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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2005 Deep reddish mahogany, off-white head. Nose very malty, sweet caramel, bit of roast, some breadiness. Great maltiness in flavor, sweet caramel at first, finishes with a long pull of toffee. Loads of brown sugar as well, really nice. Some more bread and a bit of dark fruit, like a liquid muffin of dunkely joy. Creamy, rich, phenomenal palate. Capital, I like you.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
What a lovely, lovely pour. Dark caramel with a smallish light tan head that collapses down into a dense ring that sheets the glass with finely structured lace. The aroma is also lovely, it just screams munich, sweet and earthy dopplebock-esque caramel notes. Flavor-wise things hold together quite well, loads of caramel throughout. Unbaked whole-wheat dough, toffee, syrup, and some earthiness that grounds the whole cavalcade. The palate is outstanding. It is full soft and not at all syrupy. Not at all highly carbonated or prickly. Bitterness and acifity are almost non-existent. Wow a fantastic brew and one of the best that I have tried from Capital, which is high praise as their other beers are quite good. Now Playing: Pelican - Australiasia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Pours a mahogany brown with a creamy tan head and lots of effervesence. Nose is toffee and chocolate. Very creamy on the palate. Nicely balanced brew with hints of toffee, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. No bitterness noted. A pleasant brew that both looks and tastes good. Pairs well with pretzels or pastrami on rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Nice caramel color. Decent head. Good beer. Malty with a touch of chocolate. Clean aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2004
deep brown/ruby, clear, almost black, almost no head. light aroma, but dark malt and twizzlers in the nose. hits super-malty with some residual bitterness to counteract the sweetness. full body complexity but just a bit thin...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Beautiful, just really good stuff. Reddish chocolatey color, rich chocolatey toffee candy aroma. Enticing nose, couldn’t wait to drink it, and I didn’t. Rounded chocolate toffee caramel flavor, exceptionally smooth. Yea, the carbonation was a little low, but the amazing smoothness made up for it. You could almost think this was nitro’d, but of course it isn’t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5214) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Clear reddish-brown pour with a thin layer of well-retained off-white head. Subtle, yet constant carbonation bubbles rising througout the drink. Very fine aroma of roasted chocolate malt, bread, and caramel. Flavor was of nicely roasted malts (chocolate and caramel... with a lesser coffee presence), light alcohol, and some floral hops. Very smooth across the palate (no chalkiness or other hang-ups often found in darks).. and exceptionally easy-drinking. This would make a great session brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kickback98 (6) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 12 oz bottle from brewery’s shop. Deep dark red color; pleasant aroma. Taste is a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very nice version of a dunkel lager.

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