DarkElf (3050) - 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 (5570) - 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.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew marked Batch L4146 poured a very large sized head of tan colored foamy fine to medium sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent softly carbonated caramel brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma contained mild malty notes. The mouth feel was sweet and initially tingly with a lingering sweet mild caramel mild dark malt aftertaste. The flavor was nice for a Dunkel typical of the German style malty with sweet mild dark brown beer malts.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
.5 L, capped bottle: clear, orange-brown with bronze highlights. Sweet, malty aroma with fruity undertones and a bit of toasted & buttered bread. Plate is a bit thin and underdeveloped, but does boast a pretty decent malted grain and roasted nut flavour. A light milk-chocolate comes through in the finish, but this one was a little disappointing – not quite as robust and rounded as I would have liked.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper mahogany with a thick, thinly-lacing light tan head. Aroma has nice German lager yeast profile and a semi-sweet, toasted malt nuttiness. Starts mildly sweet and toasty with a light noble hoppy bitterness toward a thin watery finish. A very refreshing, clean light lager, but could have a touch more sweetness and body for a dunkel.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear color with a hint of orange when heisted to the heavens. Moderate foamy ecru head that seems to a smooth tight bubbled lid. Heavy vail of lace. Mild aroma of toasted bread and dry flower hops. Mild caramel and dark chocolate also invade the proboscis. Smooth lightly oily fell. Dry lightly nutty start followed by a touch of caramel and malt sweetness which is then swept away by a rather sharp herbal bitterness. The finish gets to sharp and distracts to much for my taste, but still better then many dunkels.
hotstuff (4508) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Large off-whte frothy head that was mostly lasting, fine-large sized bubbles, good lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Aroma was malty, caramel and sweet. Flavor was sweet, malty, lightly bitter, caramel, smooth. Mouthfeel was smooth, watery and thin. Light-medium body.