Rastacouere (6106) - 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.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, caramel nose. Darkest red, with no head. Coffee flavors, but thin. Some milk chocolate. Bad aftertaste and overall, simply too thin.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Dark brown with little head. Nice malt hop balance with a slight bitter finish. Smooth but had no body or bite.
Pailhead (4368) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Roasty malty arome. Dark brown without much of a head. Nice roasty malty flavor. Light hops and coffee in the finish.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light and toasty altbier with very authentic german taste and mouthfeel. Grassy hops is bold and crispy, toasty and clean, very refreshing.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
thedm (4868) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a medium sized head of unnoted finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of smoky rauchbier like scents . Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering other palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained smoky dark beer brown malts notes. All-in-all very nice brew.