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.
slowrunner77 (5977) - 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. Iím surprised. pours a pleasant brown/ruby, decent malty nose and flavor, if still a little light. as good or better than newcastle."
Blairgus (2642) - 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.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, 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 fingerís 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 (706) - 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
rumproasts (2948) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. light brown with small head. not saying much, but itís much better than the regular heiney. light caramel malt.
obguthr (3917) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet pecan nose. Clear bronze, thick tan head, good lacing. Lightly sweet, unmalted grain and pecan. Clean finish. Surprisingly decent.
foyle (241) - Wyoming, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic glass.
Appearance: 1" off white head slowly recedes with mild lacing. Color is a reddish brown.
Aroma: mild aroma of molasses and whole wheat bread.
Mouthfeel: light and refreshing, somewhat creamy.
Flavor: chocolate, medium roasted barley, caramel, molasses with some grassy hop in the finish.
Overall: a very pleasant dark lager. Nicely done.
jb (2227) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Solid and drinkable, doesnít have the skunk thang going. An early intro into the fact that there was something behind fizzy yellow beer.
jbuskirk (453) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad if youíre in the mood for it. Thereís a hint of chocolate and toasted malt. Far from great, but better than I expected.