Über Doppelsticke - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by akorsak:
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Served on cask at the General Sutter. An altbier "[o]ak aged in a Sam Adams Utopias barrel for over three months."
A: The ale is the tawny red color of a good port. Although dark, it retains its translucence. From the cask, so the head is minimal.
S: The nose is Utopias-light, sweet with bourbon and maple syrup. If it weren't advertised as such, I'd never know that it is an altbier.
T: The barrel again is far stronger than the underlying beer. Bourbon flavors, vanilla and brown suger, mix with maple syrup and port flavors, each reasonably strong, in a sweet symphony of flavors. The booziness is evident but the ale isn't hot, instead it is pleasantly sweet and full-bodied. A jaw-dropping cask offering.
M: The mouthfeel is all Utopias, scaled back a bit. The flavors are strong but drinkable, sweet and strong. Amazing to taste something aged in a Utopias barrel.
D: At 10%, this ale is hefty but, wow, it sure packs a nice punch. Just wow, no other words do it justice.
03-13-2010 23:54:38 | More by akorsak
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4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
10 oz glass at Lititz Cask Fest.
Easily the most intersting brew that I had at the fest. I didn't read the desription at first. At first whiff I assumed it was aged in a bourbon barrel. Strong booze smell with notes of toasted grain, licorice and tobacco. Bourbon soaked roasted malts flood the tongue while the warm alcohol clings to the throat. Intense. After tasting I read the sheet and was pleasantly suprised to find out it was aged in a SA Utopias barrel. Very cool. Drinkable but the high alcohol and the rich flavors are best sipped in small doses. Unique and complex brew that I was glad to have the oppurtunity to enjoy.
03-14-2010 16:00:11 | More by JunkYardJake
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
I was pleased to be able to try this on cask - aged for months in Sam Adams Utopias barrels -served in a 10 oz 1/2 pint.
A - A dark garnet w/ burgundy hues and good clarity w/ thick slow dropping cream colored head. The bead is tiny and spceckles of lace hold on the glass
S - The aroma is strong and has mild sherry-like fruit scents w/ unique oak + vanilla odors. Candy-like w/ sweet vinous scent and port-like aroma w/ mild coconut accent w/ sweet orange rind in the mix - a mild toffee hint from the malt is apparent w/ mellow alcohol aroma
M - The feel has a vinous, thick and resinous sticky texture w/ drying strong alcohol influence after the swallow - the sweetness level is high, but not more than a good barleywine or high gravity ale should have. They beer is full bodied, but not cloying
T - A lot of sweet malt leads off the flavor into a mild currant and fig-like spiced vinous taste. The malt has a candy-like toffee/caramel mixed w/ the vanilla of the oak and hints of plum and berry w/ toasted flavors in the malt blending well with the light tannic element of the wood. The dark grape and port-like flavor is there w/ slight hop spice balancing and mild hints of raisin and fig with gentle yeast tanginess with sweet finish
D - A drinkable beer for what it is which is not very drinkable in basic terms -the beer compels you to have subsequent tastes which is why I rate it so highly - it is an alt, but more like a German Barleywine at the strength and with the oak influence- watch out as this is a great beer with deep complexity but surprisingly smooth considering its abv
03-18-2010 14:23:24 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev -6.1%
I stopped into LBW today (22DEC12) for a mid-shopping bier-break. Saw this new (for me) offering on tap so I opted to dig in....
Got a medium tulip (~12oz) for $8.50. A bit steep, but it's a high ABV brew, so why not...
Color was a deep chestnut, perhaps with a touch of haze... Carbo? Couldn't see it through the dense liquid. Head was a creamy tan layer....ebbed slowly to a solid layer, though lacing was thin and sparse... Smelled a bit hot, with plenty of caramel and toffee... Felt medium-bodied, and was fairly smooth going down...
Flavor had lots (lots!!) of caramel and toffee... Had lots of similarities to an English Barleywine, with the heavy malt accent... Besides the malts, there was some molasses and brown sugar; finish brought some floral hopping. Also noted were some licorice/anise notes.... Quite good, even with the 10% ABV whacking the senses.... Prosit!!
4/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12-22-2012 21:18:35 | More by Bierman9
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
a: This was a dark tawny brown, almost shiny. It was served to me with a thin whisp of a head.
s: Very appealing mix of raisins, dates, maple syrup, oak-y tobacco, and plenty of gentle booze.
t: Fun to sip, difficult to decipher. The barrel has stripped away almost every trace of Altbier, but thats okay because I love whats left. Sweet overall, but nothing over the top. I found flavors of dark fruits, naked oak, boozy port, and a whole host of things I can't find words for. What a treat!
m: Very gently carbonated, almost still. Thick, almost syrupy body.
d: One of the most unusual beers I've had the pleasure to try in a long time. Really glad I got to try this and I hope I get to try more beer aged in a Utopias barrel.
03-15-2010 10:54:09 | More by DIM
4.3/5 rDev +0.9%
Enjoyed on cask on 3/12/10.
A - Hazy reddish burgundy-colored liquid reminiscent of a tawny port wth a thin off-white head that vanished into nothingness but left a thin webbing of lace around the glass.
S - Vanilla and oak with a mild bourbon presence and dark fruit notes lingering in the background, although black cherries are introduced as the liquid warmed up. A toasted grainy malt character is also apparent.
T - Toasted grains, lush vanilla sweetness and a hint of coconut blends beautifully with the moderate bourbon character and dark fruit tang of this Altbier. Bold finish with an earthy character amid warm bourbon notes.
M - Medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and lots of residual stickiness on the palate. Finishes with a subtle bitterness accompanied by a warm, tangy bourbon presence.
D - Simply fantastic BA Altbier with plenty of vanilla sweetness and a prevalent bourbon character. While this reminded me more of a Dopplebock, this was the highlight of the cask festival for me. I enjoyed it so much that I had two pours!
03-21-2010 16:52:55 | More by ffejherb
Über Doppelsticke from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.