Filed under: Eel River, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol in front, bright, delicious, dust, frothy, heady, heavy, iced tea, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, little hops, long lasting tan head, medium finish, mostly malt, musk, nice, nicely packaged, oak, quite hazy, rocky, rose colored glasses, smooth, thick sticky lace, unbalanced, warming, whiskey, wood
Style and Glass: Old Ale, Snifter; English Pint
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.7% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver Pennington, NJ for $6.99
Aroma: nice, heady, whiskey, oak, wood, musk, dust
Visuals: nicely packaged, rose colored glasses, iced tea, quite hazy, long lasting tan head, rocky, frothy, thick sticky lace.
Taste: whiskey, unbalanced, mostly malt, little hops, alcohol in front, warming, bright, heavy.
Palate: delicious, warming, smooth, like a thinner 120 minute IPA, medium finish.
Overall: Enjoyable. Good winter night brew.
Filed under: Imperial Stout (snifter), Southern Tier | Tags: alcohol, as usual, beautiful packaging, bitter finish, black, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, cream, delicious, high quality, like a night in the deep woods, milk chocolate, nice tan head, opaque, smooth texture, So nice, sourness, strong, strong lace, syrupy chocolate, tight bitter finish, utter darkness, warm, warming, well balanced
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Burlington for $8.99
Aroma: So nice, cocoa, chocolate, milk chocolate, sourness, cream, caramel, alcohol.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, as usual, utter darkness, like a night in the deep woods, black, opaque, nice tan head, strong lace.
Taste: Well balanced, syrupy chocolate, tight bitter finish, warming, strong, delicious.
Palate: High quality, smooth texture, warm, bitter finish.
Overall: dessert in a bottle. I’d have it again in a heartbeat. Likely my favorite chocolate imperial stout. It turns it to 11. Nicely done once again by Southern Tier.
Filed under: Anchor, Barleywine Style Ale (snifter) | Tags: alcohol, beautiful, bitter, brown, depth, expensive, grapes, great, hazy, hoppy, lovely, nice, persistent head, quiet, roses, ruby, sharp, simple, siren, slick, strong, sweet, warming, well done, wispy, wonderful
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
Estimated Calories: 190 C
RateBeer Rating: 97
Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, simple pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Malt Aroma: grapes
Hops Aroma: roses
Other Aroma: alcohol
Notes: An inviting and forewarning aroma. Enticing and siren like.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: ruby body and wispy white head – quite beautiful.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Impression: very nice
Malt Flavor: grain sweet toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: dust cinnamon lemon sugar
Notes: A wonderful flavor, full of wine live depth and flavors. Very sweet, but not cloying.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: slick warming
Notes: A surprisingly deep mix of hoppy bitterness and sugary sweetness. Well done.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: A great beer, but hard to find and a bit expensive at $6 a bottle. I hope it comes to Jersey soon.
Filed under: IPA (shaker, tulip), Stone | Tags: appealing, balanced, bitter, delicious, flowers, grapefruit, hazy, heavy, hoppy, lemon, long lasting, remarkable, resin, sour, sweet, warming
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Tulip Goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Liquor
Consumed on: Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm
first impression: A quickly dissipating head and a slightly unfiltered, hazy appearance gives a mixed bag of anticipation, but I’ve had this beer before, and know what I’m in for. The grapefruit is amazingly present in the aroma, and the color, while not the most interesting or poetic, is certainly not unappealing. The taste is remarkable. It warms, and travels down the chest with a trail of hops. It is a beer with a taste history to it. You can remember the flavor for minutes after, and it is a great flavor. Wonderfully bitter with heavy malt undercurrents. It is an exemplar of an IPA.
Malt is roasted, toasty, and weighs heavily on the flavor.
Hops are resinous, very flowery, and brimming with grapefruit and lemon.
Yeast/Bacteria reminds one of a stack of stone slabs, a hint of surface water but not odoriferous or negative in impression.
It is tasty, heady, commanding, intoxicating, present, heavy, and delicious.
Color is pale, orange, single noted, and without real depth.
Liquid is just a bit hazy and quiet.
Head is gone, but the lace is remarkable present. Hangs more on the glass than the volume itself. Quite white at the start.
Sweet in a slight way, but more bitter
Bitter is the overarching sentiment here, and it delivers in droves. It’s not ruination, but it’s not far off, IMHO.
Sour notes come with the bitter and citrus components.
Beatifully balanced in hops and malt.
Body/Mouthfeel is full and long lasting.
Texture is slightly cloying, not in a sweet way, and not like a stout, but it does not dissipate quickly.
Carbonation is crisp but not visually active.
Finish is quite bitter, and nicely so.
Second impression: Overall, this is a great beer, a fantastic example of an IPA, a strong exemplar of Stone’s lineup, and just a pleasure to have. One of my favorite beers, by far.