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Uerige Doppelsticke - Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei

Uerige DoppelstickeUerige Doppelsticke

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

516 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 516
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%


Brewed by:
Uerige Obergärige Hausbrauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Altbier |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Seit 2005 braut der Uerige ein spezielles Starkbier für den amerikanischen Markt. Unser DoppelSticke hat erstaunliche 8,5 % Alkohol, schmeckt aber dennoch unverkennbar: dat is dat leckere Dröppke!

Nach dem gigantischen herbalen Hopfenaroma, das den Gaumen zu Anfang überrascht, folgt eine Mitte voller geschmacklicher Sensationen: karamelisierter Zucker, Malz, Kräuter; satte Anklänge an dunkle Schokolade und Rum, um danach sanft und schimmernd auszuklingen.

Das von uns auch bei diesem Bier mit acht Wochen angegebene Mindestfrischedatum gilt bei echten aficionados als unverbindlichlicher Vorschlag: sie schwören darauf, ihr DoppelSticke erst einmal ein Jahr im Keller zu lagern.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2005)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's yesterday.

Deep brown with reddish highlights, thin, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Leafy and lemony hops dominate the nose, with bright citrus contrasting the malt depth that's excellent. Wildflower honey, burnt caramel, dark wheat bread. Excellent. On the palate, it opens with a great combination and contrast of lemony, earthy bitterness and honey and caramel. I've never had this beer this fresh. Dark German wheat bread, with a mild spiciness, almost rye-like, that's probably a combination of the hops, the malt and the alcohol. Fruity, with plums and raisins. Excellent stuff. Medium in body with mild carbonation and a long lasting finish with bitterness and honey sweetness. Great stuff, I must confess that I couldn't drink too much of it, but that was probably a result of the environment in which i drank it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 16:44:51 | More by DefenCorps
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always comes in that oddball, yet so awesome looking bottle The color is a amber maple syrup with some trubby haze. Pretty crappt foam and head. The aroma is stale bread with some alcohol. The tomgue is hit with more stale bread, biscuits and hints of bananas. Ohh yeah, and alcohol. The alcohol is not overpowering, but more than wanted for an alt. But Uerige is the only brewery I've tried any altbier from, so I'm still open to try more beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 02:33:23 | More by scruffwhor
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flagmantho

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, cloudy, deep brown body that looks old and stubborn. Head is a thin layer of creamy foam that has surprising retention considering its slim build. Quite good.

Smell: rich, dank aroma of musty dark fruits. Cherries, plums, a little pear even; one of the best smelling beers I've had in recent memory.

Taste: a flavor to rival the aroma. Rich Levantine fruits with a chalky back flavor and just enough bitterness to bring the mammoth malt into some semblance of balance. This is a freakin' fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel: rich and silky. Carbonation, and thus creaminess, are both rather low, but in this huge-bodied malt bomb, they are not really needed. I like it.

Drinkability: dangerously drinkable at 8.5% ABV. The alcohol says sip but the flavor says keep it coming. Plain delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 00:46:58 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Dark, dark red amber. Nice light tan head and lots of lacing. Malt, roast malt and fruit aroma. Excellent presentation, both the head and aroma are very nice. Medium to heavy bodied, strong malt, toasted malts and dark fruits up front. Middle and finish with a tannic, bitter malt flavor. I like the complexity of the flavor, but the finish is a bit too astringent for me. Well made, but not quite to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:42:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Very distinctive looking 11.2 fluid ounce embossed flip top bottle. The tall metallic silver and purple label that covers the metal swing top mechanism states that this is 8.5% Alc/Vol. and that it was Bottled on 06.04, with a Code of 05 06.

Appearance: The design of the bottle itself is worthy of a mention first. From the unique shape, the embossed words and pictures all over the body including what may also be Braille words at the base too. The long proboscis-like neck with its swing top closure with the washer sealed white cap complete with a red imprinted Uerige logo, right down to the shield design of the front label. This looks great before I even open it!! But when I do I am not disappointed. An intensive feisty massive fight between the heavy liquid body and the rising dissolved gases perform the Battle of Evermore. They both go their own way, the liquid settles down to a clear auburn chestnut with a polished cherrywood clarity whilst the lightly tanned creamy head expands upwards to form a solid 1” deep throat in my Stone OId Guardian glass. This looks fantastic when first poured and it doesn’t disappoint after it gets chance to settle down.

Nose: As soon as I flipped the cap on this one the air was filled with cherry and aromas of warm caramel with a lovely fruity background. Wild berries, molasses, dubbin, linseed oil, ready rub cherry pipe tobacco, malts, aged oak wood, heated copper, school satchels, freshly polished brown brogues, waxed hunting jackets and a one other obscure smell that was hard to dissociate……this rocks. I’m not sure if it is the aged character of this brew but there is something very special about the nose. Mmmmm……a nasal treat.

