Sundown Dark - Minhas Craft Brewery

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Sundown DarkSundown Dark

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 25.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wheatyweiss on 11-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by wmtxbb:
Photo of wmtxbb
1.42/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Very light body, dark amber color with absolutely no lacing or head.

Smell: Strong maize scent.

Taste: Creamy corn, overly sweet... moderately drinkable until this crazy metallic zing hits my mouth.

Drinkability: I can't drink this. Why would someone sell this? How could this sell? This brew, if you can call it that, needs to be scrapped. Minhas should start over.

More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
1.53/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A-Dirty brown and murky with a tan head that quickly breaks down, plenty of tiny CO2 bubbles.

S-Smells like a lager and not a brown ale. Not much going on here, corn and ethanol. No hops or more importantly no roasted barley malt.

T-This is one fucked up beer, a bit sweet but not malty, lingering almost soy sauce like but not in a good way-salty without the umami. A bit of a bitter finish.

M-Highly carbonated, pretty thin a hint of grain body at the end.

D-This is a fairly drinkable beer, but is very unremarkable. I'd rather have Miller Lite or make that Natural Light or their Mountain Crest. Their is no reason to spend an extra penny to drink this one.

O-This is a shitty beer. Life's too short to have this one again.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the tap a superbly creamy and cratered off-white head, on top of a ruddy color. It's a very nice looking beer, no question.

There's a sweet nuttiness dominating the flavor, but also with a milk or cream type smell. Very slight mineral in the back.

While it doesn't taste like anything totally special, it still is a solid, enjoyable, tasty little beverage that does everything this style should do. Sweetness and nuttiness are mellow but very much the stars of the show, there's a cola flavor as well, almost even Dr. Pepper (or Mr. Pibb, whatever you like). Sweet cream and a very mild mineral bitterness pervade through the taste and into the finish. A slick, well-carbonated but also slightly creamy body delivers the flavor nicely.

Maybe it's because I haven't had a decent brown ale in a while, maybe it's because it's been freshly tapped, but this is a really good brown, from a brewer who rarely do much of great interest. I'll stand up for this beer (but only on-tap, no idea how the canned version fares).

Photo of russpowell
2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a finger of sand colored head. Some head retention& lacing

S: Cornyness & faint leafy hops

T: Cornyness, a bit of sickening sweetness & leafy hops up front. Dryness, a touch of licorice & cloying sweetnes dominate as this warms. Finishes with some orchard fruit, cloying sweetness & metallic notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, grainy & too much carbonation

Drinks slow, this one is a nasty mess, damn near a drain pour, out of style & below mediocre in taste, avoid...

Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep clear brown with mahogany highlights, almost no head to speak of.

The smell is light a sweet with a touch of toffee and cedar.

The flavor is very mild with a light sweet malt quality to it, hints of brown sugar and a very light bit of chocolate. Clean and sweet with almost no hops,

The mouthfeel is very thin with low carbonation.

Not terrible, but fairly average. Has that thin massed produced with the least amount of ingredients possible taste to it.

Photo of osusullins
1.18/5  rDev -60%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love beer and view the wasting of beer as almost sacrilage. That said, I could only finish about a third of the pint that I had poured for me.

It poured a dark brown, but not opaque at all. Almost lager clear. Very carbonated taste, but not much head on the beer.

Almost no aroma. Some subtle malts, but my mind may have been reaching for what it thought should be there.

Taste was just awful. Sounds bad, but I've compared it to dish water. Very light bodied, with nothing stepping forward on the pallate but carbonation. I did not enjoy this beer and would discourage everyone I know from trying it... well, everyone I like anyways.

Photo of dali27
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown in color. More carbonation than I was expecting. Creamy off-white head which disapates quickly.

S: Breads and slight nutty aroma. Sweet smelling caramel too.

T: More of the same from the smell. Bready maltiness with slightly spicy nut flavor. A little too sweet. Combination of flavors comes out artificial tasting. I sometimes like artificial tasting things, so this was not too bad with me.

M: Pretty thin, making this beer easy to drink.

O: Nothing great, but I enjoyed this one more than other reviewers seem to have. It 's kinda artificial and adjuncty, but it was easy to drink and certainly not the worst thing that I've ever comsumed.

Photo of burns1066
2.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

While I don't think that this beer is as terrible as some of the other reviewers, it is decidedly mediocre. Very thin, unsubtantive mouthfeel, odd, soda-like carbonation, lingering and sickly sweet aftertaste, and a non-descript, almost un-beery smell. I might drink it again if offered, but I don't think I'd pay for it. There is nothing pareticularly memorable, either pro or con. I guess it's a pretty color...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. No date or info.

A - Pours a lightly red-brown color with a solid finger of off-white head. Low retention that left bits of lacing on the glass and a very thin blanket of bubbles.

S - Toasty, crisp malts with a little hint of cocoa and chocolate. No real hop nose and a pretty one-dimensional malt aroma.

T - Toasty malts in the background with a hint of that chocolate flavor but totally overwhelmed by a strong metallic mineral flavor. No hops in here. The metallic/mineral thing went away about half-way though the beer but was way off-putting at the beginning.

