Brewed by Stoney Creek Brewery since ’04, this tepid caramelized German-styled lager lacks intensity from its bronzed mahogany body to its swirled tan-head. Dull hops, carbolic acidity, and displaced plum astringency ravage roasted barley spine, though herbal spicing and cola nut twinge save pithy dry-grained finish.
Pungent hop-grain confluence politely embitters single malt Scotch flow. Cardboard-edged wood tones half-sweetened by cane sugaring to thick black molasses finish.
Despite deep purple haze, dark German retains light nutty grain sear and ashen malt dryness (with no bitterness, no frills, and barely a hint of dried fruited sweetness). Subdued malt-hop interaction soft enough for rookies to enjoy alongside more sophisticated tastes.
Clumsy unfiltered coppery amber lager mired by bread-y cardboard pall, oxidized cider stead, and off-putting herbal respite. Green grassy hops and skunked malts doubly drub disinterested dribble.
Tawny fizzy-hopped medium body lets chocolate-y malt aridity and creamy caramel subtlety deluge silky yeast sweetness as lingering Brussels lace coats the mug. Distant dry rye wheat clip turns earthy by mocha finish.
Well-balanced maroon-highlighted medium body with high concentration of yeast sediment blends sugarplum sweetness and sour candy tartness to dry raisin finish. Cracked wheat backbone strengthens underlying mocha resolve.
Tawny burgundy-hued medium body retains dry roasted barleymalt frame for sweet chocolate variance and reluctant fruit swerve enhancing toasted hop shroud.
Premier garnet-hued Munich dunkel retains caramel-toasted chocolate-molasses overtone and raisin footnote to soft sucrose finish. Smooth nutty mocha ambiance reminiscent of delicious light porter.
Dry barley theme exposes leathery barnyard hay-straw astringency buoying tangy lemon-peeled orange-grapefruit bitterness and nicely concealed phenol mocha stint. Piney nuttiness drifts into flattened aftertaste.
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.
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.
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.