DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
(500 ml bottle: $1.79 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Pretty straightforward and simple dunkel, not as flavorful and malty and some, but decent enough. It’s mildly malty, toasty and not sweet at all, showing a bit of roast throughout and smoke in the finish. Slight bitterness seems more from the roast rather than hops. And there’s also some saltiness and a modest sourness in the flavor as well. The aroma is light, showing toast, some vague malt, and roast. Body is light-medium, trending toward medium, and it’s fairly dry on the palate. Carbonation level is solid but does not have a very gentle mouthfeel. Chestnut brown and quite clear, so even though this beer is fairly dark, I can still see through the beer to read the logo on the opposite side of the glass. Light-tan head pours quite small and quickly fades to a filmy top. Nothing great, this is not something to sit and ponder, but it’s not bad if you’re wanting just a plain old dark beer to suck down. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Watery, malty with a very thin, light body.
Roast, caramel, smooth and drinkable but not something to buy twice. Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 29, 2005
heavy mettalic flavor, still not a horrible beer. drinkable, decent cocoa taste, fizzy body that is thin and uneventful. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Sampled at the Portland International Beer Fest 2005. Very lightly toasty malt flavor up front, but massively thin and watery on the palate. Kinda fizzy on the palate leaving this very dry in the finish and a light spicy hop hint. I think it just really lacked body. deafnessashout (4) - USA - MAR 20, 2005 does not count
Fruity with a bitter and sour after taste, not the best tasting beer. Good sweet aroma, not overwhelming.
dingo (37) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
Middle of the road beer. Pours with a fizzy head, drops quickly. It has a dark color; blocks almost all light through. The taste is full but doesn’t leave a strong aftertaste at all. I can’t say it is great, it is just so-so. The smell is coffee, bread with a prunish hint as well. I see this beer is retired, but I just picked some up at Total Wine of all places. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 17, 2005
In the bottle from Asheville Wine Market. This is still available (and plenty of it). Pours a very dark brown-to-black color. Head magically disappears instantaneously. Roasted aroma and strong roasted flavor. Taste is a little better than the pale dopplebock lion. Subtle bitter finish with the dominant flavor being a roasted coffee-like taste at the end. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Malty, roasty aroma, some dark bread, coffee and faint, fruity sweetness, perhaps raisin, along with fainter notes of old wood, butterscotch and brown sugar. Deep, dark mahogany color with a slight, subsiding head. Flavor profile is bitter and malty with a generous spicy hop character to blend with the dry, roasty and chocolate malts. Finish is nutty and toasted, some lingering tobacco and dark brown sugar sweetness late. Palate is thin and a little overcarbonated, body is light-medium. Seems like what I might guess a lagered dry stout would be like. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Usually a dark beer with a sumptuous tan head is very inviting. Okay, this looked inviting. The sweet notes to the nose and the maltiness and traces of coffee were appealing. But the taste was dull and flat. Certainly didn’t deserve a gold watch to send it to retirement. cornfedboy (3) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2004 does not count
Dark color with nice foamy head. Coffee-like aroma. NIce flavor but leaves a water-downed after-taste.