jonas (5983) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Subtle toffee and aromatic hop aroma.
Crimsom coloring and a creamy tanned head.
Honeyish malt, roasted chocolaty notes blanketaed with a herbal and flowery hop profile.
Medium to light body, sparkly mouthfeel.
Nice, must be really good fresh.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep russet color. Nice off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity, malty, toffee. Hints of hops in aroma. Body is medium, smooth mouthfeel. Taste is malty, good carbonation levels. Hops are peppery, not overdone, but present. Very pleasant beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Anam Cara. I’m not well versed in this style, but from what I’ve had this is a solid version. Light toffee and smokiness in the aroma. Medium body, velvety head and smoothness; quite a bit of chocolate milk in the flavor, firm malts, dry finish.
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle (I presume). I was reading style guidelines and usual characteristics of dunkels before trying this (having not had too many of the style). It surprised me how well this seemed to fit the style; almost exactly. Medium brown color, nice and cloudy from the bottle conditioning. Some light auburns and dull copper tones in there as well. Head was small and mostly fleeting but present: a light beige color. Aroma has toffee, sweet nuttiness and hints of caramel and yeast. Little hops in the aroma. Flavor is wonderful. Starts out with a big caramel malt mixed in with the lager yeast that is lightly pungent, and adds great complexity without getting dominant. Hops surprisingly do make an appearance, probably from the freshness of this beer; they are lightly spicy and a bit astringent. The chocolate characteristics present are more of a rich milky/caramelly chocolate, not much cocoa at all. The body is medium and the palate has a bit of a zip to it (could be a bit more smooth, but that’s a bottle conditioned lager, I guess). Wonderful beer, this brewery is outstanding. It could use a bit less hops though.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle, purchased (I think) at Discount in Milwaukee, July 1. Dark, clear maple color, dying off-white fluffy head. Caramel and rye in the aroma, light spiciness and yeast. Much sweetness at the front of the body, very very smooth like the Hell, perhaps some hints of licorice, gin and baked pears. Wants to be drunk quickly, and I’m having to resist. Has almost a thin malted-milk texture, it is so smooth and drinkable. Hops just barely extant. A terrific example of the style, as was the Hell a couple of nights ago. This is a brewery that needs to be better known!
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Amber hue with fading off-white fizzy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of caramel malting, pumpernickel bread, smoked sausage, light spice, earthy yeast esters. The taste starts lightly fruity and spicy (juniper berry, prune, and pear) with a moderate caramel sweetness to follow. Some light bitterness and smoky qualities on the finish. The feel is lively and crisp initially then bready on the finish. Overall it is good, but still lack some punch. Quaffable and worth trying.
rajendra82 (970) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color at medium orange amber seemed a bit too light for a dunkel. The pour indicated a medium carbonation level that formed a one-finger thick short lived fizzy head. The smell was bready sweet malt and earthy yeast with some light hop aroma. The smell reminded me a lot of the English Ales I had been drinking lately. The taste indicated a main flavor reminiscent of sourdough bread and some fruitiness in the form of apples and pears. The hop bitterness was quite restrained. There was also a bit of a tangy citric sourness. The beer was very easy to drink, as there were no funky flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was nice and dense with a feeling of satisfaction after the 500 ml. bottle was drained. A solid simple hearty lager, that had nice session appeal.
egajdzis (5486) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish copper color with a large off white head. Sweet musty caramel, toffee, butterscotch aroma, which was also slightly spicy. Nice balance of malt and hops, nothing special there. Light carbonated mouthfeel, very slick. Roasted chocolate finish.
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Very malty aroma with lots of caramel and some chocolate. Pours a very hazy orangish-brown with a minimal head. Some sediment. Initial taste is sweet with lots of caramel and then finishes a little bitter. Leaves a smokey aftertaste. As the beer warms a chocolate flavor starts to come thru.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! I was surprised by this one. There must be some Chimay yeast in there. The aroma was captivating, full of vinous and roasted scents. It poured like a dubbel, thick and with a minimal, but lasting head, and a reddish brown bottle color. The taste is like a caramel sundae, with a huge malt profile, and little hop presence. The sweetness and thickness left a round taste on the tongue. There really is nothing negative I can say. If this were a little more over the top (higher gravity, stronger spices) i don’t think it could retain its charm. I like where it sits, as a great spring/fall substitute for a belgian strong ale. (I know this isn't how it is positioned - therein lies my surprise)