DiarmaidBHK (3170) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Bridge. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Nice caramel and slight toffee notes on the nose. Some caramel notes on the tongue. Finishes clean. Nice.
drfabulous (3652) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Bridge. Caramel. Toffee. Sweet. Some bits of candy like flavor.
phaleslu (5889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bailey’s Range. Pours a mostly clear amber color with almost no head and barely any visible carbonation. Aroma of sweet and toasty malts, nuts, tea, cereal grains, and a little bit of an earthy note. The flavor is primarily characterized by tea and nuts, with some sweet and toasty malts, earth, and brown sugar. Light-medium bodied, with a smooth, tea-like mouthfeel and low carbonation. Good dunkel, and very sessionable at 4.4%.
Braudog (5496) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I did a side by side shared tasting of the black lager, black ale, and dunkel at the brew pub, each of which were quite similar, but displayed enough distinction to make for a interesting exercise of the palate. I thought I’d post combined comments of all three for each. Visually, the dunkel is a dark brown with a reddish tinge, a bit of a challenge to discern from the black hues of the black lager and ale. The ale and lager can be distinguished only by a half shade of tan in the head. Flavor and aroma-wise, the dunkel carries a traditional chalky, roasted dunkel character, enjoyable enough on a cold afternoon. The black ale and lager are a bit harder to differentiate -- both with a chocolate malt base, and smooth mouthfeel. The lager has that clear "lagery-ness" to it, finishing with a grassy maltiness, whereas the ale ends with a subtle bitterness that even the less seasoned amongst us could call out. In the end, the ale was the favored pick among sturdy small batch brews. (#4497, 2/25/2012)
vyvvy (3613) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark mahogany brown with a light tan head. The aroma is a bit bready and toasty with a bit of graham cracker. Not quite as full and rich as many, but that’s fine with me. Medium body that’s a bit fuller than expected with fairly light soft carbonation. The flavor starts off with toasty bready malt, brown sugar, spice and some nuttiness that seems like walnuts. The finish has a bit more spice and has a bit of minerals. Dunkel is not my favorite style, but this was nice for what it was.