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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
We brewed this over blown version of an Altbier to celebrate the life of a modest, giving, and truly loving man, our grandfather. Victor was a dairy farmer in Nebraska. He took a lot of pride in the fact that he helped feed America. Victor cared about quality from the start and became the third Grade A dairy in all of Nebraska. When he retired, he spent his time in his wood shop making everything from grandfather clocks to cedar chests. He will be missed by many! This beer uses the family chest that we found in his house. The beer is much bigger and higher in alcohol than a traditional Altbier. It has nice malt sweetness and deep chocolate characters in the start. Then it finishes with a noticeable German floral hop bitterness. 17.9 plato 34 IBU

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3590) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2007
22 oz bomber poured into a small goblet glass. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is just amazing, first I get strong chocolate brownie, straight up, not exaggerating. Then combine that with a straight laced (but stronger) no thrills German malt sweetness that’s wrapped around some light esters. And searching beneath that there is even a light earthy, floral hop presence. Toasted aspect all around the aroma. Taste definitely has an American twist on the Alt with a strong hop profile, though definitely German floral hops. Then there is a lightly sweetened with chocolate cereal (think chocolate chex). Just a feeling of alcohol, nothing strong but as you drink you definitely feel it’s a beer yet nothing aversive comes out of it. Finishes very light and understated. Low bitterness and extremely quaffable. So surprising how drinkable this is. Feels like I could drink this forever. I have to say that 2 Bros has impressed me every time out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2007
22 oz. bottle: This was a surprise out of the bottle - pours a deep raisin color with a creamy head that settles into a thin, everlasting cap. The raisins continue to the nose, joined by a healthy dose of chocolate and oak. Creamy, velvetty mouthfeel. Plums, sweet chocolate, vanilla, prunes and apple esthers make up the full body. The finish is hoppy, noting perfume, citrus and a bit of resiny grass. This is interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Roasty and smokey aroma, filled with a strong earthiness, and some peat flavors. This is a very full-flavored altbier. Also, its alcohol is much higher (as mentioned in the CD). This alcohol is pretty well-hidden, and makes this pretty easy to drink. Heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Dark ruby pour, with a short-lived head and small lace - aroma of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate-covered cherries - the flavor is quite sweet at first, with notes of chocolate, molassas (I can never spell that word right), plums, and other dark fruit - drying, herbal flavors and medium hop presence arrive later - lingering caramel sweetness and hints of cherry - a bit too sweet, but otherwise quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Fluffy, off-white pancake head leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Smoked caramel and tangy pit fruit aromas. Smooth and creamy dark hazlenut and caramel. Slight bitter walnut finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Pours a dark brownish red with a light brown (though somehow not tan) head that gave way quickly. The nose is toasty (which I don’t generaly like). A big toasted malt sweetness with a big chocolate tinge to it. A bit of caramel. Somewhat creamy. A rather sweet, though not overbearing malt backbone on this beer. Again rather toasty, but not unclean. Chocolate again noticeable. a bit of alcohol in the taste, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Something a tiny touch milky or lactic, though perhaps that’s just a smidge of roast I taste. Some floral hops and a touch of diacetyl in the finish giving way to a toast, caramel aftertaste. Not a bad beer, tastes like a slightly cleaner Double Bag.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2007
22oz bottle. Very dark for an altbier, dark brown and reddish in color. Toast colored brown head. Pretty nice nose, with lots of maple and red apple scents, lightly hoppy, lightly doughy, almost a bread crust and toast smell. Wet and lightly sweet up front, more coarse with toasted grains and lighter maple in the back, finishes slightly dry over the back. Good, but lacking depth, and it’s more of a generic strong amber ale than an altbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2007
22 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant ruby brown with a nice beige head. Aroma is chocolate, McIntosh apples, caramel, and floral hops with a vague hint of roast. Medium body with a satiny crisp carbonation. Taste adds some doppelbock character with dark fruits joining the red apple. Lots of malty chocolate and caramel with walnut nuttiness and floral and spicy hops. Alcohol is well concealed. One of the better alts I’ve encountered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (3008) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Bomber bottle. Pours color of walnut stain with a stoutish cream head (poured as I’m hearing the dumb Lite commercial warning about "GHT"). Hearty dark roast malt smell noticed from two feet away. Hearty, yes, that’s how I’d describe it. Lightly coffee’d and toffee’d. Chewy like caramel, but not as sweet. Bits of anise instead. Noble hops really keep sweetness in check, or else the higher alcohol means it’s finishing much drier. Very earthy. Definitely no GHT here. Purchased directly from the brewery in Warrenville.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2007
22oz bottle pours dark brown with a big tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, caramel, and some dark fruits. Flavor includes caramel, toasted malts, dark fruit and some slight hops at the finish. Palate is well carbonated with medium body and a pretty soft mouthfeel. True to the style and not bad.

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