BeerCritic


Avery Hog Heaven BWSA
Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

Avery's Hog Heaven BWSA

Style and Glass: BWSA, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.2% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $7.19

Aroma: Very nice. Aromatic. Grapes, hay, olive oil. Spices. Flowery. A very inviting scent. Foretells of a certain kind of wallop.

Visuals: Beautiful packaging, as with most Avery brews. The reddish slightly hazy body seems angry, ruby, bloody. It is fairly brilliant to start, but gets hazier with pour. Thick off white head and lace are staying, sticky, and wonderful.

Taste: Beautifully balanced. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is clearly a lingering burn, mixed with a sweet tea moment. Delicious, bitter, and satisfying, but most surprising of all, it can be tasted. Restrained, and wonderfully so. Nice hop bitterness throughout, but the malt is forefront. On a longer sip, fruits emerge. Cherry, grape, melon, sweetness, but not overly so. Warm, spicy, and simply delightful.

Palate: A long lasting flavor of tea, hops, licorice, grapefruit, and cherry. A wonderful warming sensation throughout, clearly due to the ABV, but the usual burn on the palate is missing. That’s killer.

Overall: Near the top of my list for Barelywines. I prefer a bit more of a cloying flavor in a BWSA, whereas this is much dryer. I’ll search this out again though. I’d love to pair it with a medium rare steak, some al dente green vegetables with a spicy sauce, or a spicy potato masala dosa.

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Uinta 15th Anniversary Barleywine

I picked up a 6 of this brew on spec at Super Saver Pennington for about $11. It’s 10.4% ABV in 12 oz. I poured it into a snifter as per the style.

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.



Rock Art Vermonster

Style and Glass: BWSA, snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $4.09

Aroma: wonderful, floral, exquisite, burning.

Visuals: better design, reddish brown, hazy, long lasting thinner white head, sticky lace.

Taste: well balanced, less malt, more hops, medium high strength.

Palate: low quality, spongy, terricloth texture, longer finish.

Overall: Immensely better than its ‘younger brother’ Ridge Runner, but that’s not saying very much. Not a repeat, since I could have a great beer in the same volume at an only slightly higher price in Ruination, not a favorite, not very valuable, low craft. It’s a shame really, Rock Art has some very nice and affordable imperial IPAs.



Weyerbacher Heresy

Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 8% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Jack’s Wine Sense, Ewing, NJ for $4.99

Aroma: nice, wonderful, permeating, oak, liquor, tannins, rose, whiskey. 10 out of 10.

Visuals: medium high design, black, oily, thick tan head, great, sticky lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: expertly balanced, heavy malt, heavy hops, heavy strength, heavy craft. 10 out of 10.

Palate: high quality, sandy texture, long chocolate finish. 5 out of 5.

Overall: It’s almost a crime for me to have beer this good for this price. This is a fantastic, affordable, high quality treat, I’ll have it again for sure, a new favorite, high value, expertly crafted. About the only thing I don’t like about the whole experience is the cheesy graphic on the label. 20 out of 20.



Avery Salvation Belgian Strong Ale

Style and Glass: Belgian Strong Ale; Trappist, Tulip
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Super Saver, Pennington, NJ for $6.99

Aroma: wonderful, banana, peach, fruit. 8 out of 10.

Visuals: fine label design, brilliant, golden, clear, thin white head, nice lace. 5 out of 5.

Taste: mostly malt, little hops, medium strength, lower craft, washy. 6 out of 10.

Palate: medium quality, washy texture, soft medium finish. 3 out of 5.

Overall: not nearly as good as Golden Monkey — more like a high ABV Hoegaarden, not a repeat, not a favorite, lower value, lower craft. 13 out of 20.



Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale’s Rocky Mountain Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%
Calories: estimated at 150 C
Volume: 12 fl oz can
Glass: 6 oz goblet
Purchased at: West Trenton Wine and Liquor
Price: 1.59
Consumed at: Home

sensory first impression: Nice rippled creamy head. Beautiful color — off white head on a golden, amber, brown, varied body. Clear, bright sparkling. Hoppy aroma and wonderful flavor of pine and citrus.

Aroma: 10 out of 10
Spicy, coriander, Pine, Grapefruit, sludgy texture, clay, flowery.

Visuals: 5 out of 5
Amber, brown, golden, variant body with long lasting head of off white. Nicely laced.

Taste: 10 out of 10
heavy malt overtones, slightly sweet aftertaste, very hoppy bitter presence, sour in after taste.

Palate: 4 out of 5
Body is medium-full. Mouthfeel is clay and mold. Texture is dull, but wonderful. Carbonation is visually present, and active. Finish is long, sweet, sour, and deep.

Overall experience: 18 out of 20. I liked the uniquity of the canned delivery, the surprise of the quality, the aroma, the color, and the flavor.



Anchor Old Foghorn BWSA

Glass: snifter
Purchased at: Issac Newton’s, Newtown, PA
Price: $6.00
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 9 %
IBU: n/a
Estimated Calories: 190 C
RateBeer Rating: 97

Aural: quiet opening, little carbonation, simple pour

Aroma 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: sharp

Impression: nice

Malt Aroma: grapes
Hops Aroma
: roses
Other Aroma
: alcohol

Notes: An inviting and forewarning aroma. Enticing and siren like.

Appearance 5 out of 5

Color: brown

Clarity: hazy

Head Retention: persistent

Lace: medium

Notes: ruby body and wispy white head – quite beautiful.

Flavor 10 out of 10

Intensity: strong

Balance: bitter

Impression: very nice

Malt Flavor: grain sweet toffee licorice
Hops Flavor: dust cinnamon lemon sugar
Other: alcohol

Notes: A wonderful flavor, full of wine live depth and flavors. Very sweet, but not cloying.

Palate 5 out of 5

Mouthfeel

Sensation: slick warming

Body: full

Carbonation: average

Finish

Length:  long

Intensity: strong

Balance: sweet

Notes: A surprisingly deep mix of hoppy bitterness and sugary sweetness. Well done.

General Impression: 18 out of 20

Craftmanship:  excellent

Freshness: fresh

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.