Becker (14) - Bayern, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 .
nearbeer (5076) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
33 cl, bottled 05 07. Barely translucent mahogany with a large head that settles in for the duration. Spicy molasses, raisins, and cocoa aroma. Big chocolate molasses front fades into a nicely balanced dance with some grassy-herb hops that finish the deal with a slightly bitter, floral, and dry-roasted flavor. Dangerously easy to drink. Medium-heavy bodied and smooth with a dry finish.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown-red with a half-finger white head. A good deal of roasted malt in the aroma, alongside a bunch of caramel and a little bit of chocolate. Some alcohol comes across, hot and leathery. Great, heavily-malted flavor rich with sticky toffee and a lightly-charred roastiness. The alcohol is lost among the bitter chocolate and espresso finish. Like a roasted doppelbock. Creamy mouthfeel.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at SIB. Pours a hazy dark copper with a firm off-white head. Full body. Kind of like an IPA for malt. Molasses, roasty malt.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Had dark red brown color, nice
medium head. I could smell caramel and honey notes. So far so good. Then the taste--at first i thought the glass had soap residue or something, so i switched glasses. But the next time I realized in was almost like the flavor of rose petals. This flavor didn’t mesh with the other flavors in the beer, and overall really detracted from the taste. I was rather disappointed. The alcohol was present, and possibly made the rosy/soapy flavors stand out even more.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured deep murky brown with a moderate cap of beige head. The aroma picked up deeper, alcohol-laced caramels and chocolate notes with brown sugar and light molasses.. rather thick and malty with a bit of herbal and fruity hoppage in there.. warm nose. The flavor added some sweeter cookies to the chocolate and caramel at the core.. herbal bitterness was higher, and the alcohol was warm on the back-end.. quite tasty. Medium-plus bodied with a long bitter impression on the finish.. nice cookie and caramel sweetness back there, too.. well-balanced, but perhaps a bit too bitter on the back.
glennmastrange (2740) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has a moderate cookie note, a light herb note, and a moderate earth note, with smells of toffee, brown sugar, dark dried fruit and alcohol to back them up. Head is thin, creamy white, has good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter, then the long finish is lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, creamy/syrupy and has a soft carbonation. It finishes lightly dry. The flavor had and unusual mix of sweet and bitter with a drying finish. Slightly warmed, this makes an excellent after dinner drink.
Drake (13146) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours like a stout. Black with brown head, long lasting and thick, with a good amount of lacing. Aroma of pepper and raisins. Very hoppy taste when compared to the maltiness of the aroma. Still, a background of raisin and toffee. Interesting twist on one of my favorite styles.
dmac (5827) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz swing cap bottle. Poured a reddish/brown with a very slight off white head that just barely coated the entire body of the beer.Malty aroma of raisins, sugar, wood, pineapple, honey, and bread. Medium to full bodied with lots of lively carbonation and a very dry palate. Flavor has an overall soapy flavor that distracts from the other flavors. Notes of wood, peat, brown sugar, malts and tons of alcohol for only being 8.5%. Pleasant but I was hoping for more.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: Weird perfumy floral malty beer of some kind. Intriguing.
How: Bottle, almost one year old.
The look: Cloudy copper-brown body with a short-lived beige head.
In long: Aroma is unusually floral for an Albier, almost perfume. Very yeasty beer with a bubblegum aroma and flavour (purple “grapes” bubblegum to be more precise). Rather sweet with . Liquorice, caramel and lost of spicy hard-candies. A little peppermint and a little medicinal flavour (cough syrup?). Really full body, sticky and resinous. Strong but weird bitterness. The hops came out as garden flowers (lilacs mainly) and a little piney. I believe this was my first bottle of this well-known beer. Certainly not what I expect from an Alt. Was it because of the almost one-year of age but something just wasn’t right here. The potential was there but it was all over the place. A weird beer through and through. Looks great as a candlestick though and the only reason I’d buy another bottle is to get a matching pair.