So, I bought this beer at Half Time and was excited to try it since it’s always in beer books. Here’s the disclaimer for this review: beer is subjective. I totally understand that many people love this beer and I can respect that. But, I just didn’t like this beer. It’s my seventh beer of the style, so I don’t have a huge amount of experience with the style, but I’m going to keep trying and see if it’s a qualm with this specific beer, or the style (although the average rating I’ve given the style is 3.17).
Trivia: According to germanbeerinstitute.com, “Doppelsticke (literally ‘double sticke’) is to Sticke and to Altbier what Doppelbock is to Bockbier and to Dunkel. At approximately 8.5% alcohol by volume, Doppelsticke is a super-strong (‘double’) Alt-style ale. It surpasses in strength even the approximately 7% alcohol by volume Doppelbock, Bavaria’s a ‘double’ strong lager. Doppelsticke is the creation of the Dusseldorf Altbier brewpub Uerige. It is imported in small quantities to the United States, where it is available in select specialty outlets during the cooler months of the year.”
Random: At least the bottle is cool?
This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight, white crown was left behind. The body was a cloudy, dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The nose had pungent booze, raisins and burnt sugar. On first sip, to me, the beer was borderline unpalatable. It had a very strong taste of booze. Raisins came through next with burnt white and brown sugars. It was intense sweet. It also had a nuttiness to it, but it was difficult to pick out because of the sweetness. It had a very thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with caramel sweetness and raisins. This was $5.99 for the bottle ($.50 per ounce), which isn’t cheap. I’ve read in lots of beer books how great this beer is, and honestly, it’s just not a beer that I enjoyed and drain poured half of it. But, I would be open to giving it another try.
Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0