robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2004
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Red/Brown Coloring. Small Head that doesn’t last long. For dark beers, this one is far to transparent and uneventful...for a beer that says ’Dark’ that you can pound away, pick this one up...otherwide it’s not a turn-on
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Color is a clear orangish cherrywood color, it could be darker with more brown, pours out to a medium beige head that fades quickly, no real lace sticking. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity with dullish apple and pear, a malty nose, touches of dry nuttyness, but it has a bit of a souring smell and reminds of flat white wine or something. Interestingly off. Taste comes across quite thin and far to sweet, malts are in flavorful amounts but not in a good way by any means, very light and twingy with a watery mix of white wine fruityness and dulled crispness. Feel is watery and thin, characterless and boring. Boy, a disappointing beer at best.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought this was some pretty good stuff. This was the cheapest of the Schell beers at the liquor store so I tried it and was somewhat impressed.
HipsterDoofus (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2004 does not count
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bleh. Dark? You’ve got to be kidding. It barely has any more flavor than Schell Original. I find the commercial description amusing: "The perfect beer for people who want a specialty craft beer, but may not want all the flavor and heaviness." Well, believe me. If you want to avoid flavor and heaviness, this will work fine, but there is nothing specialty or craft about this. If you like "real" beer, and want to try Schell, stick to a specific defined style. (Alt, pale ale, pilsner, whatever...)
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 2, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
For a dark beer, this is not very dark. In fact it is closer to an amber. Copper color with poor head retention. Initial head is quite white. Soft lager aroma with no pronouncement of its arrival. A sneaky lager that remains hidden. No sweetness. Bubbles on the tongue with just maybe a goodbye of hop bittering, but maybe that’s my imagination. I love the Gardens, but I don’t think that I want to be drinking this one in them.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appearance: clear, coppery-bronze color, with a short, soon-departing fizzy head.Aroma: none to speak of, really, light and airy, with nutty hints and an unflagging cola-like flavor.
Taste: there's some small amount of flavor, caramel and nuts from the malt, but that sweetness is it. Thin is the by-word here, weak comes in handy, too. No hops, sufficient malt, no body, teensiest, tiniest texture, and virtually finish-less.
Very, very sad, and I can't help but suspect they've merely caramelized their regular, light lager. Real dunkels have some character, and this guy wears his insipidness all over him like a drunken lout on St. Patrick's day.
Almost undrinkable. Sorry, Schell.
JK (5633) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Aroma of a standard lager. Appearance is a red-brown. Flavor is exceptionally smooth with lots of sweet malt. Surprisingly good.
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little too chocolatey for my taste, and I think I detected a hint of alcohol. Low complexity, like they were trying to cover for its lackluster flavor. Not a great beer.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Grainy smell. Redish look with little head and no lacing. Light taste with a light acidic finish.
heemer77 (5289) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Out of the bottle. Almost no head. Dark red amber. Aroma of caramel and lemons. The taste is slight caramel with some light citrus. It has the metallic aftertaste that others have mentioned. A decent light beer, but nothing special.Trying this again in 2006 and have the same rating. Now it comes in a clear bottle.