redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium ruby with a medium off white head. Some malt aroma. A pleasant malty taste. An American Dark is a description I saw for imported German darks and it applies here.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I'm rating from memory, but I've had like 50 or60 of these, mostly bottles, but Ive drank 1/4 barrels with like 10 or 12 people on several occasions back at UW Oshkosh. (Note: very likely a gross underestimate) The brew is a decent one for a relatively large scale brewery. Dark body, but still translucent. Some roasted flavors, a bit of bitterness, but chocolate maltiness certainly prevails. rather watery and thin mouthfeel and not much complexity on the finish.
Nuffield (3892) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2006 This didn’t live up to expectations. The head died quickly and the resulting beer, while definitely offering a strong malt presence (I had this following the Leinie’s Original), was basically watery and lacking in persistent flavors. Still, nothinig offensive about it, so it could be much worse, but it still is a disappointment for its style. // re-rated in July 2006, same result.
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bubbly beer bottle color with a foamy, but short lived head....looks like a root beer float. Light malty aroma with a soft hops undernote. Maybe a hint of chocolate or caramel. Thin watery texture, but a decent if short lived flavor. Somewhat cloying on the palate, but a very drinkable, mainstream beer.
k2 (146) - USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad dark beer. Slight burnt finish to the beer. Nice white head to the pour.
JMerritt (1894) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2004 Dark red in color bordering on black. Nice tan head with excellent lacing. Bittersweet aroma, similar to semi-sweet chocolate chips. Very light flavor and mouthfeel and low bitterness; I was very surprised. This is a dark looking beer, but not a "dark tasting" (i.e. full bodied, complex) beer, and a disappointment because of that.
flemdawg (543) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 This beer had a very nice aroma to it, and I noticed some faint chocolate sent. Then I found that same flavor in the tasting of the beer. Nice color to it as well, not as dark as some beers, but very attractive. Good flavor all the way around. Also very accesible here in the Milwaukee area.
Hmmm. As I am sitting here finishing off the last of a recently purchased 6-pack, I am thinking either a) I got a bad sixer or b) this really isnt as good as I remember it being. The faint chocolate I noticed in the aroma and taste are not present, and it seems much more watery. The aroma is more grainy than I recall, and almost seems skunked, so I am thinking it was a bad 6pack.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A little bit creamy and fruity. But i'll take Sprecher's over this anyday.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Deep brown color with some ruby hints. Quickly disappearing light tan head - little lacing. Some dark malt flavor and a little bitterness. Aftertaste is pleasant. Session beer and cheap as well - preferred over BMC stuff.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Moderately creamy. Moderately dark.
Smooth, if characterless, dark beer. Easy to drink, hard to savor.