JoeMcPhee (9575) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
Long-necked swing-top bottle courtesy of Oakes. Dark brown beer with a thin-white head. Strange, salty aroma, reminds me of dulce (seaweed). A bit of earthiness and mushrooms. Flavour is full of chewy, earthy malts, a bit of woodiness (cedar), slight malty sweetness in the middle of the palate, before an assertive hop bitterness cleanses the palate. Hops keep this from being cloying. Fairly full-bodied and a littlle bit of a bready/toasty finish. Not bad, but not entirely succesful either. TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Swing-top bottle. Mahogany body with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is slightly grassy and herbal with minimal sweet malts and a nice caramel hint. Taste is spicy and grassy with some caramel, alcohol, and creamy malts. Body is light-medium with mild alcohol feel to it and minimal carbonation. Finishes with some mild alcohol warmth, thinend caramel and sweet malts, but with continual grassy and spicy notes. Oakes (19010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Very dark red-brown. Very thick head. Fun light fruitiness and deep caramel complexity. Full, rich, big deep earthy caramel malts, orangey-fruity yeast and a hint of woody, citrusy hop late. Alcohol emerges slightly in the finish. Unique, intense. 4-7-8-4-16 mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Gravity cask, BPP, Seattle
The proprietor of the BPP launched this beer the night before, but actually pulled the cask as it got low in order that a couple of us beer writers could get a taste when they opened the next day. For me, the beer was sadly yet another disappointment from one of Germany’s most overrated brewers. Bright, dark amber colour with a fairly rich head. Fresh hoppy aroma (grass mostly) with sticky caramel malts. A little thin, hints of caramel. Timid. I have a bottle as well just in case the condition suffered overnight. 7-3-6-3-13 = 3.2
Gravity fed wooden barrel at the Old Bay. Deep brown in color with a nice tan head. Big Sticky malty aroma. Sticky and sweet. Hoppy and fruity. Malty, sticky and sweet tasting. Well balanced. Nice big bold flavor. Complex. Enjoyable. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Gravity fed wooden barrel at the Old Bay in New Brunswick. Last year they had the Sticke at the Mai-Fest. Deep orange, clear, Tan head, nice lacing. Big sticky malty aroma, some hops and fruitiness. Flavor is bold and malty sweet, with lots of hop bitterness to back it up. Sticky on the lips. This is becomming a must attend event with all these rare beers available...