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GUEST POST: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Beer: Celebrator
Brewery: Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
ABV: 6.7%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: Stuff Yer Face, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Jon
Guest Reviewer Qualifications: He knows the difference between a boli and a beer.

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Deep mahogany color with a thick beige head.

Scent: A malty aroma of brown sugar, like that of caramel or molasses.  Also, some dark fruits.

Flavor: DELICIOUS.

Feel: Smooth, with a light mouthfeel.

Concluding remarksThis malty Bock gives you a gift even before you open the bottle–it comes with a little charm dangling from the neck.  Lesser beers would use this charm as a distraction from the actual brew, but instead this draws you in.  You get the idea that this beer will be a little special–like getting the Cracker Jack prize before you open the box.  Well, once opened, it doesn’t disappoint.  The mahogany coloring of the beer provokes you with thoughts of a dark velvet taste.  Tasting reveals a sweet, but not heavy, deliciousness that leaves a wonderful lacing after finishing.  You’ll want another.

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THANK YOU, JON!  You were lucky enough to review the only Bock that got a 5 Pint Glass rating.  We’re all very jealous–but mostly because none of the beers we tried this month came with a little plastic goat charm.

We are always looking for interested and interesting beer consumers to review a brew we might not have seen or had time to review in the month. Let us know if you’d like to contribute something, in exchange for internet fame, a line on your resume, an unpaid internship, a free ride, a huge tax rebate, a happy ending, and everything else everyone else has promised you in life. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.  Email us at wunderassn@gmail.com!

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GUEST POST: Shiner Bock

Beer: Shiner Bock
Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery
Style: Bock
ABV: 4.40%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Tulip glass
Drinking Establishment: Stuff Yer Face, New Brunswick, NJ
Primary Consumer: Todd
Guest Reviewer Qualifications: He knew that Shiner is brewed in Texas, and he didn’t even have to look it up on his smartphone.

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark copper color. Initially a finger’s height of head, which dissipates rather quickly.

Scent: Slight yeasty scent; overall, underwhelming.

Flavor: Very mild flavor; not bold by any means. Has an undesirable aftertaste.

Feel: Light bodied, moderately carbonated. Easily drinkable.

Concluding remarksAmongst the Bocks consumed this night, in my opinion, I drew the short straw with this beer. The dark color got my hopes up for something flavorful and bold. I was disappointed. Not necessarily a bad beer, but by no means great. In the mood for something light, and a fan of Bocks? Sure, why not? Have this one. But I wouldn’t request this again unless there were some slim pickin’s otherwise.

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THANK YOU, TODD! Sorry you drew the short straw with this brew; but rest assured that although your beer didn’t shine that night, your photography skills certainly did.  I’m sure Jon and his boli would agree.

We are always looking for interested and interesting beer consumers to review a brew we might not have seen or had time to review in the month. Let us know if you’d like to contribute something, in exchange for internet fame, a line on your resume, an unpaid internship, a free ride, a huge tax rebate, a happy ending, and everything else everyone else has promised you in life. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.  Email us at wunderassn@gmail.com!

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GUEST POST: Arcadia Imperial Stout

Beer:  Imperial Stout
Brewery: Arcadia Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.5%

Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Spuyten Duyvil, NYC
Primary Consumer: George, Ally’s co-op co-worker
Guest Reviewer Qualifications: He is good at many things (building computers, discussing philosophy, being an economist), and having a fine palate for beer is one of them.

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark like you would expect from a Stout, but not overly so, with little-to-no head when served.

Scent: Like motor oil and pears.

Flavor: Tastes like a basic Stout but with little depth or aftertaste. This gives the beer an artificial taste, like it was made without all of the odds and ends that cause aftertastes. I distinctly remember standing by the bar, sipping the beer, attempting to discern subtleties, gracenotes, and so forth—and being unable to do so. It was a weird feeling, like taking one too many steps at the bottom of the stairs. I suppose you could say that the flavor here is about as standard a Stouty taste as possible.

Feel: Thick but not very carbonated, dense without fizz.

To add a personal note to this story, I should note that I purchased this beer from a very trendy bar and, having paid entirely too much for it, was set on dechipering its complexity. Yes, like a puzzle. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to figure out: there was one piece—it’s fairly bold, Stoutish punch. And once the sip had passed, the flavor faded into memory, leaving me feeling unfulfilled.

