Urban Chestnut Schlossturm
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This lightly hopped, copper-colored ale is a style that originated in the northern ’tal’ or valley of Germany commonly known as the Rhine Valley. The specific style is Altbier; ’alt’ meaning ’old’, referencing the time-honored practice of top-fermentation, which actually results in a fresh (not old) session ale with a slightly malty skew. ABV - 5.0%, IBUs - 38, OG - 12.0 Plato (Becher).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Tasted on tap at 2016 Wolpertinger Fest in glass German beer mug. It poured a clear reddish amber colour with nice beige foam, mousse-like, long-lasting with lace. Low but pleasant aroma. Flavour was grassy, grainy, malty with a delicious caramel residual sweetness, toasty, nutty, biscuity, some grit and delicate spice. Firm bitter balance, earthy, resiny. Very tasty and well-crafted. The way Dusseldorf Alt is described, I always think I’ll love it but seldom do when presented with knock-offs. This is proof that a good one is as good as they say. I think this is an Urban Chestnut regular, but I hadn’t tasted it before, and it was one of my favourites at the fest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2015
500ml bottle. Beaut of a pour, a mahogany type brown hue, creamy and large off-white head. ARoma is raisins, nuts, cocoa, and herbs. Flavor is well-hopped and dry, but the tanginess of it is a bit disruptive to the hops as is the pervasive malt character which in this style should be scaled down a bit. Certainly is a nice beer, comes off as an ale version of a hoppy dunkel, but not exactly a perfect alt. More brown ale than pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (2008) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2015
On tap at Grove location. Aroma: Red grape or berries; light caramel tea biscuits. Appearance: Lightly carbonated murky copper with a foamy tan head that fades into a healthy skin. Flavor: Caramel tea biscuits and fruity esters throughout; the finish is fairly dry and has a healthy bitterness. Palate: Light body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Didn’t do much for me; my least impressive UC beer of the day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (2119) - Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle - big foamy pillowy head, dark copper/Amber color, sweet and nutty malt aroma and flavor, mild earthy hop balance, good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TH28 (386) - - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. Appearance: Deep ruby reddish brown and clear, with a thick, frothy khaki colored head that lingers. Aroma: Bready, toasted, and roasty malt aromas. Taste: Malt is very toasted bread crust-like, hint of nuts, turning to a strong roast. Bitterness kicks in sharply on the backside, and when combined with the roasty malt there is some astringency. Mouthfeel: Body is a little light and thin, with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Sharp kick of bitterness and roast on the finish, with slight astringency. Overall: A good, light, easy drinking rendition of an alt, with a bit too much roasty character for the style. Drinks really closely to an American Brown Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Pours a clean, amber/brown color with a fantastic creamy, off-white head that hangs around for a long time. Aroma is very malt centered with a smooth toasted malt, light mix of hay and bread with a very pronounced grassy and light earthy hops finish. Flavor has an awesome toasted grainy Munich malt early in the tasting with a light touch of chocolate malt/light roasted malt and finishes with a smooth noble hop grassy spalt hop flavor. Body is perfect with it feeling crisp but has a hefty feeling to it and a great carbonation rate. Overall a fantastic example of the Alt style. So far, I have been extremely impressed with everything I have had the chance to sample from Urban Chestnut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2015
The beer pours a slightly hazy, dark copper color with a medium-sized khaki-colored head. The aroma blends nutty and toasted malts with dough yeast, and the taste is mildly umami, slightly sour, and a touch sweet with an aftertaste that is dry and reminiscent of nuts and toast. The palate has a sift carbonation, thin and slick texture, and a medium-light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (2066) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours an amber color with decent head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel and malt. Taste of caramel sweetness, malt and bit of g rain. Mild bitternes and a clean finish. Medium body, smooth with a subtle sweetness. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Quality beer from a local brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gschrade (1040) - Collinsville, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2015
I had this at Global Brew. Pours Amber with off white head. Taste caramel, biscuit, sweet a bitter finish. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (4239) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
Draft at taproom. Pours light brown with a khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Very soft mouthfeel. Solid malt notes on the tongue. Finishes clean with a bit of a hop bite. Another quaffable easy drinker from these guys which is good to see.

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