wu1sabes (25) - USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle. Not a strong aroma. Appears good amber color. Flavor is good malty lager, easy to drink. Could be a little more complex. A good easy drinking lager. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Pours redddish with a pink/off white head. Smells of sweet malt. Tastes watery with some stray malty hints. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2008
pours a clear copper amber, not special dark like the label, but it is a dark lager. smooth palate, crisp finish, but lax complexity, good sessionable grab, but nothing too deep. kassner (1722) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
red amber in color but almost the same taste as regular Straub. A little more flavor and lingering taste Still nice clean fruity sweet taste TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle - poured a clear amber copper. Nothing but light hops on the nose. Caramel malt with a faint hops note, mild and average. Special dark was nothing special. A good drinker.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Brewed in the USA, Pours a lite amber color with a med off white head. Aroma is of caramel and damp musty wood. The taste is of caramel, with a very lite body. Not much to say here, but i dont get the Special Dark part ? its drinkable. FROTHINGSLOSH (8272) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Definitely the finest beer made by this brewer, although that is surely faint praise. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a caramel-amber color with a large yellow-white head. The aroma was sweetish caramel with a touch of molasses and cherry. The flavor is initially bitter, tangy and lightly toasty - then where the middle is supposed to be the whole flavor falls right off a cliff to water. No middle. No depth. There is a short vague sour finish and that is it. Water, water everywhere... avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Kinda dissapointed with the lack of full flavor here. I was expecting a little more ’oomph’ I guess. The presentation is top notch and it pours well. If you like ’lighter’ as in not heavy dark beers, this one might do it for you. unclemike (3195) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Dark color when poured sweet smelling, no aftertaste a rather good beer very minimal head smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2008
This is a very solid dark beer. Not too thick and not too watered down. Straub puts out a good product.