Adroit Theory “Black Metal (Ghost 968)” Altbier

Name: Black Metal (Ghost 968)
Brewer: Adroit Theory Brewing Company (United States)
Style: Altbier
ABV: 4.9%
Review Year: 2021

Black Metal (Ghost 968) is the take of Adroit Theory (Virginia, USA) on the “old” beer style from Düsseldorf, the Altbier.


This beer is being evaluated as an Altbier (7A) in the context of the 2015 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The said guidelines were used since we reviewed this beer before 29 December 2021, the date of publishing of the 2021 update. The most current version can be found on the BJCP website.


Clear deep amber brown with a thick beige head. Moderate caramel and nutty aromas on the nose accompanied by subtle impressions of grain, pepper, spice, and fruit esters. Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation. This Altbier showcased moderate nutty and grainy malty flavors with a toasty touch. Herbal and spicy/peppery notes as well as fruit esters made their presence known albeit softly. Firm bitterness; dry (very low sweetness). Finished with slightly lingering flavors of nuts and grains.


Adroit Theory’s Black Metal (Ghost 968) is a crisp, malty yet bitter Altbier. Bitterness and malt presence were crucially in harmony, while its crisp, lager quality made this a great thirst-quenching alternative to its hop-forward peers. Very good.

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