Strykzone (7430) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Hopefully this is the beer I am drinking. Pour is dark brown with red and a nice smooth tan head. Aroma is rich sweet malt. Flavor is also full of that malt. Notes of yeast, cloves, and banana, as well. Some caramel. The occasional prickly feel. Finish offered a bit of chocolate but was muddled. Still, a sweet and rich beer that was so easy to drink. Well done. Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 11, 2002
Orangey color, small white head, caramel bitter. Light bitter aftertaste.... CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Pours a ruby copper brown with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of a standard malty German lager with some acidity. Body is bready, sweet and earthy with a dry mellow finish. This is a decent beer, but nothing spectacular. A good example of the style. Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Cooked caramel aroma on a dark red beer. Light-bodied with a caramel-sugar-alcohol sense with slight roastiness. Smooth with little carbonation. ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2004
2004 bottle (I presume). I was reading style guidelines and usual characteristics of dunkels before trying this (having not had too many of the style). It surprised me how well this seemed to fit the style; almost exactly. Medium brown color, nice and cloudy from the bottle conditioning. Some light auburns and dull copper tones in there as well. Head was small and mostly fleeting but present: a light beige color. Aroma has toffee, sweet nuttiness and hints of caramel and yeast. Little hops in the aroma. Flavor is wonderful. Starts out with a big caramel malt mixed in with the lager yeast that is lightly pungent, and adds great complexity without getting dominant. Hops surprisingly do make an appearance, probably from the freshness of this beer; they are lightly spicy and a bit astringent. The chocolate characteristics present are more of a rich milky/caramelly chocolate, not much cocoa at all. The body is medium and the palate has a bit of a zip to it (could be a bit more smooth, but that’s a bottle conditioned lager, I guess). Wonderful beer, this brewery is outstanding. It could use a bit less hops though.
egajdzis (6624) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Pours a reddish copper color with a large off white head. Sweet musty caramel, toffee, butterscotch aroma, which was also slightly spicy. Nice balance of malt and hops, nothing special there. Light carbonated mouthfeel, very slick. Roasted chocolate finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Bottle: Amber hue with fading off-white fizzy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of caramel malting, pumpernickel bread, smoked sausage, light spice, earthy yeast esters. The taste starts lightly fruity and spicy (juniper berry, prune, and pear) with a moderate caramel sweetness to follow. Some light bitterness and smoky qualities on the finish. The feel is lively and crisp initially then bready on the finish. Overall it is good, but still lack some punch. Quaffable and worth trying. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Bottle: Very malty aroma with lots of caramel and some chocolate. Pours a very hazy orangish-brown with a minimal head. Some sediment. Initial taste is sweet with lots of caramel and then finishes a little bitter. Leaves a smokey aftertaste. As the beer warms a chocolate flavor starts to come thru. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
After being nearly blown away by their dunkelweizen, I had to try this one and wasn’t disappointed. Pours ruby red to near brown with a frothy white head that lasts. Smells of plums and figs. Tastes of cherries with some strong misc. fruitty elements I couldn’t quite place. JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Deep amber with a taller lasting off white head. Slightly buttery malt aroma. Flavors of sweet malt and light mocha. Some wort like qualities (unfermented sweetness) that distract from the better qualities.