RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Nice light and toasty altbier with very authentic german taste and mouthfeel. Grassy hops is bold and crispy, toasty and clean, very refreshing.

hotstuff (5173) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Draft at Arbor Brewing Company Pub & Eatery. Poured a small tan head, good lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Aroma was malty and smokey and echoed in the flavor as well. Smooth mouthfeel.

thedm (6216) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2004
This draft brew from the brewery poured a medium sized head of unnoted finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of smoky rauchbier like scents . Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering other palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained smoky dark beer brown malts notes. All-in-all very nice brew.

11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Tap. Pours deep black with ruby tones. Soda pop head fizzes down to a creamy, thin head which then dissapears. Malty sweet aroma. Body is a touch thin, smooth mouthfeel. Roasted grains dominate the initial flavor, slight malty sweetness is there also. Hops play into the middle with a nice finish of malt and hop.

jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2004
draft at 2004 MSBF. perfect dark appearance. unique aroma of black olives and brine. malt and alcohol prevalent. overall an excellent beer.

YnotABeer (96) - Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2003
excellent. quite dark with good lacing and not too much head. surprisingly easy to drink with bold interesting earthly flavor. good malty body and just enough hops in the finish.

Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2003
What's up with the foam? - it looks like a rootbeer float! Thin palate and acidic front almost ruin this - luckily a big sweet chewy caramel candy square and a roasty malt come in along with some body and pumps up the flavor. nice mellow hop finish.

Oakes (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
Ultra foam...mu altbier glass was utterly useless, and even in a chalice I had to spoon some out. Very dark brown - rather untraditional. Aroma is chocolatey, with light wood and faint rhubarb. Overcarbonated. This of course detracts from the raisins, wood, light smoke and dark chocolate. This is more a porter than an alt. If the carbo is usually at a more normal level, then you're looking at 3 to 5 points higher I think.

TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Darkened cedar. Spongy light tan foam. Airy aroma of hazelnuts, subtle roastiness, tobacco, perfume, leaf, wood, plum, straw, and a touch of yeast. Vague notes of apple, chocolate, and assorted herbs. Earthy and lightly phenolic. Medium-bodied. carbonation. Delicious initial earthy flavors followed by a teaish, leafy twang, which is offset by light shades of cocoa and butterscotch. Traces of metal and tobacco find their way into the mix. Leafy hop persistence and mild residual fruitiness at the finish with clean, but evident, yeast overtones. Late countering act of chocolate, peach, and persimmon. Muted medicinal, oxidized flavors. It’s a delicious Alt, and certainly a unique spin on the style, with its high level of esters. The cocoa/chocolate notes and delicate malt underlay were dead-on. Thanks, Prof!

Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
On tap at Arbor Brewing Company. Worth the wait - Hennes and other supporters of this Alt are right in their nearly rapturous beliefs about it - it is all traditional Alt in it's smoky woody look, feel and taste - perfect malting. Just a hint of prune hidden deep inside. An incredibly crisp and dry hop finish takes it a tad far afield in the style category, but a delight - I plan on making a session as they now sell sixes!!

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