Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Smells of wood, earth and the usual bron sugars/caramel, but with a slight char to the proceedings. Some pencil shavings in the aroma. Great carb level, great body (if a tad thin), lasting head, lovely medium brown color with a little rust orange when there is not a lot of beer in the glass, super clear pour. Great loaves of sharp rye and dark wheat in the flavor, a little acidic, forest-like, a little hop spice (pepper, grass), brown sugar. Sharp, snazzy flavor and body. I guess one could complain slightly that the body and flavor combination is a tad watery, but to me this is just part of the charm of a solidly made and very east to drink beer.
RERATE: Well, I’ve had this many times between October and April. Amazing beer in the variety of flavors - it has everything and is very fresh every time I get it.
wlajwl (5509) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is heavy on dark malts, with some graininess as well. The flavor is caramel, toffee, nuttiness and a smooth finish. No off flavors or harshness and a good flavor, this was a great dunkel.
neverleaveopen (245) - GERMANY - APR 25, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear dark red-brown with a fine head. nice, strong malt aroma with some roasty notes. very well-balanced taste. great long finish. not my favourite type of beer. but this one is the best munich dunkel i have had. and i had a few of the top 50 beer of this type.
keepitreal (6) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in glass at Guthega Inn. The perfect dark beer to go with Goulash or a homemade sausage and sauerkraut. Full flavoured, well rounded. Those monks know what they are doing!
ContemplateBeer (1946) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had under the alias "Monk’s Christmas" at Holy Grale, Louisville. Real nice malt profile with caramel, raisins, pineapple and light chocolate, but without the overbearing chocolate/caramel of many Dunkels. Appearance was reddish cola brown with bone head. Flavor matched the nose, but with the wonderful toasty, nutty finish that I enjoy in so many German beers. Palate was soft and chewy. Fantastic beer.
DrNosha (1482) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,5l Flasche. Tolle Bernsteinfarbe mit festem hellbeigem Schaum. Röstmalz und Toffee in der Nase. Geschmack weiches Röstmalz, Vanille und Toffee. Langer Abgang. Sehr schön rundes Bier.
jonas (6619) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, warm thanks to pivnizub. Red chestnut, big golden lacing ftoth. Houneyroasted almond aroma with a light metallic edge. Solid mouthfeel, sweet fruity groundwork, berries, light roasted nuts, well balanced and aromatic. Roast retronasal. Lovely!
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange brown with a little head that doesn’t last too long. Smell is sweet malty and caramelly. Taste has a great malt flavor and a smooth sweet finish. Deliciously light brew. Good for any time.
GoufCustom (1478) - 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! :-)
jlruthven (600) - 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.