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Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Ettal, Germany

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A dark beer, light and sweet and full bodied, highly fermented, very malty aroma. The slight Hpfennote rounds out the flavor and gives this drink a monastery special character. A beer in the good old custom of the monastery.

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3.1
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Chestnut brown with moderate head, not lasting too long. Caramel aroma, a bit sweet and clearly malty but also a bit of a musty vintage-like aroma. The flavor is moderately vigorous, very caramelly but also metallic and moderately dull/flat. I didn’t check the freshness date on it, but the bottle was on sale at Cellars of Roseville so it may have been better with a brand new bottle.

3.6
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2005
(500 ml bottle, marked "10 10 05") Pours a medium-dark honey brown, frothy biege head. Rich aroma of fresh honey and malty sweetness. Mouthfeel a little dry and a little thin. Poor lacing. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar and honey but fairly muted so doesn’t quite match up to the promise of the great aroma. Good nonetheless, and helps to have a fresh bottle!

3
JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
This beer is not as powerful as I expected, but is like marzen. The aroma is surprisingly light with smoke and roasted malt. Dark brown with a large head. Fairly heavily carbonated for the style. Simple flavor of roasted malt. Not really sweet at all. Good palate, not very heavy and not thin. A simple but well crafted beer. The bottle is one month past the best by date.

3.5
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2005
I really like Dunkel, and I really like this. The beer is not terribly complex. Rather, it is a very round, easy-going Dunkel, particularly fit for session drinking and an excellent accompaniment to food. Well done.

3.1
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Pours with a large beige head, body is a red crimson, clear with lots of carbonation. Slight mineral/metallic aroma. Taste is sligt chocolate, nutty malts. Hops present throughout, leave a bitter finish. Body is watery. Decent.

3.2
PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Orangey brown, medium pitted bubbly head. Chocolate and caramel aroma, a touch of ginger cookies. Perfectly balanced, a whiff of sweetness flows into a moderately hopped finish. Palate is light and smooth, not overly carbonated. A touch toward bland, butOK. Definitely simple.

3.3
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2005
500 ml bottle. Cloudy dark walnut, nearly opaque with faint red tints, thick moderately lasting fluffy head and thick lace...big chocolaty-malty nose, hints of prunce along with dried straw and light berries, caramel, nice but for just a hint of soapiness...unfortunately a bit thin on the palate, but some nice chocolaty notes, moderate sweetness and decent roasty malt makes for a reasonably pleasant if unexciting drinking experience. Barely a trace of hops.

4.1
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Solid auburn with a dark umber glow. Medium and compact light tan foam. Lace sticks in skimpy strings but keeps a solid skim and collar the entire session. Aroma is pretty solid with light roasty malting and nutty breads. A bit toasty and drizzled with caramel; always dry yet sweetly sided with the bread tone. Taste is about the same as what the smell eludes to which stands among a good caramel, nutty bread tone with dustings of cocoa, wood, and drying nuttyness and pretzeled breadings. Fluffy and firm carbonation thats clean and gripping to the point of good natured drinking. Medium body with a solid finish of nuts, toasty breadyness, and a light mineral spicey woodish hop thing. A very solid beer. Munich malts make the bread tones evident and the extra darker toasty nuttyness gives it an almost porter-esk character. Quite a nice treat. Spendy though.

3.2
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
(draft) Not what I was expecting, but a pleasant surprise instead. The main flavor I got was caramel, but there was really an awful lot of complexity behind that. Everything was subdued, but noticeable. Pretty good.

3.5
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2005
I think it was my pal The_Beer_God that sent me this select import!

The body is a hue of hazelnut… The head is tall and khaki. This beer is a terrific example as to a beer that gathers more flavor and aroma as it warms… the chill seems to majorly suppress everything.
Nice nutty suggestions are observed, along with hints of toffee, cola, and coco. There is a satisfying allusion of smoky molasses, plums, date sugars and fig. I also pick up on hints of prune juice, and other dark pit fruits. Nice yeasty pumpernickel finish… fruity and becomes longer as the beer warms to almost room temp. Overall, it all finds a nice equilibrium and becomes a tasty drink!


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