On tap at Ambulance, delicate “Dusseldorf-inspired altbier” (loosely coined a copper ale) utilizes zesty Kaffir lime and perfumed Motueka-hopped tropicalia to the fore as limey mandarin orange misting stays dry over earthen mineral graining.
Bland German-styled altbier with diacetyl ESB-like toasted graining obstructing indifferent fig-soured herbal spicing. Raw molasses acridity picks up nasty metallic sheen.
Traditional all-grain brewing technique used to create uncertain amber-toned German altbier. Dewy English Bitter-styled earthen mustiness and mild tea-like acridity override vinous Kolsch-like grape souring to frail caramel-toasted rye malt spine. Spicy citric sweetness barely registers.
Deliriously indistinct, yet strangely approachable, copper-hazed strong ale (with 6.8% alcohol volume) brings creamy caramelized brown chocolate entry to metallic Scotch Ale-like whiskeyed orange midst, oaken cherry pucker and mild dark-fruited spicing. Brown-sugared butterscotch, toffee and vanilla undertones coerce tertiary baked apple, brown pear, sugared fig, white peach, green grape and rhubarb pie illusions as well as pithy cola-hazelnut-chestnut niche to its hard-candied center.
On tap at NJ Beer Expo ’13, plain amber-hazed Kolsch-styled altbier lacks firm character. Musty grain malts speckle pungent hop-spiced slither to evaporative bread-crusted bottom. A modestly indistinct waverer.
Coming on like a lighter-tongued German schwarzbier with its lactic sour-milked black chocolate creaming and cocoa-dried caramel nuttiness, this so-called ‘top-fermented old beer’ or ‘dopplesticke lager’ follows up Mad Scientist’s initial ‘09 barleywine and ‘10s coffee bock. Ancillary stone-fruited spicing overlays tobacco-roasted French bread crusting, enhancing the resinous mocha motif.
Well-balanced mocha-nutty German alt, positioned as traditional brown ale circa 2011, celebrates third anniversary of New England brewery. Perfectly rounded mouthfeel collates dry hop-charred walnut with wood-singed vanilla bean bittering and syrupy maple molasses. Hazelnut and pecan spotted in penetrative dark chocolate backdrop.
Thin for its Dusseldorf-originated German styling, losing luster at nebulous rye-breaded finish. Musty citric waft proves to be natural lead-in for distant orange-dried bittering. Pungent earthen grained musk and mossy peat fungi subsume tertiary fig-date-walnut illusions. Biscuit-y gingerbread nuance hidden deep inside.
Gripping German stickebier (defined as a heavily malted ‘secret brew’) brings toasted white breading and caramelized mineral grain compression to raw-honeyed orange souring. Metallic whim dessicates ancillary dark cherry, raisin, fig, plum and plantain illusions. Sugar-wafered citric-floral spicing softens slack toasted nuttiness. Mild hop bitterness overrun by acidic alkaloid astringency that sometimes encumbers protracted flavor profile. And despite its unassuming nature, 7.2% alcohol flow makes for woozy boozing.