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Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Christchurch, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2384) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2012
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)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - JUN 10, 2013
A mature beer that delivers a well-rounded full-bodied flavour with hints of toasted marshmallow and malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarossaLuke (539) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2012
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

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (810) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 25, 2012
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...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
500 ml bottle. Dark brown-black beer with a heavy ruby tint. Sweet malty aroma, honey, cocoa, brown sugar, and light molasses. Flavour is quite good, chewy caramel, toffee, toasted malt and a little bit of leather. Toasty sweet finish. Nice texture. Some spicy hop flavour as well. Quite a nice brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2008
Bottle, pouring a dark brown with reddish hints and a large foamy beige head. A good roasted malt aroma with lots of coffee. The malt is pretty smooth on the palate, and the coffee flavour not as strong as hinted at in the aroma. Is pretty light for 5.2% and very quaffable. Agree with Papsoe, this is a pretty good Schwarzbier.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep copper amber with a robust foamy ecru head that generates early lacy fingers. Very toasty nose. For the record, I get nothing of burnt malt or coffee at all. The palate similarly is toasty malt with elements of burnt sugar and dates. Finish is dry with mild bitterness. I really thought it was an excellent dunkel. My wife and I enjoyed it with fresh NZ lamb sausages and kumara mash. Fantastic!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (201) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2009
500ml bottle. Dark brown with amber/ruby tint, small creamy fully lasting tan coloured head, good lacing. Aromas of burnt toast, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco and some leather. Short initial malty sweetness, long bitter middle and finish. Medium body, very dry burnt finish, light carbonation. At the end of drinking it it was almost like having an espresso (aroma and bitterness). Interesting and has character, would have it again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (983) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1754) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2014
Keg - Brew, Tauranga. Poured a chestnut brown with a small, slowly dissipating and lacing off-white to beige head. Chocolate, coffee, roasty, nutty malts, bread dough, toffee and burnt toast characters. Some plummy dark fruit notes too. Medium body with good palate consistency throughout and a dry, lingering malt bitterness in the finish. Medium carbonation keeps the palate texture lively and fresh. Crisp, clean and balanced malt-forward goodness and bittersweet balance.


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