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Stickenjab Alt Bier - Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-14-2002)
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Photo of Weissenheimer
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%

This nearly opaque brown pint arrived with a huge, cloudy head. The scent was very powerful and not altogether pleasant. I want to say that the main smell is one of licorice, but I'm not sure if that's right. The odor definitely had cherries, cough-syrup, vinegar, and some floral overtones, though.

The taste was very much the equivalent of that strong cough-syrup smell, and did indeed remind me of licorice. Once or twice I also tasted some smokiness, which wasn't a bad thing, but the vinegary/lemony aspect of the finish really turned me off. I began looking forward to the next sip - not for its own sake, but just to get that sourness out of my mouth!

I'm obviously not crazy about this one. It's too syrupy, the mouthfeel is not interesting or dynamic, and the finish leaves me cold. I won't be having another one of these. I should mention that I'm inexperienced with altbiers, so maybe I just haven't developed a taste for the style.

Weissenheimer, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.68/5  rDev -30%

12oz and fresh

orange-reddish pour with no foam or visible carbonation. aroma reminds me of a strong bock.. real complex burnt brown sugar flavors. some banana and a bizarre underripe lime/citrus tang. that lime is a force to be reckoned with, and dominates the beer. perhaps its a result of overhopping in something expected to be smoother and caramelly. the previously incognito carbonation shows up as well, and comes on quite strong. progresses with a rye-like spiciness.. black pepper finish with some fresh cut apple and slight alcohol heat. not sure this is an altbier at all.

pretty confusing beer. not the best thing from h-weight and i probably wont revisit it. some good elements just too jumbled.

goodbyeohio, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%

Cloudy, sediment-rich honey caramel pour with thick one-finger head of tan suds. Nice retention fed by steady uprising streams of pinpoint carbonation.

Aroma is very harsh, bready malts, sweetened condensed milk(a very unique aroma), tart lemony dryness, and some muddled fruit notes.

Flavor is thick, dextrinous malts, that funky milky note, band-aids, and a tart, mineral-laden, yeasty astringancy that reminds me very much of a wild ale. Not a bad flavor, just not at all what I expected. Perhaps this has been infected/influenced by one of the many in-house yeast strains that Heavyweight utilizes. I strongly believe this to be the case.

Body is medium, slick, and very slippery textures. Mouthfeel is juicey and a bit flat. Hard to finish simply because there are too many contrasting themes present in this sample.

AlexJ, May 28, 2006
Photo of hero27
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%

12 oz bottle
48 IBU's, 6.4% abv.

Cloudy orange, rather small fizzy head. Aroma has a thick malt, with a definite cherry element to it. Tastes are slightly spicy to start. Assorted fruits are thrown in with the caramel malts to churn up a somewhat artificial sweetness, but there's a mild sourness as well. Quite cloying (clover, ginger, and cinnamon?) use of spices. Slick mouthfeel and rather low carbonation.

I see what they were trying to do with this one, but it kinda misses the mark for me.
Thanks go the way of ski271 for the bottle.

hero27, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a ton lace. Murky amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is hoppy. Medium bodied. Starts hoppy/malty and finishes on the sweet/hoppy side but a slight bitter after taste. $1 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick St. Disc Bev. Troy, NY.

jdhilt, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of lackenhauser
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

Poured a hazy copper color with no real head to speak of. Caramel/toffeeish aroma.Malty.Somewhat acrid bitterness upfront.Almost sour.Residual malt sweetness comes thru.Nice full bodied mouthfeel but the sourness diminishes the overall body.Having had no other commercial examples to compare it to style wise I find it to be an average beer.I wonder if the bottle is bad. Will try it again but was not impressed following the great things I have heard about the beer and brewery.

lackenhauser, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of KroMagnon
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

Nice reddish-amber color, somewhat cloudy, with a good light tan head. The aroma is malt and caramel with a hint of licorice, nice. The flavor though is a bit of a letdown. The malt and hops clash somewhat, in that the malt flavor is more sweet and less complex and the hops just kind of roar in there and give you a bitterness that doesn't mellow or compliment the malt. There is also a bit of a sour off-flavor. Perhaps this was from a bad batch but its a first impression (I like the only other Heavyweight I've had at this point) There is some alcoholic warmth to the beer which is fine. I'm a little disappointed.

