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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4795) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a dark reddish brown - a solidly made dunkel - roasted nuts, toffee, and dark bread throughout, with balancing a acidity, mild bitterness, and an earthy, leafy character - full, creamy texture - crusty pumpernickel finish - solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2002
Dark, walnut-colored brew with large stable off-white head. Nose caramel, roasted grain, and a bit of baked apples. I didn’t find the flavor as "balanced" as some of you; seems heavily malty without a lot of hops either in the front or back; but I’m more of a malt-man and don’t mind. "German" richness and sweetness very evident, somewhat bock-like, with a warming finish. Good effort from this above-average cheesehead brewery!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Bottle. Aroma hinted at the malt and carmel blast that was about to churn out. It is very much a malty beer. Some bitterness as well. Certainly not the best beer, but a very drinkable German-style brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4376) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Not bad, but not as full bodied as some Czech examples. Aroma has some nuts and roasted malt. Flavor is malty as well, with lightly roasted grain and a dry finish. It is very drinkable. It could use more body but otherwise good. More of a Vienna than a dunkel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
Poured a clear deep amber with a small beige head. Sweet thick malty aroma with dark fruits. Semi-sweet malt with light fruit and mild chocolate notes. Light to medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4299) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Good malty aroma, grainy with molasses. Astringent, earthy and leathery -- dry with coffee bitter and dark roast. The color of dark tea or cola after the ice melts a bit. Good body, astringent finish. Enjoyable -- a mature brew for the big boys. I'm speculating about the potential of this with a nice blackened beef dish or chops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
A good enjoyable Dunkel and I would have rated it higher had it had more umph to it. It poured a small sized tan head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles. The body was carbonated and clear with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was moderately malty and also had notes of caramel to it. The flavor was malty, and sweet with a smooth, somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. The lacing was fair.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2008
Dark brown with caramel and nutty aroma. Mild caramel and sweet malts with a semi-dry finish. Decently balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2005
2004 or 2005 bottle big thanks to Robertsreality, this was awesome! Light caramel/muted-nut-brown with some light oak tones on the edges. Light beige/dark-eggshell head recedes fairly rapidly to ring. Only lightly filtered. Rich 2-row and munich malt aroma is immediately perceived. Dark, rich, soily black earth, with some light vinous notes. Flavor has a fantastic amount of malt. Caramel, brown bread dough. Rich dark sugar and caramelized honey. Rich English toffee. But through all of the richness, it is horribly drinkable! Lightly yeasty, dry earthy notes on end. Low hops bitterness and flavor. Natural mouthfeel with low carbonation, very aerated texture. I could definitely stand to drink this as my session beer day in and day out. Bits of berry skins linger with some leafy, foresty hops flavor.


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