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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A surprisingly easy-drinking dark ale with a medium body, malty palate and a smooth dry finish. Our alt is brewed in the tradition of the German "sticke" or "secret" alt which was a fuller, darker, and higher alcohol alt served unadvertised by German brewpubs at regular ale prices as a reward to regular customers who knew to ask for it.

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3.3
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On tap at the brewpub on 4/27/06: Pours a dark brown mahogany with a thin-lacing off-white head. Big, earthy sweet, light soy sauce aroma has some slightly roasted malts and mild DMS. Body starts with sweet, slightly earthy maltiness, turning drier toward a crisp toasty bitter finish. Fairly authentic, but could use more balance.

3
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
The body was very dark brown with some ruby highlights. The aroma was licorice with chocolate covered cherries. The taste was weak coffee. There was also some vanilla and some mlik chocolate. This was decent.

3.4
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
On tap at the Arbor Brew Pub. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, light smoke, roast and some dark fruits. Tastes of nuts, roast, and some caramel.

3.2
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draft @ Arbor Brewing: A hazy and very dark brown color with a small creamy tan head. Light aroma with some sweetness and a fair amount of chocolate.. Malty flavor with notes of chocolate, a light roast and hint of coffee.

3.4
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
Tap at the brewpub in MI- Dark chestnut in appearance - I think we all agreed on chestnut :) - Almost opaque, with some light penetrating when held up to the light. Sports a thin ring of beige head. Nutty aroma with some mild roasted malt, raisin bread, and black cherries in the nose. Sweet nutty earthy flavours mix well with the subtle hops bite, and finish with a woody caramel. Smooth and drinkable all the way. Good brew from Arbor again!

3.4
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
draught. deep chestnut with a small white head. aroma has some caramel stickiness and sugar. earthy caramel and bread flavours with a subtle clean finish. pretty tasty.

3.6
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Dark clear brown burnt, with orange fringes and light rim of off-white. Light euro hop aroma. Effervescent, with toothy chewy grains, deliciopus horse blanket and some earth. Grains, oats and more pungent hops. Well balanced and lucious. Palate is smooth, airy and glowing. Finish is sweet. A light sour lemon at the end. Exemplary for the style.

3.3
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Deep translucent cherry-cola brown in color with only a tiny wrung for the head. Cocoa puffs with Hershey syrup start the aroma, joining semi-sweet chocolate morsels, coca-cola, and hot chocolate dust blended with caramel and chocolate toffee. Subtle sweetness of milk chocolate from the lunch line. Dry, dark chocolate cocoa dust and a cafe mocha consumed after a week of neglect in the car cup holder. Light fairing palate presence with a hop selection that might be a little too perilous. Finishes like a weak diner coffee. Definitely a unique alt.

3.2
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Tap abc: what can I say.....grainy hazy brown with little head, much to much malt, not enough hops, rather watery, not a very rich alt, but could develop into something much less bland. Okay

2.4
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Grainy, sweet malt aroma with some dark malts apparent and a hint of liquorice. Opaque brown body with no head. Charcoal-like dark malts are grainy in the flavour with some leafy hops. Light body with strong carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub.


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