96 Hirter Morchl, Braueri Hirt (Austria). 5% ABV (10/08)
Dark reddish copper color with a frothy tan head. Aromas of chocolate pudding, delicate baking spices, and roasted nuts follow through on a soft, satiny entry to a dryish medium body with accents of toffee, roasted root vegetable, and cream. Finishes mildly with a cocoa-dusted nut and grain fade. Fantastic.
94 Hofbräu Dunkel, Hofbräuhaus München (Germany). 5.5% ABV (10/10)
Rich dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of grainy toasted pumpernickel, almond butter, peas, and clay with a plushly carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cascade of cocoa, tangy lemon marmalade and reedy, earthy hop notes on the long, sumptuous finish. A delicious, spot on representation of dark lager.
93 Primator Dark Lager, Pivovar Nachod (Czech Republic). 4.8% ABV (11/09)
Deep mahogany brown color. Lavish aromas of roasted nuts, honeyed dried peach, and artisanal chocolate follow through on a round, frothy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with earthy hops and superb balance and crisp drinkability.
93 Dunkel, Privatbrauerei Hofmühl (Germany). 4.9% ABV (10/10)
Copper brown color. Toasted dark baguette and dried apricot with a smooth zesty medium body and a long, quenching roasted corn and earthy hops finish. Classic.
91 Jubilate Special Reserve Dark Lager, Brauerei Pinkus Müller (Germany). 5.1% ABV (10/08)
Dark reddish copper color. Aromas of mocha and caramelized nuts follow through on a soft, supple entry to a creamy, dryish medium body with wet cereal and tangy orange and nectarine skin accents. Finishes with a smooth, gentle chocolate covered fruit and nut fade with grassy hops in support. A finely balanced and refreshing dark lager to pair with sausages and ribs.
90 Munich Dunkel Lager, Bastone Brewery (MI). 5.5% ABV (10/08)
Dark reddish copper color. Milk chocolate and caramel drizzled dried apricot and apple aromas have a fragrant mocha edge and follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with pepper, straw, dried grapefruit on the mellow finish. Nice balance of rich flavors and drinkability.
90 Hermann’s Dark Lager, Vancouver Island Brewery (Canada). 5.5% ABV (11/09)
Aromas of baker’s chocolate, smoked jerky, and crayon follow through on a soft, frothy entry to a dryish medium body with creamy milk chocolate mousse and molasses drizzled nut notes. Finishes with a smooth, mild light hop fade. A very tasty, easygoing dark lager.
90 Capital Dark Lager, Capital Brewery (WI). 5.4% ABV (11/09)
Deep copper brown color. Lightly yeasty bread dough, dried fruit, and toffee aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium-to-full body with great balance of savory roasted vegetable and honey baked bean notes. Finishes with a long, crisp, citrusy and mossy hop accent. A delicious and highly drinkable food beer that will go fantastically with chili con carne.
89 Session Black Premium Dark Lager, Full Sail Brewing Co. (OR). 5.4% ABV (10/10)
Rich dark copper red color. Dark nut toast and chocolate aromas and flavor with a crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing cocoa-dusted lemon soufflé and hay-like hop finish. Very nice.
89 Penn Dark Lager, Penn Brewery (PA). 5.1% ABV (11/08)
Reddish mahogany color. Toasted raisin nut bread and forest floor hop aromas follow through on a soft, mild entry to a dryish medium body with great balance and a delicately crisp, baked apple and mossy hop accented fade. Very drinkable and pure in style.
88 Zatec Dark Lager, Zatec (Czech Republic). 5.7% ABV (10/10)
Mahogany brown color. Rich chocolate covered nut, dried fruit, and bread aromas with a round, supple medium-to-full body and a juicy citrus and autumn fruit and grassy, minerally hop finish. Tasty.
88 Organic Dark Lager, Neumarkter Lammsbräu (Germany). 4.8% ABV (9/10)
Bright copper color. Aromas of cocoa and molasses drizzled roasted nuts. Round and silky with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. Notes of raisin bread toast, hay, and citrus cream round out the finish nicely. A nice easy drinking dark lager that will shine with sausages and roasted vegetables.
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 Negra Modelo Dark Lager, Cerveceria Modelo (Mexico). 5.4% ABV (10/10)
Aromas of frittata and lemon marmalade and lotion with a zesty, dryish medium body and a crisp, frothy lemon curd, corn pudding, and wheat grass finish. A lively Mexican food beer.
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.
82 Dark Cloud Dunkel, Mother Earth Brewing (NC). 4.6% ABV (10/10)
Dull copper mahogany color. Soapy, scrambled egg, burnt toast, and lemon yogurt aromas with a soft, silky light-to-medium body and a creamy egg custard and spicy earthy hop, nutskin, and clay finish. A bit of a roller coaster.