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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Brewed by Erik Harms of Dragon Mead and Bret Kuhnhenn. This is a special Lager made in December. Strong malty in flavor. This beer reawakens after 5 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Handed to me as we were leaving Kuhnhenn, they really loved that we came from NJ to visit them. Brought home and shared with my beer trip buddies/ Dark brown body with a tan head. Caramel with a dark fruit body, raisin, candi sugar, light vinous flavors big alcohol in the finish with a light woodiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9005) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy goyrshkewych. Gracias! Also, rating #700. Viscous reddish brown pour with no head. Very faint carbonation. Earthy and malty aroma with some caramel notes. Sweet caramel taste, slightly tart, with dark fruit notes. Not very complex, but still very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Hazy copper with a ruby hint. Sugar and molasses dominate the aroma. Rich enough, but even more syrupy than Samichlaus. Extremely sweet from start to finish and with the same salty notes that extreme dark lagers all seem to be unable to do without. Soy-like, rooty also. Meaty, filling finish. Very liquorous and concentrated, but feels like wort in the end. Cerealic and rough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2007
The bottle states "1996-2006", with no other hint of the vintage. Pours hazy mahogany, with barely a trace of any head that developed. Zero retention or lacework. Aromatics are a blast of caramelized sweet malt, fusel-like alcohol, and toffee. Warming on the nostrils, and finishes with lingering malt reduction and vanilla. The mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy, and chewy. Not enough carbonation to fend off the viscosity. The pallet is as promised by the nose. Plenty of sweet malt, caramelized sugars, and toffee syrup. The alcohol profile is a bit harsh and solvent-like. Hot on the throat, and warming to the point of stinging on the tongue. Finishes with a continual onslaught of malt extract, with plenty of sharp alcohol notes that cut through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured June 1 2007; eye: dirty brown, no effervescence, clear, no head; nose: soya sauce, caramelized malt, light hops; mouth: caramelized malt, soya, finale in caramelized malt, full body, velvety, not much carbonation, quite salty; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 1er juin 2007; oeil : brune sale, pas d’effervescence, claire, pas de mousse; nez : sauce soya, malt caramélisé, léger houblon; bouche : malt caramélisé, soya, finale en malt caramélisé, corsée, veloutée, peu carbonatée, assez salée; en résumé : pas mal bonne

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a small ring of beige lace. Aroma of caramel malt and alcohol vapors, this reeks of abundant residual sugar. The flavor is very sweet, way too sweet for my taste and it gets sticky in the mouth, the sweetness remins me of maple I feel like brushing my teeth after every sip, there is a caramel malt presence and alcohol but the sweetness takes control of the taste buds. The body is light to medium with a liquorous, sticky textrure and gentle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012
Name: Dark Heathen
Date: April 27, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear ruby brown, headless
Aroma: big sweet candy aroma
Body: big body
Flavor: huge rich malt flavor, big sweetness without being too sweet, fruity character trying to break through

Name: Dark Heathen
Date: October 07, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: first sunday tasting
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: muddy brown with a red rusty hue, fine tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet rich malt aroma, chocolate, caramel sweetness, fruity
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, chocolate, sweet fruityness, light bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayg1 (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle that Ross shared with me. Thanks for letting me try this rare beer! Poured out dark brown with almost no head at all. Aroma is a punch in the face of alcohol but then hazelnuts overwhelm the nostrils at the end. Taste is again more hazelnuts but also some brown sugar and caramel detected to balance it all out. Once this baby got to nearly room temperature this became a VERY well balanced nutty/sweet doppelbock and the alcohol was much better hidden. Very very good stuff. Thanks again Ross!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle that someone sent me I dont even know when. Pours out a dark brown color with a small little brown head that quickly goes away. Smell is full of alcohol upon first sniff, but it quickly gives way to a really good nutty flavor. Some sweet caramel malts are present as well. The taste is really good, much better as the beer gets warmer. Cold this beer is an alcohol bomb. As it warms up it is a rich, smooth, very pleasing doppelbock. Good stuff, I wish I could remember who sent this to me. Whoever it was, thanks. 2006 bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bartzilla’s Death Metal Beer day June 07. Shared with Bartzilla, Naven, WeeHeavySD and others. Split between a bunch of people, I didn’t get too much of this but I didn’t need it. Interesting mix of sweety maltiness with a sour kick. sticky mouthfeel. something to be siped and savored.

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