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Stickenjab Alt Bier | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of cross between a Baltic Porter and Vienna. Pours a dark amber with a fast fading beige head and little siding trails of lace. Sweet malt, hop and alcohol aroma. The full malt body is rich and sort of creamy and displays some herbal character. Assertive piney and grapefruity hop bitterness.This is an interesting, if mis-named brew. Smooths out and becomes more balanced toward the end of the glass. Bold alcohol kick lasts throughout.

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Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark bronze hue when decanted. Thick, pitted whipped butter colored head leaves, frothy, rough lace. The aroma is comprised of dominant medium lovibond caramel sweetness that combines with Munich malt to lend a dark toffeeish character. Herbal hops are secondary, as is a subtle caramelized nut melanoidin presence. Toasty Munich and well integrated light caramel comprise the malt foundation, and are well balanced by a firm, moderate, drying hop bitterness. Herbal, green, musty, perhaps Hersbrucker hop flavor permeates throughout. Sweetness reemerges after a deliberation along with a pronounced nutty, roasted almond like suggestion late. Well carbonated and attenuated, but with sufficient residual dextrins to match the CO2 bite, resulting in an agreeably smooth mouthfeel. Finishes mostly crisp, with a snap of caramel malt derived sweetness yielding to dry, slightly tannin laced hop bitterness. Stickenjab, although rough around the edges, is a flavorful, relatively balanced alt rich in herbal hop presence. Very enjoyable all around, but just a touch harsh.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice clear dark amber/brown with a small frothy head after a careful pour. Head dissipates quickly to a thin ring.
Aroma is of toasted malt, sweet and bready, with an aroma in the back that was earthy and oddly reminded me of a load of green fresh cut stove wood or hardwood sawdust?
Flavor is a complex blend of malty sweetness and earthy hops with a bit of a nutty hint in there too. Slight hint of yeasty bread flavor creeps in on a slightly hoppy finish.
Rather full body with a drying and decent amount of carbonation with a drying finish that prepares you for the next sip.
Overall, an excellent brew, I could drink these all day, wonder what about it is so out of style for an alt that it gets listed under the artisanal brews?

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Photo of ZAP
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy mahogony with just a slight head...nose is awesome...walnuts, sweet berries (big-time), and a touch of breadiness....body is about right....medium and tight...more carbonation that the head would lead you to believe...a nice taste to this too....the sweet berries on the nose become more tart on the taste...almost a little acidic...a real tart finish....also some breadiness on the taste but I lose the walnut characteristic..I loved the hell out of this beer the first five minutes but the tartness on the flavor and particularly on the finish has me dropping the score a little lower than I first anticipated.....As I near the end of this the hoppiness of the 48 IBU's emerges nicely and adds a real nice touch...This is a good Alt...the tart finish is the only knock...If nothing else this is worth the effort just to have a chance to smell it...

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another confusing beer. Pours a nice amber color, but from there it is like Sybil. It has a sweetness from the malts and a good bitterness from the hops. A very diverse beer, a ying yang of harmony. It confused my taste buds from the initial sip to the last gulp. Perhaps that's why Edison was from New Jersey, experimentation must be in the air down there.

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Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with a light tan head that was quite dense and sticky. Very highly carbonated. Head laces nicely. Zesty hop aroma with a base of malt sweetness, buscuit, and subtle fruit. Sweet fruit came out on the front of the mouth and gave way to some biscuity graininess in the back. Fruit really came out in the middle of the tongue. Finished slightly dry. Not overly complex but for whatever reason I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of aaronh
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a creamy head atop a reddish copper colored body. The head shows great retention and eventually fades to a thick film atop the beer. The aroma is proniunced and tickles my nostrils from a couple of feet away. A nice malty aroma balanced with some earthy hops radiates from this beer. On the tongue, there is decent bitterness atop a very solid malt background. A fair amountof sweetness kicks in as you start to swallow, followed by a slightly gritty astringency on the finish. The biterness lasts and mingles playfully with varying levels of sweetness on the aftertaste. There is a very earthy, rustic quality to this beer which really appeals to me. The mouthfeel is robust with decent carbonation to liven it up on the tongue and to sweep away some of the malt sweetness. The drinkability is good, with this powerful tasting beer being easy to drink at a leisurely pace. A fine offering from the folks at Heavyweight. Thanks to joehops for delivering this beer to Pittsburgh.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy amber colour which clears up a bit as the beer settles. smells of fruit and butterscotch, but when i took my first sip i was instantly hit with a more smokey flavour highlighted with alcohol and a bit of the fruitiness i mentioned. different from what i expected, yet pleasant overall. a solid offering from heavyweight.

