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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagerman99 (66) - USA - DEC 6, 2001
This is pretty remarkable stuf - it has a small taste, but small and crisp and clean with decent dark malts pleasantly accented. Hints of cherry and vanilla. I like!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodfella (60) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2005
Boltled- poured into frosty glass. Light to no head. Dark brownish in color. Oddly Smooth taste for a dark beer. Personaly, I’m not a big fan of dark beers but this beer was a quite enjoyable drink. Not too strong in hops, with a slight chocolate coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
A good pizza beer. By itself, to one-dimensional for my taste. If you like Newcastle, and want to feel like you are branching out, try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonhall (57) - - JUL 2, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 Very dark with an earthy taste. Our original garden brau according to label. A lager not an ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2003
Thick long lasting foamy tan head with same color lace all the way down. Dark brown coca cola color.Tiny bubble carbonation. Smell of chocolate, yeast and banana. Moderate hop bitterness, chocolate, banana, semi sweet flavor. Alcohol presence unmistakable. Slight bitter aftertaste. Heavy and semi thick. Quite a different experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Pours copper color with thick slightly rocky head, smooth small-celled lacing. Smells of toasted hops and caramel. Velvety smooth, if a bit light in flavor. Caramel and malty notes appear as the beer warms in my glass. The head, though now thin, has lingered until the last drop. Moderately priced and supremely drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
12oz. aroma is a clean sweet almost peaty malt. taste is above average with no off flavors and nice malt/hop balance. this one goes down fast with not much aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rogsiu (42) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Not much aroma to speak of, just some caramel malt. Taste is mostly malt as well. Some caramel and maybe a touch of coffee. It is a smooth drinker, just not very much going on. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Dark, meaty brown head, smells like a whole lot of dark malts. Flavor is chocolate and caramel that’s well balanced by the hops. not the cleanest finish, but everything else about this beer is excellent.

   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.

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