Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a medium clear brown color beer with a small foamy off-white head with OK retention. Aroma of light roasted malt is a bit boring. Taste has a portion of banana malt, which is interesting, but it also hides some weird dry malt, which don’t match-up very well with the rest of the beer. Body is light and carbonation is about average. Not sure this is a beer I would seek again.
jgb9348 (4276) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper colour, almost no head-but what is-thin tan. Aroma of caramel, light malt and metal. Medium-bodied; Somewhat spicey taste with caramel and malt most prevalent. Overall, decent-better than I was expecting, a bit more than a 'palate cleanser'! I had this bottle at the Winter Party at Oakes' place in Toronto, Canada on 05-December-2003.
czar (3235) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours clear medium dark brown with a decent beige head, little retention. lots of caramel malts, roastiness, fruitiness, grassiness. light bananas, spices. clean, crisp. medium body, soft carbonation, clean but present grassy finish. nice dunkel!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Aroma of burnt toast, loads of candied malt, chestnut, red at the edges. Coca-cola like taste and feel, light bodied, sweet. Good.
Earlier Rating: 11/14/2003 Total Score: 3.4
Caramel, brown sugar aroma, copper with a small tan head. Crisp malt, hint of chocolate, pleasant nuttiness. Very well balanced, nicely bitter. Well done!
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber colour, small thin head. Slightly fruity aroma, but nothing too noticeable. Thin malty character, nicely balanced with a mild hoppy taste. Crisp. Was expecting nothing, so this was a nice surprise. Looking forward to trying the pilsner
GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle from OCB media package. When I originally rated this 4+ years ago, I knew S.F.A. about dunkels, so it deserved a re-rate. Pours a nice caramel-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, with notes of coffee and bread, and a grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel. Nutty malt flavour with hints of coffee and toffee, and a moderately hopped finish. A very good dunkel - especially when it’s fresh. I’m glad I’ve grown to appreciate this style much more than I used to!
ORIGINAL RATING (Nov/03): Reddish-orange colour that seems a bit on the light side for a "dark" lager. Mild aroma of caramel & malt, which carries through to the flavour. Body is crisp, and the finish is slightly bitter & hoppy. It’s OK, but definately not as good as the Pilsner. [5/2/6/3/10 - 2.6]
robinvboyer (2755) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at the beer bistro.
I like this beer, great dark color, nice big frothy beige head. nice nose of malt, caramel, and slight fruitiness. Flavour is again, maly and caramel. very nice beer.
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2007 Total Score: 3
on tap at C’est what beer festival, very similar to the normal King Dark, but a bit more bodied, and a tad more malty, all in all, a nice brew
GonZoBeeR (2751) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma:caramel and cooked vegetable...
Appearance:dark brown-amber,light head...
Flavor:light chocolate,light bitterness,light nutty....
GRM (2687) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown bottle, 341 ml, purchased at the LCBO, savoured March 19 2012; eye: ruby, clear, average effervescence, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, light nutty, dusty, grain; mouth: roasted malt, light nutty, dusty, finale in roasted malt with nutty presence, medium body, good carbonation, lightly harsh texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 341 ml, achetée à la LCBO, savourée le 19 mars 2012; œil : rubis, limpide, effervescence moyenne, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt rôti, léger noix, poussière, grain; bouche : malt rôti, léger noix, poussière, finale en malt rôti avec présence de noix, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : correct
probstblueribbon (2617) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 ml bottle in a 6-pack from LCBO, served cold in a Scotch Irish taster glass.
App.: Deep clear mahogany with a so-so tan head.
Aroma: Nutty dark malts, minimal fruitiness, slightly spicy with some stern brown sugar notes, dark bread crust, hints of caramel as it warms.
Palate: Medium body, moderate to full effervescence.
Flav.: Dark bready malts, nuttiness, some light molasses and some brown sugar notes, a little fruitier than the nose, a touch of licorice, quite nice; dry with a touch of bitterness and a mineral with slight malts finish.
Not mind-blowing, but competent.