kassner (1436) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle referred to as a double dark lager. Pretty good for a Dunkel, sweet with a hint of dried fruits and caramel, some port notes, carbonation just a tad high, brownish maroon color with no head or lacing
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Very disappointing. Bready, burnt caramel, sweet malt. The aroma and taste coincide to provide a BLECH sampling of a dunkel. Not much here.
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear maroon/dark brown color. Slight off white head that was small and had minimal retention and lacing. Some burnt orange highlights around the bottom of the glass. Did leave a slight film on top. Picking up a creamy, buttery, earthy malt driven type of nose. A touch of sourness. Maybe even detecting some bittersweet chocolate. A rich, slightly sweet taste. Still mostly earthy malts, but I also got a small taste of some smoke or toastiness. Again, slight touches of bittersweet chocolate. Maybe even the faintest bit of a "grassy" hop. Medium mouthfeel that was sort of watery. It was smooth and it did an ok job covering the palate. This beer was just ok in my opinion. I could probably drink it if it were offered, but I just don’t think this is my favorite style of beer. After 1 or 2 I would probably want to move on to something else.
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Poured with a reddish-tinged brown color with a macro-like head of fizzle. My initial taste is off-putting, with a moist bready caramel bite taking the predominate position in the flavor. It didn’t get better as I went, so I didn’t want to finish it. On the bright side, I think it’ll add a nice twist to the pot of chili I’m stewing, so in it goes. (#3963, 8/15/2010)
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose has dark malts, light nuts, and that elusive sweaty socks / spaghetti sauce touch. A little sweetness. Pours red with amber hues and steady carbonation, creamy beige head. Taste is loaded with rich malt, smooth nuts and light toffee and dark caramel and fig, just a touch of earth and dark fruit, but not anything more than a bg accent. Medium-light body, smooth and soft, fun to rub around, with a little body from the lasting carbonation. Some brown sugar but it’s light, and some even lighter tang. The mouthfeel is super pleasurable, just creamy and seemingly spreadable on a baguette. Good one.
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Red brown, weak head. Nose of nutty malt and roast. Flavor follows suit. Overcarbonated and generally thin and lacking in any real character.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall a good balance of hops and malts. Nice color. Better on tap than in a bottle.
Onslow (1273) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The last six pack from my August trip to Cincinnati. Deep brown clear brew with a thin, off white head. Active carbonation. Aroma dominated by malt and caramel. Flavor is sweet malt at the start but with a finish nicely balanced with subdued hops. Rather simple in flavor and character, but what’s in there is quite good.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark brown with a thin tan head that floats on top of it. The nose is nutty with hints of almond and brown sugar. As you sip on it you can really taste the toasted malt and almond. there is some hop flavor but no big initial bite or any lasting tang. Overall the carbonation is alright and has a refreshing flavor but it is a bit watery.
Ferociousaurus (37) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color but a little lighter than I expected. Good head with some lacing. Strong malty, syrupy aroma. Nutty, very sweet malty taste. A little watery. Decent, but forgettable.