Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub, this was probably the best of the four beers I tried. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small white head. Couldn’t smell much, but there were some malty aromas. Tastes a bit malty as well, with some slight cherry as well. Not a great beer, but probably will be one of the best they have on tap.
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(On tap) Beautiful, deep mahogany with a reddish glow and a small, off-white head. Slightly impure nose with some burned malt. Medium body with lots of burned malt and an ashy edge. Bitter, burned finish. Apparently the brewery intended a Münchener Dunkel but ended up with a Schwarzbier - or rather a Dry Stout. Oh well, shit happens. Still a decent brew though. 270306
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black Forrest is a Munich Dunkles or dark lager by style, and it is a very good one in my opinion. It has a slight roasty character that has it pushing into the Schwarzbier or black beer range, but I would still call this one a good dunkle. Crescent City Black Forrest pours to a beautiful, bright, deep brown color, with a creamy tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is quite malty, with good sweet and dark malt aromas, and light touches of roast. The palate is firm with more good malt character. Flavors of sweet malt, nutty and slight roasty flavors coat the tongue. The body is quite smooth, making this a very drinkable beer. Black Forrest finishes with more sweet malt flavors up front, then ends slightly malty and roasty.
This is a very well done example of Munich Dunkles in my opinion. This beer was the perfect match with a dozen raw oysters shucked fresh right in front of me at the bar. Oysters and stouts are naturals together, the sweet and salty/briny flavors of the oysters play off the dry and roasty flavors of the stout. Munich Dunkles makes a nice replacement for stout, as the sweet and slightly roasty malt flavors worked exceptionally well with the succulent salty/briny ice cold raw oysters. If you ever find yourself in New Orleans, give the Crescent City Brew House a try. Their beers range from average to excellent. At the very least you will get some fantastic oysters on the half shell, and a very well done dunkle to chase them down.
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Rich and malty? not quite - one of the most bland dunkels I’ve ever experienced - it kind of tastes like someone twisted a clove into a glass of water and added a shake of cocoa.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Watery and flavorless. Which builds on its total lack of aroma. To be fair there was some very mild roasted malt flavors, but it was so watery it tasted like drinking a decent beer...underwater.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Brewery during a Jazz Fest weekend. Dark mahogany color with a laced brown head. The chocolate and malts made for a nice full flavor but not too thick. The malty aftertaste was balanced and enjoyable.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color with ruby highlights and a small off-white head. Chocolate and nutty aroma with a flavor of roastedmalt and chocolate.
Aurelius (4027) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rootbeer brown. Creamy crosote, sweetish with a hazelnut and chocolate trail. Nice weight for New Orleans. Long roast bitter finish. Some sulphur in the backwash.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft... Clear, mahogany lager with a large, frothy, off-white head. Good retention and ink-blot lacing. The nose is fairly nondescript, but holds some very light notes of chocolate. The flavor is well-bittered. Astringent with lively carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish. Leaves the mouth bone-dry.
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a good beer, but it gets a slightly lower ranking because I don’t think it quite fits the style of a true dunkel. It is not over hopped, a good thing, but the use of chacolate malt is a little over powering for this style. Solid beer, good for drinking at the end of a meal, dry enough for oysters, but solid beer.