Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 964   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Dark chocolate in color, you can see a wonderful reflection if you hold it up to the light. It is round and soft with the warm, sweet aroma of freshly roasted malted barley. A satisfying, malty taste, with coffee-ish tones and a hint of plummy fruitiness in the finish. Complex and beautifully balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Dark ruby color with a big beige head. Malt aroma. Flavor of malt, nuts and caramel. Slightly bitter and dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5622) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2003
Dark and bitter colormaltaromas topped of with a bit of bitterhop. Dark golden amber, big soapy head. Balanced towards the bitter. Tinkles on the tounge. A bit lightbodied. Fine sweet and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Nice head. Couldn't see the color in my earthenware stein. Earthy malt aroma. Nice malt taste with just a hint of hops at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 28, 2003
this was a real cool brew. This has characteristics of the clebrator in the malt presence. Aroma was that of mixed vegtables-palate was smooth with subtle spice notes. Probably the best dunkel i have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Poured a clear reddish amber with a beige head (good retention). Strong malt aroma with hints of toffee. Lots of malt in the flavor with a light sweetness. Carmelized toffee aftertaste with light hop bitterness. Dry, medium mouthfeel. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6559) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 17, 2003
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2003
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.

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