Very few American breweries produce dunkels, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help set things right. This is the beer that made Munich famous. The challenge is getting the color right without using too much black malt, as this beer shouldn’t display that character. We use 90% Munich Malt in the grist, along with a small amount of Amber and Caramel Malt and less than 1% Carafa (a German Black Malt). The beer is dark brown/red in color, with both malt and subtle hop aromas. The beer shows strong and complex malt character, with a hint of milk chocolate. The hops take a back seat to the malt, and only keep things in balance. This beer is great with aged cheeses like cheddar and gouda, sauteed mushrooms, or braised meats and sausage. (1.014 BG, 5.25%, 24 IBU, 16 SRM)
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy JMFG. 22oz bottle. Very dark brown with amber hues and a small tan head. Light roast, cocoa, burnt caramel, brown sugar- very nice malt flavors. Light to light/medium body, moderate carbonation. Lightly bittersweet finish. Great session dunkel, would love to see this around here in 6ers.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally delicious. Typical pockmarked ecru head. Slight roast and milk chocolate nose, with fresh wet earth. Taste is totally traditional; a bit earthy and with an abundance of smooth, chocolate, milky tones. Delicious. A bit watery (again, though - to style). Lovely beer. Gone in 60 seconds. Thanks to the sender!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle pours dark mahogany with a smooth beige head. Malts up front stay sweet with caramel and dark fruit flavors. Lighter body, a bit watery towards the finish, but sessionable with and balanced.
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