CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Clybourn 12/16/2005: Pours a clear deep copper with a thin off-white head. Sweet toasty caramel aroma has a touch of honey and German yeast. Starts with a sweet dark caramel maltiness, some sticky honey flavor and a mild noble hoppiness. Finishes clean, malty and enjoyable with a touch of light fruit. Brewed true to style.
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Straight amber in color with a khaki head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of wet grains, lemon, carpet, and rye. Slightly smokey wood/oak flavor with a moderately spicy finish. I found the bitterness of this to be rather subdued, but the beer is, overall, still very solid.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Curiously, I liked this one quite a bit. My first altbier, I wasn’t expecting the hop attack that I got. It wasn’t an american citric bitter attack, but rather a very pleasant German attack. Nice nutty taste, hazelnuts and walnuts, followed by that spicey bitterness. Very nice. I’d like to try more alts now.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clybourn. Mostly translucent with an attractive creamy khaki head pocked with bubbles at one end. Caramel laden aroma met with copper, hazelnut shells, barnyard fence posts and a burlap bag of barley. Quite a hoppy rendition, tipped off by flavor revolving around moderate spruce and a mildly toasted grain bill. Some husky traits and other tributes to the simple life (autumn dampness beneath a raked pile of leaves, and basement paneling.) Mild hazelnut coffee sweetener gives the biggest suggestion to the traditionally malt driven style trait. Unique take on the style, and enjoyable at that.
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dry hopped cask version at Clybourn. Deep mahogany brown. Nice hoppy smell over lightly toasted brown malts. Smell carries through to the taste. Like a nut brown ale with a nice overload of German hops. A good aftertaste. I thought the cask serving worked well with this blend of flavors.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Clybourn. Dark amber with a foamy tan head. Aroma of malts with hints of floral hops. The taste followed with some burnt undertones and a nice hoppy finish. A good beer.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned version: I think this is a case where the conditioning took the oomph out of the beer, the other raters finding it to be a much livelier drink. Pouring a deep but light brown body with a creamy tan head that did good lacing, it nonetheless had little carbonation remaining. The aroma was quite malty, slightly fruity, and had a hint of smokey woodiness to it. Fairly thin in the mouth, it had a roasted malt flavor with a touch of berries and a trace of muted hops. The finish was the best part, malty and smokey.
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FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on Tap at GI Clybourne
Ah, a Sticke, my first I believe, can it live up to the regular Alts that I have sampled in Dusseldorf. The beer is a deep amber color and is quite clear, it is topped by a thin tan head. The aroma is fruity and herbal with notes of fruitcake, toasted grain, and strawberries. The taste is light and refreshing, yet full of flavor. It is sweet and has a toasted malt finish to it that seems appropriate. There is a solid fruity component throughout this beer (strawberry again, but also plum and raisin), and it also has a nice bitter finish to it.
The hops are certainly here, yet they are not nearly as prominent as my favorite regular Alts. The maltiness is in full force though, with the fruity spicy hop notes acting in an accentuating/ supporting role to the malt. This is really quite an enjoyable beer, even though I was hoping for something a bit more hoppy.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5 oz sample at the Clybourn location. Darkish red brick/dull brown with just a touch of off-white head...big woody nose full of cherry and brown sugar sweetness...in the body, fruity, caramelly, sweetly bready with smoky deep maltiness, juicy late orangy hops and just enough finishing dryness to keep the sticky wetness from overwhelming. I’m impressed.
Frank (3600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite a nice alt but not really what I consider "authentic" for the style (not that I care) with a sort of american hop flavor with some citrus notes.