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Twisted Pine Artisan Ale Series - Big Sticke!

Twisted Pine Artisan Ale Series - Big Sticke!
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
The style known as Sticke Altbier originated and is still brewed seasonally in Düsseldorf. The story goes that Sticke (meaning “secret” in German) began as a brewer’s mistake batch. This fortuitously stronger version of the local Altbier soon gained favor amongst the townspeople. The ‘secret’ recipe passed in whispers through the ears of several neighboring brewers and a tradition was born. Twisted Pine’s homage to the seasonal style is colored somewhere between crimson and copper under an enticing almond head. Subdued sweetness with a dash of black pepper aroma drift from glass to nose, revealing the Vienna malt which comprises the majority of the recipe’s grain bill along with the Saaz hops steeped in the beer after fermentation. Big Sticke hits the tongue with a rush of smooth, malty goodness rounded off by crisp, savory notes provided by the German hops, Magnum and Perle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4805) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle from Coaltrain. Pours murky brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like toasted malt, bready, grapefruit, light spice, grassy, and some dried fruits. Light/ medium body and carbonation. Smells like light spice, grassy, dried fruits, and toasted bready malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5143) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky reddish-brown with average, creamy off-white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, floral and spicy hops, raisins, plums, and faint woody notes. Flavor bready malts and spicy hops forward (medium bitterness) with some dark fruit esters and light grassy notes; dry, lightly bitter finish. Medium body low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a large, frothy light tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, earthy and spicy hops with dates. Flavor is sweet malt with heavy hops and bitterness, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2012
On tap at Twisted Pine poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, earthiness and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toasted malt, toffee, light carmel and light earthiness witha smooth dry bitter lingering toffee finish.

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