Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Better than anticipated but, must admit, I went in with very little hope. Nice and dark with quite a thick head. Roasted aroma with a tad of coffee and chocolate. I concur with the majority of the posting that this is way too watery for its appearance. Sort of like watching a muscle bound oaf failing to bench press 100 pounds ... the flavor just doesn’t meet the promise. Still, I have to admit, that this was a decent brew. A dark beer that I could drink more than 2 per drinking session.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
OK. A bit watery, a bit light on flavor. A good alternative to Beck’s Dark or something else of that caliber.
drywallman (334) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good aroma, smooth malt, and well balanced hops. Easy to drink.
jaymobrown (1698) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a very thick or complex stout but decent enough. A slightly bitter taste.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Miller (!!) Time Pub in Milwaukee. Definitely above average for the brewer; I used to love these American darks/dunkels, whatever the hell they are. Not any more. Body usually seems a bit weak, and they usually don’t seem to know whether to be assertively sweet, grainy, or hoppy. Oh well, this is reasonably good, with a nice color and head, good semi-sweet caramel flavors and a decent amount of hops in the finish. The only beer worth drinking at this crappy pub in the Hilton Hotel.
PorterPounder (5757) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best ’Leiny’ I have tried yet. Bit of a chocolately malty flavor slipping through the creamy head makes this a good lower priced ’micro’. Worth a second glance if I get the chance.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this was a bit fizzy, light, thin and a tad smoky. Pretty good stuff, and it makes me respect the things Leinie Brewery is up to.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as heavy or as tasty as Murphy’s or Guiness, which helps its drinkability. It’s not my favorite, but not my least favorite. Try a pint if you don’t like dark beers, you might get turned on.
elickd (7) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A fine beer in the Leinenkugels tradition. Leine’s might be the only beer line that hasn’t been ruined by the merger with a corperate giant like Miller (except for their Honey Wheat).
I’d like to say first off that I’m annoyed by those of you who keep comparing this beer to stouts and porters. It’s not thin, watery or flavorless. It’s a LAGER (or Dunkel, if you like); it’s not supposed to be thick as Hershey’s syrup.
As a dark lager, this beer has a nice nutty, roasted flavor with just the right amount of hops and a clean, lightly sweet finish.
It’s certainly much better than the other commonly available darks like Beck’s Dark and Michelob Dark and is my beer of choice when the wallet is light and everyone around me is drinking MillerWeiser.
With a price weighing in less than a whopping 5 bucks a pack, Leine’s Creamy Dark Lager is a great dark beer that can be enjoyed all day long during those hot summer months without breaking the bank, your stomach or taste buds.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Leinie’s beers are not going to woo any serious craft beer lover away from his favorites but they serve as good training brews for beer drinkers who are curious about better beers but who need to tip toe into the realm. Thankfully, Miller Brewing has probably done more good than harm to this once independent regional brewery in the north woods of Wisconsin. I’ve been to the north woods though and people there truly do love their Leinie’s so when in Rome…
Creamy Dark looks the part of a serious dark lager but it comes up short on flavor and character. I’m not quite sure how they can put in enough dark malt to give it it’s great appearance yet leave it so short on flavor notes we all expect from a good dark beer. Not even a hint of chocolate or coffee flavors…just dark beer that doesn’t taste much different from it’s lighter cousins.