iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, no date. Very deep red with a 1/2 finger beige head that lasted 12 seonds before fading to a thin ring and almost nonexistent film. Aroma of some roast, light chocolate, and some cola. Nosing it a bit more and it’s got some raisins and a hint of burnt plastic. Flavor added a bit of fruity notes (I can’t place) and lost the burnt plastic notes. Still burped the plastic though. Earthy char bitter finish (3 out of 10). Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. An OK beer.
Phil (176) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Really enjoyed this. A random treat from an american friend. Dark ale, either like this, or dark lager in style are always must tries for me. And this just left me wanting more. I was a little shocked by the carbonation, which was a little OTT. But, all in a all very well made, balanced, and very German alt: Often not a favourite of mine.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Corner Brewery. Really dark brown with a nutty aroma. Chocolate flavor with a dry finish. Sweet for the style which is just fine with me.
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark, almost black with a thin tan ring of head around the edge of the glass. The aroma seems to be mostly coffee. The taste is kind of like watered down coffee with cream and a bit of malt. Overall I expected more based on the description, but it is drinkable.
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Overcarbonated, mildly infection, they get what they deserve, not taking care of their bottling. Dark like porter with a tan cola-bubbled head. Nose is heavily acidic muddy yeast, some munich malts, some caramel malts, some mild, dry hops, and some salty soy character as well, showing up more in the flavor. The infection is mild, the butter and chemical flavors aren’t running rampant, and you can get a sense of what they’re trying to do with this beer, but it’s about as far off from altbier as I’ve ever experienced. Chewy soy and char belong nowhere near altbier. Finishes disorganized and acidic. Not good at all.
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at brewpub. Poured dark brown with a minimal head. It is very smooth, dry, and easily drinkable.
milewide (1461) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, clear color with modest head. Mostly malt flavor, with some sweetness and little hop bitterness. IMHO this is a good example of the style.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black in color with full creamy white head. Dark roasted malt aromas with a bit of nuttiness, bittersweet chocolate, and an herbal aftertaste strangely enough like Dr. Pepper. Well carbonated and highly drinkable. Medium to full in body with a creamy texture and nice clean finish.
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This black ale poured with a massive tan head and a malty aroma. This beer is extremely carbonated. There is a pleasant slightly sweet smoked malt flavor.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
over-carbonated, deep dark brown body with a huge ice cream float head, malty mocha nose, hops, bitter finish, herbal, dry, slightly tart and acidic, roasted and dark