jbuskirk (496) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
While not the most full-bodied beer I’ve had, Ayinger’s Dunkel proved to be very complex and satisfying. With flavors of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and subtle nuttiness, its profile is unusual but very nicely balanced. I also liked the sweet malt smell and just-right level of carbonation. For a beer with 5% ABV, Altbairisch Dunkel offers a lot of flavor and refreshment.
HuskerTan (596) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A- Malty, sweet, slightly fruity.
A- Dark amber color, clear liquid, thin head.
T- Malty, slightly roasty, slight fruits, slighly sweet, chocolate.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish.
O- Not bad, but less than I was expecting. Ayinger produces some good beers but not have been near as rich or complex as I have hoped for. Seemed yet again to be a good beer that is a little watery.
SamP01 (595) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rusty brown with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is sweet mildly roasted malt and grains, some notes of dark plum fruit, light raisin, light bitterness. Palate is a mild crisp mouth feel and carbonation and a medium body. Finish mild roasted dark malt and grains, some caramel, dark fruit plums, ends with mild roasted dark malt and light bitterness. Goes down smooth and easy. A very good and tasty brew.
deyholla (7157) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at McNellie’s. Pours a clear deep amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of bread and grain with a a touch of toffee underlying. Flavor has lots of sweet bread and grain with a bit of toffee and a touch of dark fruits.
Zymurgeist2 (1135) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich malt aroma. Clear mahogany with a very light tan head that lingers. Taste is rich with malt and chocolate. Some slight dark fruit is a nice addition.
Darkmagus82 (1856) - - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a one finger head just off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of caramel and brown sugar with a bit of a roasted malt aroma. Some light chocolate smells as well as some molasses and plum are there as well. Overall the aroma is rather sweet.
Taste – The taste begins with a lightly roasted and toasted bready flavor with some sweeter notes of a fruity nature with some plum and cherry. As the taste advances, a caramel and molasses sweetness joins the flavor all while some flavors of a light coffee and chocolate come to the tongue. Some more grainy flavors as well as some more roasted flavors come to the tongue after the cocoa and coffee. At the same time, a bit of an earthy and herbal hop come to the tongue, and in the end, mix with the sweeter and roasted flavors nicely to leave a smooth, lightly toasted, and sweeter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The average carbonation and body are rather a nice bled for the darker but yet very drinkable nature of the brew.
Overall – For a dunkel lager this is on the slightly sweeter side, but very drinkable and quite enjoyable. A rather good easy drinking darker lager.
MartzMimic (84) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at McNellie’s OKC. Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. Good lacing that cascades down the glass. Smells of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste follows the nose, along with a bit of toasted grain. Medium mouth that’s very smooth. Quite a drinkable dunkel.
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
16.9 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby undertones. A medium sized tan head settles into a quarter inch thick with faint lacing.
Smell is of dark roasted malt, mocha, caramel, toffee.
Taste is heavy on roasted malt up front with notes of toffee and chocolate in the middle and then finishing with mocha and a faint amount of hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.
Overall, a great dunkel, Ayinger never disappoints.
GoufCustom (907) - HONG KONG - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.
Looks: Clear deep amber brown colour; One finger head and light-beige foam which lasts for 1 minute; Very good sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Sweet roasted dark malt, with very fragrant strong caramel, light sticky toffee, sugar, light cream, light coffee, and faint lemony grass hops.
Taste: Close to light sweet dark malt, with pretty strong roastyness, light nuts, strong caramel, shades of toffee, very light black coffee, light dark chocolate, molasses notes, Cola, light lemon, bitter hops and very sharp grass.
Body: Light. Thin and slightly slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Dark malt in light body with strong roastyness, but nuttiness is light. Fairly low sweetness, molasses is only notes. Light touch but notable toffee, black coffee and chocolate. Pretty reserved in the malt but hoppy and confident. Yes!
Hoppiness: Faint lemon and grass nose. Expressive lemon and sharp grass in taste. Moderate bitterness to macth the dark roastyness for a quite astringent and malty finish.
After Taste: Quite dry; Roasty and light bitter to mouth.
Comments: This is pretty much my ideal Dunkel should taste like - potent roasty dark malt, nice caramel nose, very low sweetness, driven by good bitter hoppiness and good light touch of coffee, caramel and toffee palate. As a Dunkel, this seems reserved but in a nice way. Smart and very relaxing, I’m glad I picked this for the evening. : )
BadAprilia1000 (295) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a thick head that hangs around. Aroma is huge malt, almost molasses, some caramel, very roasty, and a sweet plum finish. Taste is rich roasty malt, thick molasses, caramel, almost a coffee roast note that is slightly bitter, and a much weaker plum finish than the aroma. Texture is smooth and creamy yet light and drinkable. Fantastic beer, should have grabbed more than one.