GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was pretty good until I tried Newcastle the next night, still nothing to sneeze a good thick beer
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent dunkel, with a nice malt nose, good ruby color, and a fairly light flavor. A stronger, deeper flavor would benefit this beer...and the drinker!
Panzuriel (1626) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark color with a nice head. Roasted malt aroma with a nice taste. Good dunkel beer with a clean finish.
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was impressed with this brew. Good malt aroma, impressive color, and nice finish. Recommended as a lower-price dark lager.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice malty aroma but surprisingly NOT creamy. That is the name, isn't it? A let- down from a brewery that is my fave macro from North America. More body and complexity needed---ya think they took bottles of their lager and added carmel coloring after "over-aging"...?
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 (3940) - 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.