Stickenjab Alt Bier
Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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3.86 | pDev: 11.66%
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Gavage from Nevada

3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a thcik 2" head. The head slowly falls to a surface foam.Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: sweetness and nuttiness are detectable.

Taste: strong caramel and bread like malt backbone with some sugary sweetness, green apples, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry at the start. Dry and smoother finish. Long aftertaste of malty goodness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy drinking alt beer. If you are in the mood for the style, this will do it for you. Seek this one out if you live in the Jersey area.

May 28, 2006
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froggyfrog from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer from a squat 12-ounce bottle served in a no-frills standard pint glass.

A: Rays of copper and blood orange light filter through murky liquid. A single-digit bubbly white head forms and quickly recedes.

S: Soap and citrus lead the way as hints of cracked pepper and candied-apples round out the mid-tones.

T: Lightly sweetened dried cranberry and pear notes with a citrus finish.

M: Positively glides across the tongue. I remember a slightly more involved alcohol presence in the draft version of this beer which made for a fuller and more sipping-type mouthfeel. But here in the bottle it seems leaner and more fast-paced.

D: I had a hard time drinking this slowly enough to write this review. I am not a chugger but this smooth brew goes down quick and easy.

Overall a stand-out brew. Tom Baker of Heavyweight told me this was his favorite HW brew and I concur.

Aug 14, 2006
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy medium brown with an orange hue. The head was white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was slight Munich malt aroma and slight hop aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet and nutty from the Munich malt. The hops are restrained, but present. The flavor is crisp, but ordinary.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Would have liked to have seen a more agressive aroma and hopping in both flavor and bittering.

Apr 10, 2004
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nut brown, slightly hazed, body with a small head that quickly collapses into a persistent collar of lace.
Toffee and caramel front a malty aroma, with hints of grapefruit and apples in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation.
Taste comes off well balanced for an alt, with a strong component of citrusy hops to balance the assertive maltiness that is toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Alcohol adds an interesting touch of complexity.
This is an interesting Sticke alt, with a surprising hops presence that is as assertive as the malts. Very tasty and nicely put together.

Oct 23, 2004
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asabreed from New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first altbier. Came in a sampler pack of 4 beers from Heavyweight for about $8, which I bought for the Perkuno's Imperial Porter. The advantage is 4 beers I've never tried, of course, in a variety of styles.

Appearance: Nice amber / brown color. Though it had an odd and extremely bubbly head that dissipated quite quickly, even though it's sticking around in it's smaller version of a head, if you will.

Smell: There's a lot going on here, but it seems too unbalanced to pick it all up in how it should be. Some fruitiness is definitely present initially. Alcohol and citrus acidity. Fruit and malt presence. But still, I can't discern too much, and this, mind you, is at cellar temperature.

Taste: Fruity, malty, and yeasty right away. Not much hop bitterness. Lingering and slight fruit punch upon the aftertaste. Once again, though, not extremely discernible, but still not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, seems a bit thin-bodied. Not terrible but not anything I'd rank up as great quality.

Drinkability: Seeing as I wouldn't buy this in its own 4-pack, I'd say that it's not super high on the drinkability scale. Still, it's better than average, and I could see the altbier becoming a style I go back to for trying purposes, but I don't think I'd go back to this particular beer.

Looking forward the the rest of the 4-pack though, and reviews will be posted when I'm done with them.

Mar 28, 2005
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Hagbard from Connecticut

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Aug 29, 2005
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CRJMellor from Arkansas

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with very little carbonation. Color was a brown-copper and very syrupy or murky quality. Very little carbonation and no head appeared despite attempts to do so. Carbonation was not bad though. IMHO very good American adaptation of the style. Really malty sweet aroma and taste followed by some lingering bitterness at the end. Hop aroma is much stronger than any bitterness in the beer. Really enjoyable beer, I could drink for hours on end on draught and 6.4% probably need to call a taxi.

Dec 13, 2003
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Weissenheimer from New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Nov 21, 2003
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Foxman from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep copper, almost brown, with a quick thin whitish head soon retreating to light foam swirls, and little lacing.

The malt comes first in the aroma, with a tinge of caramel and some berry sweetness. There's an understated presence of hops.