Taste: The nose seemed to define the contributing factors in a High Definition elemental manner, but the flavors seem to mix these together to produce a range of compounds. The molasses and malts dominate but behind this toffee and caramel support, deeper down and the berries and fruits add complexity. Has a feel of a high quality Barleywine but the rounded nature take sit a step further. The ending is rewarding and adds a lingering finish which has a lovely soft malt nature and a balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Certainly doesn’t hit like an 8.5% Alt, and at times I thought that the Mouthfeel felt a little lower than it should - but the flavors certainly lend a massive strength to the torso, like a lightweight high strength carbon fiber bicycle frame, the skeleton of this brew does not take up much room, but you’d never break it.

Drinkability: Dangerously quaffable, I wish I had picked up two of these now, as I first intended. Damn this is so finely balanced, fully flavorful and silky on the tongue it just entices the imbiber to keep the glass firmly in hand and the elbow well exercised. Effortless, just incredibly easy to pound, in a good way.

Overall: Finally I get my hands on a bottle of this famous Altbier, this bottle cost me $4.03 at HiTimes in Costa Mesa, but damn it was worth every cent. Quality in a bottle. Recommended and Highly Impressive. Lovely stuff!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 05:54:15 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a medium to dark brown with a very light tan head that rises half an inch is gone within in seconds. The lacing is very light and watery to boot. The beer itself is surprinsgly clear, especially in the light.

The aroma very strong dominated by a toffee note with light hops.

The taste is surprinsingly bitter with a lingering bitter after taste. You don't get much of the sweet malts you get from the aroma so it really confuses the senses and doesn't make for an enjoyable experience

Mouthfeel is heavy and it sticks to your mouth for minutes. Not very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 01:42:06 | More by jrallen34
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

33cl swingtop, bottled 05/03, poured into a Duvel tulip. I just bought this one a couple weeks ago without realizing its age - score!

A: Opens with a resounding pop, and pours a dark chocolate colored body under a half-inch of frothy tan head. Pretty strong carbonation for such an old beer in a swingtop. Nice.

S: Rich, sweet, deep maltiness: molasses, caramel, raisins, and some pleasant sherry oxidation. Smells appropriately old, and entirely pleasant. Terrific.

T: Follows the nose precisely: tons of molasses, toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and dessert wine. A hint of alcohol warmth creeps in on the long, bittersweet finish, but is fairly unobtrusive. Delicious.

M: Lovely soft carbonation, but not quite as hefty as I'd like - the alcohol would likely be tamer if it were a bit less watery.

O: Great beer, plain and simple. I'll probably have to pick up a fresher bottle for comparative purposes, but since the age hasn't completely tamed a fairly reasonable 8.5% ABV, I'm a bit worried about the heat factor that would come across in a more recent batch. Regardless, this is a must-try brew.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:19:51 | More by woosterbill
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusy cola brown with an off-white, bone-like head that fizzles out quickly. Smells of many malts, toffee, caramel, sweet fruits, nuts, berries, sugar coated cinnamon dusted twigs, and more. Taste is sweet and malty up front, spicy and fruity in the middle, and boozy and drying in the finish to sum it up nicely. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet, drinkability is good, but the sweetness really cuts into me these days. Still a beautiful example of the style. An awesome double alt!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 15:46:46 | More by francisweizen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11oz Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - Thanks!

Appearance - Cloudy brown colour with a very small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 1-2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, leather, anise

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, anise, and raisins. There is also some herbal notes and a nuttiness and a smokiness. It ends with a malty sweet herbal/earthy aftertaste.

Overall - An interesting beer.. kind of tastes like a dubbel/barley wine but with some gruit like flavours mixed in. Not something I'd drink a whole lot of, but points for originality.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 23:55:40 | More by spinrsx
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If style points for a cool bottle were available, I'd award some here. This was my first experience wiht this sub-style, so I don't have any frame of reference, but it was certainly interesting. Dark caramel pour, slightly turbid. Malt flavor of toffee and caramel, followed closely by a slightly tangy note that was not quite sour. Finished with bittering without characteristics of any particular hops varietal.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 17:47:29 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/9/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- .33 liter bottle, so I guess around 11.2 ounces or so, which would make sense. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Ruby red, tinges of brown colored pour. Smaller 1/2 inch head and slight lacing in different places.

Smell- At first it was very sweet malt scents with some brown sugar and maybe cardomom and cinnimon. When it really warmed it took on the characteristic of a cognac or brandy.

