strafefire (8) - - APR 17, 2013beerstar88 (587) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2017
Continuing on my love affair of all beers German, tonight I find myself enjoying my first representation of the Dunkel family in the Goller Dunkel offering.
As has been established, I seem to be a fan of all beers black, with schwarzbier becoming almost a personal obsession as of late. So, can the oft-mentioned dunkel hold up to the roasty magnificence of the schwarz? Time to find out...
In cracking the now familiar (and beautiful) swing top bottle, I find an incredibly subdued aroma profile, pouring it into my Kostritzer latte tall boy does not seem to offer much of an improvement on the offerings to the Honker. What fragreence I can discern are hints of caramel, alcohol and possibly a very faint roast coffee to burnt wood, which on second smelling offers a more palette whetting bready yeastiness, things are looking up already.
In terms of appearance, Goller most certainly lives up to the dunkel style, pouring a deep brown to mahogany body, crowned by a authoritative off white head which settles to a wafer layer of foam. I suspect that the glass may still have traces of detergent which may have torpedoed the otherwise magnificent head. On holding up to a light source, Goller throws a deep burnt amber hue with some hazing, positively beautiful.
Now the taste, and my goodness what a taste it is. The initial sip releases a wonderful rich pallette of burnt sugar, toffee, dark bread and a very subtle piney note. This beautiful malty sweetness grows into a more molasses / digestive biscuit type affair and builds in perfect balance with the increasing choppy bitterness which, while most certainly pleasant, does not overpower the malt base. Finally there is a long, rich bittersweet finish which is immensely satisfying, although it would not be the best hints on a scorching hot day (winter time? My god yes!)
Finally in terms of mouth feel, Goller dunkel has what I can only describe as a voluptuous, rich body. You certainly know you are drinking a lager style which is a far cry from mass market pisswater that’s for certain! This rich, satisfying texture is lifted with a medium, almost rocky carbonation which really brings this beer a spark of life in the mouth.
Overall? Seeing as I am an enormous fan of rich, dark, malty and satisfying beers, Goller dunkel is how I would describe liquid bread. Rich, beautiful artisan liquid bread. It may not have knocked schwarzbier off my mantle, and I would not necessarily chug it on a hot summers day, but for a superbly delicious treat or winter swigger, Goller Dunkel has found an extremely happy customer here.
As always, happy supping!
Angenehme Röstnoten im Antrunk, malzbetonter Körper der für mich nicht vollmundig genug ist und leicht wässrig wirkt. Der Hopfen kommt im Abgang gut durch. Sehr süffiges Dunkles. Milter (901) - Nyborg, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2015 God mørk øl, der absolut kan anbefales. Købt på restaurant i Kina til o,50 Euro. Desverger (11092) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2015
[email protected]djoeye (4605) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2015
, Copenhagen (16/07/2015) - dark brown pour with beige head. Medium sweet to light roasted malty aroma and taste, caramel, nutty, some butterscotch, light cocoa, medium roasty bitter finish.
Borup (14270) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2015
Look; dirty white head and clear copper-ruby red body. Aroma; caramels and a fruit basket. Taste; raisins, fruity malts, malted candies, grassy hops, tiny winey notes - leading to a soft and fruity finish. Normal texture and soft carbonation. Survived past BB without off-tastes. Quality enough, easy. [50cl brown bottle 5.2%abv BB07-05-2015 Greetings to Bierothek in Bamberg DE, [email protected]
From tap at Taphouse. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, caramel, coffee and nuts.
ianwelby (1368) - SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Clear reddish beer. Thin head. Slightly watery. Malt and caramel. Drinkable but pretty dull. Rune (12587) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2014
500ml swing-top bottle bought at Die Bierothek in Bamberg, shared with Finn. A big shot followed by smoke when opened. Clear mahogany coloured body under a diminishing beige head. Slightly roasted dark malty aroma, semi-sweet. Flavoured with grainy caramel, earth, and nuts. Rather sweet and dry malty ending. Medium bodied. Satisfying (at the balcony, Fässla, Bamberg 11.10.2014). Finn (7513) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Fra flaske delt med Rune. Mahognyfarget. Åpnet med røyk & skudd. Høyt luftig skum. Aroma av malt. Smaken er søt karamell med innslag av malt. Smaken holder seg. RexTalionis (3725) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small head. Sweetish bready in aroma. Flavor is similar sweet with breadyness present, hints of roasted malts as well.
Russo (2011) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
Clear dark brown color with average frothy off-white head keeping a nice lacing. Aroma is grainy and roasted malt with sweet notes. Flavor is like aroma and slightly hoppy. Medium carbonation and body with a dry sweet finish.