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Photo of Dantes
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes out of its corner with its game-face on. Seemingly built of solid mahogany and more of a middleweight, this pugilist is going to rely more on finesse than on pure punching power. He offers only a brief glimpse of his head before the buzz-cut retreats behind his gloves. STICK: he lashes out first with a solidly sweet caramel-malt fist and then, JAB: surprises you with a quick jolt of bitter hops. STICK: spice and nuts tag the nose. JAB: a quick waft of fruity alcohol catches you unaware. He mixes in a few new moves; a sweet head fake, and a butterscotch-smooth feint. The flurry of flavor-punches fades quickly, but he’s already got you. The bout is over before you have a chance to know what hit you. TKO.

Package: 12oz. stubby bottle, 6.4% ABV listed. Illustration of a journeyman boxer. No date guidelines. Brief description of style and ingredients.

Cost: $6.49 as part of a Heavyweight variety 4-pack

Presentation: Imperial Pint glass at 45º

Appearance: Unfiltered and cloudy. Reddish mahogany. Loose head composed of large-gauge bubbles, that fades quickly. Looks much like an English cask special ale or winter warmer, with minimal carbonation.

Smell: Restrained bouquet of malt, clove, cinnamon, and fruit.

Taste: Thickly sweet upfront, with elements of fruit and spice; quickly cut by herbaceous, hoppy notes. Tastes like 48 IBU’s is a conservative estimate. Some buttery smoothness that doesn’t last.

Mouthfeel: Fairly coarse carbonation. Seems to thin out quickly in the mouth, losing its body and finishing weakly. Except for the Perkuno’s Hammer, body seems to be a weak point in the Heavyweight arsenal.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer that exhibits several personalities through the glass.

I’m not sure where this beer fits in (nor does BA as evidenced by the list of comparables). Looks and tastes a bit like someone mixed a British casked bitter, with an American barley wine. At first, it seems very sweet, but then the hops and spiciness make their appearance. Also seems stronger than 6.4% ABV, but by no means unpleasantly so. Heavy upfront, this brew fades quickly in the mouth.

Bottom Line: Between weight-classes. A complex, novel beer, that proves challenging and worthy of a re-match.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an alt beer lager? huh? why even bother with the stupid style name when it doesn't even fit it? Just my opinion.

reddish-copper with a big tan head with good retention and beautiful stickyness. Smell is of spicy german hops, more than any "alt beer" I have had. Some nuttiness and what I perceive as german yeast character. Taste is like smell but with some caramel and it lingers sooo long and beautifully. Mouth is thick and "hearty", not syrupy.I definitely want another.

[8.50 USD for four-pack heavyweight sampler]

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another selection for the variety four pack. Light brown in color with a small head that doesn't seem to last. The smell is sweet and malt, not very overpowering though. The taste has some smoke notes to it. More malt and sweetness come through.

I have to say that I am very interested in this style. The main reason being that they all taste different. I want to try a beer that is true to this style. Maybe this one is, I don't really now.

08/15 had this on tap at Redbones. I was much more impressed with the draft version. Much more smooth and flavorful.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours to a reddish amber, translucent with a mass of off-white foam on the top. I get a lot of sweet malts in the aroma that are accompanied by some toast.

This is a unique brew that is very rich and smooth. The carbonation is nice and crisp at the start before it smoothes out to a silky texture. There is a whole lot of malt in this one, and it is dominated first by sweet flavors of fruit. Then you get a somewhat smokey flavor. There are some nice roasty malts that bring about a touch of crisp toast. The aftertaste is a bit dry with a little hint of alcohol. This is a truly different beer from Heavyweight. I am really impressed with their styles of brews so far, and this one is certainly a fine creation.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brew from Heavyweight. A powerful, doughy aroma of malts and caramel flow from this deep amber brew. It also smells a bit like those raspberry Creme Saver candies. The off-white, nearly beige head retains nicely.

This beer is very light on the palate, with some nice flavors coming out. Toffee and a mild milk chocolate are the initial offerings, with a nice roasted malt flavor throughout. Hop bitterness balances things off nicely. Mouthfeel shows little carbonation, and is a bit sweet and creamy. This is a great brew, and one that I would thoroughly enjoy on draught.

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Photo of Jarod
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a caramel color that was fairly cloudy but carbonation bubbles could be seen. The head was of a darker beige color, somewhat creamy and full then faded into a skin to the finish. There was a tad of lace present that when stretched down the glass became very thin and sparse. The aroma was of grains, roasted malt, apple fruit notes, some what sweet and alcohol notes as well. The taste had some different notes then the aroma. The flavors were of roasted malt (nuts), hops, sugar, apple and its skin (like biting into a crisp apple)(also lends to its slight sour taste), spices, some yeast and more hops at the end. Slight after taste of the hops, yeast and nuts also linger slightly as well. To keep up with its name and theme and putting it in the ROCKY 1 to 5 movie scale (1 being the best ROCKY), I would give this a ROCKY 4 (the one with the Russian fight) It was ok, drinkable/watchible but the not one of my Rocky/beer favorites, would rent/drink if nothing else was available.

