mmmbeer (1154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle in trade from stoutlover72- thanks! Poured very dark brown-black, light-medium carbonation, whisps for a tan head on top with slight lacing. Aroma of wood and weak coffee. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is presented and roasted, some grass in the middle, finish has a bittersweet feel to it.
GG (1980) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
If you judged a book by itís cover, or in this case the beerís appearance, youíd think that you were getting one helluva beer. A beautiful pour with a dark mahogany body with cherrywood edges underneath a rich light tan head. It was a damn shame I had to smell and drink it. Aroma was barely any malts, metallic somewhat with some old wet graineyness. Thin body. Flavors of old cereal, subtle chocolate notes and club soda. Nothing tasty with this and itís easily one of my least favorite beers from these guys to date.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. glass bottle- color of murky brown, with a medium tan head short lasting - nose of malts, dark sour cherries, and Ė taste of malts, dark sour cherries, and some grassy notes - body is medium, and with medium carbonation Ė aftertaste of malt, and some sour red fruit
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mild iced coffee and herbal nose. Looks like a brown porter with good lacing. Roasted caramel and mildly grainy on the palate.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Name: St. Stanís Dark Alt
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
dark, strong hops
Aroma: 2/10; Appearance: 2/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 2/10; Overall: 5/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Wine Time in La Jolla, CA) On the dollar shelf, so Iím not expecting much here, but you never know. There isnít a whole lot of carbonation release as I open this beer, and a light-tan sheen is slow to form on the pour, but much quicker to dissipate to a small ring. The body is a very dark ruddy-brown with a slight translucence. Iím surprised at how flavorful this beer is, and that oxidation seems pretty mild. Itís malty and moderately sweet, with brown sugar and molasses. Thereís plenty of mildly bitter, dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, more than I expected from an alt, and the rather potent smokiness in the finish is a pleasant surprise. There is an overtone of green peppers with a very slight spicy character and slightly astringent bitterness. Itís an old bottle of beer, so the moderate earthy flavor is not surprising, and is actually adds a positive note to the overall flavor. The nose is sweet, earthy and malty, with a slight smoky quality. Body is medium "plus", and despite the signs of poor carbonation, itís gently carbonated, but not flat. All in all, a decent beer with a few minor issues from the age, but given that this is probably a few years old, I think the beer has held up remarkably well. Not bad at all, although itís considerably different from any of the other altbiers Iíve tried. Iím cool with that though.
Odeed (1751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
super "dark" brown body with a nice looking 1 inch head that sat to about 1/4.not much in the way of aroma except for a bit of malt.flavor was of chocolate,malt,and soda water.i think this was beginning to go bad.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: This poured a dark ruby-brown color with a rapidly fading tan head. Not a bad brew, but it seemed quite unlike the handful of altbiers that Iíve had to date. This had a strong chocolate, coffee, and smoke aroma. Nicely carbonated, it had a roasted malt flavor supported by the same coffee, chocolate, and smoke that appeared in the aroma. The finish is oddly sticky and sweet. Alt?
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Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick head but it faded very fast, aroma is carmel, deep ruby color. I thought it would be way to carbonated, but it wasn't too bad at all. As far as actual flavor, slightly bitter, but not too bad at all. Just a slighty above average beer, but I also havn't head any other altbiers to compare to it.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a ruby tint. Smaller tan head. Carmelized malts dominate the nose. Fairly light in body, but smooth with a touch of carbonation zip. Touch of zest distracts form the malt. Too much bitterness for style.