DrnkMcDermott (2835) - 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 (1275) - 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 (536) - 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 (6137) - 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!
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask @ Buckeye about a month ago, yes I’m behind!!: Thin off white head w/ a chestnut brown body. Spicy hop aroma w/ some alcohol & esters from alcohol. Bready & toasty malt in the aroma as it warms, and overall pretty clean. Spicy hop flavor up front w/ a malty sweet balance @ first turns lightly bitter into the finish & aftertaste. Seems also a little bit salty to me, it’s probably just me. Strong toasty malt flavor throughout as well & clean of fruitiness. Low carbonation w/ alcohol warmth and a fuller body. Interesting & different! Great malty flavor w/ some lingering bitterness makes is a dangerously drinkable beer.
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh, but this is smooth, indeed. It pours a dark copper/light brown body with a tall, pillowy beige head that laces the glass thoroughly. The aroma is a smokey caramel, dark toast, dark brown sugary affair with a mellow pine hop scent holding it all together. This drink is thick and chewy and full of flavor. There’s deep rich roasted malts, caramel, smoke and toast, dark sugar, nuts, a mild hop bitterness... great tastes well combined. The finish is sweet, sticky, and smokey. Very good stuff here.
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Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, auburn ruby with a thick, fluffy off-white head. A cool, grainy, hoppy nose of the aforementioned pencil shavings, caramel, mellow pine, whole grains, toasted bread, alcohol and living vegetation. The body is thick, sticky and oh so succulent. The flavors show the higher malt and hop ratios relative to the normal sticke. Big, sweet caramel, toasted grains and molasses dominate the malty body. The finish brings out more hops, proffering earthy spiciness, pine and fresh hop oil perfume. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, which could cause problems with the unsuspecting consumer. A tasty beer, but not one I could drink very regularly.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 Medium clear amber with a nice sticky head which fades. Very sweet pungent aroma of sweet molasses and dark munich malts. Some sharp earthy and spicy aromas from the german hops. Some sweet brown sugar and caramel in the taste- also somewhat syrupy with a nice mouthfeel. It did remind me a lot of a barleywine except with very low hop usage.