Stone Old Guardian Oak-Smoked Barleywine

And now I’m all caught up. This was a brew that I picked up awhile ago. It’s part of the odd beers in odd years series from Stone. I’ve never had their regular version, so I really don’t have much to compare it to. But, I’m interested to see what this one has to offer.

ABV: 11.4%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our ‘Odd Beers for Odd Years’ program has afforded us the happy opportunity to experiment beyond our customary annual recipe tweaks and unleash a second version of this tasty brew in tandem with the classic release. We added a substantial dose of German oak-smoked malt to this year’s odd year brew, enveloping it in a generous smokiness that complements its rich malt character and slightly dry finish without diminishing the vivid hop flavors and bitterness.”

Random: So the Yanks are going to deal for Vernon Wells? Interesting…

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep and dark chestnut color with little carbonation visible throughout. The nose was relatively light. I got some oak and smoke and booze. The taste was very strong. Oak and smoke were the only things that I got at first. Then I got some caramel and toffee and some hop bitterness as well. When I first opened the beer, it was way too intense, but it mellowed out as it warmed. The body was very dry and thick with low carbonation. The finish was long and bitter with some booze. Although I did pick up on the booze, it wasn’t as intense as I would have guessed. This was a great sipping beer that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Founders All Day IPA

This is a brew that I’ve read a lot about in the past year. I’ve been waiting for it to come to New Jersey. As you probably have figured out, I’m a huge hop head and I especially like to have a good go-to session beer since baseball season is coming up. Let’s see how this one does.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.”

Random: It looks like the snow has finally stopped.

This one poured with a finger of white head that was slow to dissipate and left slight lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark straw yellow color with generous carbonation. The nose was big…in your fact citrus hops, specifically grapefruit. Quite yummy. The taste was clean, flavorful and crisp. I got citrus hops with grapefruit and grass. There was no malt to this brew at all. Not that I’m complaining mind you. The body was on the thinner side with high carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with grapefruit. This would be a good, flavorful lawnmower beer in the summer. I’ll definitely be buying a few more sixers of this one. Grab it as soon as you can.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Weihenstephaner Korbinian

I’m almost completely caught up on the posting. I really have to try to find time to post more than once a week, then I wouldn’t get so freaking backlogged. Anyways, I picked up another brew from Weihenstephaner to try. I tend not to like the style, but we’ll see how it goes.

ABV: 7.4%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: This comes in at 32 IBUs.

Random: I’ve been watching a lot of World War II movies lately. I just finished “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas” and now I’m watching “Europa, Europa.” The first one, although fictional was very poignant and moving. I would definitely see it again. The one I’m watching now is subtitled in English. It sounds like it’s in Polish mostly.

This poured with a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly and left a bit of lacing on the mug. The body was a clear and deep brown with heavy carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose had licorice, heavy malt, chocolate and dark fruit. This was a malt bomb for sure. The taste was cocoa, licorice and malt sweetness. The booze was pretty invisible in this one. The body was thick with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with licorice pronounced. I could appreciate the flavor in the brew and that this was a well made beer, but it just wasn’t my style. It is definitely worth a try, especially if you like maltier beers. I may even give this a shot in a year or two to see if my tastes change.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

St. Bernardus Prior 8

Yet another Belgian from my gift set stash. You want to talk about a brewery that can do no wrong? It’s this one. Every single beer that I’ve had from them is knock your socks off good. I’m hoping that this beer continues the trend…

ABV: 8%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “St.Bernardus Prior 8 is a traditional abbey ale brewed in the classic ‘Dubbel’ style of Belgium’s Best Abbey Ales. It has a ruby to purple color, smooth, creamy richness of texture that is almost oily, and a malt-fruit complexity reminiscent of coconut. (8% alc. vol.)
It finds the perfect balance between sweet, bitter and malty tastes. One of the original recipes from the days of license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren”

Random: The cat finally woke up. What a life.

This brew poured with a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark brown color with heavy carbonation. The nose was Belgian yeast, dates, figs and some booze. The flavor was nutty, then the dark fruit came in with figs and then candi sugar as well. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with yeast and a touch of alcohol warmth. This beer was just outstanding. It could be the best dubbel I’ve had. It was flavorful and well-rounded and had a nice and clean finish. I would definitely have this one again. If you haven’t tried it, get your hands on it immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale

This is yet another beer that Kate picked up for me that I had on the first day of spring. Of course, I have a winter warmer when it is spring, but it looks like we have a little bit left of winter. I’ve only had a few brews from these guys, but so far they’ve been pretty good. Let’s see how this one goes.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Winter Warmer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Warmth. Our Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale is a hand-crafted ‘winter warmer’ with a deep amber hue and a rich, malty mouthfeel. Hints of toffee, spice, and caramel tickle the senses while the smooth, creamy finish will lift your spirits; a perfect beer to share with friends and family during the cold days and long nights of winter.”

Random: My cat has been asleep on a barstool for the past 3 hours.

This brew poured with a half a finger of light, tan head that dissipated quickly and left a hint of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a cloudy, dark mahogany color with lots of visible sediment throughout the beer. There was also moderate carbonation visible throughout. The nose has alcohol, caramel and bready malt coupled with some holiday spice. The taste was very spicy with figs and malt present but in the background. Maple syrup came through as well. The body was thick with high carbonation on the tongue. This was only an alright beer. The spice needs to be dialed down a little bit to be more enjoyable. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale

Kate seems to have this love affair with Arcadia beers. Not that she actually drinks them, of course. But, anytime she does a beer run for me, I feel like she comes home with a different six-pack of their beers. Soon, I’ll have tried the entire lineup. Let’s crack this one open…

ABV: 8%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our tribute to the Scottish Highlands, this beer offers a gorgeous garnet color joined by the aroma of ripe plums and freshly-baked biscuits. The rich, full-bodied texture reveals notes of roasted chestnuts and caramel in a smooth single-malt style of brew. Balanced with just the right amount of hop character, this beer delights with crisp alcohol finish.”

Random: The name of the beer is pretty witty. Hopefully it tastes good too.

This brew poured with a full finger of off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with high carbonation. On the nose, I got dark malts, booze and some peat. There was smoke there as well. It smelled quite nicely. The taste was peat and smoke up front, then booze came through with caramel and toffee and burnt coffee. The body was heavy, even for the style. The carbonation was at a moderate level. The finish was long and peaty with a touch of bitterness. This was a really enjoyable beer, my only complaint about it would be how heavy the beer was. I couldn’t have more than one or two in a sitting.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Evil Genius Evil Eye PA

I continue to have this problem when we go out, especially since I’m approaching 1,000 reviews. I’ve had most draft selections wherever Kate and I find ourselves. This was the only other beer on the tap list at The Draft House that I hadn’t quaffed yet.


ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American IPA is made with an abundance of hops from around the world. A burst of citrus aromas engulf the nose, while sweet malt flavors balance the hop bite. This beer can be enjoyed year-round as an everyday IPA by craft enthusiasts and newcomers, alike.”

Random: I first tried Evil Genius beers during Philly Beer Week last year. They were very popular at the bars that we went to.

This one poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany color with light visible carbonation. The nose was grapefruit hops couple with malt right behind it. The taste was all Centennial hops to me. I got stinky, grassy hops with grapefruit pith. It was very reminiscent of a West Coast IPA. The body was quite thick for the style with moderate to high carbonation. The finish was long with citrus and grassy hops. I really enjoyed this beer, despite the fact that it doesn’t get rave reviews on beer sites. It satisfied my hop craving and went really well with my goat cheese and portabello mushroom salad. I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0