argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper body with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and malty, largely caramel. As it warms, hops and alcohol also show up. Flavorwise, it’s fairly rich, sweet and strong malty. Hoppy on the back half, and there are definitely some barleywine qualities. The alcohol is blatant in its presence. It’s a good beer, but no great shakes.
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown sugar nose, orange color and no head. Tight, dry bitterness at the end of a decent toasted malt body. Yogi_Beera is right about the altbier thing: this just isn’t as smooth and mellow as the real German stuff. More like an American amber ale - the altbier designation is more marketing than anything, I’d have to say.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
July 01: Nutty, fruity, candy, flower-nectar, beautiful, overpowering; there aren’t enough good things to say about this. Simplest would be: what Oakes said. Get it.
Dec 02: Big beer, big malt, but super-drinkable; Vermont breweries seem to specialize in 7% alcohol malty beers than you can guzzle without realizing you’re getting 50% above the usual lager or light ale alcohol. This is the best of the crowd, though I’m downgrading it a little from a year ago (more critical, and the virtually headless appearance doesn’t deserve a ’5’).
YogiBeera (2464) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Altbier,mmh? Ok! Medicine malt nose. Red orange body with no head. Malty aroma, medium malty finish. As a real Dusseldorfer I have to say: " No, it is not an Altbier, sorry!"
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp Clear deep amber color with little head but good lace. Sweet fruity aroma with a hint of caramel. Sweet malty flavor with a strong hoppy background and finish, very bitter. Medium bodied and dry.
iamkenyon99 (3) - USA - NOV 25, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorites for sure. A very strong alcohol taste is a very nice accent to the sweet flavor.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
butter and rust nose. I enjoy the balnce, although slightly hoppy for a double alt. Very malty, full-bodied. Chewy in the mouth. This has been a favorite of mine since high school, gotta love da bags!
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very attractive to look at in my glass. The nose is a good blend of both malt and hops. The palate is very full flavored with a nice hop bitterness. Lots of yeasty fruity flavors. The finish is long and fruity. As the beer warms a wonderful maltiness comes out. A very good high gravity Altbier.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good stuff - but is it really an Alt? DArker and heavier than expected. Itdoes have a nice warming quality and silky mouthfeel. Very clean and malty.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unique aroma, kind of smells like paint. Nice foamy head, a very clean looking amber color. Big on malt, low on hops, I believe this style is the german equivalent of belgian dubbel. Yes the flavor is complex but it is not some thing to good nuts over.