Taste- Very sweet and somewhat thick. Kind of a maple sugary flavor to go with a nice subtle taste of cinnimon and maybe clove? Slight hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick, lightly creamy and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability- Another winner for tonight! Very tasty and worth picking up for a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 16:54:26 | More by GClarkage
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Started with a smell of earth and cocoa, then moved to coffee and caramel with roasted malt. head was small yet durable..laced until the end
Taste was strong. Coffee and caramel dominated with background of grapes (like in grape juice) and roasted malt or even toast.
Thicker than I thought. Perhaps a bit syrupy or oily.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 21:02:04 | More by Mebuzzard
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Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a small but dense brown head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is of toasted caramel malt, fig, raisins/dates, and a bit of spice. Similar to an old ale. The taste is grainy, lightly roasted, molasses, red wine, an odd lemony twang, and rust. Not what I expected from the aroma. The feel is well bodied with moderate carbonation, finishes slightly sticky with a stale hop bitterness. A malty beverage for sure but it seems past its prime, though I'm not sure that it is. Has both good and bad characteristics, its ok, not sure I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 15:43:23 | More by Gmann
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on April 30, 2011. There was a code on the label that I simply could not read but I think it had a couple of zeroes in it. It has a gorgeous reddish-mahogany brown pour with a long-lasting, foamy head and seltzer water-like carbonation. The malt aroma is overwhelming. It is sweet like molasses and sharp like licorice. Oh, and did I say it was malty? It really tingles my tongue with its sweet malty, toffee taste and its dry bite stabbing me at the end. I also thought the bottle was kind of neat.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 13:40:02 | More by puboflyons
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mynie

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled a year ago and purchase two weeks ago. Ya'know part of the reason I haven't been drinking very much good beer lately is that I can't afford as much due to the hop shortage. A much bigger reason is that other people can't buy as much due to the hop shortage. EVERYTHING IN THE STATE OF IOWA IS STALE.

I promised myself that if this tasted off or stale I wouldn't review it. It doesn't, but it's still a year old. Please keep that in mind.

Glops out of the swig-top bottle. Awful pretty. Very dark and opaque for an Alt (or is it a Doppel? Or a mix?) Big white head that dies very slowly, like me.

Smells of sharp malt, aged nodes of fruit, along with some nutty malt and just the lightest hint of euro hop.

Tastes a lot like it smells. The alt malt has aged wonderfully with big nodes of dates and raisins along with some fresher, nuttier nodes. The hops are microscopic though (due to age, I'm sure) and they would have certainly helped cut into the intensity of the malt.

A wonderful little treat. If I ever find a fresher bottle I will be sure to update my review.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 05:13:34 | More by mynie
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the characteristic long necked bottle, this beer pours a deep brown-mahogany color that sports intense red highlights. The head is solid and tan. A powerful molasses and fruit smell leaps from the glass. It’s mixed with a beautiful malt smell, wood, and leather. There’s a little alcohol aroma, and some mildly roasted qualities. This is certainly the smell of a big, complex beer, but it also has a sense of well-crafted refinement: all of the aromas fit together perfectly. The taste is similar, complex with a lot of sweetness and malt flavors…molasses again, a little toffee, caramel, ripe fruit, and a modest warming. Despite the sweetness, there’s a nice balance without excessive hops. The finish lingers. Smooth and heavy in body. This is an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 10:59:35 | More by Suds
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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew shows a dark and hazy mahogany color with a decent but delicate light tan head and a sure cascading lace. The aroma offers deep caramel maple malt with a subtle grassy edge. Maybe a little chocolate licorice to boot. Nice. The flavor climaxes with an intense sweet licorice malt and more grassy hops. There's a bit of rhubarb tartness and deep root beer flavor. It is a little sweeter than I normally like but it's tolerable as you enjoy the combined flavors. It finishes a bit harsh at the back of the palate with a modest carbonation and a smooth feel from this medium bodied brew. I would say that there's a cloying quality here that interferes with the enjoyment but they get kudos for big flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 05:23:24 | More by Durge
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swing-top bottle pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown body with a small beige head that leaves some sticky, island chain lace.

Aroma is toffee and caramel, with a hint of chocolate and some spicy hops.

Medium body with a creamy carbonation.

Very tasty. A deep maltiness is evidenced by waves of toffee and caramel and a hint of chocolate. Some nuttiness and dark fruits add complexity. Spicy hops and a hint of dark roasty malts add a balancing bitterness.

Tasty and enjoyable. Topnotch for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 16:50:57 | More by merlin48
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lovely looking bottle packaged on 5/2003 shared with fellow BA Thaines on 7/2011! So, wonder how and eight year old bottle of this will hold up?

A-Slightly hazed, deep, lustrous copper with a this light tan head that reduced to a thin wisp of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Deep, rich caramel malt, with light notes of apple, pear and cereal grains. All somewhat muted but this may be a product of it's age.

T-Big, rich and fairly complex. Without question a malt driven beer. Lots of caramel, fruit esters and toasted cereal grains. Light touch of earthy bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied bordering on medium-heavy but this is most likely a product of all that malt richness. long lasting fruity/malty finish with lots of caramel sweetness.

