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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A surprisingly easy-drinking dark ale with a medium body, malty palate and a smooth dry finish. Our alt is brewed in the tradition of the German "sticke" or "secret" alt which was a fuller, darker, and higher alcohol alt served unadvertised by German brewpubs at regular ale prices as a reward to regular customers who knew to ask for it.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 30, 2005
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
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.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Sweet, caramel nose. Darkest red, with no head. Coffee flavors, but thin. Some milk chocolate. Bad aftertaste and overall, simply too thin.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Aparently another new beer for them. Dark with no head. Little bits of malt that were roasted in the nose and taste. It had that lager "funk" to it but most of this was the roasted malts. Overall not bad and drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Malty, to be sure. A little sweet, but not too much. Light/delicate on the palate. Much darker than I was expecting. Not very thick, as far as mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Tap: Dark brown with little head. Nice malt hop balance with a slight bitter finish. Smooth but had no body or bite.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004
On tap: Roasty malty arome. Dark brown without much of a head. Nice roasty malty flavor. Light hops and coffee in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Nice light and toasty altbier with very authentic german taste and mouthfeel. Grassy hops is bold and crispy, toasty and clean, very refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Draft at Arbor Brewing Company Pub & Eatery. Poured a small tan head, good lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Aroma was malty and smokey and echoed in the flavor as well. Smooth mouthfeel.


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