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 (1728) - 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 (3401) - 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.
jcwattsrugger (11287) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap @Philly BeerFest III–pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt. Taste is sweet light/medium malt, some fruity esters.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
not much to say about this one. Had it at a beerfest in PA. Not very memorable, but I do remember that it wasn’t very bad. Is that a positive review?
mvardjan (8) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009 does not count
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Faint malty sweet aroma. Smooth with a nice sweet roasted malt taste. A little unrefined, and could be thicker. Very easy to drink with just enough ABV kick.
rohash (47) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much aroma. Dark amber in color with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Well carbonated. Taste is of sweet, toasty caramel malt. The most striking quality is the smoothness. This is a really smooth beer that goes down quite well with a crisp finish. Very little hop character but all in all an excellent beer. The best thing is no sugar or preservatives. Surprised this one is 5%. I got very little buzz after downing 8 of them.
wu1sabes (25) - USA - JAN 10, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Not a strong aroma. Appears good amber color. Flavor is good malty lager, easy to drink. Could be a little more complex. A good easy drinking lager.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours redddish with a pink/off white head. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes watery with some stray malty hints.