Maris (1384) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500ml bottle on 29/11/2012 (ABV listed as 5% rather than 5.2%). Pours a clear dark amber with a small head. Has a quite strong aroma of chocolate and caramel malt. The flavour follows suit with lots of chocolate and caramel, along with some nutty, bready and roasty notes. Finishes with a nice medium bitterness. All up, a very pleasant malt dominated brew.
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Dunkel! Looks pretty awesome, with a diluted cola tone and a generous, creamy, off-white head. Smells of nothing. Well, to be honest, there’s a very subtle aroma of porter smothering something mischievously foul, but which is quite well hidden. The flavour is absolutely delicious. Yes mellow roasted malts, and even plums – not sure if this is consistent with the style. There’s some bitter chocolate and biscuits in there too. Perhaps marzipan, I don’t know. It’s pretty damn pleasant! Palate is a bit astringent, resinous. Nice long finish, dry and sticky. Lovely beer. I guess my biggest problem with this product is the choice of spelling. If they want to refer to the city of Munich (and they do), they should spell it as Münchner (with an umlaut) or Muenchner (the “ue replaces the “ü”). The word “Munchner” (without the umlaut) does not exist in the English or in the German languages. It does not refer to Munich, but to only to a certain Norwegian family name. Yeah, I know how people will appreciate this type of criticism...
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, amber red brown with a big, fine lasting head. Nutty malts on the nose, smooth mouthfeel. A nice dunkel.
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JUN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber-red colour, brown thick head. Strong chocolate/coffe/nuts aroma, pretty impresive! Taste is full of coffee/chocolate/malts. Really enjoyable!
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whoever scored this a 2.4 has no idea what they are talking about! This is a really nice Dunkel, they are not an easy beer to brew, but great drinking. A cold winter night is perfect for this lightly roasty beverage from our New Zealand brewing brethren. Nice coffee and hints of charcoal/ash on the nose, clean dry palate that makes the beer enjpyable and very drinkable. Wishing I had another bottle or three actually
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle via BeerMasons
Spicy and malty nose
Hints of.chocolate in dry spicy palate
Nothing too exciting
ALLOVATE (2899) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried back in October 2011.
Just on cool and into a dimple. It radiates a robust aroma on the pour. Quite lively, well conditioned managing a mountainous, tannish crown that lifts a good two fingers out the brim. Well retained atop a hazy, deep chestnut body; the lacework enviable. Thick, all consuming aroma of sticky chocolate mudcake, Marzipan, heavily roasted malt, ripe plums, dried dates, sultanas and raisins, a dash of ported oak and sharp, spicy herbs - deliciously inviting. Quite a complex ensemble in the mouth that attacks the back end. Bitter, dusty dark chocolate, husky wood, camphor, stinging nettles and rocket in and around the swallow. Plummy, pruny, sweet fruit front, kept in check by roasted and toasted grains. The body is light, the persistent head adding a creaminess to it. Carbonation just enough to heighten the flavour. Nice hop and malt bitterness fades into a flavour reminiscent of chocolate ice cream long into the swallow adding contrast. Bitter fruit sugars linger on the tongue. has a lot going on for a Dunkel bier. This is delicious stuff. (50cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Full flavoured dark beer. Not overly bitter and has good length. Lacks richness for it to be great.
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle, pours dark amber with tan head. Aroma of milk and sweet malt. Tastes of smooth creamy milk with strong coffee. Smooth aftertaste.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy brown in colour and a slightly off-mocha head. The aroma was quite difficult to put my finger on as it was very subtle. Chocolate brownie and not a great deal else, maybe a little cinnamon? Tough.
The flavours lean more toward the tart and fruity in this case with a finish of nutmeg and cinnamon. Not much in the way of bitterness and a finish of apple peelings and spice. Middling.