jaymobrown (1732) - 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 (4420) - 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 donít 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 (6144) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best íLeinyí I have tried yet. Bit of a chocolately malty flavor slipping through the creamy head makes this a good lower priced ímicroí. 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 Murphyís or Guiness, which helps its drinkability. Itís not my favorite, but not my least favorite. Try a pint if you donít 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. Leineís might be the only beer line that hasnít been ruined by the merger with a corperate giant like Miller (except for their Honey Wheat).
Iíd like to say first off that Iím annoyed by those of you who keep comparing this beer to stouts and porters. Itís not thin, watery or flavorless. Itís a LAGER (or Dunkel, if you like); itís not supposed to be thick as Hersheyís 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.
Itís certainly much better than the other commonly available darks like Beckís 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, Leineís 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.
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly roasty-toasty aroma. Clear dark brown color, almost mahogany. Head and carbonation are average/appropriate for the style. Maltiness and bready flavors make up most of the profile, with a slight amount of sweetness and some lighter hop flavors towards the finish. Light bodied, and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not impressive by any means, but a decent enough dunkel. Iíd drink it again. It is very easy to drink, no doubt.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Watery. Subtle roasted flavors of coffee and chocolate. Tasted following a Sprecher Black Bavarian, which may have contributed to the wateryness and initial lack of flavor. At $9 a twelver, Iíll buy this again.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin and doesnít deliver a lot of flavor. Looks good though. Iím a fan of the Leinieís line, with this probably being my least favorite of the bunch.