HourGlass13 (130) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 I have to re review this beer, the last offering I tried was much better than the first batch. The latest batch had me bringing home a growler which dissappeared very quickly. This stuff STILL looks dark and murky in the glass. Nice tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toffee, roasted coffee, caramel and malt. Taste is caramel, malts, a hint of coffee, and it does definitely have a some what oyster stout taste. Eartly and slightly fruity. The taste has improved to be less grainy and abrasive. On the light side. Not too much carbonation. Slight bitter, yet still malty. A solid version of a classic German style. Much improved over what it has been.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread, prunes and earthy hops dwell in a smooth body, constructing a surprisingly agreeable Dunkel-like lager.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam settles atop the mahogany-hued brown.
-Apart from the fruitiness, this is pretty close to being an authentic Dunkel.
-Drinkability is high despite the chewy malts and their sugars.
-The flavor profile is balanced throughout.
DialSquare (2910) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Lowes grocery in Hickory, NC. Dark brown-copper pour, medium beige head. Aroma of bread, caramel, nuts. Tastes of bready grain, background chocolate, earthy, lightly bitter, nutty. Thin but creamy palate is nice. Approachable.
Bork (334) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light and easily downed dark lager that, although very mild on flavor and aroma, shows off a nice roasted maltiness. Short finish.
jbruner (2489) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown on tap with minimal tan oily head that leaves light lace. Aroma is roasted malt covered by lager yeast and fruity esters. Taste leans away from the today and mite toward sweet fruity esters and malt. Solid for the style, but unimpressive overall.
scotchzombie (367) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark cola brown with a decent tan head that shows some legs. Aroma is bready malts and toasted grains. Perhaps a touch of caramel. Taste is quite rich - roasted caramel and toffee malt with a fine balance of noble hops. Dry finish with mild bitterness. Very good variation of the style.
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice nuttiness in the aroma and flavor. Really more like a light-bodied brown ale than a typical dark lager.
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler. Medium brown with offwhite head. Sweet malts with molasses and nuts. OK.
snoworsummer (2444) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Pours hazy brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like roasted malt, light sweetness, light earth. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like toasted malt, dried fruits, light raisin.
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is toasted and cereal malts, light woody notes, light dates, and some mixed notes. Flavor is bready malt base, light toast, some dark fruit notes, faint hops, and light woodiness. Medium body and carbonation.
JHeath99 (1117) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a ring of off white head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts and chocolate.