brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Good-looking pour: dark brown body summons healthy tan head & sticky lace. Toasty chocolate malt aroma initially, but oxidation swerves in at the end to spoil the fun. LilMissAle (9) - Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
Taste is metallic, fizzy, and bland. No roasted malt, wheaty sweetness, or other standard flavors. I'd never guess this was a Dunkel by taste alone; you can really taste the disappointment. Body is equally off: highly carbed and light- to medium-bodied.
As a generic beer, this is mediocre to bad. And as a Dunkel, this is epicfail.jpg.
Smells a little bit like saltwater and oysters, sea house type of beach shack aroma. Beautiful dark brown color, almost no lacing. This girl is a very complex variety of flavors....almost a nut brown finish to it, I personally prefer the Sam Adams Dunkel to it. roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Pours dark brown with small tan head out of bottle. Strong caramel and coffee notes. Roasted coffee flavor with a hint of malt and caramel. Great beer from a great brewery!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jhamp9 (1860) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a nice creamy beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, wheat, and char. Nice smoky roast malt flavor with subtle chocolate and coffee in the background. Some bitterness there as well. Some chocolate in the aftertaste. Smooth palate. Really enjoyable. dfinney23 (3269) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Much stronger coffee and chocolate notes than other dunkels I’ve had. Not at all a bad thing, in my book.
brotan1 (12) - Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Had this beer at Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie (2013) This was my first introduction to Franconia and I thought it was a middle of the road Dunkel.. medium sweet aroma, nice and dark, I expected a bigger flavor but for the most part it was plain. Overall I say this is a good sipping beer to drink at the end of the winter or beginning of spring.. One might even drink this to compliment a nice plate of spare ribs. Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Tried this beer on tap at The Flying Saucer in Addison, TX. Taste: sweet malt with cocoa and coffee notes. A decent dunkel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2012
I think this is one of Franconia’s better beers. I’m not a huge fan of their beer profiles but for the style this is a decent offering. A slight roasted aroma
with sweet malt is what hit me first. This is continued in the taste; however, I would have preferred it to be a bit stronger. The color was typical dunkel-dark and the palate was nothing unique. Not bad because it followed the beer’s traditional profile. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Dark brown color with tan foam. Dry black malt, ash aromas. medium body. Dry, lagered black malt flavors with some smoke, ash--decent crajun (1243) - , Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
from older notes; on tap at holy grail. no aroma; I was in a bar. my notes say this was flat nasty and soapy.. cardboard??