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This is a Dunkel we brewed and aged on oak for CBC in Chicago. Some kegs will stay in Minnesota too.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2010
On tap at the Fountainhead, Chicago. Smells warmly malted and toasty, like a malted milk ball hovering over Rochefort 10. Flavor is unassuming at first, slightly fruity and quite bready malts riding a medium and refreshing dunkel body. Slightly oily right after the swallow, this settles into a long and pretty subtle oak finish, getting woody and dry very slowly with a lingering trace of vanilla throughout. The wood is not overdone at all, which is surprising considering the style of beer carrying it. Very smooth and drinkable, I’m sure this would make an awesome food or cheese pairing if done right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3133) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2014
On Draught.
Pours a reddish brown with a big fluffy off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lightly sweet, malty and woody up front. It’s lightly chocolaty, mildly fruity, and clean smelling.

The flavor is malt forward, mildly roasty, softly bitter and only lightly sweet. The beer has flavors reminiscent of chocolate, toffee, nuttiness and red apple. The oak is very mild but noticeable and well complimented to the overall flavor of the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (143) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Lightly cloudy reddish brown, light white head. Smells of a light funkiness, some vanilla, earthy, musty. A little slight bitter bite upfront that slowly mellows into a pleasant sweetness. Medium light body, slightly effervescent, bit of carbonation. Very drinkable, interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
On tap at Three Aces Chicago. Poured dark amber red with decent cream head. Aroma of strong caramel malts. Light carb med bod. Well balanced malty taste very bready.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wilnatp (556) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Tasted at Stanley’s Beer and Bacon Fest - May 17th, 2014 during Art-A-Whirl in Northeast. Notes were a bit light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (621) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours a dark copper-brown with small, lingering head. Aroma of malt, bread, caramel. Flavor was very smooth, with the oak quite distinct, along with a lot of sweet malt, caramel, coffee, etc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1054) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2014
2 oz. or smaller pour, on tap at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Consumed on 6-7-14. Pours a bright, light to medium brown with a red/amber hue and taupe head. Juicy, German aroma. Tangy flavor includes citrus and lemon elements as well as roastedness. Soft and crisp in the palate. It’s interesting that Surly was able to produce its classic soft palate effect in a lager. Light to medium body. Another solid effort from Surly, although not one of their better beers overall, mainly because it is hard to excel in the Dunkel style. More aromatic and flavorful than is typical in the style or among non-big lagers in general.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (779) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
A grayish brown? Light smoky aroma, some dusty malt. That makes it sound awful but it’s not really. Lightly smoky and oak flavor, sweet creamy caramel. Not bad, kind of a dull style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Draft. Just a poorly executed dunkel. Not sure if it was lagered in oak but judging by the tartness I would say no.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1595) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Nice stuff. Pours a dark honey brown. Attractive head and lacing. Aromas of honey and vanilla. Flavors of honey and roasted malts. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nsanders (484) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Tap at Pizza Luce. Chestnut brown color with basically no head and minimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, grain and hay. Taste is very mellow with a light caramel sweetness. Body is watery. It always seems surprising to drink a mellow beer from Surly.

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