alexanderj (3595) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Chino Hills BevMo. Poured a dark brown with a good sized light brown head. Aroma was heavy on the roasted malt with chocolate and yeast. On my initial taste I thought this was the best I have had of the style. Went back and checked my ratings and I was proven correct. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Rich flavor that had some lactic sweetness. Palate was almost watery, but worked well.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2005 In the cool homebrewer-friendly flip cap 500 ml bottle from Cyclone Liquors. Light body with a white head. Dark brown colored beer.Very roasted in flavor. Maybe a little toasted. Disappointingly light in body. The bottle and the price ($2.99) were the best things about it. UPDATE: 10/18/05 Now on tap at the Huber Haus. Roasted flavor is more pronounced, but still too weak in the body department for me.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BJ’s Winter Tasting 2005: Deep crimson hue; big-bubbled, but fading head. Creamy-smooth mouthfeel; kind of light. Very toasty and bready malts. Notes of chocolate, toffee, toast and nuts. Balancing bitterness. Mild beer, but nice and pleasant.
Beerdedone (3332) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled. Pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head. Aroma of toasted malts, light chocolate, coffee, and a hint of toffee. Flavor is roasted malts, caramel, light chocolate, and some smoke with a dry finish.
GregClow (3319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with tupalev & jerc - courtesy of tupalev. Ruby-brown with a big, bubbly beige head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is odd - quite spicey, but a bit burnt & earthy. I think I like it, but it took a few minutes to get into it. Flavour has a very nice sweet and malty character, a bit nutty, with a dry, slightly smoky finish. Interesting stuff, glad I tried it.
drpimento (3317) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beer pours beautifully! Very big frothy & foamy textured head that lasts and lasts. Very good, smooth mouth feel. Dryish and satisfying, but with just enough sweetness to invite you back for another swallow. Some roasty, toasty, pumpernickle, dark chocolate, malty aromas and flavors. A tad thin, but not too bad. I liked this one a lot. Had it in bottle at Bodega last night downtown La Crosse.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a big gust of candy, some brown sugar and malt, garnet, wears a tiny toffee head. Taste is full roast malts, almost like malt/maple syrup. Medium bodied, sweet and mellow. Very nice. Thanks Radek.
jb (3117) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decided to cap off a night at a concert (Southside Johnny, woo hoo!) with a beer. This one was recappable, even better. Brilliant candy, molasses and tea aroma. Beautiful look too, dark, reddish with a nice head and heavy lacing. Palate is a bit thin, graham crackers, dough, sweetness and a the finish is a total absence of everything.
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma:light bread aroma...
Appearance:Dark brown,huge head...
Flavor:grainy malt,cooked vegetable...
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
<b>15-Sep-08</b> <i>(500-ml swing-top bottle: Purchased 02-May-08 for $5.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA)</i> With a full-on attack of rich, sweet cocoa, milk chocolate, earth and nuts, this dunkel offers an uncommon chocolaty richness, but lacks the full complexity and depth of the very best German examples. No doubt, the principle flavor of chocolate is delicious, but the melanoidin toastiness and the light roast are missing, as is a gentle hop counterpoint. Fragrant aromas of decadent chocolate and a touch of earth in the nose with a clean, lager character. Medium in body with a soft mouthfeel and delicate carbonation, but the sweetness borders on cloying after awhile. The beer pours a beautiful, clear, ruby-chestnut body with an inch of fluffy, dark-tan head that very slowly settles to a thin, everlasting layer. All in all, too much reliance on cocoa and the sweetness tends to get a bit much, but despite being fairly one-dimensional, it’s still a very tasty and enjoyable beer.