Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Jersey Beer Co.

The New Jersey Beer Company is in North Bergen, New Jersey.

Hudson Pale Ale - Pours a dark copper to amber in color.  The aroma is malty, fruity, and a hint of spiciness.  The yeast predominates in the flavor to me.  The rest of the taste is balanced between the malt and the hops, but whatever is going on there is drowned by the yeastiness.  Highly and finely carbonated.  I don't like really yeasty beers, so this one is not highly rated for me.  5.8% ABV.

Garden State Stout - This is a stout brewed with chocolate and raisins.  6.6% ABV.  This pours jet black with little carbonation and an extremely thin dark brown head that rapidly disappears.  The aroma is dark, roasted, chocolatey, with both sour and sweet notes.  There is a raisiny hint in the aroma but it is not a "raisin" aroma per se.  The taste is of creamy dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and the dried dark fruit in the background, along with some caramel sweetness.  There is a sour hint.  There are also some hints of dark tobacco in the aftertaste.  This is the dark Belgian chocolate "raisenet" version of a stout.

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