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

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RATINGS: 987   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.
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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4062) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Very smooth and clean, proof that German dunkels aren’t meant to be as harsh as several American Dark Lagers are.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ludhaber (62) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
The aroma on this beer is weak. There is some perceptible malt but overall it is the one weak point in the beer. The beer is wonderful in the mouth. Light yet some malt sweetness. The balance is also observed in the taste which is well balanced between good caramel malt and fine noble hops.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (392) - Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Dark red amber, off white head. Raisin bread nose. Flavor is prune, bread crust, hint of roast and brown sugar, and faint red apple.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
This is an expertly brewed beer, shows what craftsmen the Germans are as they are restricted by the Reinheitsgebot. Nice thick head, dark reddish color, subtle malt sweetness, very smooth going down. If they could just break the law a wee, add a little bit more body, this would be near perfection.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Served in a tulip from the bottle. This one’s a very clear brown with ruby highlights and thick two inch slightly tan-tinted white head with fairly good persistence and little lacing. Immediate aroma is heavily dark chocolate, though this dissipates quickly as more toasty-sweet malt nose kicks in. A very light astringency lingers in the background, along with some of that chocolate. She’s very smooth on the palate, with no detectable hop flavor, and a medium bit of bitterness that’s most clear on the backend. Flavor is generally toast and chocolate, the bitterness mellowing out the sweetness and lingering a bit past the finish. Great brew.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
theOptimator (288) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Malty, prune, roasty aroma. Dark brown with a bit of orange. Crystal clear with a medium light tan head. Flavor is strong malty.... dark fruits, plum, raisin, prune..... chocolate and coffee, but not heavy. Even with all these normally strong flavors, this beer remains mellow and smooth, not heavy. You could easily enjoy this beer by the liter. Palate is medium body and crisp. Overall... this beer is marvelous. It defines the style as far as I am concerned. A must try.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiOmai (3) - Hawaii, USA - MAR 29, 2012 does not count
Crisp, refreshing, easy the drink. It's the best dark lager I've had so far ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2012
500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big brown bread, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and light herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big brown bread, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, roast, toffee, nuttiness, and earthy herbal spiciness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, chocolate, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic amount of pretty robust flavors; with great balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Dunkel Lager. I have never had this style before, but this is nicely robust and complex; and extremely easy to drink. Very clean for a lager as well. Such a delicious brew, if only it was more widely available.


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