jsquire (3000) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber out of the bottle with only a film for a head. Bottle says "Bottled on 29.04." Fruity notes with lots of toast and caramel sweetness. The finish is a little watery. Nice hop bitterness in the finish. Tastes a little like underdone home brew.
5000 (5000) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours translucent amber, small white head, and decent lacing. Bubblegum, banana nut bread, pears, and light smoke on the nose. Flavor is bready, malty, and a bit nutty. Seems rather average for an Alt. Bottle dated 29.01, assuming its from this year. Something is missing...
Silphium (2976) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, I paid homage to the German part of my heritage tonight with a couple freshly tapped pints of Sticke Alt and a few fried Goetta meatballs here at Steinkeller in Oxford. I enjoyed the Goetta, but the beer was the real treat. Poured from the tap a deep red-brown color with a thick, creamy tan head that left abundant lacing on the glass. Aroma is always difficult to detect in the bar setting, but caramel and toast were evident. The flavor was subtle yet rich and opened up as the beer warmed (it was quite cold at the beginning). Rich layers of caramel, toast, brown sugar and hints of fruit (a touch of grape, a hint of cherry) led to a surprisingly bitter earthy hops finish with metallic notes. As the beer warmed the sweet caramely malts and toast became more dominant. Very rich mouthfeel- this is one smooth beverage. Glad I made it to Steinkeller for the 8:00 tapping- the keg was empty at 8:29! Thanks Rick (clmojo) for the updates (and that glass of Kulmbacher)!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber to brown in color. Smaller, but dense and stable bone colored head. Side of the glass just a covering of lace. Mild aroma of rye bread, caramel, and crushed dried flowers and mild blue cheese. Starts small and builds as it warms. Has a spicy undertone from the start. Light sweetness mingles with this acidic bite. Deep rich caramel flavors. Light on the tongue. Linger is pure malt nirvana. Yet, to many hops still can be too much of a distraction.
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 I enjoyed this one. Translucent brown with a moderate head. Aroma of noble hops, maybe Saaz and/or Hallertau and rich caramelly malt. Slightly bitter. Delicious. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. Finish is slight dry. Great beer!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Floral, sweet perfumey nose, caramel and dark toast. Sticky beige head. Perfect chestnut hue. Sweet dark malts, dark fruit, figs, leather, wood, burnt plastic a definate, caramel, peach psychprof says..yes sir...perfect mouthfeel, medium bodied, caramel, and the most perfect balance of hops in the finish. I am very impressed. Rather bitter, Austinpowers says so, but I feel this is oh so delectable. You have this this ultimate alt. And it comes in a sweet package. And it will rock your world.
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exceptional beer. Deep brown color yet very brite, very unique. The flavor is subtle yet rich. Pronouced malt character, somewhat smokey. Roasted malt character. Clean and crisp. Dry with a nice malt aftertaste.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color. Crystal clear. Very small, nearly non-existant head--it was poured by gravity so that's to be expected. Very minor hop aroma. Fairly malty. Metallic flavor with a firm underlying bitterness. Moderate hop flavor. Medium body. Very crisp and clean. Some bitterness in the finish. Quite good. Smooth.
MrDick (324) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap What's all the hype about surrounding this altbier? Is it because most Germans (that I know) drink the “king” of beers and to have a German bier with a hint of originality (albeit copied from the English) is something to rave about?!? Poured a dark amber color with mild molasses aroma. Flavor is a bit hard to pinpoint you have the typical caramel and malt, a tinge of smoke, a little grape - but there is something unpleasant that clings to that back of your throat. Almost like that time when you were stuck in the wilderness for three days because you decided to take a “shortcut” and ended up surviving by chewing on tree bark. S’okay.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
yurrig stick. is that how you say it? or, yooo-reeguh shticka? who cares, just mumble and point; if you're in dusseldorf, that should suffice. in ohio, though, try saying: "that fancy-ass expensive german beer yonder". a novice like myself , blindfolded, would likely guess that this is in the english style: casky tasting, well-hopped, not too strong. it's whiskey colored and clear with a quick wash of lazy foam. aroma has a criscross of mixed smells: sizzling sugars, bread and oaky dried peaches, along with a note of gym bag-- leaving the gym rather than going to the gym, unfortunately. flavor-wise, sweet cookie malts are quickly overcome by a rich tea-like bitterness which brings an unusual sensation of dryness to the tongue. a rind of tangerine adds some lingering sustain. the carbonation fails on the palette in short order, revealing a watery texture. albiet overpriced, overbottled, overhyped and in too small a portion to linger over, it's a--yawn-- fairly interesting medium-bodied bitter.