I expected more sweetness based on the aroma, but it was as much grainy as sweet. There's a biscuit malt flavor offset by a decent undertone of dry hops. The hops give way at the finish to a final trace of sweetness and a distant berry flavor, maybe currants, or perhaps...pomegranate?

It's medium bodied, coating nicely, leaving a light hops tingle at the back of the mouth.

This beer is interesting, with just enough dimension to keep your attention. The malt and hops play well together, trading mild dominance throughout the draining of the glass. But while interesting, it's not fascinating. I'd enjoy another, certainly, but I'd likely move on to new intrigues after that one.

Dec 29, 2003
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brassy burnt orange and as clear as the opening bell. The head comes out swinging with a creamydense two fingers of pale orange-ecru that looks like it won't punch itself out anytime soon. (I won't be able to sustain the boxing theme throughout this entire review, so I think I'll throw in the towel now). A smeary king's crown of lace decorates the glass.

The nose is a welterweight (one more) that doesn't make much of an impression either way. The beer smells predominantly malty with an earthy, almost herbal hoppiness that I'd be hard-pressed to attribute to Hallertau Hersbrucker. It doesn't smell all that 'noble' to me, but like something that would be found in an English pale ale. Tame, mildly pleasant aroma, but unexciting.

This is one boldly flavored altbier. It isn't as refined and as elegant as the Uerige alts, nor quite as delicious, but I love the sheer amount of flavor that it delivers to the tastebuds. Firmly malted with a huge toasted brown bread uppercut and a spicy, earthy, woody, bitter orangey, bitingly hoppy right cross that has me reeling with delight (sorry, I just can't stop). Leave it to Heavyweight to deliver a heavyweight altbier.

The considerable hoppiness increases in intensity throughout each mouthful and builds with each successive sip. It's also impressively dry. One could think of Stickenjab as the IPA of altbiers, or, alternatively, as an English ESB on steroids. If you're scared of flavor or of hops, don't get into the ring with this muscular bad boy.

The alcohol is effectively buried beneath all the alpha acids, but I'm beginning to feel as if a few of those jabs have connected. I'll claim an empty stomach in order to salvage a little pride. The body is firm and is medium-full (keeping style in mind), a reflection of the abundant quantity of ingredients. The lively--but not overdone--carbonation is a perfect match for the rest of the beer's attributes.

I shouldn't be surprised by Heavyweight any longer, but Stickenjab was better than expected. I'm reluctant to call it an Imperial Alt, even though it's one juggernaught of a beer that keeps throwing combinations until the final bell. I'd like to tighten my laces and go another few rounds, but I didn't have the foresight to buy more than this one bottle. Recommended.

Jan 15, 2006
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold brash yummy flavour, hopped up punch. Fruity, nutty, toasty Malt, molasses, lager taste, a category cutter. Some acidic sourness there as is familiar in the Heavyweight product in general. Much fun and great with a meal. Brownish colour. Suitable carbonation. Must have again.

Oct 20, 2005
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sideshowrob from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a hazy deep amber colour out of the 12oz bottle. Decent head - about 3/8", which lasted for a few minutes. Sweet smell, with traces of a vanillia and a hint of tart berries. Sour taste was obvious on the first sip. A subtle backing note of malt showed up afterwards. Rather tart beer, with no much in the way of a hop presence. Drank down easily. I have not had many Alt style brews, but I did like this one. Glad it came in a four-pack.. should be about right for this brew.

Jan 01, 2004
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber orange with a few scant suds rising to a scant ivory ring collar, leaving no lace in the glass.

Light grain scents, somewhat Oktoberfest-like with a wheat husk scent.

First swigs: Wheat grain husk and grainy. Flavors are not shy. Some carrot cake sweetness in the malty characteristics. A detection of bananas and creamy caramel, clean refreshing aftertaste with a linger of spices like nutmeg.

Medium bodied and crisp carbonation. Slick buttery and clean. An easy drinker with a lot of flavor.

Last swigs: Caramel and gingerbread. Picked up at Heavyweight Open House.
Alt style is growing on me. Nice job T & P!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Mar 29, 2005
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Billolick from New York

4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours dark almond. White tight head, leaving lace. Crisp malt profile. Smoth and meduim body.nice rich smoky Malt carries the day here. Mild bittering in the finish.. Alt is a sort of pleasant but not too exciting style. this is a real nice example. decent stuff, but its not really a "wow" type brew.

