frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Code L4223
Pours a mostly clear, deep mahogany with a creamy, khaki head that reduced quickly to film and wet lace. Oxidized vegetal and light vinegar aroma before roasted nuts and beef broth. Smooth but wet palate finds thin, milky chocolate malts amidst a roasted grain backdrop. Sweetness interjects, but there is a herbal bitterness to finish and linger. Not bad, but I’d hoped for something a little sweeter and fuller.
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RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel/toffee malts with some lightly roasty coffee and chocolate. Moderately robust hop bitterness noticable in the finish. Quite satisfying sessionable brew.
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Clear ruby colour with a big fluffy tanned head. Slightly sweet toastmalty aroma with chocolate and herbal hops. Bittersweet flavour and dry toasted malty taste with hazelnuts and chocolate, medium bodied, moderately carbonated, dry and well rounded bitter hoppy finish with dark chocolate. Very tasty and pleasant Dunkel.
pivnizub (9005) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (thanks to MoritzF): Dark amber coloured, beige, stable head; sweetish malty nose, distinctive traces of molasses, faint traces of coffee and caramel, mild bitterness; sweetish malty start, becoming dry towards the end; sweetish flavour; short, a bit tart and mild bitter finish with a metallic tinge; lacks a bit a fuller body and could be better rounded................
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Batch L4145) and served in my little used Nut Brown Ale glsss:
Pours more of a dark cola hue with a nice sized creamy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of nutty and chocolate malt sweetness, dusty yeast esters, hint of floral hops, tobacco, and a touch of smoke. The taste is quite nice for a dunkel, not has caramel sweet as other I have had, more of a cleaner roasted malt flavor with some good bitter balance. A constant bittersweet chocolate and mild acidic fruit theme runs throughout adding nice depth of palate. The mouthfeel has soft carbonation and quite smooth, never cloying. A surprising good bier and glad to have tried it and may again.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500 ml bottle: $2.49 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Batch L5040. Hey, now this is pretty good. A little different from the other German dark beers I’ve tasted, this one shows considerably more toasty and chocolaty maltiness than the others and less of the caramel flavor. In fact, the toasty chocolate is very prominently on display here and it’s tasty as hell. Sweetness is mild, as is hops or bitterness, but there’s enough bitterness toward the finish to provide suitable balance for me. Toast and chocolate dominate the nose. Body is medium and carbonation is on the gentle side, so this is smooth on the palate and easy to drink. Clear, medium brown in color and topped by a tall, tan head that shows solid retention, never settles below a quarter inch in height. Lacing consists of a few small patches of dense foam. Overall, a very tasty beer, one that goes down entirely too easy as I’ve polished off this bottle in no time. Definitely a beer I’ll be buying again.
Just a side note. The beer I rated today was purchased yesterday. I compared it with an older bottle that I had access to, Batch L4014, and that older beer seems thinner and much less chocolaty. Enough difference that I wouldn’t have thought they were the same beer. 4014 was pretty good, but 5040 was significantly better.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Medium off-white, lasting head with nice lacing. Aroma is sugar sweet and a little malty, with some chocolate. Flavor similar. Good dose of carbonation. Crappy finish. The aroma hints at a possibly better beer.
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pouring a light-but-rich, bright brown body with a creamy tan head, this dunkel has a strong roasted malt aroma containing hints of coffee and chocolate. This is carried across into the flavor of this robustly bodied beer. There’s good roasted malt flavors here with a spritzy mouthfeel and a pleasantly bitter finish. Good drink.
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SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In the bottle at the Huber Haus. Roasted coffee aroma. Not a bad beer, but I’m afraid that mine may have been a little stale. Not much here.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark ruby brown. Malty aroma. I had trouble putting the flavor into words, but it’s good. Sort of a rich roaster malt taste with some nuttiness. Decent palate. Really, it’s an enjoyable beer but it’s not spectacular. I gave my non-beer rating yet beer loving friend a sip and he said, "Damn that tastes German." He’s right.