Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at NERAX. Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head. Huge hot malt aroma, with lots of heavy caramel and toffee. Flavour is similarly robust, with huge toasted malt, caramel and toffee taste. Virtually no hop character. Hot alcohol finish, smooth and full bodied. My second from the brewery, and both have been big, intense and delicious sweet beers.
MWMBeerguy (119) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color and slightly hazy. Thin tan head. Malt and slight alcohol sweet aroma. Very tasty and no hint of the alcohol in the malty taste. Dry finish.
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jlruthven (560) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Pours brick-red, clear, eggshell head. Nose is bready, hints of plum and apricot, whiskey malt notes. Exceptionally smooth body, a loaf of spiced bread in a glass. Clean finish. Love it.
tnkw01 (1176) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The Monk’s Christmas version. Medium to dark brown. Small head. Rum cake and dried fruit aroma. Taste is a pleasant malty sweet flavor. Nice beer.
Bif (1540) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Pours a dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, nut and hint of spice. taste of malt, caramel sweetness, bit of nut and chocolate in the background. Easy bitterness and a fairly clean finish. Moderate body, flavorful without being overpowering. Enjoyable for the style
DSG (6242) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troubles. Clear deep amber-brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toast, a bit of chocolate, nutty notes and minerally note. Sweetish flavor, toasty, with some chocolate, nuts, caramel and a drier finish with faint bitterness. Medium-bodied. Decent.
michcam8 (313) - Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper color, with little to no head. Aroma of sweet malts, slight dark fruits, and bread. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malt up front, toast, and dark fruits...somewhat dry, and warm to the tummy. Finish lingers on the tongue for some time. Overall, not bad, but would not seek out again....due to the cost.
downender (6445) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown in colour, with an off-white head. Brown sugar aplenty, some red fruits and a gentle, toasty, finish. Good.
glennmastrange (2311) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas of roasted and caramel for the malt, cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with brown sugar and a hint of cola. Head is small, frothy, off-white with slippery spotty lacing and good legs, and is almost fully dinishing. Color is clear light orange brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lighlty bittersweet. Palate is medium, a little slick with a soft to lively carbonation. Smells nice but the unpleasnat feel threw this Dunkel off a bit.
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Clear, chestnut brown colour with a firm medium-sized and tanned foamy head. Moderately toasted malty aroma with notes of caramel, chocolate, bread crusts and shades of grassy hops. Sweet-bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a smooth carbonation. Toasty malty taste with caramel, chocolate and distinctively nutty notes lingering into the toasty and slightly hoppy finish. A likeable Dunkel. 02.V.14
GoufCustom (859) - HONG KONG - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle bought at foodGARDEN in D2 Place, Lai Chi Kok.
Looks: Clear deep amber ruby colour; One finger head and crumpety off-white foam which lasts for about 1 minute; Small sticky lacing and quite fizzy carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet roasted dark malt, with strong caramel and toffee, cream, sugar, light coffee, and thin lemony grass hops.
Taste: Medium-sweet lightly roasted malt, with nuts, light smokiness, sticky toffee, caramel, brown sugar, double cream, light coffee, light lime, grass, and moderate bitter hops.
Body: Close to light. Thin but sticky palate.
Mouth Feel: Dynamic and tensile! Moderately light roasted malt, not so ‘dark’, but with full nuttiness and some smokiness. The real strength lies on toffee and caramel - sticky, yummy, low sweet - that make things so lively and chop-licking. Beautiful! Also rich in cream, paired with some nice light coffee and brown sugar. Really comforting as well a taste-bug opener. Oh yes!
Hoppiness: Thin lemon and grass nose, light lime and notable grassy taste. Moderate light bitterness to compliment the light brown sugar for a creamy sticky sweet-bitter finish.
After Taste: Quite dry; Very easy and chewy to mouth.
Comments: Good Dunkels come in many different ways to please, and this one really sweeps my awful memories of mediocre German macro / micro dark lagers away. This is a traditional Bavarian Dunkel, well made, with nice aroma lively sticky toffee palate, modestly low sweetness and just-right hoppiness. Not only it is tasty, it basically changes my previously poor perception of this beer style, for the better. Highly recommended!
P.S. What a fine choice to celebrate my 600th ratings! :-)