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 (4471) - 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 (2152) - 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 (1167) - 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.
brewhoo (5) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice light malt taste and amber color...mimimal aftertaste..very nice for a local brew.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
some malts in the aroma, not a heavy beer at all, almost light in the texture, coffee after-taste, some roast, not bad
lightning9191 (82) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This one pours with about a finger of foam and is a clear, coppery color. The head does not stick around for long though. The aroma is somewhat malty. In the taste, I am getting some corn and then some butterscotch tones. I’m not sure what I think of this one. It is okay. Nothing to write home about. The body is pretty light and the carbonation is leaning towards high.