

Length: long

Intensity: medium

Balance: bitter

Notes: A very bitter, fruity finish. Very nice.

General Impression: 19 out of 20

Craftmanship: excellent

Freshness: fresh

Personal Taste:  loved

Notes: Reminds me of Chouffe’s Dobblen IPA. A very nice mix of hops, sweetness, fruitiness, Belgian style, American ingenuity, and craft.



Speakeasy Double Daddy Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.5%
RateBeer rating: 90
Calories: estimated at 190 C
Volume: 12 fl oz.
Glass: tulip, snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Consumed at: home

Tanka: Of the Imperial Order

golden with white head
walnut, pine and licorice
long, bitter finish
well balanced and delicious
an imperial richness

aroma 9 out of 10
visuals 4 out of 5
taste 8 out of 10
palate 4 out of 5
overall 16 out of 20



Green Flash Barleywine Style Ale 2008

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Price: $4.79
Size: 22 fl oz
ABV: 10%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating:  93

Aural: quiet opening, gentle carbonation, uneventful pour

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

Malt Aroma: raisin prunes
Hops Aroma:
rose spicy grapefruit
Other Aroma:
grapes, sour, cherry
Notes: An amazing aroma. Incapacitating.

Appearance 5 out of 5
Color: dark ruby
Clarity: brilliant

Head Retention: average
Lace: poor
Notes: A menacing appearance – deep beautiful ruby color with brilliant clarity under an off white yellow head.

Flavor 10 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: bitter
Impression:  very nice
Malt Flavor: barley, pumpernickel, brown sugar, walnut, toffee, dark roast
Hops Flavor:
flint, tropical flowers, red pepper flake, grapefruit
Other:
maple syrup, raisins
Notes: wonderful, deep, rich, bold, dark, raisin, delicious, favorite

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: drying warming
Body: full
Carbonation: average
Finish

Length:  long
Intensity:  strong
Balance:  bitter
Notes: bitter, long finish, strong, alcohol

General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: well done, great price, praiseworthy, fantastic



Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru Belgian Strong Ale

Glass: Large Tulip
Purchased at: Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ
Price: $8.99
Size: 25.4 fl oz
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99

Aural: opening is explosive, but contained over a few minutes of caution. carbonation is very active and audible, pour after calming is beautiful and quiet.

Aroma 8 out of 10
Intensity: medium
Balance: sweet
Impression: inviting

Malt Aroma: grain bread sweet toast nut
Hops Aroma:
earth floral herbal
Other Aroma:
fruit cherry, peach,
Notes: inviting, nice, fruity, mild

Appearance 4 out of 5
Color: dark
Clarity: quite cloudy
Head Retention: poor
Notes: head dissipates almost instantly to absolutely nothing. The body is quite beautiful though – murky, cloudy, and reminds you of what it might be like to swim in the dirty seas of countries that have no concern for pollution. Scary, in a way.

Flavor 9 out of 10
Intensity: strong
Balance: between sweet and bitter. Interesting.
Impression: nice
Malt Flavor: rice, Italian bread, whole wheat toast, walnut
Hops Flavor:
soil, dying flowers, tea
Other:
cherry, celery, peas
Notes: A very interesting, dark taste. Full bodied, deeply flavorful, and not easily drank. Alcohol is expertly hidden.

Palate 5 out of 5
Mouthfeel

Sensation: sticky, warming
Body: full
Carbonation: highly carbonated, like seltzer
Finish

Length: long
Intensity: medium
Balance: more bitter
Notes: A bit of ash, yeast, and tea in the finish. Again, quite interesting mix of fruit, texture, and color.

General Impression: 17 out of 20
Craftmanship: excellent
Freshness: fresh
Personal Taste: liked quite a bit
Notes: A once in a while treat – not one of my favorites, but glad to have tried it as a specialty.



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.