Archive for the ‘Bolero Snort Brewery’ Category

One of the things that I enjoy about my new job is that I do a lot of walking. I’ve been trying to get a bit more exercise and this will definitely help. I’m also finding a bunch of new lunch places by my job, including a really good Chinese place. The one thing that’s lacking in the area that we live in is good Chinese food and we’ve tried almost every place around us. Anyways, beer time.


ABV: 7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just like grandma use to brew! Cookie inspired, warming and silky smooth.”

Random: The brewery in town is doing a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing. I think I have to get tickets for that. It sounds like a great event.

The beer poured with a three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a very small crown on top of a dark brown body. There wasn’t much carbonation visible. The nose was filled with brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and Nutella spread. I also picked up some milk chocolate shavings. The taste had no booze and some brownie batter with cinnamon. There was vanilla as well. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with nutmeg and cinnamon. A pounder can of this was $3.5, which came to $.22 per ounce. This was a great beer to drink on a colder night. I will be searching this beer out again, that’s for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


I cannot stand hearing Joe Buck call a game. It doesn’t matter if he’s calling a football game or a baseball game, he’s just terrible. I think the worst is when he calls a Dallas Cowboys game with Troy Aikman. There have been times where I will just put the game on mute so I don’t have to hear his voice. Anyways, this beer is one that I picked up at a beer store on my way home one day. The label art is adorable.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Take flight with this Imperial IPA profusely dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight! Tropical, citrus, and grapefruit notes.”

Random: I have never been a big fan of the “Star Wars” movies. I’ve watched some of the older ones, but never really got into the prequels.

This beer poured with a four finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and mahogany in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was earthy with pine sap and wet leaves. It had some sweet malt right after it. The taste was incredibly piney, but had a lot of citrus zest as well. The malt balanced this beer out a bit. I wish there was more tropical notes on this one, but I didn’t pick them up. A can was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. If you see it on the shelves, bring a four-pack home.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is from Bolero Snort, which is a Jersey brewery. They’re starting to see some significant South Jersey distribution (well, Trenton to me is South Jersey), so I’m starting to be able to grab cans with regularity. I think that they pull off their theme really well and their can art is incredibly attractive. Let’s pop this open.


ABV: 7.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The same grist to balance a big juicy IPA with a different whirlwind of hops in each batch.”

Random: I wonder if Alex Trebek is ever going to retire and who would take over for him if he did.

This beer poured with a full finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass. The body had a tinge of cloudiness and moderate carbonation. It was dark yellow in color. The nose was floral up front and quickly went into notes of citrus pith and grapefruit segments. The taste took a tropical turn with mango and papaya. It had some pine and moderately intense bitterness. It was quickly followed up with caramel malt. There was a touch of alcohol apparent. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was sticky with pine and floral hop notes. A can of this was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. This was a solid IPA with some good flavors. I just wish it had a bit more carbonation and was a touch lighter.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today has just been a weird day. Work has been very busy and people are going crazy because they absolutely need their overpriced chandelier (or fill in other obscure furniture/decor piece) for Memorial Day and can’t possibly live without it. Not only that, they must have their delivery early because they need delivery of said piece, but are going away for the weekend and can’t accept at any other time. Makes absolutely no sense, right? That’s what I’m dealing with. So…beer time.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Look for this farmhouse table beer to clock in around 4.5% and with a nice dry finish with fruity notes of pear and pepper undertones.”

Random: I’m glad it’s cooled off a bit. I still don’t like the heat.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that was slow to dissipate. It only left some lacing on the glass and a light crown of white head on top of the body. The body itself was a hazy, lemon-yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose was simple with lemon zest and bread. I didn’t get much else. The taste was all bread, like biting into a roll. It had very light white pepper and not much citrus. What was there had more rind than citrus flesh. It made this a boring beer. It had a medium body and very high carbonation. The finish was long and just bready, nothing else. This was $1.33 for the bottle, which broke down to $.11 per ounce, which is very reasonable, but there are so many better selections out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

It’s finally the weekend! I am really beat today. It was a long week, despite the fact that the volume should have been lighter. I’m not sure of the plans for this weekend yet. I’m hoping that we pick a color for the second bedroom so I can at least get that done. The other half and I are watching “Boyhood” tonight. It’s good so far, but insanely long. Anyways, this was the beer that I had last night. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: This was brewed in honor of their second anniversary.

Random: I hate wax-sealed bottles. They are an absolute pain to open.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated quickly. It left lacing on the pint glass. The body was slightly hazy and dark brown in color with no visible carbonation due to how dark the beer was. The nose had roasted malts and nuttiness, typical of a brown ale. I didn’t pick up any peppercorns on the nose. The taste had a lot of pepper to it. It also was malty with nuttiness and toffee. The body was on the thick side of medium with light carbonation. It had a long, dry, peppery finish. The booze was well-integrated. This bomber was $11.99, which came to $.55 per ounce. To me, the pepper detracted from the other flavors, in a not-so-wonderful way. It’s also on the more expensive side, so although I’m glad I got to try it, I wouldn’t get it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

So, I reviewed a Bolero Snort beer a little over a week ago. When I made my next trip to the beer store, I saw this beauty sitting in the cooler and I knew it was going to come home with me. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Longhop is your go-to IPA. Brewed in the West Coast style with four different hop varieties, it provides a bouquet of citrus flavors along with a firm bitterness. A generous dose of dry hopping brings out aromas of melon and tropical fruit with hints of pine. You can drink this one all day long!”

Random: I really like their logo. It’s pretty bad ass looking.

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a very cloudy, dusky amber color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was all tropical fruit. I got some mango and pineapple and some grapefruit right after. The taste was really fresh and bright with grapefruit. Tropical fruits came through later with the same mango and pineapple that was apparent in the nose, with some pine finishing up the sip. The body was light, but not thin, with very high carbonation. It had a quick finish with some bitterness lingering from the pine. I really love beer in cans for so many reasons. The obvious keeping light out thing, so it tastes fresher, but also because they’re more portable. What’s even better is when the beer inside is really, really tasty. This beer is definitely one that I will be trying again. It was sessionable and delectable. Go find this one if you can.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

After almost a week of being sick as a dog, I’m back. I probably should have spent most of the week home and getting better. Instead, I was at work, most likely infecting everyone else with the flu. Sharing is caring, right? When I came home every night, the other half took care of me because I was mostly exhausted and yucky feeling. Without that, I think I’d still feel awful. Anyways, let’s see how this Jersey beer is.


ABV: 4%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This traditional Irish brew is roast and flavorful with a hint of chocolate that yields a remarkably smooth finish. Lucky Buck is an all day sipper that pairs well with a heaping portion of corned beef and cabbage. Slainte!”

Random: As dorky as it is, I’m really starting to get into “The Voice.” I never watched it before the other half, but I think it’s much better than the other singing shows on television.

This brew poured with a two finger thick, light brown head. It was insanely slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a really dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was really chocolatey with dark bakers chocolate and a touch of cream. The taste was similar to nose. It also had a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder and a touch of creaminess. But, the body was just a touch too thin and the carbonation was a little too low for me. It wasn’t bad by any means, just way too thin, even for a style that tends to be on the thinner side. The finish was medium length with chocolate. This was a decent beer, but nothing mind-blowing. I am happy I got to try this beer and I can’t wait to try more brews from them.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0