argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2002
Tasting Notes from Fall 2000: Smoky, chocolatey. Good bitterness that works very well with its mild sweetness slowrunner77 (11930) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"a dark mahogony laced beer and roasted/burnt malt nose greets you...body is a little on the thin side, but ok...flavor is pretty nicely balanced, but has a slight metallic aftertaste. not bad, not great." kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: St. Stanís Dark AltJPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
dark, strong hops
Aroma: 2/10; Appearance: 2/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 2/10; Overall: 5/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Amber with a ruby tint. Smaller tan head. Carmelized malts dominate the nose. Fairly light in body, but smooth with a touch of carbonation zip. Touch of zest distracts form the malt. Too much bitterness for style. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Bottle: This poured a dark ruby-brown color with a rapidly fading tan head. Not a bad brew, but it seemed quite unlike the handful of altbiers that Iíve had to date. This had a strong chocolate, coffee, and smoke aroma. Nicely carbonated, it had a roasted malt flavor supported by the same coffee, chocolate, and smoke that appeared in the aroma. The finish is oddly sticky and sweet. Alt?
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
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Dark brown color, Medium head. Roasted malts, nearly no hops, little bitterness. Nice, simple beer. Good flavor. Crit (3977) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
Deep brown, thick lasting tan head.Faint light malt taste.Lightly roasted flavor. I have to disagree I fould it rather underflavored DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 13, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Wine Time in La Jolla, CA) On the dollar shelf, so Iím not expecting much here, but you never know. There isnít a whole lot of carbonation release as I open this beer, and a light-tan sheen is slow to form on the pour, but much quicker to dissipate to a small ring. The body is a very dark ruddy-brown with a slight translucence. Iím surprised at how flavorful this beer is, and that oxidation seems pretty mild. Itís malty and moderately sweet, with brown sugar and molasses. Thereís plenty of mildly bitter, dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, more than I expected from an alt, and the rather potent smokiness in the finish is a pleasant surprise. There is an overtone of green peppers with a very slight spicy character and slightly astringent bitterness. Itís an old bottle of beer, so the moderate earthy flavor is not surprising, and is actually adds a positive note to the overall flavor. The nose is sweet, earthy and malty, with a slight smoky quality. Body is medium "plus", and despite the signs of poor carbonation, itís gently carbonated, but not flat. All in all, a decent beer with a few minor issues from the age, but given that this is probably a few years old, I think the beer has held up remarkably well. Not bad at all, although itís considerably different from any of the other altbiers Iíve tried. Iím cool with that though. austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2002
This is an unusual twist on the alt style, IMHO. Itís an extremely roasty, chocolatey altbier thatís heavy on some nice malt and possesses solid hop balance. Very enjoyable. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2000
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 On the pour a luminous deep ruby color, the head is mediocre in size, frothy in texture and a light tan color, the lace forms a very thin sheet. Nose is dominated by the malt, caramel sweet, pleasant as noses go, start is lightly sweet, top is skeletal in feel. Finish is temperate in its carbonation, the hops obliging in their spicy presence with the aftertaste desert dry, a weak and watery, so it wonít garner much favor from me.