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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A smooth, well-balanced ale brewed with pure water, malts, hops, and yeast and then cold conditioned in the tradition of a classic German Altbier. The drinkable nature of this beer and the roasted chocolate and coffee notes present in this beer make it a wonderfully warming beer. A subtle malt sweetness, distinctive German hops aroma and taste, and subtle roasted finish make this one of our favorite styles of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a murky brown with a thin diminishing head, aroma is sweet iwth malt and has a decent amount of caramel, the flavor has a bready backbone with smooth malt, nothing special but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2010
bottle - Pours dark amber suspended yeast flakes and a very small light tan head. It has an aroma of caramel malt and toffee. The flavori s similar with sweetness somewhat balanced by light hops. It’s medium bodied and overall pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
aroma is excellent toasted malt with background of roasted nuts. appearance is translucent gold leaning towards brown. flavor is more toast echoed from the nose, lightly bitter end is a touch unpleasant. lack of overpowering malt sweetness earns points as does tasty malt character. this beer is taking a beating from raters for no good reason.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2009
An earthy brew -color, aroma, and flavor are all for lack of a better term "brown". Mild (very mild) chocolate notes and slightly sweet. Didn’t knock my socks off but it was pretty good nonetheless.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2009
12oz bottle. Okay... here we go: Pours a murky dull charcoal rootbeer color with an off-white thin froth. Aroma of chocolate cough syrup and biscuits. Flavor is biscuits and chocolate toffee, corn syrup, burnt... blech.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Brown and red with creamy off- white head. Awful alc aroma, roast and mollases and cherry as it warms. Medicinal and cherry juice flavor with some roast and weird alc, it tastes like robetusson or fake maple syrup, gross, just gross. Syrupy with slight chalk body. Bad bad bad beer, you make me feel so bad and to quote davinci "blucreek alt, meaning the ALTernative to good".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2009
12oz bottle. Dark orange-hued brown with a nice off white head. Fresh brewery aroma, some solid crystal malt coming through. Smooth, medium bodied. The low ABV really makes it incredibly easy to down, but there is still a touch of quality that stands out, making it an enjoyable beer to just sip on too. Smooth dark malt flavor, with a mild bitter earthiness. Toasty malt finish. Right on, but Id think a little more strength wouldnt have hurt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2009
From the bottle, pours a hazy dark reddish color with a thin white bubbly head. Aroma is of sour apples, and some caralmel malt. Taste is malty, some brwon sugar and molasses. It’s smooth, clean, and a bit of a sweetly bitter finish. Maybe that’s the chocolate the commercial description talks about. I think this is a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Hazy dark brown pour, medium tan head with a spotty lace. Chocolate aroma. Flavors are like malt syrup on the front, a little off-sour here, then finishing with chocolate notes. Somewhat thin, but effervescent in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Translucent burnt siena with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Taste of malt, molasses, caramel and brown sugar. Thick and grainy and has somewhat of a nutty and spicy finish. Mildly astringent.

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