11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours deep black with ruby tones. Soda pop head fizzes down to a creamy, thin head which then dissapears. Malty sweet aroma. Body is a touch thin, smooth mouthfeel. Roasted grains dominate the initial flavor, slight malty sweetness is there also. Hops play into the middle with a nice finish of malt and hop.
jtw (1085) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at 2004 MSBF. perfect dark appearance. unique aroma of black olives and brine. malt and alcohol prevalent. overall an excellent beer.
YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
excellent. quite dark with good lacing and not too much head. surprisingly easy to drink with bold interesting earthly flavor. good malty body and just enough hops in the finish.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
What's up with the foam? - it looks like a rootbeer float! Thin palate and acidic front almost ruin this - luckily a big sweet chewy caramel candy square and a roasty malt come in along with some body and pumps up the flavor. nice mellow hop finish.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ultra foam...mu altbier glass was utterly useless, and even in a chalice I had to spoon some out. Very dark brown - rather untraditional. Aroma is chocolatey, with light wood and faint rhubarb. Overcarbonated. This of course detracts from the raisins, wood, light smoke and dark chocolate. This is more a porter than an alt. If the carbo is usually at a more normal level, then you're looking at 3 to 5 points higher I think.
TAR (2436) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darkened cedar. Spongy light tan foam. Airy aroma of hazelnuts, subtle roastiness, tobacco, perfume, leaf, wood, plum, straw, and a touch of yeast. Vague notes of apple, chocolate, and assorted herbs. Earthy and lightly phenolic. Medium-bodied. carbonation. Delicious initial earthy flavors followed by a teaish, leafy twang, which is offset by light shades of cocoa and butterscotch. Traces of metal and tobacco find their way into the mix. Leafy hop persistence and mild residual fruitiness at the finish with clean, but evident, yeast overtones. Late countering act of chocolate, peach, and persimmon. Muted medicinal, oxidized flavors. It’s a delicious Alt, and certainly a unique spin on the style, with its high level of esters. The cocoa/chocolate notes and delicate malt underlay were dead-on. Thanks, Prof!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Arbor Brewing Company. Worth the wait - Hennes and other supporters of this Alt are right in their nearly rapturous beliefs about it - it is all traditional Alt in it's smoky woody look, feel and taste - perfect malting. Just a hint of prune hidden deep inside. An incredibly crisp and dry hop finish takes it a tad far afield in the style category, but a delight - I plan on making a session as they now sell sixes!!
Nightoneobob (37) - USA - FEB 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Alt ale. Chocolately taste with just enough hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Could have several pints of this in no time.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. A nice dark brown color. Rich roasted flavors. Dry palate and wet finish. A good beer, but I wasn’t as impressed as the other raters.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The true genius of ABC is in this beer. It’s a great pub regardless, and my favorite lunch spot in Ann Arbor, but this beer makes it all the more special.