slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent off-white head lasted average length over clear brown ale. Better than Heineken Lagar, but not by much. There are much more malts, of course, and the skunky taste is not present. The palate linger is still the same. Costs too much for a Heineken.
dbhenry (130) - El Paso, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bland malt taste with insufficient hops. Good color. Small head. It tastes somewhat watery. A mass produced beer with little attention to detail.
Jabah (177) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I prefer this over the regular Heineken lager, but I think it is mainly because I prefer dark beers. The flavor is more syrupy of course: caramely, malty, maybe a little bit more hops to offset the sweets. Pours an copper-medium brown color. Not heavy though like a lot of other dark beers. They don’t offer it at a lot of places, especially with the flood of micro-brews flooding the market lately, but if they ever say "Heineken", ask if they have Heineken Dark if you haven’t tried it yet. Worth the try for sure if you like the regular Heiny Lager.
ordybill (539) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is a much better beer than their "green meenie". it is very flavorful and is lightly carbonated. Not often seen in the states but worth a try.
mikske79 (1285) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - FEB 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
De geur en de kleur laten het ergste vermoeden, maar uiteindelijk valt de smaak goed mee. Gedronken in rillix
Florya (683) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark amber, large head. Aroma: caramel and bread. Palate: thin body, high carbonation.
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Special Dark: "wow...a Heineken CAN be drinkable. Not exactly earth shattering, but drinkable. I’m surprised. pours a pleasant brown/ruby, decent malty nose and flavor, if still a little light. as good or better than newcastle."
Blairgus (3033) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2 Oct 2014, bottle. copper, clear, some bubbles. nose is copper malt. thin body and moderately fizzy. toasted malt and sweet lager. decent.
Bulk_Carrier (2575) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark red color with a light transparency about it to allow light streams of carbonated bubbles rising. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess that dissipated within about a minute.
Lacing was stringy and smooth.
The smell had a fair toffee, light chocolate and a little bit of earthiness with a light apples.
The taste was mainly sweet and bready. The apples come back slightly.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still lending a decent smoothness about it too.
Overall, this was a pretty good Vienna Lager I could see myself having again.
justinz91 (21) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heineken Special Dark bottle poured into pint glass.The aroma is very light but has the smell of coffee with chocolate undertones. Very dark but beautiful appearance with lots of frothy head. Tastes like coffee and chocolate one of the better dark beers.
geologyguy (908) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty and slightly sweet, much better than normal heiny, actually a good beer smooth and malty