Brewery: Brauerei Gasthof Der Grosch
Town: Rödental (Oeslau)
Nose: slight hop
Body: full, medium carbonation
Palate: rich malt, some roast, touch of chocolate, coffee, caramel
Finish: clean, bittersweet
Served: on tap at the brewery
Impression: Funny how a beer can go from never heard of it before to having high expectations for it but that was what happened with this beer. If I’d just wandered in off the street, I’d have wondered how I’d not heard of it before. As it was, I was a bit let down though looking back on it and reading my notes, I don’t know how. It came out looking the part and certainly had all the qualities of a good Dunkles. I guess I was hoping for something a bit drier, more bitter, more Franconian but one shouldn’t impose one’s preconceptions on a beer. I look forward to round two, something tells me my impression and regard will go up a notch or two. I imagine without so many beers to try this 5.5% Dunkles would prove a good session beer.