Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice large head which settles beautifully. Thick and creamy on top. Head lasts for a while. Minimal carbonation. Light aroma of cardboard, sawdust, light malts and a bit of molasses. Color is a dark amber. Sweet and malty with a bit of brown sugar and alcohol. Pretty smooth. Slight bitterness and alcohol warming. Finish is pretty clean and leaves a sweet tingle in the mouth. Decent but a little hot. Pretty damn strong for an altbier.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wow, a dopple alt? i haven’t even heard of such a thing. very malty. good mouthfeel. maybe a bit too sweet for my taste but how many dopple-alts have i seen?
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with the "German barley-wine" comparison in the description. Sepia/copper-colored body beneath a creamy, two-finger head. Malt-heavy aromas and sweet/syrupy malted flavors. (You know, I can’t improve upon iwantalambic’s simple yet accurate description below, so please scroll down.) A very good beer.
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bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark burgundy body with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, berries, citrus, caramel, and alcohol. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, and breadiness. Somewhat sticky finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Another bottle dated 04/18. Must have been the lucky day for the entire production! Poured into a .2l lager glass that’s as close to an alt glass as I have. A big stiff head rests atop a body that’s brown, both bright and cloudy. A big whiff of German hops is also the first thing I taste, which on some beers would indicate oxidation, but not here. Surely a barleywine level malt intensity, but it’s a little bit drier than the Bigfoot they cite. Quite a balancing act between the malt and hops: at first I catch the caramelly malt sweetness, then the jumpstart from a hop bill that would have me puckering if they were Aermican hops. And the alcohol only sneaks up on you toward the end. Even though it’s only been out for a few months, it seems to be pretty well distributed here in the States, so I’m surprised there aren’t more ratings.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Appearance is translucent reddish brown with a tan head that clings to the glass. Heavenly aroma of German noble hops and caramel from the malt. The flavor is more bitter that sweet which is surprising due to its thick syrupy body. Not much flavor lingers on after the initial sip. Very tasty beer.
smoosh (534) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flip Top Bottle - a nice, crisp pop from the Grolsch-style bottle. The aroma is somewhat malty and slightly metallic. Nice looking deep brown and quite cloudy. Smallish beige head. Malty and fairly complex. Flavor all over the place, but a bit difficult for me to put a finger on. It really bounces all over the mouth. There is quite a bit of malt sweetness. Improves as it warms for my taste, it kind of focuses ... the buzz it produces may help as well. Malt comes to the front. Interesting. Not great, but interesting.
AlexDonovan (14) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious. The first time in a while I bought a beer twice. Pretty much a malt grenade. Well, it looks like some kind of grenade, anyway. The hops add nice finish, though they are about destroyed by the malty sweetness. This may benefit from aging and I may test that theory...
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz swing-top bottle (bottled on 04.18.05): deep chestnut with a very powerful ivory cream. Rounded, peppery malt aroma with dark honeyed nuts and sweet raisins. Sticky mouth feel carries the alcohol throughout the tongue. Soft, fruity and nutty notes mix smoothly with fresh, caramel coated hops. Delicious.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful chesnut coloured body. The head is off-white, good-sized with bubbles merging together everywhere. It diminishes mostly quickly though. Thick malts surprise me immediately in the aroma, I certainly expected more than the subtle leafy spalt there is in there. It is directly caramelly, very earthy, rich toasted maltiness. It is enjoyable and pretty much exactly what it is, an amped up version of an already big altbier. The 75 IBUs is certainly more than well contained. The bitterness merges into the alcohol development in mouth. Nutty, oily and salty hints complete the flavor profile. Medium-full bodied, creamy, rather airy structure. A bit syrupy perhaps? And somehow even though the alcohol is well contained, I don’t feel the necessity for a bigger altbier.. it loses any thirst-quenching ability it ever had. A bit like those strong oversweetened pale european lagers in that regard, purposeless as I’d always have another style I’d prefer over this. I’d still consider it a must try. The nose and mouthfeel are worth the price tag. I’m pretty shocked to drink something like this (experimental) from a german brewer..woah!