fishonmyplane (494) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark red color. The flavor is malty, but seems a little tame for such a dark, german beer (but then again, I did just drink some Spaten Optimator not too long ago). A hint of chocolate flavor. Not much hop presence. Not especially smooth either. Overall it's ok but just not a beer I can really get excited about.
MaBeer1972 (1390) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 Very dark ruby-brown, almost black in color. Flavor is nice and roasty, but slightly sweet. I think this bottle may be a little off, as there's a slight metallic taste, resulting in the deductions on flavor and palate. Would like to try a (fresher) bottle again soon.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was overly plain as far as I am concerned. Something I would not seek out but something I would not pass up either.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice very dark red color,small tan head,malty,coffeeish aroma slight hint of hops,very slight nice malty flavor dark chocolate,coffee slight bitterness that fades to a malty,coffee after taste that is pretty decent.A very likeable brew and worth trying again.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep deep brown with hints of deep red. Malt aroma. Good head. Pleasant malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. I didn't notice the hops much.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark reddish brown color with a quickly diminishing cream colored head. Slightly roasted aroma of malt.
Primarily roasted flavor offset by mild hops. Overall, fairly well balanced with a somewhat thin/watery
body and a dry roasted finish with some bitterness.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has a nice malty taste with a maroonish color. The slightly roasted tinges were also nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish-brown body topped with a medium thick head with good lace. Malty aroma with an oddly minty character and a touch of sweetness. Slightly smokey malt flavor with a touch of coffee/chocolate and a slight hop finish. Medium to full bodied and relatively smooth.
freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Tight, creamy Guiness-like head. Hop bitterness hits during initial taste, then dissipates quickly leaving a smoky malty swallow. Nice alchohol warming quality. A good example of a Dunkel.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a dark reddish brown color and a roasted smell. Taste is also roasted and finishes with moderate bitterness. Overall I did not like it too much, I seem to be steering away from the roasted flavor beers lately...