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Alchemist Dunkler Stern

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Formerly brewed at The Alchemist
Style: Schwarzbier
Waterbury, Vermont USA


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A delicious dark ale inspired by the schwartzbiers of Germany.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
In short: A rich and complex black lager. Wow!
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Near black body topped by a long-lasting small beige head leaving good lacings
In long: The pleasant nose is both roasted and fruity with an overall freshly baked fruity cake sensation. Taste blends fruit cake, roastiness, burnt bananas, chocolate cake, pineapples. All that perfectly balanced by citrusy and spicy hops with a light resinous touch. Something about the whole thing was more interesting the sum of its parts. This is both complex, rich and highly sessionnable. As I was sitting in this cool pub and drinking this excellent beer I felt so privileged and asked myself “Wow, hat did I do to deserve this?”. Then I answered “drive to The Alchemist and order a pint of Dunkler Stern”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2010
On tap at the Alchemist, Columbus Day weekend. Dark brown, just about black in color with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, dry chocolate, somewhat roasty. Taste: Nice, malty and smooth with caramel, dry roast. Medium bodied - malts linger nicely in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts and subtle caramel adorn this Schwarzbier’s soft mouthfeel, evolving into pumpernickel bread notes before meeting up with herbal, spicy hops in the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of foam protects the brown-hinged blackness.
-The pillowy natural carbonation and light sweetness make for a quenching mouthfeel.
-Raisins are hallucinated.
-This is an authentic and balanced pint of Schwarzbier throughout. John can brew them all, apparently!

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Draft at the brewpub - Poured a dark brown/black in color with a small tan head that faded to a thin rim round the top of the beer. Aroma is of roasted malts, some chocolate and plenty of spicy hops. Flavor was nicely hoppy with a very good underlying maltiness that spoke of the more darkly roasted malts and had a nice nutty undertone. Some hints chocolate and dark fruit. Finish was hoppy, medium bitter and lingering. Really good...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Enjoyed a pint of this one at the brewpub in Waterbury, VT. Not a true schwarzbier in the fact that this beer is an ale, not a lager, but a well done, tasty, dark ale. Pours to a deep brown to black color, with a slight, tan head that fades, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting, with some good aromas of dark chocolate, and hints of light roast. The palate is firm with good dark chocolate, light caramel, and nutty flavor. This beer finishes with more good dark chocolate, light roasty, and nutty flavor, then ends with enough hop bitterness to balance. Well done, polished dark ale. Stylistically, I would have liked this one to be a lager, but I find it to be an excellent tribute to schwarzbier, and a very enjoyable pint of beer. Would work well with a number of dishes on the Alchemist menu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4830) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2004
12 oz at the brewpub. This was fresh on the line, hadn’t even been named or given a description yet, so I apologize...but no matter, as this is a phenomenal example of a style that’s not one of my favorites, good enough that it might convert me. Opaque unfiltered black walnut, small rough tan head with a thick lacing residue. Malty and slightly tarry nose is notable but not mindbending; but the hugely flavorful caramel, baker’s chocolat, licorice, oregano and pepper qualities that overpower the tongue are. Later on, the bitter chocolate turns milk, the body luscious, with a meandering streak of bitterness through the chocolate truffles...sensational; I will return, I will not forget you.

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