Sticke Alt
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.9 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange juice-infused nut brown that became burnt orange when backlit with late morning sunshine streaming through the brewpub's side windows. The sponge-like golden beige crown melted in fine fashion and left feathery rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

The aroma became bolder with warming, which is what allowed the above score to be granted. Lightly toasted malt (in the background) was complemented by a pleasing ale yeast fruitiness (in the foreground). Style adherence was a big plus as well.

Not that I've had many, but Sticke Alt is probably the hoppiest altbier that I've had yet. Keeping in mind that I'm a shameless hophead, the sweet-bitter balance was just about perfect. Although SA wasn't a big beer in terms of ABV, it was big beer with respect to flavor intensity.

Speaking of flavors: brown bread toast (with a hint of rye toast), sugared pecans, black tea leaves, tobacco, cidery apples and citrus peel. The hop bill includes German Magnum, Tettnanger and Liberty... and lots of them. Due to its myriad contrasts, this is one of those ales that remained interesting all the way through the final ounce.

The body/mouthfeel was a perfect example. The malt sugars gave the beer a gemstone smoothness and the alpha acids added a contrasting edginess and a tight, focused finish. The sparkly (but not too sparkly) carbonation provided exactly the right amount of energy.

Sticke Alt is just as good as (and maybe better than) Let There Be Alt, the only other beer of this style that the West Des Moines Rock Bottom has ever offered. I think it's safe to say that wdmrock's motto is 'speak softly and brew a big sticke'. And a delicious one too.

*reviewed on 08-12-2009

Oct 26, 2009
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown color. Pretty husky looking, cloudy, manly type beer. 1/2 finger head that dissapated quickly with very inconsistent and unattractive lacing.

S - Crystal malts, almost a little bourbon-like. The menu advertises hops but doesn't smell hoppy at all. Deep roasted smell on this one.

T - Very unique taste on this. Chocolate/coffee/toffee taste turns a little hoppy before going to roasted chocolate malts that twist slightly sour. Maybe I'm just not experienced enough but haven't had anything like this before.

M - Medium bodied and slightly less carbonated than I was expecting. Little hollow at the end due to the slightly sour twist.

D - not hard to drink but the relative weight and heavyish taste of this one would stop you after a couple.

Oct 16, 2009
Sticke Alt from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 2 ratings