SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/25/03, draft, Munich. I had the privilege of sampling this one at the lovely little restaurant/biergarten attached to the Ayinger brewery. This arrived at the table clear and garnet-brown with a large, off-white head. The aroma was of sweet, dark roasted malts, molasses cookie and cardamom hops. Sweet malty flavor, rich and mellow. Deliscious dark beer with coffee notes and a lingering bittersweet finish. Smooth, round mouthfeel and great lacing from the top to the bottom of the glass.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Rerate: 5-11-2005. Bottle, lager glass. Thick, rich and creamy off-white head sits on a robust light maroon hued beer that tends to a dark amber where the glass thins. Effervescent carbonation replenishes the head. An absolute looker, wow. Immensely rich malt aroma: cookies, treacle, toasted dark bread, molasses and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Ever so soft floral hops. Intriguing hints of strap leather. Delicate notes of dark raisins, port, tobacco, vanilla and honey. Wonderfully complex from what is assuredly a simple malt bill and a clean yeast. Clean and firm malt sweetness is offset by a very light acidic tang the the front of the mouth. Finishes much the same with the addition of a soft floral hoppiness. There’s quite a nice transition of aromas to flavor—not much is left out. Perhaps a bit less sweet than the aroma indicates. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel is of moderate substance and is accompanied by a well-suited, lively carbonation. Amazing how such a malt-focused beer can come across so drinkable and non-cloying without being watery. Fantastic. Wow, I used to be a beer idjit.
Confirms my belief that I’m just not a huge fan of lagers. Very rich malt profile; lighter than the color would make you believe. Funny aftertaste dries out the mouth. Rerate 8/5/03: Great cookie / caramel malt profile, but not much else. Could do with a little more hops or some spices. My original rating stands.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of malt and grains, slight floral hops and grapefruit. Banana and clove with raisin smells with a nice dose of yeast. Average fizzy beige head that vanishes after a few minutes. Clear carmel red color. Acidic and sour flavors at first followed by a short acidic finish. Easy on the palate and semi watery but easy to drink. Soft carbonation with a slightly astringent finish. Overall a very straight forward dunkel with nice complexities. Refreshing and easy to drink even with the interesting aroma.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colour, and a fluffy head. sweet, malty aroma. as well as a fairly sweet taste. low bitterness.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faint nose of caramel, translucent brown. I thought it was on the thin side. Somewhat dry finish.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear copper. malty, cocoa-ish aroma. good bready, roasty malt flavours with some maply and chocolatey sweetness. good roasty bitter finish
hotstuff (4729) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Dunkel had a large tan head with fine-small bubbles. The body is reddish-brown and it has a caramel aroma to it. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. It had a hint of coffee in the taste. This was a decent Dunkel, but I have had better.
thedm (5355) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized bubbles and a carbonated semi-transparent brown body. It has a mild malt aroma appropriate for a Dunkel. This brew is a bit on the fizzy side for a Dunkel. Its flavor is a bit burnt or roasted caramel and this with some spicey notes.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly bitter aroma, for a relatevely 'weak' beer, has a hint of alcohol smell. Nice deep brown and copper colour, lacy head. The taste is slightly sweet with a buttery smooth aftertaste.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark red-brown colour, light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel. Flavour has some burnt caramel and chocolate, malts. Finishes bitter and slightly dry.