Brewed by Magnotta Brewery
Style: Altbier
Vaughan, Canada


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An ultra-premium all-malt and traditional German-style ale at 5% alc./vol. Deep copper to light brown colour with an aromatic focus on malt elements of fresh baked biscuits and toast. Malt initially dominates the palate with typical Altbier flavours of biscuits, followed by an intense yet pleasant hop bitterness. A slightly dry body and reduced ale fruitiness is achieved by extended deep-cold aging. Can be served with beef soups, spinach salad, roast chicken, pork tenderloin, falafel, chocolate cake, and smoked cheeses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
not too bad. roasty malt flavourings. i’m not much of an altbier fan i guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
On tap @ the TO beer festival. Brownish red colour with decent white head. Flavourly is somewhat indistinct with slight bits of rostiness, malt sweetness and then a dry bitterness on the finish not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Deep, syrupy malt aroma. Kinda cool bronze label with woodlands scene. Medium red-brown clear beer. Toasted sweetness, amber malt twang, medium light body. Unpleasant woody bitterness in the finish. The hops were indistinct and there weren’t the oaty qualities that I really enjoy in an alt. Watery at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Thick, fluffy head atop a deep copper body. Aroma is carmel malts and orangey hops with some earthy undertones. Very thin tasting carmel malt flavors with a fizzy and mild, hop finish. Nothing too special but definately drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammy (9204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
some malt, some kind of fruit, some deep copper color. Not a beer to have in abundance. Harsh aftertast

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
Copper color, big fluffy white head. Aroma of malts, a touch of some caramel and some overall earthiness. Earthy malt flavor, some bitterness following, but the bitterness doesn't seem to come from the hops too much. Medium body. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Bottled - Smokeless Joes Toronto. Uninteresting musty aroma but a pleasant grey-black colour. The flavour is interesting with a malty tanginess. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Deep copper colored. Nose is mainly malts, with a hint of caramel and a fruity undertone. Nutty doughy malt flavors with a mild hoppy finish. Not outstanding, but not awful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett (1027) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
Pours red clear. Berries and apples in the sweet slightly spiced nose. Mild fruitiness, floral. Some caramel and pepper. Good hop bitter. A little weak or waterery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 2008-08-26. Crisp dark copper body with a modest tan hand. (3+) Mildly tangy dusty malt aroma, caramel touches. (6+) Similar character to the flavour where a decent amount of hoppy bitterness combines with the slight tang in the malt, sweet caramel malt base. (6+) Average bodied palate is a touch more full than average. Decent but I do not love it. 6/3/6/6/13-14 - 3.1On tap at Volo, Toronto.

Feb 2004. Bottle. I have enjoyed previous samplings of this much more than this bottle. Orangey amber body with waifish off white head, has nutty playdoh (?) aroma to it. Flavour is interestingly different with some malt and bitterness, mostly towards the finish. Hmmm... 5/3/6/3/12 - 2.9

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