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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Late Fall into winter seasonal. More malt, more malt, more malt. Dark malt and the fact that light can't pass through gave this beer its name. Hearty in flavor, great in taste.

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3.6
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Very dark, tan head. Very smoky, lots of malt, kind of earthy. Dry finish. Medium body, held up well all things considered, but you can tell it still suffered a bit fromt he time out of the keg. Still quite good.

3.6
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2004
Very dark brown, somewhat black, w/ light brown foam. Toasty, slightly smoky aroma of dark chocolate & coffee w/ an earthy, meatiness. Full-bodied, slightly chewy feel. Flavour shows roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee (espresso) w/ a very mild, appetizing sourness.

3.5
Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Appearance from likely generous American at Doug Shoemaker Party. Very sweet with chocolate malts and who knows what to sweeten the smoke, but also bitterness at the finish.

3.3
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Toronto Christmas Party ’04. Admittedly older growler but still in great shape. Very dark mahogony, nice tan head. Nose is smoky, dark roasted malts. Rich smoky bitterness, chocolaty finish.

3.3
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Growler at DougShoemaker’s. Considering that this spent considerable time out of the keg this was a pretty decent beer. Deep black color with a light brown head. Coffee aromas. Slightly bitter. Light to medium bodied. Flavors were coffee and roasted malt.

2.7
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours a dark black body, big fluffy beige head. Touch of sourness hops and dark malt in the aroma. Roasty, slightly dry astringent (?) sour bitterness and some malt. Average palate, touch light. Growler @ Toronto Christmas Party 2004.

4.4
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Stoutish appearance, almost opaque, but ruby around the edges. Nearly flat, with meager carbonation supplying a tiny ring of froth. I've never ground up malt before, but this beer smells like what I imagine to be a tub the finest, freshly ground dark malts. I've never encountered such an intense malt presence, save for Celebrator. Cocoa powder, carob, and a vague cinammon smell I recall from both the Dark and Oktoberfest. Not quite as intense on the palate, but still deliciously semi-sweet. Light bitterness trickles in at just the right moment to slow down the malt train. Courtesy of my good friend Tom, this is the third beer I've been able to sample from Calumet. I've made a concerted effort not to reinforce a positive bias toward this brewery in my ratings, but I can't help but rave about these beers. Each seem to epitomize the freshness and small-batch quality that craft brewers should strive for. Thanks Coug.

4.2
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Very sweet, malty and smooth. This is a refreshing beer with a great toasted malt accent that finishes dry. Great balance. The carbonation pokes through as does the subtle bitterness that complements the sweet edge on this beer very well.

4.4
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Pours slightly darker than the dark with a smooth creamy tan head covering it all. Taste is malty, of course, and well balanced with just the right amount of hops. Shows vinous qualities. Could be a little thicker, but I guess it wouldn't be a schwarzbier then. I put this in the same boat as the Calumet Dark.

4.1
muzzlehatch (4952) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2002
On tap at the brewery. THIS is the beer that IMHO should be getting the raves that the Dark is. The maltiest, sweetest nose that I’ve ever experienced, milk-chocolate and caramel and a faint floweriness. Dark and rich and thick, with a medium-to-slightly heavy body, strong coffee flavor, excellent finish. Best of Bob’s beers if you ask me.


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