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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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A smooth rich amber american lager brewed by american crafstmen in the allegheny mountains.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Naka (698) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Um... I tried it at pints for pets. To be honest, the Straub guys looked kind of lonely. I appreciate it for what it is, but very ok at best. Aroma of corn and toffee. Pours an amber color. Pretty well carbonated, but very, VERY sweet. Not great, but better than a lot of other American light and dark lagers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours deep coppery brown with off-white head. Nose has some caramel malt, earthy peaty notes, mild hops. Tastes malty, with a mild dark fruity and hop combination. I’d call this a good dark lager, but not a great one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ndfreak77 (81) - USA - MAY 21, 2008
Pours a dark amber color with a white head. Mild taste with a smooth after taste. This lagers flavor is about as pleasant as they come. Very good.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nate (3557) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sampled on draught at Pints for Pets. Mild lager aroma. Bit of sweetness beyond the regular Straub. Light hops with beany character. Dark amber-orange,some copper color. Light fizzy head. Light watery body with light to medium carbonation. Starts with mild sweetness and some beany quality. A bit stale but fairly sweet and clean. Light smooth finish with a mild fruity character.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
roder60 (1280) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a clear brown color with minimal fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is sweet dark caramel and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is light and sweet and carmely, but not much else. Easy to drink, but nothing special.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Nice lighter beer, pours heady and rather dark with an aroma of roasted malts, light in body but a nice roasted malt flavor dominates this beer, nice session beer if you want more than a light lager

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCBeerGuy (1) - Gaithersbburg, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
I have been enjoying Straub’s my entire life. I was wondering when Peter would get his chance tp win over the family traditionalists and ’break out’ with some sort of hand crafted brew. Not surprised it is a lager, but think he is doing himself a disservice by calling it "Special Dark", which conhures up images of a hearty European ale. It’s certainly not that. It’s a lager reminiscent of Yuengling, but really light on the palate with a nice crisp finish. Boy am I going to drink a lot of this - a new summer favorite! I was hoping for some kind of hoppy beast, but for a small family brewery, this is a big step!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Good ol’ Straub is a beer that can regularly be found in my fridge, this recent "dark" offering caught my eye and I didn’t think twice before grabbing a six pack. An underlying similarity to the regular lager, this is a decent inexpensive beer with some character. Soft, sweet malty aroma that is also grassy. Clear, light amber pour with a thick and lasting head. Heavy lacing and strong carbonation make for a nice appearance. Light with a smooth softness, the beer drinks easily. Slightly sweet with a balancing bitterness. Flavor of grass and caramel, a touch sugary with some vegetative hop tones. Easy and relaxing, a nice simple amber lager at an honest borderline dirt-cheap price.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrBunn (2391) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Bottle. For a dark beer, this pours extremely light... a coppery color with a really big and puffy tan head. Aromas are weak and sweet. Flavor is really weak.... sweet and roasted corn with a bit of a honey finish and no plot development. I was hoping that Straubs would come up with something worthwhile for this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3220) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2008
(draft @ "The Eternal Tap," Straub Brewery - St. Mary’s, PA) They added a third tap this year for the Special Dark. Pours a nice copper color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is rather sweet with hints of honey, spices, some caramel, and a light touch of hops and bread. Flavor is mildly sweet with a light touch of hops, grass, and some hay. Finishes smooth. Not too bad.


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