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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Another Polar Vortex is on its way, this time in a bottle. A cold weather friendly Dunkel Lager that has a medium light body and hints of chocolate and caramel. Traditional German hops lend themselves to a crisp finish. You can even steal this pattern for your next knitting project…life’s a stitch, knit it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6040) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle: Clear chestnut pour with a large, frothy head. Cola, chocolate, caramel aroma. Caramel, baked bread, chocolate malt taste. Sweet, mild, herbal hops. Light body, nice flavour. Very good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmohr (39) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 22 oz. bomber purchased from the Beer Cellar, Glen Ellyn, and poured into a shaker. The nose is odd, sweet and bready - like the copies from the elementary school ditto machine. Rather off-putting. Color is a pleasant golden brown with a large head. Taste is pretty good, smooth with a bit of malt, but the aroma drags the rating down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Taster at Standard Market. Dunkel brown beer with the cluster of leggy white fuzz on the surface. My sinuses are not letting me catch much nose today, so I can’t weigh in on that. The taste is dark and bready, not much of the extra spicy ester that sometimes comes with the style. A bit of the bite that seems to come from yeast still in the glass. Or it adds to a "savory" edge. Yet it’s dry without much hop in evidence, and it starts to go down the hatch pretty easily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Nice light caramel with a creamy foam. Light malt and hop aroma. Mild malt flavors with a hop finish. Very nice. Not overly dark, easy drinking. Very enjoyable. Shame it?s a limited release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (1348) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bomber. Pours a deep, sienna brown with a medium whitish head, excellent retention and lacing. Nose is malty, caramel, dried fruit, candied orange. Mouth is medium bodied, malt forward, with a slight roasty character, dried figs and dates, brown sugar, tobacco. Credit is due: this is a nice little Dunkel from a brewery that I admittedly haven’t had too many beers that I’ve liked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Draft. An extremely serviceable american styled dunkel. Light dark fruitiness, grain, and cacao.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy sweet malt and floral hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. This beer met my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Deep amber color with a foamy khaki colored head that left lots of sticky lace. Nice warm toasted malt nose with some earthy hop notes. Sweet beer with brown sugar, caramel, and some cinnamon toast. Light hop in the finish. Nice beer for an incredibly long winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2014
22oz bottle. Clear brown color. Thin off-white head. Leaves great, thicker lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, lightly soft, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Dark fruity aroma, some chocolate, toasty malts, lightly spicy. Good amount of earthy hops... Lightly piney hop. Satisfying amount of bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Good, easy drinking (hoppier) dunkel. Good one to pair with my dinner (left over wraps and sandwiches, grilled).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
On tap at the Roundhouse, and dispensed to a shaker showing a clear and fairly bright, brown tone, with a creamy tan, gradually diminishing layer of head foam, that left some wavy strands & spots on the glass. The aroma was toasty malt, some light grain, and hints of caramel & cocoa. Medium bodied, with good carbonation to project the flavor notes, the taste was similar to the nose, adding moderate hop bitterness that was lightly earthy, and possessing some lingering quality, with a nice blend of malts that modestly, but successfully highlighted the Munich character. Finished somewhat dry & crisp, and paired well with the pub food.

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