Oakes (11031) - 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.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Tmoney99 (9606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Sammy (7719) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No aroma, little dots in the head. Some bitterness and decent for the style, but not the best I have had. Quaffable.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, 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.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet grainy malt and a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Light yeast and not quite anise. Light dilute roast and light sour roast malt. Average to thin palate. Pretty dissappointing. Alt? DNF.