M - Light-medium in body with a dry, roasted-like finish and a crisp carbonation tingle.

D - A very average beer overall. Nothing terrible (besides the initial metallic thing which went away) and nothing exciting or good. A plain-jane dark beer you could have a few of but why would you want to?

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours dark brown. A thin head forms then fizzles out. Visible carbonation.
(S) Smoky with a mellow sweet aroma of caramel. Slight bready smell.
(T) Sweet taste upfront, almost like cola or even Dr. Pepper. Then fades out to a smooth, slightly dry and bitter after taste.
(M) Crisp carbonation. Not bold bodied.
(D) A very good beer. Nice and refreshing, but not as heavy as expect from a darker beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light hazy brown color with a finger of beige head and no lacing.

Aroma is light sweet malts, maybe a little nuttiness and metal.

Taste is pretty much on par with the aroma, but there is this bubblegum-like sweetness (which has now made an appearance in 3 out of 3 Minhas beers I've had---WTF??) that is not helping make this a pleasant experience.

Feel is smooth, slick, fairly light on the palate, with decent carbonation.

It's not undrinkable, but it's definitely not very inviting. If that errant sweetness wasn't there this would be decent.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light brown-copper color with a small off-white head that fades fairly quick to a fair coating. A little bit of lacing.

Toasty, burnt coffee smell with quite a bit of corn syrup-esque sweetness. Has a bit of a chalky mineral nose to it, somewhat reminiscent of a British brown ale. Smell is pretty faint and not exactly mouth watering.

Taste is mostly sweet caramel and toasty malts. Not much in the way of hops and is pretty light bodied, but it does have a bit of a creamy feel to it and mineral flavors. The taste is a bit better than the nose and is pretty drinkable. It is not exactly impressive, but it is not a bad tasting beer. Tastes more like a British Brown to me.

Photo of dstc
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby brown color, rather clear. Big foamy light tan head falls real slow. Nice sticky lace.

Has a roasted malt taste that is backed by a big metallic "WI beer" aroma. Looks good and at first smells good but typical WI beer smell comes through.

Starts with the sweet roasted malt taste but like the smell is backed by a big metallic not so pleasant taste.

Rather thin in mouth for how it appears. Not too carbonated. Very average.

Looked like it might be good but not really. Just average. Nice try though.

Photo of MillRat
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly rich brown color with average carbonation and a thin white head that faded but didn't completely disappear. Aroma mainly of caramel malt with a little hint of nondescript hops.

First impression is a bit of hops bitterness, that swiftly shifts into a caramel - tinged sweetness. A little interest in the interplay between the caramel and sweetness with a just enough hops in the background to keep it just shy of cloying.

There's a little richness to this brew, but mainly from the sweetness rather than a good base malt body. I could drink another, but I'd rather have something else.

Photo of sweemzander
2.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a clear dark brown color that produced a quickly dissipating gray head.

(S)- A sweet roasted molasses aroma combined w/ a weird funk that is almost mineral-like.

(T)- That funk returns in the taste. Has a roasted nuttiness, but not much else.

(M)- Good carbonation level. A balance of what it offers.

(D)- An alright beer that is what it is. Nothing fancy, just a really basic brown ale that you can have a few of, but I would much rather grab something else than this if I had a choice.

Photo of CHL
2.06/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown with rapidly receding off-white head. OK so far, but the smell is seriously deficient, especially for something purporting to be a dark beer; just a slight sweet malt, no hint of hops or even much grain.

Taste follows that. Strong sweet bias (which I like), but nothing to back it up. Malt sweetness, but no malt. Tastes metallic going down. The mouthfeel is thin, and consequently seems too carbonated. It is like soda--bad soda.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Picked up six different varieties of Berghoff beers and went through them while hanging out with a friend. This was the first to be cracked. It pours a clear ruby-mahogany topped by a finger of light cream foam. The nose comprises balsa, caramel, and a touch of what might be construed as nutmeg. The taste generally follows, but things are decidedly muted, as though they'd been left out in the sun to fade for a while. There's also a very minor, but still detectable, hint of metal in there. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, this just wasn't a very good beer at all, especially if you wanna call it a brown ale (I wouldn't, but hey).

Photo of noirguy
3.86/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think the other reviewers are being more than a bit hard on this beer. For the price ($10.99 for a 12-pack locally), it is exceptional. It is a poor-man's bock, but that's okay. It has a nice (though a bit overplayed) brown-sugar quality.

It is perhaps not quite rich enough to drink just on its own, but it goes well with food. I am about to enjoy a glass with a bowl of red beans and rice with Andoulille sausage. . . .

If it were as bad as many reviewers say, then how could it have won so many awards? As their website touts: "The dark beer was rated as 'One of the Top 100 Beers in the World' by Wine Enthusiast magazine, won the Silver Medal in the 1993 Great American Beer Festival and the Silver Medal in the 2002 World Beer Championships."