O-One cannot deny that this is damned good stuff. I would hazard to say that this brew is the benchmark of the style but then again how many double altbiers do you see? I really need to track down a fresher bottle of this to see if the age has detracted or not.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 20:26:48 | More by Deuane
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear just beyond amber with a low off-white and persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was floral and fruity with a strong flowery presence coupled with a slight alcohol phenolic spice and some nice caramel maltiness.

The flavor was malty with quite a charge of caramel and a marriage of assertive bittering to keep that malt in check. The hops were slightly earthy and definitely spicy with a slight bite. The hops came mainly in bittering, but some flavor shined through. Also present was a nice fruity character with restrained raisin charater overshadowed by the hops.

The finish was dry, darn near bone dry with lasting bittering on the palate and a spicy hop flavor that lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and well done. It's an alt on steriods and a well crafted one at that!

11.2 ounce flip top bottle, thanks MABZ! Bottled on 04.18

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 00:06:44 | More by GCBrewingCo
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of camalized malt, toffee, with hints of herbal hops. The taste has the malty tones of the aroma with the addition of a firm bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture and nicely low carbonation. Overall, this is a fine beer that makes me wish there were more doppelsticke altbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 19:21:35 | More by KarlHungus
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting bottle. Can't decide if I like it or not but it's different, you gotta like that.

Pours a cloudy caramel-brown with a slight reddish hue. Head is tan and is nice and foamy. It retains for a few minutes before thinning significantly.

Aroma reminds a little of a barley wine, with some funky malt sweetness recalling overripe figs, saltwater taffy, dark corn syrup and just a hint of smoke. If this tastes as delicious as it smells...

It does! A bitter element mingles with the smells described above (especially the caramel), so the hops are doing their thing, but they're still outclassed by the musty malt sweetness and bready heartiness. Shades of maple, raisin and anise elbow into the flavor profile, while the alcohol provides a nice mellow warming with each sip.

Everything feels earthy, with a velvety creaminess in the mouth, not at all flat but certainly extremely smooth.

This is one of the most interesting and enjoyable German beers I've had yet. Reminds more of a French or Belgian concoction than a German, but I never doubted the country's ability to make great beer...maybe I doubted their ability to make 'different' beer (considering their incredibly strict brewing laws). I stand reminded of this country's awesome brewing capabilities.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 22:32:59 | More by Metalmonk
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morimech

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a half inch head that stuck around for awhile. Thick, spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is deep, complex, and rich. Dark fruit such as figs and dates primarily with an underlying caramel sweetness. Flavor is rich and sweet. Not as fruity in flavor as was the aroma. More of a carmel sweetness complimented by a dark bread flavor. A touch of dark fruit near the finish. Some hop bitterness helps balance the sweetness. Finally a touch of alcohol warmth at the end. A big body that I have not experienced in an Altbier before. Chewey texture. This beer feels like a meal in itself. Am I in Dusseldorf? Has the old world taste that just does not get duplicated here in the states.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 15:45:46 | More by morimech
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Boto

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle: This bottle gives a new definition to the term "long neck". This beer certainly has the longest, skinniest neck on a swing top that I have ever seen. It opens with a loud pfffft. Good color: is is a hazy, slightly reddish mahogany hue with a small head on it. Nice aroma. Notes of toffee, caramel, and some spiciness. An interesting taste. Slightly sweet, with some bitterness at the same time. The taste itself is quite complex. Full flavor, with notes of caramel, fruits, roastiness, and others coming through. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 20:58:07 | More by Boto
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This double surprise alt pours far darker than its sticke brother, and presents us with a rich mahogany body with strong ruby highlights. A tan head drops to a film and leaves fingers of lace on the side of the glass. A blind smell test would peg this one as a dubbel, and it has a lot of similarities with that style, although it does have a marked absence of spice. A deep, rich fruitiness pervades and mingles with alcohol notes, before brown bread and nuts assert themselves to remind you that this is still an alt.

The flavour is intense and souped up. I'm getting dark fruit, toffee and brown sugar off the bat, and the sweetness mixes with the alcohol to make this feel every bit of its 8.5%. It reminds me of the Christmas pudding I made last year that we soaked in brandy and lit at the table. There's more complexity to it than just fruit, though, and some interesting grape, leather and cider notes elevate things to the next level. Any lingering sweetness is alleviated by a balancing bitterness that leaves the finish long and dry. All of this intensity is ably matched by a chewy body that gives the flavour an extra punch.

This beer is an eye-opener, and I'd say it is to alts what a weizenbock is to a hefe. Everything is intense, rich and powerful. Not a beer to be messed with, but one I'd love to have a case of. Seriously good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 15:39:53 | More by bobsy
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