RATINGS: 124   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
12oz bottle 7/18/09 (Sicilianos Market-Grand Rapids)-Pours a dark brown with a HUGE tan head that dissipates super quick. Not sure if infected or over carbonated. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and slight sour or infected aroma. Taste of malt, slight sourness, dry, and slight coffee. This light bodied brew I would like to try fresh or uninfected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1544) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2009
On tap at a local restaurant. Pours very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is a mild roasty and fruity smell. Flavor is strong in roastiness with a lot of cream. Some slight dark fruit flavors are also present, as is a little chalkiness. This is better than I remember it being last time I had it on tap at the ABC brewpub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pours an almost black brown with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malt, slight hops, and coffee. Flavor is similar, with the addition of dried fruits and molasses. Very easy to drink, but nothing to hunt down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2009
Drinkable at best. Lovely dark brown color, nice head of mocha giving way to decent lacing. Aroma of socks. I exaggerate, but its not nice. Taste is about as bland as youd expect a sock-smelling beer to be. Either my bottle was skunked or this is the stalest-tasting beer Ive ever had. I lean towards the latter, because truly stale beer is undrinkable, and I was able to nurse this, albeit much effort was required. Smoke flavor dominates over all else. The palate on this just completely fails. Still debating whether or not to pour it down the drain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle from Sicilianos in Grand Rapids, MI. Dark brown with rocky beige head. Slightly sour oxidation or infection aroma, not really in style, mettalic, brown sugar. Sour, fruity, coffee, oxidized, dry, blueberry flavor. Medium body with light carb. Infected but wheres the alt?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drake (13488) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of mibirder. Thanks! Pours an extremely dark brown color with a huge tan head. Good retention and fair lacing. Aroma of big roasted malts and slight tart fruits. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, tart fruits, bandaid.. Something a bit off. Medium bodied,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2009
12 oz bottle. Rather opaque black pour into the tulip. Huge off white head, had to pour and wait a couple times. Burnt malt and toast aromas, but rather light. Lively mouthfeel, light medium body. Burnt malt taste with hints of dark chocolate. Subdued hop presence. Very, very clean, but maybe just a bit overcarbonated. If not for the carbonation I would say this is extreamly drinkable, but as such is just good drinkability. A very interesting and unique alt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjfleming23 (24) - Lake Worth, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Bought a six pack while visiting Ann Arbor. This dark ale had a nice malty aroma and taste, with a strong smoky and hoppy finish that stays with you. I liked this beer a lot, because it not only tasted great when I drank it, but the taste stayed with me for a good hour afterward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aaaaaaaaaah (64) - Warren, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2008
On tap @ brewery. Aroma is toasted and nutty malt. With hints of lemon, raisin, toffee and cola. The initial flavor has a mild hop bitterness. The middle flavor is roasted malty, nothing spectacular. Mild hoppy finish that fads to coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Dark tree bark color. Half way between toasted and roasted on the malts, with just a little sweetness in the initial sip. Second sip reveals some smoke and resin. Finish is dry. Body is solid.

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