Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very smooth, with excellent malts. Good color. Not very heavy. Probably the best of all the brews that the Pennsylvania Brewing Company makes.
jtclockwork (8595) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black tan white head. Nose/taste of burnt cocoa, burnt chocolate, pine and bread. Medium body.
Darkmagus82 (1731) - - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-23-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a medium brown color with a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a very light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of caramel and roasted brown bread smells with a bit of toast and some cola like aromas. Along with these, is a decent level of nuttiness as well as some cocoa smells.
Taste – The taste begins a little sweet with some caramel and a molasses. Right from the start there is a good level of roasted malt flavor as well as some toast and cocoa, giving the brew a rather roasty flavor right from the start. The sweeter flavors fade more as the taste advances and a coffee and nutty flavor join the profile. The loss of some of the sweet and the arrival of the actually, rather strong coffee flavor really increase the roastiness of the brew toward the end, which in conjunction with a light earthy and herbal hop flavor, leaves a nice roasty and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. While normally for a darker brew I enjoy a thicker body and lower carbonation, which likely would have been nice for this brew too, I actually found the combination of flavors nicely matched with the thinner body and higher carbonation, making this a rather refreshing style darker lager.
Overall – A nice, rather crisp, dark lager with a good level of roast, coffee and nice transitions of sweet to slightly drier flavors. A rather enjoyable brew.
sturmthis (530) - Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Dark brown with red tint and beige head. Sweet malt aroma, slight coffee. Taste is slight coffee, thin but smooth. Solid.
60minuteman (789) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin but lots of flavor. It’s sweet and savory. Like a hearty meal! Aroma is metallic, yeast, malt, bread, toffee. Taste is caramel, malt, nuts and dark fruits. Balanced dunkel.
Frank (2930) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isn’t a bad dunkel but like a lot of US examples might be more of a schwartzbier, not that that ruins my day or anything. It pours a nice, dark brown which is transparent around the edges. Its head is small but long lasting and made of fine bubbles. The nose is nice and malt with a bit of toffee and raisin. The reason I call it more of a schwartzbier is it’s rather roasty, along the lines of maybe a porter, which I think of being more of a characteristic of that style than a dunkel. That is just fine by me as it compliments the light sweetness quite nicely. Carbonation is on the prickly side but this beer still manages a somewhat creamy texture regardless, while remaining drinkable as it should be. This one actually dissapointed me when Ii first tasted it but really grew on me as I drank it. It might not be the best dark lager in the universe but it will certainly scratch the itch for those who are fans of that kind of beer.
fiveacestx (605) - Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - dark pour with khaki head. Nutty malt aroma. Light malt flavor and a thin mouthfeel.
cazort (538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown glass with almost no head. Smooth flavor, easy drinking, but with a pleasant bitterness, noticeable hop aroma although the hop presence is light to moderate. Grainy aroma, with a hint of roast that emerges and then vanishes. Metallic aftertaste, much like many German beers. Has a controlled quality that I rarely encounter in American microbreweries. Compare to Beck’s dark. I initially liked this more but upon drinking more of it I found the sweetness in the flavor to be increasingly unpleasant.
beastmaster (287) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Snifter. Bottle with bmillsy. Malt and nut, aroma. Chocolate is barely there but nice in flavor. Never had a lager with that kind of chocolate flavor before. Love to have this on draft at a bar after a long Autumn days work.
BMMillsy (1435) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Side by side with some other Penn stuff. Pours a dark amber brown color with small off white to light khaki head. Aroma is nice, with some sweet dark fruits, light toffee, chocolate notes. Flavor is a lightly spicy chocolate, clean finish, and medium sweetness. Medium bodied with low plus carbonation. A really nice brew that could pass as a winter warmer or a fall cookout beer. I'd have this again.
scampycampy (39) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 pours dark with average to light carbonation. taste of smoky malt. nothing special going on here. i suspect a budgest dark brew since not too familiar with Pennsylvania brewing company.