5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Bottle pours deep brown, hues of mahogany, large frothy off-white head, with clingy lacing. Aroma of grainy malts, green tea, tobacco, and soft coffee beans. Good toasted malt flavor up front, slightly nutty. Decent body and mouthfeel. Finishes fairly clean, smooth toasted malt taste. Simple, but not bad at all!
Dorqui (2214) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark, little shining color. Compact and enough adherent foam. Much bitter.
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a pretty solid dunkel lager. Nice malty presence with notes of molasses and a bit of nuttiness. A bit on the sweet side (not much hop bitterness to balance things out). Smooth and easy to drink.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Much better than the regular Gosser, yet nothing compared to the real munich dunkels found in bavaria. Slight harshness towards the end but upfornt it is quite smooth and sweet.
jimhilt (2584) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light tan, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Deep amber color. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts sweet, has a plum flavor finishes smooth and mellow. Nice dark beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solidly dark brown color with a fizzy tan head, this has a sweet malt aroma. It’s got a creamy mouthfeel, and the taste is of roasted caramel malts and a dash of dark fruits. Bit of a bitter aftertaste, but not offensive.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark red with a small light tan head. Sweet malty aroma with fruity caramel smell to it. Taste is smooth but very thin tasting with a roasty finish. A dark fruity aftertaste remains with a very mild bitterness left behind. Not an impressive brew, but at least easily drinkable and not repulsive.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well I had this on tap so it tasted very fresh. I think it was a little to heavy for me. I like certain dark beers but if they have too thick of consistancy I don’t enjoy them. It was a good color and scent It was just hard to drink though the flavor itself was not terrible.
Marko (5309) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 17, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2005 Nice little green bottle, quite similar to the export one. The two kinds were next to each other, and I picked this one up by "accident". Nice colour really, but the taste was a bit off-putting, sweet in a bad way (plums/raisins maybe). Seems a bit unbalanced. Rerate: Well, guess I was a bit mistaken last time, better this time, but still not that special. No trace of strange sweetness/fruity flavor from the last bottle. Burnt malts are dominant here, giving it a coffeish taste. Seems more robust now. +1 in flavor and overall impression.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didn’t notice the green bottle because it’s so dark, or I wouldn’t have picked this one up. I’m glad I did. The bottle is one of the cooler ones I’ve seen in a while.
Pours a dark brown with an interestingly white head that doesn’t stay long or leave much lace.
Aroma is dark fruits, malt, and a hint of dark chocolate.
Flavor is nutty/malty with a bit of coffee to it. It’s interesting for sure.
Palate is a creamy carbonation, almost nitro-induced, with a nice mineral mouthfeel. Overall it’s good for the style and definately worth giving it a try. Given the bottle color, though, I hope you don’t find one that’s skunked.