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A German Style brown ale brewed with dark, rich Belgian specialty malts and domestic whole hops. The alt will have a dark copper color and will have a slightly fruity, bittersweet flavor. It is a beer for the more adventurous, for people with an appreciation for a beer with a rich malt character and a balanced hop finish.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2006
The body’s a deep chestnut color and the head is beige and creamy. Nice aroma of lightly roasted malt, caramel, nuts, and a dash of juicy fruits. It delivers a spicy, peppery feeling on the tongue. The flavor is toast and caramel with a solid balance of herbal hop tastes. This would be a regular session brew for me if it was available in the Chicago area.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Pours amber with a nice white frothy head. Smells nutty with some cherries and roses. Taste is peppery and spicy with dough, lots of fruit, and cocoa present.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 2006 bottle consumed on 4/13/06 and numerous festival draught samples in the past two years
Mostly clear amber-bronze body with some lighter beige and hay tinges, settling out darker in the middle with a highlight of chestnut. Off-white head is small, but retained at cover well, with light lacing. Beer is bottle conditioned.
Fruit and nuts in the nose, like a moist trail-mix bar, some piquant orange, cranberry, cherry and apple notes are slowly driven off by sugary brown base malts finishing dry on a lightly toasted, somewhat bready note. Hops are marginal, contributing some minor fruitiness and plenty of hay and dry brush-like notes. Some lightly sour toasted sourdough notes can be felt on the end. Sticky caramel and pale malt sugars dull the end.
In the flavor, the roast is a little heavy, adding oily astringency and too much dryness on the end. Not terribly off to-style, but just bullies the rather highly attenuated malts. Not that the malts are overly attenuated, leading to some fairly substantial caramel and dry toffee sweetness, bit of brown breadiness to give it a full feeling on the palate and then an almost soapy, acidic finish with the dry, soily hops and bittersweet malts. Sugars build up at first, leading to too sweet a beginning, without much depth (simple caramel and pale sugars as mentioned), and then the spritzy carbonation clears the malt as the melanoidins and breadiness build up. It never regains a balance, ending lightly sour, astringent and peachy-fruity (over-ripe, spoiled peaches). Expansive, albeit natural, carbonation creates a very spacious mouthfeel. No alcohol apparent.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head with alot of life. Scents of fruit and roasted coffee on the nose. Flavors continue to match the nose along with a dash of sweetness/caramel. Fairly thin and the roasted flavors are not really my favorites.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11661) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2006
(12oz bottle, best by 3/06, thanks PeterA) Small tan head with dark copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange, light earthy, cherry. Taste is mild sweet, caramel, nutty, some earthy, light cherry. Light-medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimhilt (2431) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear deep amber color. Malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with a good mix of malt and hops, some sweetness, finish is clean. $4.50 for a 20z on tap at The Barley House Concord, NH. Also in bottle, no real difference with on tap. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Copper clear body with thin white ringing head. Aroma is fruity malt. Flavor is toffee, sweet malt, fruit. medium palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Bottle sample. Clear copper body with a grayish white head. Nose of tart apples, roast, oranges, and burnt fruit skins. Flavor is like over-steeped tea with elements of dark fruit, toast, amber malt, and roast. Has a weird burnt orange skin quality. Not a particularly good American alt.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Sampled from 12oz bottle courtesy of WOODY_OBEER. Poured a darker amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, licorice, and toffee. Tastes of fruits and toffee. Thinner and lively body.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Thanks to WOODY_OBEER (nice to meet you). Pours a reddish amber with a small off white slightly lacing head. Aroma of orange, a little roasty and overall a bit light. Flavor of roasty malts and a little watery.


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