TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2017
Draft at the brewpub. Rusty garnet. Off-white foam halo. Decent aroma of cocoa, toffee, plum, and hints of red apple, honeysuckle and spent tealeaves. Loose and fizzy carbonation. Unpolished malt is quick to reveal hints of burnt popcorn and earthy cocoa trailed by dulling Red Delicious apple notes. Mild grip of toast lends a bit of structure before being quickly washed away by the discordant bubbles. Leafy hops don’t contribute much brightness...more of a body-hindering astringency than anything else, and the overstated plumlike acidity doesn’t help. Malt continually devolves and develops a papery and wafery dimension instead of any real depth. Limp and basic finish is comprised of husky burnt-popcorn hulls, cocoa and chocolate. A very by-the-numbers cocoa-chocolaty rendition with a generic malt character that particularly lacks texture. Sourish, too, and a very prickly mouthfeel that makes it not so enjoyable on the tongue. About as generic as it gets, and vastly inferior to their enjoyable Bohemian pils. Bacchus66 (940) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Draft at source. Pours clear chocolate brown with a thin beige head, good lacing. Smells like chocolate, yeast, malt. Flavors are more chocolatey roasty malt, grain. Lightly sweet flavors but a clean dry finish. Moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable. TylerGreenDC (1058) - - APR 9, 2016
Draft. Aroma of malty cracker. Flavors of chocolate, cracked wheat, barley cracker and a hint of plum. Fantastic. chinchill (5318) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2015
On tap at the brewery in Sept. 2012 (from notes).
Pours a clear but very dark mahogany color, with a durable tan head that leaves just the right (aesthetically) amount of lacing on the glass.
M: Very smooth; medium body; medium-low carbonation; slightly dry at finish.
This is an excellent dunkel, even by Bavarian standards (which I just visited again last month). It probably helps that this American micro-brewer specializes in lagers. It does depart from my impression of a typical German dunkel in using a bit more dark malt, or some malt that is bit darker, leading to a more pronounced dark malt component in the aroma and, even more so, in the flavor. Indeed, the long lasting flavor of dark malts is certainly on of this beer’s strong points. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Brewvival 2015 Trip #45. Keg at Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park. Pours a clear copper with a thin creamy tan head.Good head retention. Aroma of raisin, toasted malt, caramel, mild dark fruits. The taste is bready malt, caramel, mild roasted malt and raisins. Medium bodied.
jbruner (5287) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Pours a deep reddish brown on tap with fluffy tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is dark german malts, munich and chocolate, with a hint of lager yeast frutiness. Taste follows, clean and crisp with a nice robust body. Not bad at all. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Thanks to Dave for this one. Pours out a light reddish color with a small off white head. Aroma is of some light fruit, dough, mild sweetness. Taste is odd, caramel, mild tartness, bread, light spice. Eh, rather generic. Travlr (26105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Draft. Clear deep amber color. Aroma of chocolate biscuits. Taste is burnt cocoa, toast. Nice. jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Brown pour with a tight tan head. Toasted brown bread and a bit of vanilla. Quite nutty, autumnal red fruits. Taste of toasted raisin bread. Creamy malt backbone. Light caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation. Leighton (22307) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2014
Draft at Appalachian Vintner during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clear amber with a white foam head. Toasty bread on the nose, some caramel, too. Medium sweet flavor with more bread, light ripe fruits, toffee, faint leafy bitterness. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Good, moderately clean finish with nice toasty bread character, brown bread, dry caramel, mellow leaves. Pretty solid for the style.