Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Caramel colored and full of diacetyl. Sourness in taste as well. Nearly a drain pour , but I’m in a bar and might get kicked out if I took the pitcher to the bathroom. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy anber with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet malt and light earthy hops. The taste is pretty much the same with more sweet than hops coming though. Lighter bodied. Pretty unremarkable. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2009
A prototype dark lager. Deep amber, with a light billowy head. heavy malt aroma, with little hop presence. Very malty, and a little raw and dusty in the flavor, but not to the level of unpleasantness. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours amber/copper, with white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, and maybe a bit of fruit. Flavor is much the same. Bosy is a bit watery. An decent enough session beer. Acetobacter (815) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. First, the idea of this being a "special dark" is laughable. At its darkest, it is a deep copper...hardly a Guiness color. Essentially, everything about this beer is a disappointment. There is a touch of caramel in the nose, but nothing else. The flavors seem as if they added black food coloring to regular Straub. Ultimately, a clever marketing ploy for people who want to think they are drinking something artisanally made.
CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2009
Big thanks to Cheapdark for throwing this one my way. When I was in college I had a friend named Jon Straub who had a Straub beer flag up in the house, Jon always commented on how Straub beer sucked. Well on this day reckoning I have received a Straub beer of my own, so I can form my own opinion. Pours a clear amber brownish color with a medium head. Aroma is malty and a little corny. Flavor is better, this has a nice little caramel malty flavor with a good little roastiness, not nearly as much corn is detected in the flavor as is in the aroma. Hints of nuts and a mild fruitiness finish the flavor. Palate is a little watery with a mild sharpness. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2009
on tap @Philly BeerFest III–pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt. Taste is sweet light/medium malt, some fruity esters. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2009
not much to say about this one. Had it at a beerfest in PA. Not very memorable, but I do remember that it wasn’t very bad. Is that a positive review? mvardjan (8) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009 does not count
Faint malty sweet aroma. Smooth with a nice sweet roasted malt taste. A little unrefined, and could be thicker. Very easy to drink with just enough ABV kick. rohash (47) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Not much aroma. Dark amber in color with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Well carbonated. Taste is of sweet, toasty caramel malt. The most striking quality is the smoothness. This is a really smooth beer that goes down quite well with a crisp finish. Very little hop character but all in all an excellent beer. The best thing is no sugar or preservatives. Surprised this one is 5%. I got very little buzz after downing 8 of them.