Yeah, this was dunkler (darker) alright... Tasted like a Welsh ale, with fruit, toffee, caramel, and just about everything else they could think of thrown in. Plus, a heavy wheat mixture. A definite winter beer. This may be difficult to get used to, considering the assault-and-battery of the plethora of tastes, which I didn't care for.
Holy smokes. I was bowled over by this beer. It's been sitting in my beer fridge since September of 2004, and here I am drinking it in May 2005: supposedly the wrong season for this kind of beer, considered a late winter warmer. But it's bottle conditioned, and it improves with age. Despite the fact I've never been able to successfully cellar a beer, I cracked this open and poured it slowly. Slowly being key, because the head was exuberant. The smell initially is unprepossessing, being somewhat musty. The color is dense, dark black (hence the "dunkler" term). I let the head settle and took a swallow. And a big broad smile ran across my face. Man, this is good! Easily on a par with Celebrator Doppelbock--a feat I heretofore considered impossible--this is malty, complex, not too sweet, robust. Despite my best efforts to ruin this beer, it mellowed just the same. At 7.3% abv, it has me a bit mellowed, too, I must say. I'm saddened I only had one bottle, and now it's gone. Knowing, however, that a ready source is close at hand, I know for a fact I'm going back to get more of this.
Reviewed: October 22, 2005