BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a small to medium eggshell head. Medium bodied. Aroma: bitter chocolate, dark bitter malt, caramel, oak, smokey coffee. Taste: bitter chocolate, sour & bitter dark malts, light fruit, mild coffee, and hops towards the finish with a bitter chocolate.
raymow (985) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I do taste a hint of coffee/chocolate and the beer is fairly drinkable, but it’s also nothing special. Pretty good - but not great.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color. Little to no head. Aroma is malt, caramel, touch of smoke and oak. A medium to light bodied dunkel. Malts are fruity, chocolate and sweet. Very smooth taste, Lots of malt not a lot of hops. Nice easy drinking dark beer. Sort of reminds me of a “old style” Bavarian Dark. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a deep brown w/ a thick tan cream head. Had a fairly mild aroma w/ hints of coffee (hard to pick up in a bar) the palate was creamy and delicious the flavor had hints of hops, malts, carmel, and maybe even a tiny bit of nutmeg.. overall I really liked this beer.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice rich color or deep maroon almost with thick white head. Nice nose of coffee, chocolate, nuts and goodness. Med weight with a slightly sweet mid that lingers into the finish. The flavors start out as a carmel coffee concoction and move in to more roasted nuts and dry coffee beans. Nice chocolate note and overall a well made beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malt and yeast aroma, rich smooth chocolate coffee taste, stays smooth the entire trip . A brew that hs converted many to the dark side. Especially works on women who say they would never touch a dark beer
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep reddish brown hue with small head and little lace. The aroma has notes of smoky and caramelized malts, floral hops, pipe tobacco, coffee, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a sublime bittersweet malty nature before a light twangy fruit character sets in. The finish is mostly smoky and nutty, some bitters detected. The feel is so average, not much depth but it is lively. Okay brew, something you can drink a couple of in a setting.
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite Dark. What Beck’s Dark And St. Pauli Girl used to be before going Commercial. Good blended use of malt thru various stages of its taste. Nice finish from its quality hops (Mt.Hood). Dunkel’s not a style I usually drink, but this beer makes it a great place to visit!
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours clean and dark with minimal head. smells sour/skunky, like a pale lager, and tastes much lighter than it looks. very smooth, but is not anything like a dunkel should be. maybe i need a fresher bottle?
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Rerate 8-1-2005, based on new nuances I’m turning up with this one. Nice deep rose / mahogany in color and only a brief presence with the head. Aroma is chocolate, cedar panels, caramel, toffee and copper kettle. Flavor evolves, rounding out a nice, sweet caramel and chocolate malt complexion. Hints of peat and smoked malts enter at the tail end to add a slight earthiness persona, but then somewhat diffuse to a chocolatey toffee sweetness. One of Lakefront’s bests.