cdcook (9) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 7, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased bottle in Ann Arbor, MI. Tasted on Sept. 7, 2004. Pours a dark amber-copper color with a slight haze and small but persistant cream colored head. Aroma is malty and slightly yeasty (possibly due to yeast sediment floating on top ;-) Flavor is bitter and dry with undertones of caramel and nutty maltyness. It becomes maltier as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and, surprisingly, not drying. The hop bitterness has an aged character which lasts long in the aftertaste and which sets it apart from other well bittered styles. This is a well balanced and well attenuated beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, deep amber hue, solid, creamy white head.
Nose is a fine blend of hops, fruit, and malt, with sly, herbal, spice hints as well..nice.
Taste: yum. Yeah, that’ll do it...hope I’ve hit the character minimum already, because that will do. Just ...yum.
Nice little, brisk hops, sweet, dusky flavor, a harmonious blend of the malty and fruity flavors, perfectly smooth and actively tasty. Dries out on the palate in a very reserved and classy fashion, leaves the palate whetted for another taste. Very tidy. Delivers the flavor, then heads out the door. This is a sophisticated, but un-showy ale, and I can see it being easily imbibed by the herren and damen back at the biergarten.
Nice, nice, nice!
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown, sturdy tan head. clean toasty/ stone aromas. Peppery, spicy flavor with a hint of resin. Long after taste. Actually quite bitter, and also surprisingly ligh and spritzy, considering how murky it looks. I may have to drink more of this.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with a nice tan head that looked like something you’d find on top of a stout. While the flavor was light, it was enjoyable. Toasty and caramelly, with a smooth creamy body. Finishes with a touch of grassy hops. A bit pricey but interesting and I will search out the other examples from this brewery.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this one better than the Sticke. I think most German beers are better at moderate to low alcohol. This one is a carmel color with a thick tan head. Aroma similiar to a British ESB, with a tad more carmel and frankly more of a bite. Flavor is fairly bitter with a dry finish. Yes, I could go for a few of these.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The hops make shadow puppets on the malt background, while the drinker enjoys looking at the cool bottle. Very easy drinking, I can imagine this in one of those 3 liter mugs that they have in Germany for Octoberfest.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hooray for Altbier! I love a good alt. Copper red clear body with an inch of tan head on top. Pine and floral hops in the nose, some maltiness. Toasted bready malts give it a nice smooth body with hops along for the ride from beginning to end. Thanks for sending this over, Garin!
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, Bottled on 14 04. Pours with a nice head, copper colored, good bead. Nice doses of hoppy resins in the nose, piney perfumey spice. Pineyness fades as the beer breathes, overtaken by the smell of dried whole cone noble hops. Bitter hops dominate the easy drinking beer, with a big flurish at the end when the flavor of the bready malts collides with the flavor of the bittering hops. Seems like some dark malt must be used in the grainbill as well?? Further examination of the lable reveals that yes, Rostmalz are used.Nice in the bottle, I’ve no doubt its a revelation at its source. This is a session beer I can love, serve at cellar temps.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice alt with full flavor and body. Good color and head as well. My only real complaint is that the beer doesn’t change much in its depth or complexity as it warms as this style seems to do quite often. Pity...
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting bubblegum aromas. Very light, slightly citrus, sweet. Amber colored. Wet hops. Hair. Sweet, wheat, full grain. Bitter end.