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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11278) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2008
on tap-pours a light tan head and black with red color. Aroma is medium/dark fruit, sweet medium malt. Taste is medium/dark fruit, sweet medium malt-although some burnt character and thinish body detracts, some spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11221) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Draft as sampler at Arbor Brewing. Dark color with medium head that diminshed quickly. Medium malt aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Good flavor of malt and a medium dry finish. Very good alt brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/27/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

solid dark brown, frothy beige head, rich malt aroma with a touch of sweetness and some good smokey earthy character and a hint of tartness, rich malt flavor, nice light sweetness, well balanced hops to keep in in check without being hoppy, light bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (9727) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle (a touch oxidized)... Pours hazy black with a huge, frothy, lightly tanned head. Excellent, wispy retention. The earthy aroma is a blend of dust, light smoke and cocoa. The flavor is thin, lifeless and boring with some lightly bitter cocoa. Tastes like cocoa powder blended in water then served in a cardboard cup. Light-bodied and ashy with fizzy carbonation. Crisp, moderately bitter finish. Not horrible, just uninspiring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (9533) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
On tap at the Arbor Brew Pub. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, light smoke, roast and some dark fruits. Tastes of nuts, roast, and some caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of mibirder. Thanks! Pours an extremely dark brown color with a huge tan head. Good retention and fair lacing. Aroma of big roasted malts and slight tart fruits. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, tart fruits, bandaid.. Something a bit off. Medium bodied,

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (9040) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
No aroma, little dots in the head. Some bitterness and decent for the style, but not the best I have had. Quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8795) - 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.

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