talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 Bottled 06-04. Pours a hazy, muddy, deep garnet with a moderately-full, beige, creamy head; longevity is fair and lacing is plentiful. Nose is great and rich; burnt brown sugar notes, toffee, caramellized dates, light wood notes, and some spicy, floral hops. Flavor is much of the same with a moderate bitterness; burnt wood, burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses, date, and lightly floral/spicy hops. Palate is nice with a moderately full body, a lively carbonation, and a silky smooth feel. Finishes long and bittersweet with molasses, almost some chocolate, date, lingering spicy hop notes, with a bit of floral still there. Takes the great attributes of a strong Alt and of a doppel and creates a great, unique beer. Awesome, rich malt tones with a balancing hop presence. I can’t believe I waited so long to try this one, turned out to be one the best german beers I’ve tried.
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark rawhide brown with half a thumbnail of tan head. The pour itself is subtle and coagulate like a dense barley wine. Creamy caramel aromas waft straight out of the bottle. Tastes are robust with roasted caramel, wood, big big malts, dark fruits, mild tobacco, and peanut brittle. Lingering alcohol toward the finish. Soft carbonation and full bodied. Flavors are strong up front, but peter out in the finish. I haven’t had too many Altbiers yet, but this had all the qualities of a good barley wine over anything else.
LinusStick (3293) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was not an altbier if I have anything to do with it. Damn good, but not an altbier. Aroma was decent...dark fruit(?), burnt malt and must. Pour was as beautiful as a beer could get. Deep murky brown with not much movement and a 2 finger tan head. Looked like a river at night time. Taste was very strong and pronounced. Heavy on the malt, very thick mouthfeel (almost like a milkshake) and very alcoholic. Burns the throat at swallow. Some hoppiness in the aftertaste. The commercial description is dead on...does taste like a barleywine. Just older and dirtier.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz brown swing top bottle poured into a shaker pint. Hazy dark copper, appeared to be bottle conditioned. Two fingers of fine white bubbled head.
Lots of malt in the aroma, some noble hops, and a little alcohol.
Deep malty flavor, plenty of sweetness. Caramel/molasses.
Nice dose of hop bitterness to balance it out. Medium to full bodied.
A really unique beer, very drinkable.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hugely disappointing. I can’t believe the beer in this bottle was what was supposed to be in there. Smelled and tasted like a dopplebock that was overhopped and had gotten old. Taste was sweet carmely malt with lots of old rubbery hops. Color was a murky red brown. Their regular altbier is fantastic,this was ugly
closey22 (1728) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown and slightly hazy w/ tan lasting head; maly aroma/ fresh grain; stron malt flavor; creamy feel; malty alcohol finish w/ a touch of hops.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle. Served in Grandpa’s pils glass. Very rich aroma of brown sugar & prunes along with some earthy notes. Very much a dopplebock. Very dark red color, nearly brown with a smallish cream colored head and good clarity. Thick bodied. Taste is dark caramel, mild roast, herbal & earthy hops, plums/prunes, vanilla, and blackstrap molasses. Very smooth, despite the strong flavors. Nice moderately bitter finish with some nice malty flavors, but no real residual sweetness. Easy drinking beer despite being 8.5%.
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Deep dark red/brown with a frothy head with long retention. A moderate aroma of sweet bread and molasses. Holly Crap! Be carful if you gulp when you drink. I don’t think I was ready for that. Bitter at first then finishes sweet and goes down Aunt Jemima. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in bitter, burnt, syrup, sweet and a lot of it.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/14/05 330ml. side by side with Uerige Alt. Dark brown with small quick dissipating head. Aroma consist of Vanilla malt and alcohol. Palate was a little too viscous and had too much alcohol. I did not think more was better in this case.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a cloudy brown color with a thin tan head which quickly faded away, there was some mild lacing. Aroma was mainly malty some roasted some sweet. I really can no describe the as caramel like , but it was sweet. Flavor was rich with roasted malt note with a nice spice at the end. Full bodied.