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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Without a doubt the finest dark beer brewed in the United States. Styled after a traditional Munchener-Dunkel, Dark is a rich, delicious beer combined with excellent drinkability - a rare combination.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
twindadplus2 (629) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Clear dark brown with a big pillowy head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of yeast spice. Flavor is dark coffee malt with a fruity spiciness. Medium bodied with a nice herbal finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
megrut (9) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009 does not count
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a good head. Wonderful lacing. Aroma: The aroma really blossoms as it sits a couple minutes. Deep and malty, hints of raisin. Flavor: Very malt forward beer with subtle hop balance. Raisin and plum fruitiness balance a pleasant bitterness. Lingering finish. Mouthfeel: Clean, medium bodied beer. Goes down easy and before you know it, you’re ready for the next sip. We had the pleasure of meeting head brewer Kirby Nelson at Steve’s Liqours, where he was promoting some winter beers and offering tastings. He’s a fantastically nice fellow, and a Zappa fan (he names all their fermenters after Zappa songs - pics coming). Having studied with a German lager master, this beer definitely plays to Kirby’s strong points. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkurzynski (1791) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours dark brown/black with creamy head. Roasted malt aroma. Smooth, roasted flavor. Hops to match.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some caramel, earthy. Tastes of some fruit, spice, caramel, toffee, chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
A nice simple dark beer, though not a lot to it. Poured from the bottle to a dark chocolate brown with medium thick tan head that lasted to mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was a faint caramel toffee as was the flavor of this medium bodied. Finish was smooth and medium duration, but again left no distinguishing mark. Kind of just ho-hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3724) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Dark amber brown pour with offwhite head. Aroma of toffee, caramel. Kind of smells like a candy dish with a bit of smoke. Flavor is caramel and chocolate with a light dryness. Smooth mouthfeel with dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
12oz bottle. Filtered amber brown color with a small beige head. Medium bodied, some choco-toffee sweetness. Still has that macro aroma unfortunately. Some rich caramel tones as well. Certainly a step up from typical Capital swill, this one is actually flavorful and refreshing, as advertised...as for the finest dark beer in America, they must be out of their minds. No real hops to speak of besides the initial crispness. Nice and rich malt tones, that never get too sticky or overbearing. Lagered out and smooth, with solid specialty malt nuances.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (21273) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2009
Bottled ay Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Clear deep ruby, minimal head. Roasty bready nose with raisiny undertones. Mid-sry with clean mouthfeel and light-medium body. Behind a whiff of butterscotch some light salty bitterness comes out. A clean and sterile beer, very superficial.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12452) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours a darkish ruby with a large beige head. Aroma of mildly darkish caramel. Near medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is smooth roasted caramel with a little bit of raisin or plum. Seems a tad nutty. Finishes unbitter, but not excessively sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drowland (6831) - Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2009
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours dark clear brown with ruby hints. The aroma is sweet lager and fruits and the flavor is typical sweet flavors with slight roast. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a slight creaminess.

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