Pours clear with three inches or more of frothy, white foam. Retention is above average while lacing is a bit sticky.
Aroma is definitely queued in on the malt. Caramel, toasty, and subdued bread malts each find time tantalizing the nose.
The taste is quite good. Caramel sweetness gives way to toast and bread with a touch of bitterness for some balance while the finish carries the bitters with a roasted malt bite.
Medium body with the maltiness almost seeming to be more. Good zing to the carbonation.
This is a really nice beer. The twist to the style is well done and makes for a more interesting and complex beer. Definitely a good drinker with a bit of sweat on the brow probably making this quicker to the bottom of the stomach. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 20:33:50
Tasted: Monday, June 20, 2011
$0.00 for 12 oz. bottle
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Caramel, Toasty, and Clean. This red ale is our unique version of a northern German Alt-Bier. Enjoy silky caramel smoothness, followed by toasty, bready flavors and finished with a hint of chocolate roast. These flavors all come through in the aroma and combine in a truly unique, very clean, complex, Alt-Bier.
Our Alt-Bier is very traditional except for one twist, chocolate roasted malt. We decided to add the chocolate malt to add a little more complexity to the beer and for a perceived dryness that helps to balance the caramel malty flavor.
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