Indra (2670) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Highly intriguing aroma, rich, malty and fruity with suggestions of frosted spice cake, cinnamon, raisin, mild alcohol and toffee. Deep auburn in color with a fine, sparse head that leaves an intricate grid of lace behind. Flavor profile is very well balanced throughout, multiple aspects fading and reappearing, including sugary, sweet malts, caramel and light cocoa, licorice, cola, dark grains, baking spices, berryish and raisin fruitiness, faintly herbal hops and doughy yeast attributes coupled with mildly peppery alcohol. Rather unique and interesting. The mouthfeel is gently warming and smooth, body is fairly full. I would certainly give this several more tries if I had the opportunity.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swingtop bottle. Deep chestnut colored beer, ruby highlights, and a larger tan head that lasted for ages. Great malty aroma, tea like, caramel, darker fruit, Flavor is dominated by the malts and thats not a bad thing at all. Plummy, with some molasses, dough, and some light bitterness on the end. Medium to full bodied and you’d never know this was 8.5%. Solid beer, I’ll drink again for sure.
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a thin off coloered head. Sweet and almost smokey aroma. Smooth first taste with a sweet caramel taste. Sweet finish and very tasty.
highlandlad (1424) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a plummy brown colour with a short head. Sweet and raisiny aroma with a disappointing hint of wet dog. Great creamy mouthfeel and full body. Lots of dried fruit on the tongue and natural sugars. Some pine needly hoppiness. Falls away a bit in the finish.
(Bottle, RateBeer Sydney Xmas gathering 2005)
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, reddish brown.
Very crisp, piney, Christmas tree nose with some sweet caramel and some bready, melanoidy notes. Quite sweet flavor with some citric and piney hints, balanced bitterness. Good, but I think I prefer the regular Sticke--this tastes thoroughly Americanized, a ploy for the distributors and gravity heads over here.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Dark Brown Coloring with Sandy Head. Rich Sweet Carmamel Malt Aroma. Bread Dough, Rich Malt Taste.
Reminiscent of a Dubbel, But Much More Syrapy....Mouthfeel is Thinner Then Expected...Still a Wonderfully Rich Caramel, Roasted Malt Flavor. Not a Beer to Turn Down.
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber color out of the bottle with a nice off-white head. Burnt sugar sweetness in the nose. Very fruity beer. My initial impression was chocolate covered cherries and plums with some burnt caramel. The finish has some orange rind bitterness. Relatively light on the tongue. Very nice beer. I think this was part of my Secret Santa in July box that I have been coveting until now.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 Brewtopia ’05 Brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is bready,malty, sweet, molasses. Flavor is bitter-sweet, malty and sweet with caramel.8/4/8/4/16
Re-rated 7/07 Brown in color with a medium off-white head,murky-hard to see through. Aroma of sweet toasted malt and some alcohol in the nose. Flavor is sweet toasted malt,very bready with some warmth.
JorisPPattyn (8094) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Abject thanks for this rare gem to pivo and Yogi
Deep chestnut, clear beer; amber-beige firm head. Very malty, bread & molasses, overripe banana, faint brandy nose. Fruity taste, grapes, tons of malt, with a bitterish peak, partly hops (but this is not a hoppy beer like dat leckere Droppke is). Again sweetish brandy but the hops/coloured malts take over any time. Flavours of green velvety leaves (vineleaf?) and bready flavours, bread soaked in a sweet brandy with brambles, copper, vinous. Very full bodied, a bit burning MF, very slick. Disconcerting, even the "usual" Sticke is very different. I’m not sure I really like this - well, I do, but I still chose the draught Alt at the tavern anytime.</P>
This is not an Altbier anymore. Disconstructing styles, I know. But the name of this thing exists. It is known as old ale . Which means more or less the same as Alt, but the requirements fit better...
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 Pours with a frothy, fine bubbled tan to pale brown colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear, yet quite dark and amber hued. Wow, the aroma is concentrated and malty with notes of molasses and dark, sweet cake-like notes. There is a hint of cocoa powder, and even something resembling cinnamon. The taste is quite sweet and malty up front, yet it has a spicy hoppiness to it as well. The finish is dry in a sort of cocoa powder way, but some of the malty, toffee-like sweetness lingers on the palate and tongue even after swallowing this beer. This beer is quite rich and concentrated, definitely of bock strength. This almost reminds me of rich, dark German cake or sweetbread that has been lightly spiced. This beer has that characteristic fresh Alt hoppiness that no Bock would have; herbal with even a hint of citrus fruit. This is quite nice and flavorful.
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