beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Very dark brown color. Little to no head. Aroma is malt, caramel, touch of smoke and oak. A medium to light bodied dunkel. Malts are fruity, chocolate and sweet. Very smooth taste, Lots of malt not a lot of hops. Nice easy drinking dark beer. Sort of reminds me of a “old style” Bavarian Dark. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2004
pours a deep brown w/ a thick tan cream head. Had a fairly mild aroma w/ hints of coffee (hard to pick up in a bar) the palate was creamy and delicious the flavor had hints of hops, malts, carmel, and maybe even a tiny bit of nutmeg.. overall I really liked this beer. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 10, 2004
Nice rich color or deep maroon almost with thick white head. Nice nose of coffee, chocolate, nuts and goodness. Med weight with a slightly sweet mid that lingers into the finish. The flavors start out as a carmel coffee concoction and move in to more roasted nuts and dry coffee beans. Nice chocolate note and overall a well made beer. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Malt and yeast aroma, rich smooth chocolate coffee taste, stays smooth the entire trip . A brew that hs converted many to the dark side. Especially works on women who say they would never touch a dark beer BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Bottle: Deep reddish brown hue with small head and little lace. The aroma has notes of smoky and caramelized malts, floral hops, pipe tobacco, coffee, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts with a sublime bittersweet malty nature before a light twangy fruit character sets in. The finish is mostly smoky and nutty, some bitters detected. The feel is so average, not much depth but it is lively. Okay brew, something you can drink a couple of in a setting.
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
My favorite Dark. What Beck’s Dark And St. Pauli Girl used to be before going Commercial. Good blended use of malt thru various stages of its taste. Nice finish from its quality hops (Mt.Hood). Dunkel’s not a style I usually drink, but this beer makes it a great place to visit! jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
pours clean and dark with minimal head. smells sour/skunky, like a pale lager, and tastes much lighter than it looks. very smooth, but is not anything like a dunkel should be. maybe i need a fresher bottle? StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 Rerate 8-1-2005, based on new nuances I’m turning up with this one. Nice deep rose / mahogany in color and only a brief presence with the head. Aroma is chocolate, cedar panels, caramel, toffee and copper kettle. Flavor evolves, rounding out a nice, sweet caramel and chocolate malt complexion. Hints of peat and smoked malts enter at the tail end to add a slight earthiness persona, but then somewhat diffuse to a chocolatey toffee sweetness. One of Lakefront’s bests. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Well, I just be gol darned if America doesn’t make some FINE Dunkels! The aroma here, to me, isn’t so much coffee as it is smoky, rich dark nutmeats, souring, getting moldy, along with a hefty bark element. Rich, very slight sweetness lingering in the aroma. The flavor contains swirling brown sugar and iron-y moassess, raisin, and great gobs of thinnish caramel and roasted malt. Noble hops close the deal by thinning the ending palate (they impart some peppery spice, a bit of pencil shavings). Only drawback, and this may be on account of this being an old bottle, is it’s slightly more sour than it should be. The appearance here is gorgeous, the fluff on the bone white head was so large, and fades in moderate time to a small ring. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 Pours a dark brown, opaque, with a decent sized head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Flavor is choclate, coffee, bitter cherry. Nice and full in flavor, and coated the palate quite well.