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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mikem409 (1982) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2011
very thin and light brown in color. pour from bottle minimal white head maybe good for hot day

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle in Ann Arbor. Dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. Caramel, dark chocolate, molasses aroma. Thick, dark chocolate, light caramel, roasty, light bitter flavor. Blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
draft... this is a super dark alt, all mahogany, nice head... boring nose, the taste is harsh and too strong, not a typical alt, not a fan

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Oades Big Ten Ar: Roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and nuts. Ap: Pours a deep dark brown with a 3/4" frothy tan head. T: Rich chocolaty malt body with some mild hop bitterness on the finish. P: Surprisingly creamy for a medium level of carbonation. O: Darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11479) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2011
This brew pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty and malty with notes of hops. Medium body with flavors of sweet roasted malt, hops and a touch of coffee. The finish is roasty with a lingering grainy malt aftertaste. Decent beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark brown hat is nearly opaque win a nice off white head. Some lacing. Nose brings a bit of sweet malt that consists of darker chocolate, bringing some dryness as well. Taste and feel come together with a nice dry malt characteristic. The taste is a bit plain wihout much more than some grain and faint flavors behind it, but I like the feel. Drinks well and shows me yet again why I wish this were a more common style. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-12-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
mbalmer (16) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Single bottle purchased to try.

AROMA: Chocolate malt, coffee, and some bread-like notes. Very roasty.

APPEARANCE: Very pretty pour - dark, opaque (almost black), cream-colored head with some good persistence to it.

TASTE: Much like the Reissdorf Kolsch - don’t judge a beer by its label - but in a bad way. Overwhelming coffee flavor, tasted like burnt grounds with over-roasted chocolate. Couldn’t detect any malt flavor in it...or anything else, actually, through the intense coffee flavor.

PALATE: Oily, slick, and unpleasant. Felt like it painted my tongue with varnish. Absolutely awful.

OVERALL: I didn’t finish this one. Drain-poured it almost immediately after a few additional experimental sips to see if my palate was off (it wasn’t). The coffee/burnt flavor hung around in my mouth for several minutes after drinking this...had to rinse out my mouth with water to get it to go away. Won’t drink this ever again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Black with a fizzy white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste with some caramel notes throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Very inviting looking -- deep brown / black, tan head, clear. Medium carbonation and it starts like a smooth porter. The finish is light / slick, which I don’t care for, but full malt taste is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma of nutty sweet malt and light fruits. Flavor is still nutty with sweet fruits and a bready malt and bitter finish. Pretty easy drinking and tasty. 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

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