Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a clear copper amber, not special dark like the label, but it is a dark lager. smooth palate, crisp finish, but lax complexity, good sessionable grab, but nothing too deep.
kassner (1436) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
red amber in color but almost the same taste as regular Straub. A little more flavor and lingering taste Still nice clean fruity sweet taste
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - poured a clear amber copper. Nothing but light hops on the nose. Caramel malt with a faint hops note, mild and average. Special dark was nothing special. A good drinker.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Brewed in the USA, Pours a lite amber color with a med off white head. Aroma is of caramel and damp musty wood. The taste is of caramel, with a very lite body. Not much to say here, but i dont get the Special Dark part ? its drinkable.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Definitely the finest beer made by this brewer, although that is surely faint praise. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a caramel-amber color with a large yellow-white head. The aroma was sweetish caramel with a touch of molasses and cherry. The flavor is initially bitter, tangy and lightly toasty - then where the middle is supposed to be the whole flavor falls right off a cliff to water. No middle. No depth. There is a short vague sour finish and that is it. Water, water everywhere...
avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kinda dissapointed with the lack of full flavor here. I was expecting a little more ’oomph’ I guess. The presentation is top notch and it pours well. If you like ’lighter’ as in not heavy dark beers, this one might do it for you.
unclemike (2547) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark color when poured sweet smelling, no aftertaste a rather good beer very minimal head
smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a very solid dark beer. Not too thick and not too watered down. Straub puts out a good product.
krautdog (15) - Gimmelstümph, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2008
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice copper color, tons of carbonation, very little head retention. Really smells of corn. Sweet, not unpleasent taste and zero hop bitterness/aroma. An alright beer for the price, more flavorful then the regular straub.
Nejhleader (1333) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a nice little roast caramel malt aroma to it, body is a little thin, but a pleasent roast malt flavor to it.