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Photo of Mick
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber color with an almost dirty finish. Malty and sweet nose. High malt flavor, sweet caramel taste. Crisp and clean. Medium texture body. Slight alcohol tone and a hop twang finish this one out. Really coarse. Great!

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Photo of Todd
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown bottle, with twist-off cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber / brown beer with a light tan creamy head that settles to a sticking lace -- unfiltered beer.

Smell: Major nuttiness in the nose, grain, mildy malty ... coarse aroma. Apple-skin.

Taste: Whoa! Lovely malty character, quite sweet with a sugary character. Touch of date, some fruit. Light caramel, carob and hickory flavours, a bit slick and buttery, too. More big nutty and grain flavours. Carbonation is tight, crisp and sharp on the palate. Alcohol is very noticeable and lends some spice to the flavour and melds nicely with the forthcoming hop twang, which is salty, rindy and kicks the palate. Beer really dries up towards the finish with semi-astringent yeast, nutty and grain flavours.

Notes: An interesting take on the style. Full of flavour. Impressive overall. The finish is a bit uncomfortable though, too coarse for my liking.

Thanks to Venom for the sample ...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour offers quite a hazy body that's deep copper in color with an orange-ish glow at the edge of the glass. The head starts fairly full and quite creamy but shortly drops to a good collar and thin surface covering. A gentle swirl of the glass, however, can bring it back up. The aroma is of a lightly fruity, sweetish caramel & toffee maltiness with what appears to be some diacetyl (but how could it be with a lager yeast and 6.4% ABV?). The body is firmly medium with a very fine, median carbonation from bottle conditioning and leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor is quite rich. The rounded caramel & gentle fruit (some light strawberry) character is exquisite, and very well balanced by hop bitterness which dries out the finish and gently lingers with some residual caramel maltiness in a long finish. Some mild and lightly grassy hop flavor is also present as it crosses the palate, and again in the finish. Although the bitterness is quite solid at 48 IBU's, it never interferes with the maltiness. Exceptional. I couldn't ask for much more from an authentic Dusseldorfer! This is a beer that has enough rich malt flavor and hoppy character to keep it interesting while still maintaining an excellent drinkability. The only thing that could hold me back from drinking many of these in a row is the somewhat limiting alcohol content of 6.4% by volume. Highly recommended and absolutely worth trying. Do not miss out!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper, with some orange highlights, beneath an off-white, foamy three-finger head. Smell has some alcohol, with hints of bread, and a dash of floral hops. Taste is almost all malt, but with enough hops lurking about to avoid over sweetness, and instead leave a nice little hop twang as an aftertaste. Very smooth drinking. Definitely a contender.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This "secret Alt" pours with a substantial light beige head settling onto a lightish red/amber liquid that throws a bit of a yeast haze. Nose is malty and spicy, with some ripe fruit noted as well. Taste is assertively hoppy, some phenolic flavors show up too. Nice malty backbone blends with some alcoholic warmth here. Finishes with a bit of astringency with the hop bitterness still shining thru...an interesting beer.

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Photo of pubscout
4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now out in collector's edition bottles (and if you've seen the bottle, you know what I mean), this exceptional altbier is a tad reduced in ABV (6.4%) from its original issue (almost 7%), but it still should be treated with respect.

I prefer it to my former favorite Long Trail's Double Bag because of its distinctive hop character. "The Sticke" as it is known among the beer cognoscenti in Jersey is exceptionally well balanced and serves as a wonderful complement to seafood, pasta and meat dishes. But it is also wonderful by itself, especially in the Oktoberfest and winter seasons.

It derives its name from "sticke," the German word for secret beer and the assistance provided in the brewing process by NJAB, the NJ Association of Beer Writers.

It's a big flavorful beer, typical of Heavyweight's approach to niche brewing, and the average budmillercoorsman may not take to it. But that may be its most resounding recommendation.

If you enjoy big beers, get on "The Sticke."

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a deep amber, almost brown, and slight haze to it. The head is off-white, foamy which dissipates to a thin steady lace. On the nose there was malty aromas, dark fruits, light hops, toasted grain. On the palate the flavors were of malt, nutty, hints of some chocolate, grains, toasted bread, emm good, alcohol is just detected a bit. Easy to drink and enjoyable brew by Heavyweight Brewing Co.
They are supposed to start putting these in bottles this year, but I have yet to see them.

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Photo of beertravel
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hoppier version of the style with a very bright brwon color and a clean, refreshing taste for a beer of this abv. It also may be out in bottles in 2002.

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Stickenjab Alt Bier from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 122 ratings
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