trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear brown with a decent 0ff-white head and nice lacing. Straw, caramel, metal, and toasted bread in the aroma. Taste is watery and weak. More straw with bread crusts, caramel and roasted malt, just not a lot of it. Some earthy nuttiness when it warmed, but not enough to get excited about.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great dunkel and I’m so far not been a big fan of dunkels. It’s dark copper brown with a very big tan head that slowly shrinks to a lasting head and leaves a little lace. The aroma is toasted bread, burnt crust, grain and feed, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. The taste is toasty grain, with a hint of coffee, hint of cola, dark toasted bread, and a faint, dry, leafy bitternes . It’s a bit watery but has nice range and depth of flavours, great balance, lighty sweet with a light spicey bitter finish, smooth and tasty.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A brisk pour produces an almost four-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head that just crests the top of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a murky, dark amber / red color but shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry stained, bright amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite malt focused as this is noticeable upon pouring the beer. Sweet, caramelized malt notes are backed by ample toasty malt notes. Aromas of biscuits, lightly toasted – yet hardy dark German bread, light raisin / berry notes and even a touch of lightly roasted coffee in the finish. I really like how malty and rich this beer’s nose is; quite satiating all by itself.
Sweet tasting up front, but actually surprisingly light bodied for how rich the aroma was. Quaffable just like a good Dunkel should be and it has a nice, persistent carbonation that adds a bit of a prickly texture to the brew. Richly toasted malt notes evoke flavors of chewy, whole grain bread, light raisin notes. Perhaps a bit thin up front, but the rich, albeit not thick, malt character soaks into the palate and boosts the perceived richness of this brew. A touch of age is starting to show through the malt here; it contributes a light sherry note that only seems to add to the complexity more than anything.
A tasty brew, I really like the deep maltiness that this beer attains. Definitely a satisfying drinking experience.
Purchased: Bevmo, Tucson AZ
hayduke (3682) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 500 ml bottle this poured into a pint glass was a nice reddish brown with a very fat and thick creamy head that settled very slowly and left nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malts and light coffee and chocolate. Medium but enjoyable mouthfeel, and flavors of toffee and nuts. Medium dry finish. Pretty good.
fonefan (38495) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear medium red brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, moderate nutty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (080108)
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of the boss! Hey, she tried. A nice enjoyable, medium-everything dunkel. Nothing extravagent, but nothing to really complain about. Great appearance as it boasts a nice frothy two finger head. Flavor picked up a bit of caramel, toffee, and nut - as expected, with a touch of water. Overall, an enjoyable beer, and pretty much what I was expecting considering the abv.
elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogony colored with honey, bready, lightly plumlike, caramel aroma. Huge head due to high carbonation, which is probably the weakest element of the beer. No lacing. Flavor is nice (Caramel sweetness turning to light ly dry) but weak, bubbly & watery. If the beer had higher gravity, it would be overwhelmingly good due to the wonderful aroma notes . As is, quite easy to drink & unchallenging.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown, some head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel, nut, toast, touch of hops. Medium to light body, lightly sweet. Fairly enjoyable, but a little simple.
DenverLogan (862) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown; significan amber head. Aroma of wood, earth, mocha, carob. Flavor of wheat, carob, unsweetened chocolate, Brazil nuts, metal, water, molassas. Rich mouthfeel.
bhensonb (12306) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; L7150 (whatever that imparts). Rich caramel aroma, backed by coffee and chocolate. Deep mahogany color topped with a beige head that is respectable. Full bodied, with creamy carbonation. The flavor is caramel, with something wet paperish/earthy - not a bad thing - works well. Persistence brings up some chocolate. The finish is more dry than sweet, and there are dark notes - like a mix of chocolate, coffee and something I can’t put my tongue on - could be nuttiness. Very drinkable.