kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body with a minimal light beige head that faded to a thin ring very quickly. The nose is very unclean, there’s a lot of grainy and husky malt with some creamed corn undertones. The flavor is pretty light, just a bit of corn sweetness and light caramel with minimal hoppiness. Light to medium bodied with very fizzy forced carbonation. Decent enough to finish the whole bottle, but I wouldn’t want a whole case of this sitting around.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a thin dissipating white head. A little malt in there and pretty bitter. Great session beer. I’m a fan.
JoeAgain (69) - 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 (841) - 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 (5827) - 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 (1769) - 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 (2133) - 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 (911) - 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 (1703) - 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.