KroMagnon, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of brentk56
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey colored body with a modest head that quickly descends to a ringlet and islands and leaves very little lacing behind

Smell: Sour cider smell; not particularly inviting

Taste: Starts out with a sour cider taste along the side of the tongue that builds and is joined by some sweet flavors in the finish; the opposite of what you would expect

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I really like Alts and I have liked other beers by Heavyweight so this was a real disappointment; its not really an altbier in that it uses lager yeast and the sour profile fits better with a Flanders Red than an Alt; I might rate it higher if they didn't call it an Alt but it is hard to overcome the expectations

brentk56, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -21.7%

This is a dark amber beer with a decent off –white head. There is some lacing, but not much.
The aroma is malty and cherry like.
Its flavor is malt and more malt with a fruity quality and some brown sugar presence.
Although it is very sweet, it remains drinkable. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Naes, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Had on tap at Redbones. Reddish in color, no head. Malty aroma. Hmm..taste was mostly all malt, with alcohol in the finish. Medium + mouthfeel. Pretty much very malty, alcohol is present, not much else to say (sorry). I wish the beer had more going for it than that. Not bad, but I needed to find something else going on with this one.

PatandDavid, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

12oz brown bottle, no date information

Cloudy, murky amber. Thick, puffy head of fine off-tan bubbles that is loosely packed and slow to settle leaving no lacing. Filled with thick, almost chunky sediment. Spicy, peppery smell, a bit nutty and sweet. Starts sweet and hard cider tinged. Remains on the sweet side, but lightly though, through the middle before finishing with a minimally spicy hop edge. There is also a tart slightly sour note as well. The tartness lingers a bit. Filled with a grainy, granular, chunky sediment and fine, tingling carbonation and has a medium body. Didn't find this particularly enjoyable and won't be going back to it. Something seems off, perhaps it was old, but with no date info, it is tough to say.

hopsaplenty, May 13, 2006
Photo of yankeeheel
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours a barely hazy copper with a large crater filled beige head. Solid lacing. Smells rathey estery with a wiff of hop citrus. Moderate toffee malt profile and a punch of hop sourness. Long dry finish. Swing and a miss on the taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and acceptable, but nothing memorable. Not my kind of alt.

yankeeheel, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%

This poured a very pretty color. It was my favorite thing about the beer. A red-hued brown. Almost glowed red. Thin white head with some stringy lace. Nose was fairly hoppy for the style. Came across as bits of clove mostly. Flavor was sweet at first but then with a clover-like bittersweetness. The flavors kind of tingled. Almost watery feel to it. Not sure what it is about this beer (perhaps it was the kind of cloying clover) but it is falling through the floorboards for me.

MuddyFeet, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.18/5  rDev -17%

Poured into the Collins glass looking like a dirty ice tea. Big rocky head and lacing on the glass. Smell reminds me of the Two Druid's Gruit, very chalky aspirinish. Taste starts off harmless enough, a nice malty carbonic hit that segues quickly into the aspirin bite and lemon rind finish. Not really for me. Interesting. Mouthfeel is thin but not unexpected. You could drink a few of these I guess. I figure this, like Two Druids, is an acquired taste. I'm moving on to other brews.

pentathlete, May 24, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

Bottle provided by GCBrewingCo, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a finger and a half tan yellow head over a deeply murky orange rust liquid. Smells caramel and pine-sol and raspberry. Taste is caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate and a sour that’s not quite cherry. It’s got a little bit of minty and piney quality. Perhaps part of the sour is acrid from overcarbonation. Aftertaste consists of rolling caramel, chocolate, and the sour. As it warms, the beer gets an orange hop flavor. Light body and mildly carbonated.

mentor, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours like dark honey. It has a nice malty aroma with just a hint of some floral hops in the background. The taste seems very similar. Starts off with a nice strong malt base. I can taste some light, maybe citrusy, fruit in the background. As it sits, the hops kick in. It has a strong aftertaste, but not an unpleasant one. The beer coats the tongue and stays there long after the swallow. There doesn't seem to be much of note about the mouthfeel...very appropriate for the style. This is a nice beer, but didn't blow me away. I would have liked to see a little more of a hop presence lurking in the background. Perhaps it was an aged bottle....I'd like to try it again fresh of fthe press!

Hagbard, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

Thanks Geoff.

This brew pours an ambered orange color with a finger of head that falls to coat the brew. The nose is interesting. I get notes of orangey citrus and a bit of roasted, nutty malt. Interesting combination. The flavor is right there with a lemoney/orangey zesty citrus and a light roasted malt. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I think the brew is rather refreshing and drinkable. I'm just not getting overly excited over the flavor and nose.

kmpitz2, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of BadBadger
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

This is an interesting beer. It pours a golden color from the bottle. The head is average, while not lasting long. The smell was strange: it seemed absent, almost neutral (I couldn't sense the malt or hops within. The taste was fun: a first a bitter hit ftom the hops and a sweet malty finish. The mouthfeel was smooth. An fun beer to sample. Worth searching for and giving a try. Enjoy!

BadBadger, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of Globetrotter
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

Hand-carried from NJ to Moscow, this brew comes in a fairly chubby 12 oz brown bottle with a multicolor label featuring a cartoon of a boxer with his right glove raised. Ingredients include "German malts and Hallertau hops." No freshness information.