Apr 04, 2004
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cubedbee from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, this is a dark murky copper with no real head, no lacing, a little dull looking. Smell is light grassy hops over a dark caramel malt. Taste is also very malty, sweet with a bit of odd sourness, and a spicey hop bite in the finish. Aftertaste is a little odd as well, slightly sour, hard to put a finger on. Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation level. The only Alts I've had are from Uerige, and compared to them this is a really disappointing offering.

Dec 19, 2005
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JackTheRipper from Pennsylvania

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

In a bottle, in my living room...
A: Copper colored, thin scant head. Clear. I was worried that this might be darker than it is for some reason.
S: Toasty grains with just a bit of a fruity smell. Heavy on the malts with low hop aromas.
T: Strong malt profile up front. Sweet with a touch of a buttery taste. Very smooth.
M: Medium body, light carbonation, alcohol is there but well masked.
D&N: I've had this beer in my fridge for over a year, so I think the flavors may have mellowed somewhat. Still, this is a really tasty beer and I'm enjoying it immensely.

May 14, 2005
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necoadam from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jan 10, 2005
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' 2 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Laced well. Aroma is very lightly of caramel malts. Taste is a base of mild caramel malts, coupled with a slightly sour fruit (cherry?) flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability excellent.

Jul 25, 2004
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beveragecaptain from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at the brewery during an open house. Stickenjab pours out a caramel color with a small head. The aroma is malty, but has a slightly off-putting sour smell. Sweet and malty with an apple cider tanginess. There is a bit of a nutty flavor. Finishes with light spicy hoppiness. Alcohol is noticable. Good drinkability. A tasty and refreshing altbier. Other than the sour aroma, I really enjoyed it.

Mar 28, 2006
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mar 02, 2006
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy medium copper with persistent tannish head. Smell is sweetish and caramelly. Some alcohol also noted. Taste is very sweet, similiar to a caramel apple. Alcohol also noted in the taste. Each subsequent taste also brings atrong alcohol scent. Has a bit of a hoppy bite to it. Somewhat of a sour finish that seemed to become more enjoyable as the glass emptied. This was a very strange beer to me. When I first tasted it, I really did not like it. But by the time I got to the bottom of the glass, all my ranking went from 3's up to 4's. This is a good example of the problems of rating beers from 4 ounce samples. If I would have only had 4 ounces of this beer, I would of had a completely different impression of it. Turned out to be a very good beer.

Oct 14, 2005
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BadBadger from New York

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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!

Feb 07, 2006
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twelvsies from Maine

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

This is a good one. Pours a very cloudy dark reddish light brownish color, but not really much head after a minute. Smells strongly of caramel. Taste is more well-rounded. Nice and buttery, lots of toffee, butterscotch, and a nice nutty taste. Sweet without being overwhelming. Good balance of malts and a bit of spicy herbal hops in the end. Great beer. Does the guy on the front look like Nixon or Bush? I can't tell...

May 20, 2005
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horndecker from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is deep amber, not quite cherry. Only a small tan head forms, but it appears to have plenty of carbonation.

Smells of mild piney hops with a strong malt and caramel aroma. Spicy and clean.

The taste is malt, malt, malt. Plummy fruit joins in, more than your typical alt. Apples and nuts as well. Gentle hops temper the big malt and add a snap to the end of the taste. Later on the dark fruit intensifies, working really well with the malt and nut flavors. Yum. And there's a little hint of wildflower honey and calvados in the aftertaste. It's certainly a different take on an altbier.

All in all a nice surprise. I can see this as an item to keep in stock in my fridge for a while.

Nov 07, 2005
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ramrod666 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

apearence is a murky amber with a small off white head that is soon just a ring around the edge of the glass

smell is malt with a bit-o-hops in the back. kind of smells like scotch in a way

taste is subtle in the front but huge in the finish when the hops and alcohol taste really come through....strong but, good.

mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but retains nice cabonation for a rather heavy beer.

drinkability is nice. i could enjoy a few of these after work without ruining my dinner. very enjoyable

Nov 08, 2004
Stickenjab Alt Bier from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 122 ratings