luvcasks (178) - USA - FEB 4, 2007
pours a gorgeous mahogany with a light tan head... which oh! so gracefully falls to a thin layer
Nose of raisins, plums, caramel, some smoke and a whiff of alcohol
Taste is incredibly variegated, licorice, dark figs, roast, smoke all with a nice big firm hop bite which is (black pepper like) spicy. the alcohol is very well hidden.
The finish is long creamy, medium bodied and grrr... I cant put words here.. smoke, fruit and hop appear and disappear
Overall: Absotively and posolutely, a German interpretation of barley wine. At 8.5 % should be a sipper but it is so beguiling and inviting flavorful that damn it I seem to be headed to the inevitable bottom of the glass. A must try!...I wonder what would happen if all 3 barley wine styles are tasted side-by side... I am rating it high... I don’t think there is a style for the sticke BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Small pop-top brown bottle from Florian’s in Auburn. Copper-red slightly murky translucent body with about a half an inch of off-white head that leavea fairly good lacing. Nuttiness dominates the aroma with just a hint of black licorice or root beer quality to it. Nut, caramel malt, roastiness all play big parts in the flavor with hints of black licorice, fruit, and smoke with a clean finish. Some alcohol warming present, although alcohol flavor is almost non-existent (impressively). A nice and surprising creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable for the abv and body, but I’d still approach this as a bit of a sipper. Actually impressed with this one. An impressive altbier and a damn good lager. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours an ever so slightly hazed copper color. Half the pour is beer, half the pour is foam. Good head retention (a little too good - I am getting impatient). Decent lacing. Sweet malty aroma - caramel and brown sugar.
The flavor is very similar to the aroma, but substantially more pronounced. Then there is this wonderfully bitter hop presence in the finish that makes you forget that this is a sweetish beer. Until the next sip, anyway. Ah - when the last sip is gone, that hop presence lingers a good long time. Fuller body, on the smoother side, and softly but very generously carbonated.
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with hints of red, with a decent sized white head. The aroma is extremely malty, with a hint of hops. The flavor was very malty. Sweet fruits, caramel, dates, raisons, with a touch of alcohol. Very smooth and tasty. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Aroma: Good sweet maltiness with a nice toffee note. Alcohol and dark fruits seem to twine together in an aroma similar to rum raisin. Some bready yeastiness and a bit of spiciness. Appearance: Poured a murky reddish brown. Off-white head was small, creamy, and short lived. Not much lacing. Flavor: Medium-sweet maltiness with some caramel and raisin. Alcohol is noticeable but merges well with th rest of the beer. Some light earthy hops into the finish. Sweet but not cloying finish. Medium-light bitterness. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Low carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Very ’barleywine-esque’. Lots of good malt flavors. Low carbonation kept me from scoring this higher.
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2007
First of all, great looking bottle and nice touch with the resealable ceramic top. Pours a deep reddish brown that allows some light to pass through. Thick, creamy head. Aroma is malt, raisins, dates and caramel. These same qualities are also present in the flavor albeit a bit stronger than the aroma. Bitter finish but not excessive. The alcohol is noticeable but does not interfere with this beer. A nice choice for a winter evening. murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
This beer is mother’s milk to me!
brought to me courtesy of brentk56...THANK YOU!
poured a beautiful deep amber/rust color into my HB stick.
The smell is rich with raisins, molasses, and sweeter malt.
The taste is all molasses, toffee, raisins, plum, and a little red apple.
mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth.
Fantastic beer. just absolutely awesome. Zeswaft (1775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 now this is a beer. Glorious dark ruby color with a frothy white head. Aroma is very malty, caramelly. Flavor is very rich and thick. Glorious malt flavors, not sure what beers I’ve had that are as malty as this. Some dark fruit flavors, too. It’s almost a barleywine without hops and without the nasty alcohol sting. Thus, the bitterness is not as pronounced as the uerige alt, but there is still some bitterness on the finish. If I could only find the Sticke I think it wouldbe the right balance of flavor without all the alcohol a la Goldilocks and the three bears. Afterthought, wow this bastard has 75 ibu’s, but it’s blended well with the malt. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Nice hop aroma upfront, sligh citrus fades, with touchs of dark fruit. Palate is full bodied alcohol is hardly noticable. Nice winter-time drink though I prefer my barley-wines with a bit mor umph. DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2007
has a sweet beer-like aroma.
No kidding. Really does.
This beer is slightly on the bitter side, but not excessively so.
Has a pleasant bitter-sweetness that is easy to sip and encourages a responsible and proper alcohol delivery pace.