88 Winter Brew, Sprecher Brewing Co. (WI). 5.75% ABV (11/06)
Deep mahogany color. Sweet toffee, dark roasted nuts and candied dried apricot aromas. A vibrant frothy entry leads to a sweetish medium-full body of toffee, brown sugar, dried citrus fruit, spice bag and roasted nuts flavors. Finishes with tangy, sweet chocolate-covered yams and lemon peels and delicate, earthy and spicy hops. Very refreshing.
88 Berghoff Genuine Dark Lager, Joseph Huber Brewing Co. (WI). (10/07)
Deep copper chestnut color. Sweet mocha nut fudge aromas. A soft, smooth entry leads to a zesty dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body of chocolate-covered citrus peels and delicate spice flavors. Finishes with a clean, chocolate phosphate and marmalade fade. Tasty and refreshing.
88 Beck’s Dark Lager, Brauerei Beck & Co. (Germany). 5% ABV (11/07)
Deep reddish brown color. Cocoa powder and oily nut aromas. A crisp, frothy entry leads to a dryish medium body of carob dusted citrus and raisin nut toast flavors with a crisp, tangy bittersweet chocolate, citrus peel and earthy, herbal hop fade. Very nice.
87 Dark Lager, San Miguel Brewery (Philippines). 5% ABV (10/07)
Dark reddish mahogany brown color. Chocolate-covered strawberry, nut and peach aromas. A round, supple entry leads to a dryish light-to-medium body of faint nut toast and roasted corn flavors. Finishes with a quick fade.
86 Troitskoye Dark Lager, Alivaria (Belarus). 5.25% ABV (10/07)
Brilliant deep copper color. Sweet caramelized roasted nuts and treacle aromas. A round, plush entry leads to a frothy, dryish medium body of buttered toasted dark rye bread, roasted chestnut and fig flavors. Finishes with a zesty, buttered nut and earth hop fade.
86 St. Pauli Girl Special Dark, St. Pauli Brauerei (Germany). 4.8% ABV (10/08)
Deep copper brown color. Faint dark caramelized nuts, melted chocolate and raisin toast aromas follow through on a smooth, supple entry to dryish, even light-to-medium body with good balance. Finishes with a dash of nut, straw and earthy hops on the finish. A pleasant, easy drinking dark lager.
86 Hermann’s Dark Lager, Vancouver Island Brewery (Canada). 5.5% ABV (10/07)
Dark brown color. Mild dark roasted nuts and cocoa aromas follow through to lively frothy, dry medium body with hints of cider vinegar, coffee oil, cocoa and spice flavors with a zesty citrus and nut fade.
86 Dunkel Fester, River Horse Brewery (NJ). 4.7% ABV (10/08)
Dark reddish mahogany color. Roasted coffee, herb crusted cheese and cocoa aromas follow through on a round, vibrant entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with date and roasted vegetable notes. Finishes with a chocolate-covered nut, citrus and coffee bean fade.
84 Eastside Dark Lager, Lakefront Brewery (WI). 5.5% ABV (11/06)
Deep copper color. Sour dough bread, burnt sugar and mild soap aromas. A round entry leads to a sweetish medium body of bittersweet chocolate, grainy sour dough and burnt sugar flavors. Finishes with a chocolate-covered cherry, lemon and roasted nut fade.
82 Bohemian Garnet Lager, Hideji Beer (Japan). 4.5% ABV (2/07)
Deep copper color. Dark roasted nut and treacle aromas follow through to a smooth, frothy and dry medium body with dried citrus, pecans and a mellow earthy hops fade.