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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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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)


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
A reddish amber dunkel with a thin light moka head. In aroma, a nutty malt with light cinnamon notes, lightly meaty and musky. In mouth, a smooth grainy malt with fruity esters, not bad, but a bit light. Bottle at OBF Fringe Fest Belmont Station, July 30 2011.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Here we go again. Exceptionally balanced, bright, earthy, toasty and fresh, leaning to the dry side. Mineral-rich and toasty with firm malt body and tight carbonation. Subtle and quiet, it doesn’t come across as Americanized as the pils (which regardless is still amazing), rather it seems it could be right out of Bavaria, in fact for my tastes it’s a level above most dunkel I’ve had in Germany. Toasted grains, just-scorched crackers, bread crust, it’s this character throughout that’s exceptionally flavorful and, more importantly, perfectly balanced. Mild fruity esters compliment rather than detract, similar in nature to the Coastal vienna. Surprisingly high quality and delicious, though with Heater Allen I need to stop being surprised by their brilliance. Another night of endless Heater Allen consumption, the pils remains world-class and the dunkel just joined it. Dare I say best American-made dunkel ever? Dare I say one of the best dunkels in the world? Merry Christmas to me, think I’ll bring a case home.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Deep caramel pour, moderate to large foamy off-white head, fairly decent lacing.   Huge toasted malt nose, lots of nuttiness as well.   Big nuttiness on the tongue, dry, clean, but not a whole lot of caramel like malt.   Smells and tastes somewhat of a Brown Ale but without the Ale characteristics.   A little earthy on the backside.   Lingering toasted malts and nutiness.   Actually if I didn’t know better I would I might consider this a Brown Ale.   Tiz okay, but not what I thought of as a Dunkle.   Needs more caramel malt characterm.   Also a touch thin.   Sessionable for sure.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2010
22. Pours an opaque dark ebony with a dense, creamy tan head that falls away to virtually nothing. Leaves occasionally webby strings of lace. Big roasty, chocolatey nose with some brown sugar--not impy stout big, but huge for the style, the yeast, the abv, the mash bill, and so on. Creamy medium body, nearly as big as an ale. Roasty, chocolatey, brown sugary mid-palate. Mild brown bread finish. Very tasty and satisfying.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (5919) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a chestnut brown with an amber tinge and a small beige head. Aroma is very nutty, with some feint dried fruits. Flavour is quite nutty as well, with some subtle dark fruits, and some bready malts. Not sure why this is rated so high, as it’s fairly boring with a weak flavour palate. Drinkable, but generic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5787) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear dark chocolate color with a large off-white head. A sweet chocolaty nose, some cocoa and fruit. The flavor is mellow, caramel, some bitterness, toffee, smoke, big Munich malt. Very clean and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle... Poured deep amber with a khaki head. Caramel notes with a floral quality on the nose. Fizzy carbonation with bready malts and a floral bitterness oppose to toasted characters. Smooth and creamy in the finish with earthy spices and sugary tones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4035) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
650ml bottle pours brown in color with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is nutty with hints of caramel and chocolate with some roasted and earthy notes as well. Taste is a roasted nutty and earthy bitterness balanced nicely with a caramel and chocolate malty sweetness. Lighter bodied than expected but with decent carbonation. An easier drinking dunkel that is quite tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3285) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
10 ounce sample on tap at The Horse Brass in Portland, OR. Aroma is a bit fruity with berry notes before it takes on a little toasted and roasted character. Dark amber transparent body with a light tan head and fair lacing. Very nice, roasted, slightly burnt and chocolatey malts to start. This is relatively full-bodied and nicely roasted. Pretty good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2012
22 oz bottle. Clear copper brown with a pocked beige head. Nose is dough, raisin, nuts and, deep down, blackberry pie. Wow, this smells fantastic! Not quite medium body but i wouldn’t want it much heavier. Soft carb with a silky finish. Taste is subtle brown sugar, bitter almond and grass; cocoa powder and clove linger. Each sip is a dunkel revelation.


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