11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SpringLicker. Thank you Jay for the opportunity to try this. Pours a deep chestnut color, really rather more brown than reddish. A bit opaque? Nice sized off-white head forms and fades slowly to a smaller layer over the liquid surface. Very nice lacing left behind. Very pleasant plummy and raisin aroma, seemingly more malty in nose. Medium to light full bodied. Pleasant carbonation, perhaps a bit soft? Malty, sweetish, suprisingly hoppy in the finish. Pleasant hop bitterness that makes itself known but never dominant, soft and fairly earthy. This was a true pleasure to drink and underrated in my lowly opinion.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a dark ruby with a rather large off-white head. Spicy aroma featuring caramel malt, candy like sugar, alcohol fumes, and lots of fruity esters. Flavor is very fruity with notes of molasses, syrupy malt, and tobacco. Very nice finish, malty sweetness up front that recedes to long lingering bitterness. No real alcohol flavor despite the 8.5% ABV. Medium bodied, somewhat sticky with soft natural carbonation. A little thin on the finish perhaps. Overall I really liked this. It really stretches the boundries of an Altbier, much more malty and sweet. I think it might share a lot of qualities with say a Dopplebock fermented at ale temps.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 The Lure:
Luxurious caramel spread onto a rich pie crust. Fruity orange zest is sprinkled on top, as are citrusy, wooden hop pellets. Prune wine is served on the side, and blends perfectly with every bite.
Luscious barley wine maltiness evolves into maple syrup, caramel, and black grape fruitiness. Portentous wooden, citrusy hop flavors continue into appreciable bitterness, and yeast emulates cloves. A smidge of alcohol hits this bitterness, and hints at the beer’s youth. Clean, flavorful, maybe a little too young to be entirely cohesive, but a superb sipper nonetheless. If doppelsticke is the German answer to American and English barley wines, well let there be more doppelstickes!
Reaching great heights is much better than aspiring to them.
A 2½-year-old bottle (bottle in October 2004) proved to have the same luxurious maltiness, plenty of residual sugars, but the hop garden had withered away completely, making it a very sweet barley wine not unlike J.W.Lee’s Harvest Ale. Quite warming, and alcohol was not a factor at all in the flavor profile, but not as grandiose as the relatively younger version I had had before. 3.8/5
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, creamy top . Neat looking alt . Pleasant medium bitter nose with clean malty spectrum. Sherry, woody alcoholic nose . Medium bodied, well refined. Alcohol definitive is present. Maybe more than I would wish for. Solid kraft werk .
dwyerpg (4306) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Okay, so rarely can I claim that a beer in the 89th percentile is underrated, but this certainly is. To me, this beer is one of, if not the best beers I’ve ever had. Not too rich, just full of caramel and greatness. Next time I find it I’m going to buy it all, just like the guy in front of me was doing, until I begged two bottles off of him. He was a smart man.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(330 ml swing-top bottle: $4.49 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) And finally, the third of my Uerige beers tonight, the DoppelSticke pours the most beautiful of all of them. Despite a careful pour, a firm, light-tan head rises to over two inches in height, and simply takes forever to settle down. The color is also light brown, perhaps just slightly lighter than the Sticke Alt, and quite hazy like the regular Alt. Wow, this beer smells incredible; the nose is sweet, malty and very fruity, with a slight smokiness in the finish. Sweet, malty and fruity, with a moderate, balancing bitterness, and it tastes like a light barley wine. Medium-full bodied, lively and tangy on the palate, with a long-lasting finish. Lots of patchy lacing all over the glass. Simply a stunning beer. Wow.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown-mahagony colored beer with a small layer of a head leaving laces on top. Decent alcohol, malt and honey syrup and smoked nose. Lot’s of almond too! Yummie honey, dark grapes taste with a nice hoppy kick that roles over your tongue. Pepper and Cloves finsh that lasts long.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Why this is easier for me to get in NJ than in Germany, I’ll never know. Actually, I heard it’s not available in Germany. Go figure. Anyway, this has all the maturity and sophistication of a German brew, as expected. Sweet malt nose of syrup and berry. Dark amber color, low beige head. Caramel tastes with candied figs in the middle. Strong peppery and hops end to counter the heavy malt body. Good balance. Hops are on equal footing with the malt. Leaves a lollipop-like dollop of sugary sweetness on the lips through the glass. Warming alcohol effect too. Yeah!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright brown color with a moderate bone colored head. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, sugar cookies and mild noble hops(floral) aromas. I am quickly smitten by the complexity of the flavors. The brewing method seems to come out fully. Starts with a floral and malt sweetness and moves to an earthy tobacco and light cola flavor. Finish has currants and raisins drifting about. A mild oak bitterness kicks in late. This shares some qualities with HotD Adam. A thinking type brew that makes one ponder the ingredients and the brewing method, but I couldn’t handle more than one at a setting.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong caramel malt aroma with plenty of citrus-grapefruit and floral, soapy hop tones. Opaque ruby brown with immense, fluffy, off-white head that recedes slowly leaving traces all over the glass. Caramel and floral malts are strong with some roastiness and strong finishing bitterness. Big, bold and malty with an equally assertive bitterness and plenty of flavour to balance them out – maple, fig, date, molasses, cashew nuts. Somewhat mineralic in the finish. Full, rich and velvety in the mouth with lively effervescent carbonation that awakens the taste buds. Mild alcohol warming. Tulip glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (Bello Vino, Ann Arbor, Jul-05).