mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draught. deep chestnut with a small white head. aroma has some caramel stickiness and sugar. earthy caramel and bread flavours with a subtle clean finish. pretty tasty.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark clear brown burnt, with orange fringes and light rim of off-white. Light euro hop aroma. Effervescent, with toothy chewy grains, deliciopus horse blanket and some earth. Grains, oats and more pungent hops. Well balanced and lucious. Palate is smooth, airy and glowing. Finish is sweet. A light sour lemon at the end. Exemplary for the style.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep translucent cherry-cola brown in color with only a tiny wrung for the head. Cocoa puffs with Hershey syrup start the aroma, joining semi-sweet chocolate morsels, coca-cola, and hot chocolate dust blended with caramel and chocolate toffee. Subtle sweetness of milk chocolate from the lunch line. Dry, dark chocolate cocoa dust and a cafe mocha consumed after a week of neglect in the car cup holder. Light fairing palate presence with a hop selection that might be a little too perilous. Finishes like a weak diner coffee. Definitely a unique alt.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap abc: what can I say.....grainy hazy brown with little head, much to much malt, not enough hops, rather watery, not a very rich alt, but could develop into something much less bland. Okay
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Grainy, sweet malt aroma with some dark malts apparent and a hint of liquorice. Opaque brown body with no head. Charcoal-like dark malts are grainy in the flavour with some leafy hops. Light body with strong carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couleur inhabituelle (pour le style) brune très foncée, faible mousse blanche concassée laissant un fin cerceau sur le rebord du verre. Malt grillé en abondance, noisettes, notes anisées, finale sèche, texture aqueuse. Ressemble davantage à une brown ale qu’à une alt typique.
Tmoney99 (9606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft as sampler at Arbor Brewing. Dark color with medium head that diminshed quickly. Medium malt aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Good flavor of malt and a medium dry finish. Very good alt brew.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glass at the brewpub in the company of those sexy Montrealers Rastacouere, Olivier_MTL and tiggmtl. Very dark borwn with a shy hint of head....low-gravity sort of nose, touches of dry woody malt struggle to be smelled above the ambient nasal pollution...body is moderately sweet, oaky and a bit nutty, with touches of French vanilla and prunes...malty-thick and fairly creamy body...ehh, this is just OK says the AltKing.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, far more so than anticipated, but surprisingly quite clear. Dominating spalt like hops come out very leafy and earthy. It develops powerful rooty notes that feel somewhat sweet, but it is not fruity at all. Kinda roasty and coffeeish, stouty if I may say so which I assume is why it is so appreciated here. Biting aftertaste, medium bodied. Tons of bready dark malts for an alt. It is clean on top of that, a fairly interesting beer and I don’t mind it not sticking to the stylelines, but it didn’t do a whole lot for me.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draught @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Very dark for the style, black, with brown edges. Chalky, malt accented aroma with hints of nuts, roasted malts, caramel and plum. Medium body with a slick feel. Not much like an alt, honestly and much more like a porter. Mocha, toffee and coffee flavors.