roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a clear brown color with minimal fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is sweet dark caramel and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is light and sweet and carmely, but not much else. Easy to drink, but nothing special. Homebrewerguy (320) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Nice lighter beer, pours heady and rather dark with an aroma of roasted malts, light in body but a nice roasted malt flavor dominates this beer, nice session beer if you want more than a light lager DCBeerGuy (1) - Gaithersbburg, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
I have been enjoying Straub’s my entire life. I was wondering when Peter would get his chance tp win over the family traditionalists and ’break out’ with some sort of hand crafted brew. Not surprised it is a lager, but think he is doing himself a disservice by calling it "Special Dark", which conhures up images of a hearty European ale. It’s certainly not that. It’s a lager reminiscent of Yuengling, but really light on the palate with a nice crisp finish. Boy am I going to drink a lot of this - a new summer favorite!
I was hoping for some kind of hoppy beast, but for a small family brewery, this is a big step! cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Good ol’ Straub is a beer that can regularly be found in my fridge, this recent "dark" offering caught my eye and I didn’t think twice before grabbing a six pack. An underlying similarity to the regular lager, this is a decent inexpensive beer with some character. Soft, sweet malty aroma that is also grassy. Clear, light amber pour with a thick and lasting head. Heavy lacing and strong carbonation make for a nice appearance. Light with a smooth softness, the beer drinks easily. Slightly sweet with a balancing bitterness. Flavor of grass and caramel, a touch sugary with some vegetative hop tones. Easy and relaxing, a nice simple amber lager at an honest borderline dirt-cheap price. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Bottle. For a dark beer, this pours extremely light... a coppery color with a really big and puffy tan head. Aromas are weak and sweet. Flavor is really weak.... sweet and roasted corn with a bit of a honey finish and no plot development. I was hoping that Straubs would come up with something worthwhile for this.
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2008
(draft @ "The Eternal Tap," Straub Brewery - St. Mary’s, PA) They added a third tap this year for the Special Dark. Pours a nice copper color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is rather sweet with hints of honey, spices, some caramel, and a light touch of hops and bread. Flavor is mildly sweet with a light touch of hops, grass, and some hay. Finishes smooth. Not too bad. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 pours medium amber with and audible off white head. smells of honey, caramel, and light spice. taste is all sweetened malt with slightly sweet finish. reminds me a lot of Yuengling but a bit nicer on the palate. great session material. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Looks and tastes like iced tea with some honey mixed in. Hardly any hops to speak of. Not awful. cheap (6088) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2015 Thank you zebracakes for the chance to taste this! An american dark lager? No way, this is a pale lager or a premium lager. Not dark enough to be called dark. Grainy sweet aroma. Not alky olfactory even tho it is pretty sweet smelling. Looks like light iced tea, very light.Nicely bubbly. Is not anywhere near flat. Hay and not like any other dark lager. Certainly more like an APA of sorts. Just a plain old good local beer. Elderbeerman (7) - Rockton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 I find it to be pleasantly sweet, with a nice dark amber color. Easy to drink. I think you may like this better than Yuengling...a great session beer. I love it personally and recommend it.