JoeAgain (66) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2009
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
OK, I really wanted to like this beer. It’s from a small brewery in Pa, making beer for years, has a decent "cult" following, and is surviving amongst the industry giants. Sorry to say, nothing all too good to report on this one.
Pours a dark, amber color with some reddish hues. Tan head that doesn’t last too long, and it appears to be somewhat fizzy - more like a root beer than a beer. Not much nose to speak of, what is there is a light malt fragrance. The flavor is somewhat like a weak root beer with a light touch of hops. Very thin for a dark lager.
Straub’s has been around for quite some time, and my guess is that if they really wanted to, they could make an excellent dark beer; but alas, this is not it.
MrBeerFanatic (787) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a golden amber with a quick to fade white head. Aromas of light toffee, caramel, some nut, touch of grain and hop. Flavors are mild of light caramel, hops, and grain. Watery. Sort of just plain bland. Sort of refreshing and crisp.
douglas88 (5131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Jeff. Pours a deep amber color with a medium white head- not exactly dark! A sweet grainy nose. Loads of sweet glue-like grains, caramel, light hops. Quaffable and decent. Watery.
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I was pretty impressed by this beer. A sort of a domestic twist on Newcastle Brown Ale. Way too sweet for a Dark Lager but charming leaving out conformity to the style.
Arayaga2 (1709) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Caramel colored and full of diacetyl. Sourness in taste as well. Nearly a drain pour , but I’m in a bar and might get kicked out if I took the pitcher to the bathroom.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy anber with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet malt and light earthy hops. The taste is pretty much the same with more sweet than hops coming though. Lighter bodied. Pretty unremarkable.
dkoonce (905) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A prototype dark lager. Deep amber, with a light billowy head. heavy malt aroma, with little hop presence. Very malty, and a little raw and dusty in the flavor, but not to the level of unpleasantness.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours amber/copper, with white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, and maybe a bit of fruit. Flavor is much the same. Bosy is a bit watery. An decent enough session beer.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. First, the idea of this being a "special dark" is laughable. At its darkest, it is a deep copper...hardly a Guiness color. Essentially, everything about this beer is a disappointment. There is a touch of caramel in the nose, but nothing else. The flavors seem as if they added black food coloring to regular Straub. Ultimately, a clever marketing ploy for people who want to think they are drinking something artisanally made.
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to Cheapdark for throwing this one my way. When I was in college I had a friend named Jon Straub who had a Straub beer flag up in the house, Jon always commented on how Straub beer sucked. Well on this day reckoning I have received a Straub beer of my own, so I can form my own opinion. Pours a clear amber brownish color with a medium head. Aroma is malty and a little corny. Flavor is better, this has a nice little caramel malty flavor with a good little roastiness, not nearly as much corn is detected in the flavor as is in the aroma. Hints of nuts and a mild fruitiness finish the flavor. Palate is a little watery with a mild sharpness.