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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, with hints of ... purple...? Lots of nice foamy head that quickly settles to a nice thin film. Aroma is of dark toasted malts. Flavor is also of toasted malts, but has some hints carmel too. Pretty robust and interesting to start with but it seems to peter out at the end. They after taste is a bit watery, for lack of a better word. Shows a tiny bit of lacing (just a few patches here and there). Mouthfeel is very moderate and seems appropriate. A much better brew than I was expecting. It’s actually quite good except for that watery finish/after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3428) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Pours a deep reddish brown with a medium head. The aroma is coffee and caramel with some husky graininess. The flavor is excellent and complex. Notes of deep roastiness akin to coffee and toasted bread along with a herbal hoppiness that provides a nice bitter balance to the malt complexities of roast fruit and mild caramel. The finish is malty. A very elegant beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2010
(Bottle, Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with notes of caramel, dark bread, raisins and dried fruit. Malty, roasted taste with dark bread, raisins and caramel. Slightly grassy bitterness. Medium body, balanced sweetness. A decent dark lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GranvilleTim (1743) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Reddish0-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of toasty malt, Taste is toasted malt, little sweetness, quite watery. Soso beer, little lacing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
madvike (3010) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle - Pours clear mahogany with next to no head. Sharp and bitter on the nose, with alcohol, a candi sugar smell, and light malt. Feels syrupy sweet and unbalanced. Taste is sweet malt, sugary, with bitter malt, a touch of caramel, and some light toasted notes. Watery and thin in the mouth with a lot of carbonation, this one was pretty unpleasant all around. Did I get a bad bottle?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 16, 2010
Label said Capital Dark Lager, I’ll assume this is that beer unless I hear otherwise. Cola-like pour with a short off-white head and minimal lacing. Toasty malts and sugary sweetness along with some light spice. The flavor was nutty and toasted malts with a touch of sweetness. Thin body with lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dutchbeerpages (1685) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2010
Some confusion about what beer this actually is. Says Capital Dark on the label. Well, let’s hope it’s this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Clear coloa color/ fleeting tan head. Mild nutty, brown malt, cocoa aromas. light body. Chocolate malt, dark bread, coffee flavors, a bit thin...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
twindadplus2 (619) - 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.

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