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Scant toasted barleymalts and subdued cereal grains combine with sweetened cola nuts for caramelized soda-like effect. Too light for serious bock; lacking sturdy mocha fix to be considered decent dark lager.…

Rating: 5

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Arguably the best bold lager on the market (if you could track it down). Succinct caramel maltose creaminess immediately buttressed by port overtones and chewy chocolate richness heartier palates will relish. Though mildly hopped and slightly oily, its rich mocha froth, sedate cedar char, and enduring burnt sugar finish heighten its robust overall intrigue.…

Rating: 4

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Sweet flowery-scented Bavarian receives medicinal honey-coated coughdrop sweetness complementing cherry soda creaminess. Though well rounded and well-hopped, mellow barley-roasted finish subsides too quickly.…

Rating: 4

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Old Bavarian dark lager features beautiful mocha waft, delicious smoked chocolate bitterness, and integral dry roasted nuttiness. Dank yeast souring perks up withered rye-wheat spine, gentle water flow, and earthen smidgen, though better carbolic propulsion would suffice.…

Rating: 2.5

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Vague Munich-styled dark lager lacks character as musty berry aroma, barley-roasted molasses sweetness, and dirty water flow deadened by faint Merlot finish. Dried fruit nuances neutralized early on.…

Rating: 2.5

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Honeyed caramel malts and chewy tobacco lurk beneath brutally cloy corn sugar astringency, wearing thin by cheap dirty-watered finish.…

Rating: 3.5

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Dim maple aroma matches brown sugar-influenced malt sweetness of this slow brewed bayou lager. Gentle hops melt mocha margin for subtle throat dryness. Richer than predictable grain-based competition and therefore more robust. Pliant chocolate finish lingers to mellow aftertaste.…

Rating: 3.5

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Musty mocha malt sweetness, sugared fig piquancy, and mild citrus undertones provide dramatic setting. Astringent alcohol coarseness makes presence felt. Strangely, golden hue lighter than full-bodied creaminess and dense sour mash would indicate.…

Rating: 2.5

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Smoked chocolate barleymalt lag, sagging spiced-hop bittering, and lax dry nuttiness offer shoddy Copper Ale-ish respite. Cheap burgundy-Scotch midst, oily mouthfeel, and flighty prune finish decrease value further.…

Rating: 3

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Fine auburn lager with up-front barley roast, caramelized yeast apex, and chocolate liqueur creaminess complementing syrupy sugared flow. Better carbonation and fuller finish would increase value. Brewery defunct: 2006.…

Rating: 3

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Despite ‘black’ designation, pale golden lager retains heady malt liquor salience. Smoked whiskey prelude fades to sticky cream corn sweetness with biscuit-y wheat waver. Possible liqueur wisp turns soapy by astringent finish, where 7% alcohol drear sullies glutinous gluten goo.…

Rating: 3

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In unique pudgy bottle, mahogany-hued Vienna lager-styled Mexican never overpowers, remaining politely creamy and sweet. Soft-hopped grains and distant chocolate abjure fervent alcohol-soaped mocha-spiced finish. Unlike most dark beers, it lacks (but never misses) mocha richness and instead relies on mineral water crispness and slightest agave hint.…

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