Motobashi (107) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Poured a deep red with very little head. Soft carbonation. Minimal aroma of caramel. Very light lacing. Light body. Slightly bitter finish. Short lived. Semi sweet flavour with something I can’t quite place. Ok, but nothing overly special. rayaron (2073) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle sample. Clear light brownish with small beige head. Sweetish prune aroma, carob, notes of honey. The flavor is as the nose, prune, carob, some graininess, date honey, a bit spicy, light sweetness and moderate bitter finish. Light carbonation, light to medium-bodied. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Earlier Rating: 11/12/2014 Total Score: 2.9
Bottle sample. Clear light brownish with small beige head. Sweetish prune aroma, carob, notes of honey. The flavor is as the nose, prune, carob, some graininess, date honey, a bit spicy, light sweetness and moderate bitter finish. Light carbonation, light to medium-bodied.
"nothing spectacular, but a good session beer at the least. looks...um...like the picture. smell is sweet malt, honey, earthy hop balance. body thin but fits the style. could be better, could be worse, easy drinking flavor. " Clarkdvm (542) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle in US. Wonderful sweet, nut aroma. Flavors comprise caramel, syrup, candy. No bitterness. Rich brown ale- is too sweet though. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 26, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-6-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a brown-mahogany color with highlights of red shinning through. Upon pouring there is a small off-white head that fades fast leaving very little lacing on the sides of the glass but a thin film floating atop the brew that lasts for quite some time.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of a caramel and toffee sweet smell mixed with some notes brown bread and a light amount of cocoa.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor of dark roasted malt with some light chocolate and caramel. The sweeter flavors that were present initially fade quickly as some flavors a more bitter grape/wine come to the tongue. This more bitter wine like flavor as well as a light herbal hop flavor, that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, end up combining with the roasted malt and the light sweetness to leave a odd fruity, roasty, and somewhat of light bitter tannin flavor to be left the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The thickness and creaminess of the beer was very average with a carbonation level that was average as well. The middle road fits this beer rather well as the darker flavors would likely be better with lower carbonation and higher thickness, while the wine like tannin and sweet flavors are likely better with the opposite (thin body and higher carbonation).
Overall – While at first I wasn’t wild about the brew, it grew on me as I drank it more. The mix of the roasted flavors and the more fermented grape flavors create a rather soothing taste. Not bad.
chinchill (5377) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Spaten Dunkle on tap
Dark amber brown with a durable foamy beige head.
Surprisingly rich and nutty aroma. This is followed up by the flavor which is nutty but not rich. The feel is a bit too thin and might benefit from a touch higher carbonation. Bork (461) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2014 Overly sweet with lots of dark fruits, some caramel and some bread. Disappointing bitterless and slightly sour finish. snoworsummer (6276) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
From a bottle. Pours medium tawny brown with a fizzy white head. Tastes malty, like stale grains, caramel, raisins. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet roasted malt and raisins. sonnycheeba (6561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours cola brown with thin, beige head. Aroma is toasted and cookie malts, light caramel and vanilla, light nuttiness, and faint woody notes. Flavor is dry malts, light toast, mixed nuts, faint dark fruit notes, and some woodiness; dry finish. Light/medium body and medium carbonation. superspak (6216) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2014
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/27/2013. Pours crystal clear ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Zero bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of carmel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light roast, raisin, pear, apple, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop notes; with a very clean finish with zero cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Munich dunkel style. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, yeast ester, and light hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.