Concluding remarksDrinkable but not the best.

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THANK YOU, GEORGE! Sorry for dragging you out to Brooklyn to go to said trendy bar.  It was expensive, yes, but hey, now you’re famous!

We are always looking for interested and interesting beer consumers to review a brew we might not have seen or had time to review in the month. Let us know if you’d like to contribute something, in exchange for internet fame, a line on your resume, an unpaid internship, a free ride, a huge tax rebate, a happy ending, and everything else everyone else has promised you in life. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.  Email us at wunderassn@gmail.com!

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GUEST POST: Gulden Draak Ale

Beer:  Gulden Draak Ale
Brewery: Brouwer Van Steenberge
Style: Dark Tripel
ABV: 10.5%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: None/Bottle
Drinking Establishment: NJ Transit: NJ Coastline Train
Primary Consumer: Jason**, polyinstrumental Washington Heights resident extraordinaire
Guest Reviewer Qualifications: An avid beer drinker (albeit, champion of the macro-lager)

**FOR THE RECORD THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS NOT OF JASON. IT IS, HOWEVER, A PHOTO OF A YOUNG SATYR ON NEW JERSEY TRANSIT DRINKING A BEER. (THANKS, GOOGLE IMAGES, YOU RULE.)

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Since I was drinking on the train, I opted for the straight-out-of-the-bottle approach. This bottle is dark brown with an all-over white label to shield it from the light. I tried to look down inside through the opening but then realized how strange I probably appeared to the other passengers and ceased my investigation. It is a dark beer in a very dark bottle.

Scent: Strong alcohol scent. Not good for inconspicuous train drinking. In my estimation I attracted more suspicious and/or disapproving glances than usual but there may have been other contributing factors.

Flavor: Compared to other Tripels that I have had, the Golden Dragon (named for the statue on the top of the Belfry of Ghent) has a strong and enjoyable flavor. I confess to having been unable to isolate any of the “notes” in this beer, or most other beers for that matter. I can vaguely attest to a “spicy” finish but that may just be the high ABV messing with me. I never really taste flowers or fruits or anything like that when I’m drinking. While this may be viewed as an admission of an unsophisticated taste and might conceivably be perceived as ignorance in terms of beer connoisseurship, I prefer to think that my own sensory experience is one that is completely integrated and exists on such a level that language proves to be inadequate to explain my own subjective taste experience (there is only one word for love cliché, etc.). If you think that I am trying to compensate for a lack of appropriate beer-snobbishness with philosophically pretentious rhetoric, you are probably correct. Guilty–and so what? I propose that if you drink one of these beers before continuing reading that you will hate my review far less.

Feel: Smooth and warm.

Concluding remarksSpeaking of love…my review can be summed up as follows: “I love this beer.”  This was my first experience with the Dragon, but it will certainly not be my last. My problem with a lot of these kinds of beers is that I like to drink one and then move on to something else.

When I finished this beer I wished that I had another with me. I could drink this instead of an ice tea or something, perhaps even out of a water bottle while jogging in the winter. This beer is going to get considerable rotation in the future playlist of my drinking.

Some practical considerations:  In the context of train drinking, this beer had some significant positive attributes. First, it made the kids screaming behind me way less annoying. I didn’t quite find their screams cute or anything, but
it became progressively more tolerable as the beer was consumed and I didn’t change seats. Secondly, although I don’t usually get hassled about drinking on the train, the white label and foreign language on it make me think that it could conceivably be passed off as an energy drink. Lastly, due to it’s higher alcohol percentage in less volume than my normal train ride companions (2 tall boys of Budweiser bought in Penn station), I did not have to make the precarious journey to the NJ transit restroom facility. For those of you who are unfamiliar with such a journey, it consists of airplane style toilets, nonfunctioning sinks, and lines that always seem to move at a pace of one passenger per stop.  Inside the bathroom while the train moves on past where I get off? Not today.

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THANK YOU, JASON! I’m sure our doting fan base welcomes a day without descriptions of sugarplums, fluffy clouds, tulips, or other trite beerspeak adjectives.

We are always looking for interested and interesting beer consumers to review a brew we might not have seen or had time to review in the month. Let us know if you’d like to contribute something, in exchange for internet fame, a line on your resume, an unpaid internship, a free ride, a huge tax rebate, a happy ending, and everything else everyone else has promised you in life. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.  Email us at wunderassn@gmail.com!

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