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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   ABV: -
This German "old ale" was aged to perfection in order to deliver an aggressive hop flavor to compliment the malty caramel overtones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Wayne, PA. Clear, rust-colored body with a velvety beige head. Aroma of toffee and berries plus sweet, toasty crumb cake and a light edge of tobacco. Medium sweet with good German malt qualities, moderate Noble hop flavors, and a firm bitter and toasty finish. A nice, full-flavored altbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 GABF Gold Medal... Poured an amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, light earth, caramel malt, some rauch, and a bit of toffee as well. Taste of more caramel malt, earthy yeast, nuts, and low bitterness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Draught @ Wayne, PA: Almost no aroma. Just a bit of malt scent. Nice medium brown color. Medium white head. Good lacing. Flavor was malty, nutty, and a bit yeasty, like horseblanket. An easy drink. Not bad, but not the best Alt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Sample at the Pittsburgh location. Clear amber color with a medium thin off-white head that lasts pretty well. Sweet aroma of malt and caramel. Medium-bodied, borderline thin at times, with roasted malt and nut flavors. Just a bit of hops are present too. The finish is roasty and lightly bitter and ultimately short-lived. This one is fairly average in all respects.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11596) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 GABF Gold Medal winner. Sampled from Growler courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium and clear mahogany color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, citrus, nuts and yeast. Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [draft - John Harvardís Pittsburgh - Monroeville, PA] Poured a clear copper color with a tan head. Very strong sweet malt and hops aroma. Initial taste was a blast of hops that gave way quickly to a nice smooth and sweet malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Poured hazy dark brown with aromas of caramel malt, some nuts. Tastes malty, with some walnutty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2005
On draught in Monroeville. Mild sweet aroma and a bit malty. Light dusty papery hop bitterness. Dry with some nuttiness. Medium amber hazy with thin off-white lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with mild nuttiness and good malt character. Carbonic acidity. Medium hops bitter at the finish with light astringency. Decent tasting ale but not up to par with true German alts - though most U.S. knock-offs arenít, so thatís not really a detraction of the overall rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Rich, red-bronze. Very clear. Sweetish cereal aroma. Grainy, medium tartness. Cereal, medium-light bittering. Medium-light body. Goes watery. A rather flaccid interpretation of a style that Iím usually inclined to be charitable towards. Nutty sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6839) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 Sampled on draft at the Monroeville PA location this beer poured a cloudy light brown color with only a trace of a white head. The aroma was of light malts and moderate yet undefined hops. The flavor was lightly malty with a hint of spice and a dry finish. A drinkable but rather unremarkable brew.

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