heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours with a very large white head. Body is almost black with a touch or crimson coming through when held to bright light. The aroma is bread crust with some fall leaves. The hops aroma is subtle but nice and earthy. The taste is a nice light and refreshing blend of apricots, bread and fall leaves. Overall a very solid Oktoberfest that I like as the musty earthy tastes outweigh any sweetness that seems to dominate others in the style. Very nice. JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Deep orange/brown color with a tall antler colored head. Just a frosting of lace. Dark toasty malt aromas. Somewhat simple but a fall afternoon sniff for sure. Pumpernickel bread comes to mind while giving this a taste. A bit grainy and a touch of sour-mash comes in late and whisks the flavors away. I like it in a autumn type brew as straightforward as it is. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2006 Swing-top bottle: Ruby with a small tan head, dark malts, with some sweetness, medium bodied, starts and ends lightly sweet, mild carbonation, smooth ending. badgerben (5281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Freakishly dark red with a thin head. Strong malt aroma with enough whisps of smoke to make me think of salted pork. The taste is dominated by barley with what struck me as chocolate lacing. Odd for the style, but it turned out quite drinkable. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a nicely-lacing frothy tan head, looks more like a schwarzbier than a dunkel. Lightly sweet dark malty aroma has a touch of dark chocolate and a hint of smoke. Full body starts with a pleasant toasty malty sweetness turning somewhat nutty and drier toward the slightly sticky roasted caramel finish. This is a solid dunkel.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Deepest ruby, nice head. Nutty, roasty, moderately sweet aroma, dusty. Medium-bodied, moderately sweet. Some toast and roasty malts, nutty, with a trace of metal in the finish. Solid. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
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. kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2006
A very enjoyable beer, not much nose, but smells faintly of malted barley. Body is a bit thin, like a watery bock. Taste is similar to a bock but not quite as rich. jb (3342) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
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. rmmello (3) - Oakley, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 nice pour, nice colour, nice beige head. coffee notes, roasted malts, kinda thin in the mouth. Nice, but not memorable.