Photo of Tone
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown. 1/2 inch head of only a slightly off-white color. Poor retention and no lacing. Smells of an earthy malt with what I believe is adjunct. At this point I'm already not looking forward to trying this beer, but I hope it gets better than in its' aroma. Poor example of the style, and I'd rather think it doesn't fit the style at all. Crisp, smooth, and low carbonation, but too thin (watery). Tastes of adjunct mostly and a slightly malt background. Wow, what a major disappointment. This is definitely not worth trying, wow tastes more like a dark American Adjunct, then a brown.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a nice tawny caramel color, a finger or so of head churns up but quickly dissipates. Some occasional pockets of lace get left behind now and then, but the foam has a watery look to it.

Aroma - good caramelly, roasty aroma.

Taste - mirrors the aroma, though the toasty grain is a little more prominent than I expected. That's nice as it overshadows the sweetness to give the beer a breadier, more roasted flavor. A touch of balancing hops on the swallow, a late and mild bite of bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel - a little too carbonated for me, it has a slight salty soda-water flavor until some of that burns off. Medium, average body.

Drinkability - this was a fine sixer the missus brought home to me from her last trip to Chicago. They disappeared pretty quick.

Photo of Redrover
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown longneck with virtually no information on the label except that they use nothing artificial.

Poured into my SA pint glass, the beer is light brown with reddish highlights. Decent beige head.

The aroma is of some lightly roasted grains, a bit of brown sugar and some fruity esters.

The beer starts well with some grains and a bit of toasty malts, but there is a not enough of either. There is a bit of apple and more sweetness late. There is a bit of funky cigar bubble gum taste in the background.

The mouth is a trifle thin with active carbonation. I suppose it's easy enough to drink, but there seems to be a few flaws in this one. I will resample in the future and update my review if warranted.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A deep reddish brown color pour with two fingers of light tan foamy head , leaving some spotty lacing , light to medium carbonation . Aroma is nice ,some roasty malt , molasses , brown sugar and some faint hops . Flavor is lightly sweet , good roast , malty , a light hop bitterness , with just a bit of ripe fruit . Smooth ,clean mouthfeel , full body for the style . Very sessionable . I had never heard of this brewery , so I was not expecting much , this was very good and way beyyer than expected . Will buy again.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love the non-descript lable: Dark Beer. "That's my favorite style, opposed to that damned 'ole Light Beer". Ok, the target audience isn't the die-hard BeerAdvocate. It's someone else who doesn't demand great beer, but doesn't want to pay for a properly malted beer either.

The beer starts with a malty, froathy pour that initially delivers a well-formed off-white head, that reduces to a light film atop of the beer then lingers. The beer is a brilliantly clear brown color with burgundy hightlights showing-- a very cola-like color. Ultimately an above average appearance.

A blend of caramelized barley blends with wet grain scents to provide an aroma that promises maltiness and sweetness, but also cereal grain and husk character. No real hops or phenols present, but light notes of fruitiness and butter come through as the beer warms.

Flavors carry over quite consistently from aroma to flavor. Light nutty notes of almonds and pecans swirl with a toasty, chocolatey flavor and makes the beer quite pleasant in flavor. Grain flavors come in after the sweetness and fruitiness subside and begin to sculpt the rough finish and aftertaste.

The beer begins with a sugary sweet feel on the mouth, but as the beer crosses mid-palate, the hop bitterness assiste the grain astringency and ultimately make the beer difficult to drink. Thinning and grainy characteristics leaves the lasting memories as the beer fades into a cola-like sticky feel.

The beer fares a bit better than expected. But it isn't an everyday purchase for me. The Amber Bock fans will like it though.

Photo of SudSavant
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma: Roasty malts, molasses, and almost a smokey/chaw-like spiciness (chai tea? But not as sweet).

Appearance: Lovely shades of copper, dark amber, ruby, and cola-brown. Moderate-sized head remains as a thin covering for the majority of the pint.

Flavor: Where is all the cool stuff that was in the aroma? Mostly malt-tastic molasses, and a lower level of spiciness (a la the hops). Finish just fades away. No parting flavors or variances. Aftertaste is also lacking in any bitters, dark flavors, etc. Ingredients are in this for something better, but it falls short.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation fakes a sense a creaminess, but also feels flat. Could use more. Light-medium body also felt light for the style.

Overall: Better than macros. Needs work to compete in craft beer world. Friends unaccustomed to craft beer world might enjoy its taste as would a person trying to get into darker beers, but doesn't enjoy the bitterness. Very sweet, very simple, but not in a good way.

Photo of SykDoc
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear ruby/brown mix. A 1/8 inch off-white head forms reducing to a nice lace. Carbonation visible and no sediment.

The aroma is a pungent but sweet maltiness with mostly dark fruits coming through.

The taste is not what I was expecting. Very sweet, I could have seen this being a fuit beer. Mostly toasted dark fruit malts and not much else.

The mouthfeel is reasonable again with a little light on the carbonation and a medium-light body. It goes down reasonably smooth despite the flavor and leaves a mild dryness.

Overall, this beer was not what I expected. Too much on the sweetness and lacking in complexity.

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Sundown Dark from Minhas Craft Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.