JPDIPSO (6298) - 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. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2005
Reddish amber, very cloudy. The head that forms a top of it looks like the top of the rocky mountains, in the clouds mind you. Intricately fruity nose surprises me because of its syrupy edge that I somehow associate with a purple aroma, some flower I’m not familiar with. The fruit top ground is sleeping in a yeast pillow, it might be old for it shows more musty character than I’d expected even from such a yeasty line. Light caramel and damp earth catch into the floral hallertau to bring out weird oregano and grapes flavours, branches included, pretty vegetal in fact. The first thing I think of when sipping (and it might be pure hazard with this beer) is blood oranges. Growing on you tart character, earthy, dry and fruity, a few grapes were left in the old attic of the country house you just bought. Apples, pears, cherries etc. Fun beer, I want more by the end of the glass. Fairly light bodied still, though fully carbonated. One of those mysterious beers that I’d need to have 2-3 of before figuring out how I feel about them. Is this really brewed with regards to the 1516 purity law? DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
No#42. I suppose not all the beers can be great, but i am a big fan of dunkels normally. Aroma is feet. Taste is sour bitter feet, normally these wouldnt bother me too much but i cant deal with it today, not like this. hotstuff (5279) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. Small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, murky, virtually no lacing, minimal carbonation, and a medium brown hue. Nose was malty, caramel, semi-sweet, dark fruits, some bready notes, and brown sugar. Flavor was sweet, malty, caramel, thin, dark fruits, and buttery taste. Mouthfeel was thin and fairly smooth. Light body. Decent Dunkel, very quaffable, and worthy of a try. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Pours a medium brown and mostly clear with a good head. Aroma is sweet and caramelly with hints of chocolate and some earthy/spicy hops. Flavor is lots of caramel chocolate and backed by some hops. Overall I think there was too much of a caramel sweetness (maybe from too much munich?) but it was pretty good. Ayinger albairisch dunkel was more enjoyable and a better representation of the style.
muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2004
500 ml bottle, purchased (I think) at Discount in Milwaukee, July 1. Dark, clear maple color, dying off-white fluffy head. Caramel and rye in the aroma, light spiciness and yeast. Much sweetness at the front of the body, very very smooth like the Hell, perhaps some hints of licorice, gin and baked pears. Wants to be drunk quickly, and I’m having to resist. Has almost a thin malted-milk texture, it is so smooth and drinkable. Hops just barely extant. A terrific example of the style, as was the Hell a couple of nights ago. This is a brewery that needs to be better known! Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle producing a deep garnet/maroon body, opaque, with a creamy head. Looks chewy. But it isn’t really. A little bit like a vintage beer, with some significant caramel, wood, nut (whole toasted almonds) flavors and a little raisin touch. Tingling palate, at first seeming thin but really not that dramatically thin, somewhat lilting. You might claim to find a little metallic touch in the finish, the influence of some German hopping on top of what is otherwise a bold bock with only moderate sweetness despite the obvious malt character. It gets more rewarding with continued drinking. I would love to have German measures of this beer on tap, in Germany, with a plate of wurst, spaetzle, red cabbage, sauerkrat, and gravy. And oompa music. I think under those conditions this might be a 4.0+ beer. FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pours a lightly hazy, a touch murky, but with a brightly deep reddish color that almost takes on a purplish-amber hue. The head starts out at about two-fingers thick and is a nicely tannish amber color. The aroma is sweet and malty up front with a lightly toasty note in the finish that almost takes on a hint of smoke. A rich, caramelized bready note is prominent in the middle aromatics as well as some light spicy notes that help to round things out.SSSteve (4006) - - APR 5, 2008
The taste is quite a bit drier than 8I was expecting from the aroma, but it fits in perfectly as a hugely malty German beer that is not overly sweet (a product of decoction mashing perhaps). A touch of salty, smoky peat is noticeable as part of the complex malt profile. There is a touch of sweetness here, it is almost fruity with hints at berries and even something like pear. Solid, freshly baked, crusty, caramelized bread notes and a light biscuit character round out the malt notes. A lightly spicy hop note is here in the flavor as well. It almost, in combination with the sweet malt notes, adds something like cinnamon flavor to the beer. Definitely there is a nice spicy hop character that at times is herbal and takes on a light, yet balancing bitterness in the finish. This is definitely a nice beer, I think it might not be as fresh as I could like, but it is still quite tasty.
clear brown with no head and no lacing. flavor is burnt toffee, coffee, tea. caramel aroma. nice. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Bottle. Sweet, toffee-like aroma with some chocolate and roasted notes as well. Smells very similar to a nice doppelbock. Large overflowing head out of the bottle. Hazy garnet amber color with an off-white head. Head is just too robust on this. Sweet, toffee-like start, which turns cedar-like with lots of woodsy and earthiness. Turns roasted late without many hops. A bit of smoke is present with a slight mustiness. I get coffee coming through very late.