ogivlado (6416) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
swing top bottle 500ml. -from Galeria Kaufhof Berlin am Alexanderplatz. Darker amber coloured, small to medium sized pale beige head, caramel and slight roasty nose. Mild roasted malt, caramel, light grainy and touch of chocolate with notes of herbs and sugar in the finish. Simple dunkel but quite good indeed.
Marko (4320) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Ogi! Wow, beautiful, really beautiful dark ruby red with a big, thick, somewhat lasting off white-beige head. Bready/grainy malty aroma, sweetish, mild dog food. Then the taste is better than expected, the graininess actually has a roasty overtone with notes of dark chocolate. Tiny light slightly metallic herbal hoppy note, but it’s hidden well enough and the maltiness is just beautiful at times, even if dog food shows again. Medium body, ok for the strength. They might not impress at pale lagers, but my first encounter with their dark beers is a very pleasant surprise.
sound67 (511) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maker: Privatbrauerei Gessner, Sonneberg-Malmerz, Germany
Beer: Alt-Sumbarcher Dunkel (bottled, 500ml)
Style: German "Dunkles"
Brown ale by a Thuringian brewery that dates back, allegedly, to 1622. Now the largest privately owned brewery in the state.
Colour: Dark mahogany, clear, huge beige head
Nose: Barley & roasted malts, wee bit of hops & brown sugar
Texture: Medium bodied, slightly oily, creamy
Taste: Roasted malts and toffee at first, bit of raisins, slightly sweetish. Floral hops enter towards the middle, balanced by coffee malt. No fruit remains. Dry now. Finish is more obviously bitter, with moderate coffee notes. Malty aftertaste of moderate length, some mildly sour elements at the end.
Impressions: Rather typical German "Dunkles", a bit stronger in the coffee notes department than some. Not too characterful, but not too flat either. Perfectly drinkable session brown ale.
Grumbo (881) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from biershop.com. Pours a deep brown colour with an off white head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, raisin and prune. Medium sweetness, with a light roasted bitterness. Body medium, texture is somewhat oily. Carbonation average. Has a sweet roasted finish.
blackisle (1224) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Swing-top bottle 50cl. (from gourmeo24.com). Clear amber brown color, medium creamy light tan head, recedes slowly, light lacing; sweet malty aroma, roasted, caramel, brown sugar, nutty notes, medium sweet, light bitter, nice roasty notes, bit chocolate; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste sweetbitter, roasty and spicy notes; nice and very drinkable dunkel.
Zita (5599) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
light Brown sugar aroma,brown, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, light body, oily feel, fizzy, nice light soft harmonic finish.
Hansen (7651) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark, dark amber and clear. Has an off-white head, lasting. Sweet aromatic aroma, caramel, toffee, toasted. Flavor starts sweet, more toasted notes, faint bitter finish.
Vighals (2040) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mørk rødbrun klar med lavt beige skum. Lett karamell, trevirke og kandissukker. Smaker søtt med lett bitterhet i avslutningen. Medium kullsyre.
Erzengel (5621) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rating from 2005. Schön malzig-süffiges Dunkel. Leicht süßlich, kaum Herbe feststellbar. Dennoch lecker. --> 12
gyllenbock (5898) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Galeria Kaufhof, Berlin, September 2014.
Brown with a medium head. Quite sweet with caramel, chocolate, dark malt, bread and some dried fruit. The body was medium. An ok one.