misflt (1) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Okay guys, I’m going to give you the info many want to know about this brew. I can honestly let you know....... this IS / WAS just plain old Stroh’s. We added what is called Porterine to the Keg’s. It is a high protein caramel coloring used to "Porter" beers in commercial breweries. I was charged with weighing up and pouring this sticky stuff into kegs for hours on end. It got all over and made a mess. Ruined several pair of expensive steel toed work shoes with this stuff. We simply racked kegs of Stroh and before a bung was driven in to seal the keg, a dose of Porterine was added. There was no special recipe, no special grains, just a simple additive. Sorry to ruin the mythos of this beer, hope it doesn’t ruin the nostalgia for some. Understand this, it is specially formulated with a specific level of protein in it to match with our Stroh’s Brew. It gave a dark color, silky mouth feel, heavier body and a slight sweetness to the beer. So, there it is, from someone that worked in Brewing and Packaging at Stroh’s Brewery in Winston Salem, NC for 22 years.
Oh, btw, the beer, imho, better than regular Stroh’s based on the body, mouth feel, and slight sweetness. Not a beer I’d drink a lot of, but for 3-4 beers, it hit the spot. We drank a lot on the keg line, it was way in the back of the plant away from all the action. Supervisors never came back there, so we all kept a cup of ice cold beer, whatever was being kegged at that moment, lol. Stroh Dark was one of my Fav’s. That said, I wasn’t a fan of most of our beers. I can be honest now, especially since the brand is gone and the plant has been closed since 1999. While working there, I would have swore all Stroh’s Products were the nectar of the God’s. $23 an hour does that, LOL! tnkw01 (1756) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle. This rating is in memory of my late dad and mostly on fond memories from long ago. My dad would bring this home from time to time. He loved this brand because it was the best of the "cheap" brands. This was the very first dark beer I ever drank. From what I remember it was bitter. Not being used to dark beers I didn’t know this was suppose to be a good thing. I do remember thinking I liked it and my friends at the time making fun of me and saying it taste like motor oil. Anyway, just a memory. BREWMUSKCLES (2698) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2009
it was sweet and dark tasting because it was dark and reminded one of brown sugar in the taste profile. it had a bit of body and was a touch syrupy. metal taste in the malt and barley profile that did not lend a hand to its popularity, it was decent. Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Vague memory from years ago, this was the first beer I ever liked. I couldn’t stand the pale s___ everyone else was drinking Sorry to see it go. Mandy was playing on the jukebox that night. uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Not a bad beer of the type, but overrated here. Compared to Ballantine Dark, not as smooth or refreshing. Medium body, good malt aroma. A little rough on the finish compared to the best of this type. Good but not top echelon!
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours a little darker. Aromas of corn, hops, and you know the rest. Flavor is a little more pronounced in this beer, a little more bitter and more burnt flavor. Just a bit more flavor than most. Michiganmike (17) - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Anybody know where to get this beer in Michigan?............................ KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2002
I had this in a joint in Chicago. Rich brown color with medium head--light lace. Aroma is light but with some roasted malts detectable along with hint of hops. Flavor has a discernible malt bottom with some roastiness to it, mild hop bitterness on top...slight tang in the finish. Body is moderate, and elements are relatively in balance...one of the better products by this brewery. rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2002
This used to be the best beer, now that Pabst brews it I have not seen it in its former hometown of Detroit. If anyone knows plesase post it. I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2002
I drank picthers of this in the ’80s in Pontiac, Michigan. It was either I was old enough to get bad hangovers or this is hangover beer. I don’t know which. I never puked it though.