shigadeyo (3571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 11.2 oz flip-top bottle.
Event: Drinks with the team after work.
Location: Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods) in Columbus, Ohio.
Aroma: Earthy, aged dark fruits, fermenting apples, some mustiness.
Appearance: Murky brown/amber color with a foamy beige head (good retention). Remaining crown leaves some scant lacing.
Flavor: Caraml and chocolate malt with some fruit (pear and apples) and alcohol. The finish is dry, roasty, and has a lingering bitterness (moderate in strength). There is a warming and burning alchol sensation through the nose, so the 8.5% ABV is obviously there.
Palate: Medium to full body and smooth.
Overall: A solid altbeir with a nice complexity.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
red orange color with creamy tan head. some raisin and heavy malt aromas, with some orange background. flavor of raisin, sour yellow cherries, with some carmel and lots and lots and lots of different malts. delic. though
Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drak opaque reddish brown with medium off-white head. Aroma is rather malty with a slight sour hint. Taste is unusual... rather apparently alcoholic and hoppy in a way I didn’t expect, and this is not a bad thing. $4/11.2oz
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
95, are you kidding. Malty crap if you as me. The worst part is that it looked good from the start and came in a sweet bottle. Might as well be a malt liquor...PHEW!!!
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 330ML bottle via Flacoalto (THANKS!). Pours a dark reddish brown with an average sized beige head. Nose is oxidized and a little sour. Tastes like an oxidized barleywine. Lot of malts and hops, some acetone and warm alc bite on the finish. Don’t care too much for this one.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
heavy sherry/ port wine aroma and taste driven brew. hoppy and sweet. I guess thats how its rolling. but above all thathas a good aroma more drinkable warmer.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark ruby or cherry color with a tan head. Aromas cherries, strussel, and spicey hops. The flavor was a bit much. Really nothing like an altbier at all. Very rich on the palate. Cloying.
MoritzF (9094) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(33cl swing top bottle) Slightly hazy, chestnut-brown colour with a medium-sized foamy and quite persistent tanned head. Sweet toast-malty aroma with caramel, cinnamon and liquorice-spicy notes, also delicate but aromatic herbal hops and light fruity accents. Dark malt-character, slightly toasted and almost perfectly rounded up with spicy notes (cinnamon, liquorice, cough-syrup) and a delicate, subtle fruitiness; long and lasting initially sweet, later strong bitter hoppy finish. Very aromatic strong “Alt”, which tastes more like a Barley Wine. For me (being beer-socialized in Germany), it definitely lacks session-qualities, hence I prefer the “normal” Sticke (03.01.07).
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a swing top, narrow neck, embossed, uniquely shaped 11.2 oz. bottle with a bottling and freshness date on the neck label, sampled at a cool cellar temperature in a stange glass.
Poured a lightly hazy, reddish copper with a frothy, tight bubbly, foamy off-white head that settled slowly into a thin sudsy, fluffy, creamy lacing, small amount of ringed sticking.
Aromas of sweet roasted malts, a hint of caramel, a light fig and raisin fruitiness, earthy, herbal, and whiffs of spicy alcohol.
Good, even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish bitter, slick, chewy, creamy smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Barley wine-like taste with a earthy, spicy, herbal hop bitterness, sweet roasted malts with a touch of sugar, a light caramel coffee, a ripe raisin fruitiness, earthy, spicy herbal hops with a nice lingering bitterness, the alcohol has a spicy warmth in the palate, and a dry, bitter, fruity, alcoholic, malty finish.
Another excellent Altbier from Uerige, definitely a sipper, but dangerously quaffable, a must try.
IrishBoy (4063) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ledgers; nose of dark fruit, caramel malt, spices, and brown sugar; Brown with a medium tan head; flavor is hoppybitterness, along with caramel, spices, figs, and a nice bitter hop finish.