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This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it an all-time brewery favorite.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2002
I really like the malty flavor in this one. Distinctly German tasting. The mixture of chocolate and caramel flavors is superb. Very drinkable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Big frothy head, strong malt taste and aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable for a dark thick beer. Re-rate 5-23-08: This beer is sadly a shadow of its former self. Much thinner and less flavorful than I remember. Too bad they had to ruin such a good thing. I am actually afraid to try the Special Amber again!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
I had this beer at the Sprecher brewery about six years ago and took four bottles back to Minneapolis to savor. My rating is based on faulty memory. I remember it being rich and malty, without being overly sweet. I remember it as being nearly the best that I tasted at Sprecher .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2002
Yes, one of Sprechers best. Its to bad they changed the recipe a few years ago. It was even better then.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Very malty. Nice biscuit and chocolate flavors. A littel thin. A pretty good beer but im not much of a lager guy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Basically exactly what I expected...strong caramel/chocolate malt flavor but a thin body. Smooth but too thin to be a clasic in my book.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2002
Creamy, flavorful, delicious beer. Awesome brewing.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
johnnymilwaukee99 (6) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
Sprecher’s best... and near World Class. Bracing and soothing at the same time. The maltiness is amazing, the aroma like toast. The real strong stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2001
Barely translucent. Aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Exceptionally clean roasted malty taste. A very good dark lager.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
Alternating rolls of sweet (tofee) and bitter (coffee) in a proud dark brew.


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