akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
the aroma is dominated by the smells of rich malt. there is a mix of vienna or munich type malts and then lots of weet toffee like aroma reminiscent of english ales. there are no hops in the nose at all. brilliant clarity and a tan head that lasts and lasts make this ruby liquid a delight to look at. if you like rich malt flavors this is the beer for you. there is a hint of toastiness in the malt and then a slight amount of bittering hops that keep the malt from getting too sweet. very well balanced. clean finish with a touch of roastiness nipping away at the end of the taste. the medium-full body with medium-light carbonation makes this a beer that is not heavy at all even though it is so malty rich. very smooth beer and very well balanced.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and roasty with butterscotch notes. The appearance is great. If this beer was a little more powerful and fullbodied it would be a world class beer.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like light dopplebock. Nice aroma. Sweeter than Kostritzer. Earthy and malty. Might even be good on a hot summer day. Smells and starts like a dopple bock but finishes like a pale ale. Very good but not great. Has an identity crisis.
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a treat to observe. a bit lacking in aroma. remarkably free of sweetness, the dominant flavours being a horseradish spiciness and caramelised soy sauce at the bottom of the wok. not out of this world but oh well
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah...like i have anything else better to do at 4 in the morning than drink beer??? This was another winner from Ayinger..coming to be a name to trust. The aroma begins with hints of malt, a whopping cherry-like sweetness, and a nice whiff of doughiness. It pours a fiery red color, fairly clear at that, with a nice row of carbonation, a moderately thick beige to tan colored head, and left a nice defree of lacing on the glass. The taste definitely attacks the back and sides of the tongue. The roasted malts linger and give way to a cranberry aftertaste, mildly acidic, and that eventually leads into a malt/fruit/plum mix in the final aftertaste. The aroma does grow in intensity now and then as i progress through this wonder...something grapevine-like, but pleasantly refreshing after a hard nights work. Good use of the little bubbles, and not overboard with the roasty afternotes (which FINALLY just started to kick in)..i’m really digging that fruit ending which gets stronger by the minute..a nice building surprise..definitely a winner.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2005 Clear ruby with brown streaks below a thin, tan head. Sweet, malty aroma of chocolate, nuts, caramel, cinnamon, toasted grains and brown sugar. Perhaps a bit of dried fruit as well. Very mild hop presence in the nose, edging in at the back of the class, trying to avoid making a scene. An average body--not too thick, but leaves the tongue wholly satisfied. The flavor profile does indeed continue to show that sweet, clean malts are the dominate force for this beer. From beggining and through the middle, it’s all malt. And just as you begin to think you’ll ride this out to the end, the subtle hop character comes out and gives the sweetness a touch of earthy, spicy bitterness with which to interact and experience. Ultimately, this is never going to blow your socks off, but it’s going to be a damn fine, pleasing beer, through and through.
January 12, 2003 Pours a light brown/ruby color with a light, quickly dissipating head. Toffee, caramel, bread, biscuits, cookie dough. A touch of yeast as well. Pleasant. I need to try some more dunkels to gain some experience. 6/3/8/4/14 = 3.5.
jgb9348 (4625) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, smell of fresh grapes. Acidic taste, but great flavour. Great all-around beer!
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, dark amber color with a big tan head that lingers. It leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of malted barley. Very good malty flavor with a nice sweet fruity finish and no hop bitterness. This one is very smooth and highly drinkable.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not outstanding, less flavorful than an excellent dunkel should be. Subtle. Not overpowering in the slightest.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dry, chalky malty aroma. Very grainy taste with overtones of maple syrup and slight coffee. Very nice, but I don’t know if I’d call it complex, really, just a nice, well above average dunkel.