Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted nuts, toasted bread, caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with notes of toffee, marzipan, orange zest.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Another winner from Staffelberg. I like this brewery...they know how to make a beer enticing, clean, and balanced. This is a session beer and how!
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden-brown. Very toasty, appetizing aroma. Quite toasty character. Nice body and good balance.
Grima (2028) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sorry for the german rating, but this is a lousy rating from my "newbie" time (2007-2009), and it’s not worth of being translated. I just added it for the statistics, and to complete my backlog!
Im Glas steht ein rötlich-braunes Dunkles mit guter, standhafter, flacher Cremekrone. Der Geruch ist dominant karamellmalzig, eine minimale Kafferöstigkeit gesellt sich hinzu. Der Antrunk erfolgt angenehm karamell-süßlich, etwas Toffee ist dabei. Im Verlauf nimmt die Röstmalzigkeit etwas zu, es bleibt aber insgesamt sehr süßlich. Der Abgang ist kernig würzig, recht mild ausklingend und wieder dominiert ein angenehmes Karamellaroma.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown and red color, little beige head. Nuts, chocolate, sweetness and roastiness in aroma, nice one! Medium bodied. Chocolate, nuts, roastiness also in flavor, coffee lasts with chocolate in aftertaste.
omhper (18757) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Clear nut brown, small head. Nutty peach aroma. Dryish and well rounded with vital malt profile but low hop rate. Bready with salty finish. A pleasant, very moreish and relaxed dunkel.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in Schlitz. Pours a clear, dark orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Rich caramel malty, straw nose. Somewhat nutty, toffee, caramel/straw malty, noble hoppy flavor. Pretty tasty.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ brewpub, in glass mug. Warm reddish brown with thick stable rocky head and splotchy lacing. Aroma of sweet bready malts and nice speculaas aromas. The flavors have nice spice in addition to the bread malts, adding to the speculaas character. Good quaffability and nice mineral character on the palate.
Maria (9964) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s dark amber with a huge, creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, nut-chocolate, light syrup. The flavour is moderately sweet with notes of caramel, light chocolate, hints of licorice and nuts. The finish is dry with light notes of citrus. It’s a nice dunkel.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Landbierparadies, best by Feb. 23, 2014: Clear russet. Persistent eggshell foam slowly fragments but maintains a creamy fringe. Malt-rich nose of chocolate mouse, browned piecrust, toasted hazelnut, melanoidins, burnt cocoa, toffee, and some fruity esters. Fairly husky (stale coffee grounds/burnt popcorn), though. Firm prickles of carbonation. Firmly malty, initially, and exhibiting a quite lean frame which is accentuated by bright minerals. Stiff woody hop whispers enhance the complex, well-structured malt which reveals springy tobacco, fallen leaves and toasted hazelnut flavors beneath the richer unsweetened chocolate and nutty coffee flavors. Abundant licorice notes deflect the residual sugars and contribute more earthiness to the rustic malt dimensions. Huskiness becomes distracting after a few gulps, with burnt popcorn and spent coffee grounds sneaking in and hindering the sturdier, riper grains. Bitter breadcrust and substantial earthiness comprise the finish, as a dusting of cocoa dryness displaces much of the huskiness. Chocolate and coffee are two characters you just don’t commonly find in Franconian lager, even in the vast majority of dunkels, but this has an abundance of each. It’s just unfortunate about the huskiness because this is certainly one of the more complex and idiosyncratically malty landbiers I’ve come across. That said, it’s extremely easy to slug the half-liter bottle in no time.
MiP (12989) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 5% bought at the brewery. Mildly farty aroma. Clear dark brown colour. Small stable tan head. The flavour is nicely roasted, slightly sweet. Good and nutty. A bit on the sweet side, but nice enough. Spicy hop flavour in the aftertaste.