DCBeerGuy (1) - Gaithersbburg, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 pours medium amber with and audible off white head. smells of honey, caramel, and light spice. taste is all sweetened malt with slightly sweet finish. reminds me a lot of Yuengling but a bit nicer on the palate. great session material.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks and tastes like iced tea with some honey mixed in. Hardly any hops to speak of. Not awful.
cheap (5307) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2015 Thank you zebracakes for the chance to taste this! An american dark lager? No way, this is a pale lager or a premium lager. Not dark enough to be called dark. Grainy sweet aroma. Not alky olfactory even tho it is pretty sweet smelling. Looks like light iced tea, very light.Nicely bubbly. Is not anywhere near flat. Hay and not like any other dark lager. Certainly more like an APA of sorts. Just a plain old good local beer.
Elderbeerman (7) - Rockton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 I find it to be pleasantly sweet, with a nice dark amber color. Easy to drink. I think you may like this better than Yuengling...a great session beer. I love it personally and recommend it.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber, thin off white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, hops, metal. Flavor is the same and pretty malty. Weak body.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent, but pretty weak tasting. All malt flavor that completely lacks complexity. No hops or bitterness. Watery finish.