RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours a dark reddish brown with red highlights and a small light tan head that sticks around much longer than I thought it would. Aroma suggest a sweet beer with caramel, yams, raisins, toast, and pineapple. Taste is just as interesting a mix of flavors with brown sugar, caramel, toffee roast, raisin, and something vaguely fruity or maybe metallic. Burnt citrus? Eh, I dunno. Finishes very roasty, and heavy on earthy hops, seemingly out of nowhere. Fairly viscous and mouth-coating, but a bit oily as well, and I can notice the heat without trying so I guess it’s hot. Complex in both flavor and aroma, but not every component is a good one. Er, might a year of aging do this albier some good? heh. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
The alcohol on this is too powerful for the rest of the beer. Malts and hops are underneath but too much burn as you first taste and as it lingers. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 Pours dark with a decent head reducing to nada. Smells sweet and sour. Mildly roasted malty sweet this beer is lop sided. Theres a mild bitter twitch. I’m done. This beer is just flat out uninteresting. SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Aroma is an appetizing batch of rich malts and freshly brewed caramel on top of dry fruity background. Viewed as a dark brown hue accompanied by a perfect half inch thick creamy head. The flavor is smooth and robust with a usage of high quality malts and semi sweet caramel. In my opinion this is an excellent try at an altbier which is why i give this a high score. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 19, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a large, frothy tan head...aroma is a bit metallic at first, but eventually displays a lot of dark fruity malt and caramel...flavour is not quite good, roast, high alcohol, sugary malt, bitter burnt sugar finish...never again...
mmmbeer (1426) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
22 oz. bottle (labeled 84(09) Double Alt, 25th Anniversary) poured into .2L Kolsch glass- poured transparent brown with dark maroon tints when held to a light source, heavy carbonation subsided after a couple of minutes, a small off tan head formed and lace. Aroma of a roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Hits the mouth with a high medium body, alcohol is easily noticeable from first sip, malt is there but the alcohol gets in the way, very light taste of dark molasses in the middle, finish lingers and does have some acidity to it. Very much all over the place, and when that happens you get a train wreck- alt isn’t the style, more like alcohol modified/alt/weak "impy"/belgian ale. That works. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Not sure why the super low rating on this one, it wasn’t half bad. Poured out a deep brown with a small tan head. Very caramelly in the aroma with a bit of pepper and cinnamon. Flavor much caramel with light pine hop, earthiness and some spice to it. Not half bad, though I probably won’t be picking up another one. Better than the typical Widmer fare and alcohol well hidden. bb (9519) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a tan head. Light malt and light caramel aroma with light spice and light earth. Caramel flavor with light spice and light earthiness. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel/toffee lingers with light earth and very light roast - a bit of a concentrated malt feel. Alcohol well hidden. Reid (2558) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2009
bomber from "Habits" ,Salem OR
Nice looking beer, dark brown with a nice tan head..The head is small yet tight and stays around.
Aroma pretty weak..brown sugar, raisins etc.
Taste is quite sweet, then a nice acoholic burn in the end.Inbetween we are treated to treacle,turbino sugar,cocoa and figs.
I quite enjoyed the thick mouthfeel on this.
This is OK.A good drink ffor a more colder time of year!
I think this is nearer dobblebock territory than altbier. Ernest (7721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain, husks), trace hops (herbs, resin), with notes of brown sugar and metal.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter, unclean, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, slightly metallic.
A very clumsy rendition...little to appeal in the nose, and not very clean...unpleasant dirty aftertaste. A drain pour.