Pours a slightly hazy iced tea pale brown under a 1/2 finger beige head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. The nose is very mild, with just a touch of sweet caramel. The mouth is light and very prickly. There is lots of sweet caramel here, almost syrupy and bordering on chocolate. A note of cinnamon is also present. The finish has a mild hoppy bite, more spicey than harsh, but the caramel prevails. The hops become increasingly stronger as it warms, but I wouldn't call this a hoppy beer (as the label implies).

Globetrotter, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of EPseja
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

Served in a pint glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pours a deep, rusty amber color with a considerable amount of cloudiness and small particles in suspension. Inital head is big and bubbly -- about an inch and a half -- seettling down to a thin, rust-flecked tan mat that creeps up the sides of the glass.

S - Big, sweet toffee and caramel maltiness with notes of Fig Newtons and Heath Bar. Some nuttiness; more reminiscent of the slightly bitter, thin skin rather than the meat of the nut (I'm thinking specifically of an almond here). No real hoppiness to speak of.

T & M - Dark, fruity sweetness charges into the mouth on the crest of a very nice, tight sudsy mouthfeel. The middle reveals wisps of dry hoppiness and the shadow of veiled alcohol. As this beer hits the back of the throat, the sweetness breaks up but the carbonation (unfortunately) kicks up, making a slightly gassy swallow. The aftertaste is dry and bittersweet, reminiscent of a dry sherry, with a slightly cloying, lingering sweetness.

D - This is a pretty tasty beer that is a bit out of balance, both in its constitution and its delivery. The tastes seem to be either big and bold or very faint, with not much in between. The mouthfeel stays too active, even after a bit of warming. Unfortunately, I would most likely reach for something else instead of another one of these.

EPseja, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

It pours a brown color with a small head that falls fast but leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty malty, not much else there. The taste has a large malt character with some nuttiness, some slight fruit notes and finishes a little bitter. Has a mouthfeel that's medium and the drinkability is ok.

clvand0, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of necoadam
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured out a hazy copper color with almost no head, but did have some lacing.

Smell was interesting. Sweet malts, seemed a bit too sweet a times. Some mild fruit notes along with a touch of yeast aromas to finish up the nose.

Taste was good. Malts, caramel, toffee-like flavors set the base of this brew. In the middle, a fast shot of sourness shows up and seemed a bit out of place. Finished with some yeasty flavors and did finish on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was medium, but really lacked carbonation. Alt's usually have low carbonation levels, but this really seemed below alt level's.

It's ok, some flavors popped out of nowhere and looks like it should of been controlled, but it's worth trying.

necoadam, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of sacfly
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

No freshness date, but purchased at a local that just started carrying it two weeks ago.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown. Head quickly fades to almost nothing. Smell is sweet, malty, sweet, caramel, sweet. Smell reminds me of flat cola… maybe flat ginger ale…

First sip is not nearly as sweet and the nose lead me to believe. It is sweet and malty, but not way over the top. Over ripe plum/dates. A bit sour. Slight nuttyness at the end. Slight astringency(?) in the aftertaste. Finish is long and dry. Rather annoying yeasty aftertaste… Sourness comes back long into the finish. It is bottle conditioned, so be very careful in your pour. Leave at least a half inch to an inch or the aftertaste is a little much (I’m sure it’s the yeast…)

Over all, not a bad alt for a hard to find style. If you like alts, this is not the greatest, but will still be enjoyable.

sacfly, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a lightly hazy, deep amber color that is topped by a frothy tan colored head. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity, with notes of raisins and an intense, though non-descript, berry character. It also has an intense maltiness that has notes toasted malt, caramel, a sticky amber malt extract note. The mixture of hops and malt in the nose is quite nice, definitely really in balance and they are both quite intense.

The taste is not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggest. It is pretty full and rich on the palate, and there is quite a bit of acidity in the finish as well. There is a sort of malt extract twang here as well, perhaps the malt is starting to become oxidized. This is actually a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting a bit more hop character, and a bit more integrated, fresh maltiness.

Gueuzedude, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of psinderson
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured into pint glass. A nice dark amber color with a 2-finger, off-white head that shrinks quickly. Very little lacing apparent.

This beer is extremely malty. The only significant aromas are bready malt and alcohol. The sweet malt flavor hits you immediately. There is a brief appearance of hop bitterness, but it seems to be quickly snuffed out by the malt. In my opinion, this could definitely use some more hops for balance.

I like the mouthfeel. Good medium-heavy body with a pleasant carbonation level.

Because this beers seems unbalanced to me, it's harder to get through than others. This may be just my preference for greater hop character in a beer. They state the IBU's as 48 and that does seem low for a beer of this strength.

psinderson, May 14, 2006
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Stickenjab Alt Bier from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.