meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This came in a nifty looking slim neck bottle with a swing top. This poured a murky brownish amber color with about 2 inches of off white head. As the head eventually dropped this left good sized sheets of lace all around the glass. The aroma was of a roasted grain and slightly sweet malt. There was a small earth toned hop presence that added to the scent to the scent as well. Taste was of sweet caramel malt backed with more doughy malt. Hops gave it a slightly bitter after taste. The taste was very clean and dry which left you wanted more each time you took a sip. Pretty impressive taste for the size of the beer. Mouthfeel was medium with a nicely carbonated feel to it. This beer goes down very smoothly and would make a perfect sessionable brew. Having tried this has definitely peaked my interest in the style, highly recommended.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours murky brownish red with very little head. Aromas of cherries and spices. Strange maltiness that builds in strength until the dry, bitter aftertaste kicks in. I find it just a bit tart with a good balance of hops. This style isn’t one of my mainstays but I actually found this beer to be pretty good.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a swing-top "extra-longneck" bottle. Copper-red color with a thin white head with good lacing down the glass. Floral smell of noble hops and some darker malt aromas. A light caramel malt flavor followed by moderate noble hop flavor with a lasting bitter finish. Possibly a little light bodied, but nonetheless a very drinkable brew.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odd bottle, tasty beer. Pours a medium amber color, with a medium sized tan head. Nice malty aroma, cookie, bread, caramel, light fruity hops. Medium sweetness, toasty, cookie like malt, some decent bitterness for a bit of balance. Medium body carries it across well. Quite enjoyable.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious alt beer, nice orange color, malty, but with enough hops to make it balanced. I wanted more when I finished the bottle, quality beer.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangish cherry color with light white head. Nose is a sweet malt mixed with light hops. Med weight on the palate with a big hop presence and dry bitter finish. Refreshign flavors that are light in malt and high in hops, more austere than most bitter beers, almost apertif in quality. Roasted notes seem hidden behind the hops, this is a nice beer!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfumey, floral hops float above heavy malts with some mild herbal/vegetal tones. Clear amber-copper with thin white head that recedes to partial cover with some light lacing. Big malt flavour is nutty, marzipan-like with strong hop bitterness. Medium-full body and soft carbonation. Very good. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2011 There is plenty of lasting foam which laces atop the clear russet...Wooden hops and caramel malt are all light, all perfectly intertwining...The fluffy carbonation and quite dry mouthfeel makes the salient earthy hop bitterness stand out very nicely... This bitter finish, with chocolatey edges, of an intensity and depth rarely seen in Germany...Dark bread allusions show up once in a while...
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 Chestnut brown clear hue. Little to no off-white head. Deep malt character complements the huge orangey and perfumey hops. Caramel, earth, yeah this is how you do it. Lightly tart on the mouth, but I like that in this case as it dances along the bitterness rather than slashing it. Earthy palate, powerful grassiness, herbal, nice dry-out effect take on the rich malt to prolong the hop flavors. Very soft carbonation. firm medium body. Very good alt!
From tap at the brewpub, this was by far the sharpest alt, very hoppy and dry in mouth with a firm leafy, sandy, earthy hop dose. Healthy and easy to drink. Maintaining the same score.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, clear brown/amber in color, hoppy smell with a hoppy bitter taste, nice white head.