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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Porterguy41 (19) - - FEB 7, 2013
Pours a dark rich color, suttle aroma, a little thin for my taste, not at all what i expected but still a good brew.

blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Draft at Arbor Brewpub with meal. Nice medium body ale; like the dark ale taste without the full, heavy feeling some dark ales give me.

mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2011
very thin and light brown in color. pour from bottle minimal white head maybe good for hot day

cubs (10639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle in Ann Arbor. Dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. Caramel, dark chocolate, molasses aroma. Thick, dark chocolate, light caramel, roasty, light bitter flavor. Blah.

chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
draft... this is a super dark alt, all mahogany, nice head... boring nose, the taste is harsh and too strong, not a typical alt, not a fan

spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Oades Big Ten Ar: Roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and nuts. Ap: Pours a deep dark brown with a 3/4" frothy tan head. T: Rich chocolaty malt body with some mild hop bitterness on the finish. P: Surprisingly creamy for a medium level of carbonation. O: Darn good.

Dogbrick (13147) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2011
This brew pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty and malty with notes of hops. Medium body with flavors of sweet roasted malt, hops and a touch of coffee. The finish is roasty with a lingering grainy malt aftertaste. Decent beer overall.

Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark brown hat is nearly opaque win a nice off white head. Some lacing. Nose brings a bit of sweet malt that consists of darker chocolate, bringing some dryness as well. Taste and feel come together with a nice dry malt characteristic. The taste is a bit plain wihout much more than some grain and faint flavors behind it, but I like the feel. Drinks well and shows me yet again why I wish this were a more common style. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-12-2010

mbalmer (16) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Single bottle purchased to try.

AROMA: Chocolate malt, coffee, and some bread-like notes. Very roasty.

APPEARANCE: Very pretty pour - dark, opaque (almost black), cream-colored head with some good persistence to it.

TASTE: Much like the Reissdorf Kolsch - don’t judge a beer by its label - but in a bad way. Overwhelming coffee flavor, tasted like burnt grounds with over-roasted chocolate. Couldn’t detect any malt flavor in it...or anything else, actually, through the intense coffee flavor.

PALATE: Oily, slick, and unpleasant. Felt like it painted my tongue with varnish. Absolutely awful.

OVERALL: I didn’t finish this one. Drain-poured it almost immediately after a few additional experimental sips to see if my palate was off (it wasn’t). The coffee/burnt flavor hung around in my mouth for several minutes after drinking this...had to rinse out my mouth with water to get it to go away. Won’t drink this ever again.

badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Black with a fizzy white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste with some caramel notes throughout.

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