Mackeon (39) - - DEC 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very fine offering from the ancient Göller brewery. As may be expected this is a dark beer, though not nearly as dark as Schwarzbier or stout. Strong-tasting of lightly roasted malts, a tad sweet, with good carbonation and darkish rather solid froth all make this an excellent representative of this Franconian classic. The label is the usual mixture of fonts (declaring among others that this is a ’rustic beer pleasure’), a picture of an ancient building, perhaps even the brewery, with some hops loosely draped around it, the 16th century gable stone from the old ’zur Alten Freyung’ - the original name of the beermaker, and, as a sort of afterthought, the silver medal this beer won at the European Beer Star competittion in 2008 is shoved on from the right on the label on my bottle: there’s a lot going on there, that’s for sure.
mjs (4001) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.5 l, at One Pint Pub, 20130720) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was small, sparse and white. Aroma had caramell, toasted malts and grass. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, molasses, toasted malts, grass and bitterness. Afteraste had roasted malts and bitterness. A bit too burnt for a dunkel that I would prefer. Clean and flawless.
strafefire (8) - - APR 17, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Continuing on my love affair of all beers German, tonight I find myself enjoying my first representation of the Dunkel family in the Goller Dunkel offering.
As has been established, I seem to be a fan of all beers black, with schwarzbier becoming almost a personal obsession as of late. So, can the oft-mentioned dunkel hold up to the roasty magnificence of the schwarz? Time to find out...
In cracking the now familiar (and beautiful) swing top bottle, I find an incredibly subdued aroma profile, pouring it into my Kostritzer latte tall boy does not seem to offer much of an improvement on the offerings to the Honker. What fragreence I can discern are hints of caramel, alcohol and possibly a very faint roast coffee to burnt wood, which on second smelling offers a more palette whetting bready yeastiness, things are looking up already.
In terms of appearance, Goller most certainly lives up to the dunkel style, pouring a deep brown to mahogany body, crowned by a authoritative off white head which settles to a wafer layer of foam. I suspect that the glass may still have traces of detergent which may have torpedoed the otherwise magnificent head. On holding up to a light source, Goller throws a deep burnt amber hue with some hazing, positively beautiful.
Now the taste, and my goodness what a taste it is. The initial sip releases a wonderful rich pallette of burnt sugar, toffee, dark bread and a very subtle piney note. This beautiful malty sweetness grows into a more molasses / digestive biscuit type affair and builds in perfect balance with the increasing choppy bitterness which, while most certainly pleasant, does not overpower the malt base. Finally there is a long, rich bittersweet finish which is immensely satisfying, although it would not be the best hints on a scorching hot day (winter time? My god yes!)
Finally in terms of mouth feel, Goller dunkel has what I can only describe as a voluptuous, rich body. You certainly know you are drinking a lager style which is a far cry from mass market pisswater that’s for certain! This rich, satisfying texture is lifted with a medium, almost rocky carbonation which really brings this beer a spark of life in the mouth.
Overall? Seeing as I am an enormous fan of rich, dark, malty and satisfying beers, Goller dunkel is how I would describe liquid bread. Rich, beautiful artisan liquid bread. It may not have knocked schwarzbier off my mantle, and I would not necessarily chug it on a hot summers day, but for a superbly delicious treat or winter swigger, Goller Dunkel has found an extremely happy customer here.
As always, happy supping!
MichaelBruch (2201) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - APR 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flasche mit McTapps gemeinsam verköstigt und für durchaus gut befunden. Ein bisschen Röstaromen mit einem malzigen, süffigen Ende ruhen dieses durchaus simple, aber schmackhafte Bierchen ab. Wenig Bitterkeit, viel Duft und einiges an Geschmack.
McTapps (2333) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - APR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear dark brown with light red hints in colour with low head and medium body. Nose of malt. Taste of brown bread, nuts, malt, toffee, burntcaramel and cloves. Unfortunately there is a light smokey finish, what I clearly dislike. Otherwise it is easy to drink and really tasty.
Blasphemer (102) - Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
15.10.12(Flasche): dunkelbraun mit cremefarbenen recht festen Schaum. Leicht schokoladig und etwas röstig. Sehr angenehm. Der Geschmack ist ähnlich wie das Aroma, nur schwächer. Im Abgang kommt eine sehr angenehme aber recht starke Bittere. Leider recht wenig Co2 aber gute Vollmundigkeit. Alles in allem ein sehr gutes Dunkles.
Borresteijn (4144) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl Bottle, thanks bierkoning! Clear dark brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, burnt caramel, cocoa, raisins. Flavour is likewise, with a nice chocolate touch. Sweet, but also dry. Light-bodied. Decent stuff.
Idiosynkrasie (2757) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Clear dark copper to brown colour with average, firm, frothy to creamy, moderately lacing, white head. Minimally grainy, moderately roasty dark malty aroma. Taste is slightly sweet dark malty, later with intensening grainy notes, minimally grassy hoppy overtomes.
kevnic2008 (6624) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The head is ok. It smells roasty a bit bitter-sweet. The taste is roasty, malty, a bit sweet. In the aftertaste strong roasty-sweet.
Rasmus40 (8909) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, grainy and nutty. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 210712