WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2014gopherfan99 (1776) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2016
This is such a strange beer for any sort of respectable beer geek. I guess it fills a niche, this is the sort of beer that a pale lager drinking grandpa would drink a few times per year when he was feeling exotic.
It’s not really ’dark’ - more just overly sweet tasting. It’s not awful, and with the right food pairing it might work. But it just comes across as adjunct forward and bland, without any depth really. "Fair to middlin"
Tap (Skinner’s); dark amber with an off white head; aroma of caramel and malt with some cardboard and floral notes; taste is sweet with caramel and cardboard with some floral hints; finish is slightly wet RobertDale (6388) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma and taste of malt, grain, and fruit. Very average. csaso (2266) - Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2016
Bottle - good size foamy head, dark Amber color, big bready malt aroma and flavor, mild hops and nuts, full bodied, pretty good overall
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Bottle poured clear copper with a beige head and little lacing. Aromas of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and earthiness. Flavor is slightly bitter. bytemesis (8236) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear reddish chestnut, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is malty, hints of roasted malt, cardboard, rubber, green apple. Flavor is medium sweet, apples, roast malt. Medium body, meh.
superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2015
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/3/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice dark lager style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. euniceradio (525) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
12oz to tulip. Pours deep clear mahogany, med tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark malt, cocoa, black cherry, dark fruit, toffee, fig. Taste is same with berries and some creme maybe. Mouthfeel is medium, good carb. justsayswell (277) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Transparent mahogany pour. Light coffee colored head that swells but disappears quickly. Little lacing. Nose is molasses, faint coffee, nutty malt. Light bodied. Taste starts out nutty with a little watery coffee, then some corn and cereal peeps through. Finishes malty and a little tangy. It’s ok for what it is. nealblind (1849) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 12, 2015
yellow brown pour tan head. Aroma grain, caramel. tastes mild choco. this is a purely functional brew for people who want a watery brown beer. Obfuscate (568) - Minneapolis, - JAN 14, 2015
Pretty decent session beer. Really drinkable like most Schell’s beers. Sweet caramel with a light bitterness. The ’Firebrick’ is better, try that.