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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Hard Ball Dark is a Münchner Dunkel style lager. It is made with kilned Munich and Carafa malts and Hallertau hops. Hard Ball won the 1999 silver medal for European-Style Darks/Münchner Dunkels at the Great American Beer Festival.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Tap @ Amerisports KC. Pours a hazy dark orangish brown appearance with a light brown head. Caramel, nutty, mild toffee aroma. Toasted malty, caramel, a bit watery, nutty flavor. Bleh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (1984) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2013
On tap at Amerisports Brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with white head. Roasty, coffee, chocolate flavors. The best beer that I tried at Amerisports.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Dark brown with a creamy off white head. Faint malty aroma. Creamy palate. Light chocolate bread taste with a slight burnt coffee finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Growler courtesy of secret santa. Pours dark brown with a lingering, tan to light brown head. Smells of chocolate, sage, earthy, spicy, some tea. Tastes of caramel, a touch of prunes, raisins, figs, some orangey hints, some chocolatey hints, peppery. Complex mouthfeel. Enjoyable and full bodied; almost doppelbock like.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RobertDale (3300) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Sampler at the brewpub. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar. Pleasant. Thought their lighter beers better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2009
growler - thanks bvc!! cola brown with mild roast, tobacco and chocolate; thin, clean and crisp; dry finish with chocolate and mild roast; not a lot going on, but very solid and drinkable; something quite fresh and tasty about it too

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Growler. Thanks, Theisti and BVC! Pours mahogany to black. Dark ruby highlights and a thin grayish filmy rim. Nice big dark roasty smoky and salty nose. Creamy medium body with very pleasant medium carb. Smoky, earthy, slightly salty mid-palate. Long earthy finish. This is a very forward, aggressive dunkel, you might say Americanized, with plenty of carb, flavor, and aroma. Drinks very easily and has copious amounts of flavor for 4.5%. Kind of glad I wasn’t prejudiced by walking into a casino and trying this; it’s much better than I might have been inclined to think in such a setting.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Pour is ever so slight haze deep brown with a nicely formed 2 inch khaki head. As it warms slightly, gets clear and shiny. Nice in the glass. Aroma was faint initially, though the beer was served crazy cold. As it finally warmed, some nice roast and nuttiness came through. Really clean and fresh. Taste is a perfect mix of malt roastiness and mildly sweet nuttiness. Not terribly complex, but really clean and tasty. Palate is thin to medium, medium carbonation and a clean slightly roasty bitter finish. Nice lingering roastiness. This was super drinkable. Nice surprise on this one.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Poured dark brown with an odd aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 20, 2009
Sampler then pint @ the brewpub, listed as a Schwarz. Clear dark brown color, looks almost black. Lots of of butter on the nose (diacetyl). Taste fortunately is much better. Is very stout like with a lot of roast and coffee. The light butter works great with the other aspects, adding a candy-toffee-like aspect. Finishes very ashy.


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