dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Clear ruby red colour with a brownish tinge. Slightly off-white medium-sized head. Malty, caramelly and chocolatey aroma with notes of toffee. Tastes somewhat roastmalty , caramelly and chocolatey. Finishes quite dry and with a lasting chocolatey bitterness. Rather full-bodied. A great dunkel. Thanks to joss for this treat.
rajendra82 (949) - 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.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straight ahead well made dunkel. Chill haze. A rare bottle conditioned lager. Very rounded and smooth. A lovely dark lager.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
it's mr. nikolausbier to me, the dunkel supposedly made without dark malts. it's cloudy and chaff-laden as any unfiltered hefe wiezen, a worn pecan golden orange pour with a variable camel colored head. one bottle one night had a vivacious head, the next bottle another night, the head slipped into a coma with a "do not resusitate" order. both concurred on an autumn leaf mulch aroma, though, fruited plains and amber waves of grain, toffee and woody tones. brisk carbonation and rather light bodied; wine sap earthy sweetness tries in an unconvincing way to mimic chocolate. hops whisper from the back row and are missed unless your tongue knows just where to look. so to speak.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper/ruby colored. Thin but persisten head and lace. Aroma of malt,spicy hops,peas and others. Malt and caramel on the palate, hallertauer’s are fantastic giving the beer a nice spicy/sharp kick. Light fruitiness (strawberry) shows itself up front. Texture is a tad watery but its not even a distraction. Damn fine dunkel!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool cloudy brown pour with a thin white head. Nose had caramel, chocolate and possibly citrus hops. Quite hoppy. The taste was quite enjoyable but a bit too sweet at the end. There was some white wine which worked well. The palate was very creamy and my favorite part of the beer.
skaughty (643) - 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)
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maltly smells featuring worstcheshire and caramel. Deep brown with a small foam cap. Smooth malty flavors with some umami presence. Very smooth with a clean semi-sweet finish.
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.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dirty brown with an off-whitehead. Aroma is yeasty and bready. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Spices, bread, fruit, and yeast on the tongue. Not a bad beer, but it really reminded of a loaf of bread.