Shaney (2425) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Die Klosterbrauerei Ettal scheint mir ein ganz entspannter Ort zu sein, wenn man von deren Produkte auf die Lebensweise schließen darf!?? Ein wiederum sehr ausgewogenes Bier zwischen würzig-malzigen Röstaromen und feinherben Hopfen. Der Abgang ist einem Stout nicht unähnlich und auch hier ist das Bier trotz der verschiedensten Malztöne nicht klebrig süß. Ein absolut <sophisticated> Dunkel. Bitte mehr, werte Klosterbrüder!!
Test vom 18.11.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,12,12,13,10,12 - 12,05
puboflyons (2638) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 500 ml. bottle. The pour is a handsome looking dark mahogany brown to amber with a big blast of foamy, lacing head. The aroma is subtle all in all with a caramel malt note and sugar sweetness. The body is medium. The taste starts out with a sweet toffee-caramel flavor and then ends slightly on the bitter side. Easy to drink.
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Biggish beige head. Clear deep brown body. Earthy caramelly
aroma with chocolatey notes. Dry-sweet roasty earthy raisiny
taste with honey notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel.
Dryish earthy peppery honey aftertaste with bready caramelly
notes. Really nice. Drinkable and full of character; more
generous than most dunkels. (0.5l bottle, Absinth Depot Berlin.)
chinchill (3227) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
.5L vom fass (on tap) at Kloster Gasthof across the street from the monastery.
Clear deep orange-brown with a very creamy tan head. The wonderful head contributes to the creation of a superb mouthfeel of this very smooth, medium-bodied beer. Fine textured carbonation rises continuously and re-establishes some head and re-coats the lacing on the glass with every sip. The very appealing medium malt aroma is simple and clean, if a bit more subdued than i would prefer. Nonetheless, there is no shortage of rich malt flavor, and the sweetness is kept in balance by some otherwise subtle hopping.
O: Excellent dunkel and, unfortunately, much better than the version I have had as a bottled import in the US.
ROGUE (2152) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Poured a clear brownish bronze color with a small light tan head. Smell is all dark malts, with molasses and caramel. The flavor was matly with a spicy and lightly metallic bittering. Caramel malt and chocolate with a nutty and light biscuit flavor leads with a decent level of bitterness keeping things in check. The finish was dry and body was medium with a moderate carbonation.
RobertDale (4427) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml. bottle. Pours reddish brown with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, bread, caramel, and fruit. Taste is similar with a bit of chocolate. Very nice. Not too sweet.
kevnic2008 (9991) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear deep brown colour with a large beige head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Velvety smooth palate, lovely flavours of chocolate.
Mechphisto (18) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unfortunately I’m still getting over a small cold, so I’m not sure I can properly comment. I only got one bottle from my local shop, just to try it on a whim (having not looked it up before I bought it,) and found it to be enjoyable--so I’ll certainly buy it again and give it a better review.
Nice, dark, nearly opaque brownish-black appearance.
Had to pour kind of hard the last half of the bottle to get a good head on it, which didn’t last long and didn’t lace, but what was there was a nice tan color.
As for aroma and taste, I can’t guarantee my senses aren’t a little off, but I detected a slight sour smell, and something woody. Odd, maybe a chocolate plumb. Not at all unpleasant, and the slight sour note did not last long nor was too prominent.
Not too hoppy, either. I prefer a rich, roasted hop in a beer as dark as this, but that’s not the fault of the beer that it didn’t have it, just my expectations. It had a good mouthfeel. A little light, but no oily film feeling or back of the palate linger I usually seem to have when there’s a slight sourness.
No, this was a fine beer, and I could tell there’s a slightly richer complexity to it that I just was not in the best state to appreciate.
superspak (3615) - Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into pilsener glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, nuttiness, biscuit, molasses, raisin, prune, light chocolate, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, molasses, raisin, light chocolate, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toast, light chocolate, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robust flavors with great balance and very clean; no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Dunkel lager. Very nice balance and complexity of flavor; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very well done.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of clove and dark fruit. Pours iced tea brown with no head. Taste is light but nutty. Same fruits with a good roast.