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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Dunkelweizen is overlaid with chocolaty flavors and fruity aromas, a beer that's so good it redefines the word bad. That's right...BAD is good!

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-27-2009)
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of upstatewoodie
4.78/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the Best dunkelweizen i have had! i like to call it the nectar because it is that good, nice fruity flavoring like the buckwheat but with the chocolate hoppy flavoring to it.
it has and creates this amazingly smooth drinkablitlity with a great mouthfeel. It leaves a nice light chocolate taste in your mouth as the nice frothy head stays with it till the end. It is by far the best beer on tap at the new Tap Room in Downtown Spartanburg. the only complaint i have about(buckwheat after dark) is that it is not bottled. I have found myself though getting growlers of it in the meantime.

upstatewoodie, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of southernbelle09
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one on draft at Terry's Tap Room in Spartanburg. I haven't had much experience with the dunkelweizens (especially living here in SC), so I was anxious to give this offering by Rockers a try. This one pours a hazy deep brown with ½ inch creamy, off-white head that slowly fades thin at the end. Unlike a traditional dunkel, the esters really seem to be prevalent in the aroma. Taste reminds me of RJR's hefe, Buckwheat, but has more of a chocolatey profile (I guess that's why they call it Buckwheat After Dark or simply "BAD Ale" as the bartender called it). Mouthfeel is definitely heavier than the average wheat, and carbonation levels are about what you would expect. I found myself reordering this one throughout the evening! Overall this one is another awesome beer from RJR. I can't believe I'm the first to review it...its been out for months!

southernbelle09, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at Rooster's Beak.

A: This pours a sinister dark brown with ruby-red hues and a frothy, 1 finger head.

S: It features aromas of banana, bread malts, hazelnut, and some chocolate.

T: This is darker and more chocolately than any dunkelweizen I've ever had. It also has banana, dark fruits, bread malts (but not the typical wet bread taste), and a roasted nutty flavor.

M: This is creamy and smooth throughout. Nice.

D: It is a damn fine brew and I hope to see it in bottles soon.

bucklemyshoe, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Ralelen
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this in a snifter at my local here in CT. Color was a dark creamy brown, not as dark as I was expecting, almost like chocolate milk. I was disappointed at the last of a head, but oh well.
The body was medium+, smooth, and to the point. Nice body from the wheat with a hint of chocolate. Very very drinkable.

Ralelen, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of zaphodchak
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thinnish offwhite head, translucent dark brown body.

Nose has heavy chocolatey malt. Really the sort of malt that just makes you think of malt. Like malt balls.

Body is malty, not overly rich, dryish and really, really nice. Kinda of a German dunkel. None of the heaviness or sweetness I associate with wheat, but this is really well balanced and incredibly drinkable.

Smooth, kinda coarse and airy. Lightish, I guess.

zaphodchak, May 21, 2012
Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. 6%abv according to the bottle. A very bronze looking pour, half finger of white head.

Bready malt, raisin a little apple in the aroma.

Taste is also balanced caramel, malt, tea, yellow raisin. Some light red fruit and lighter chocolates. Finishes with this pretty much.

Lighter mid body, coating bubbles. Fairly typical wheat mouthfeel. Drinks very easy. I guess you could say it is a dark beer fan wheat beer.

A different style for sure. I like it. Definetely the best I've had from RJ.

Bung, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 11/7/10

090210 printed on the label

Thanks to PDXHops

Medium brown of the utmost murky variety - looks like muddy pond water. One finger tan brown cap of foam that dissipates to a thin layer; such is retention. No lace.

Aromas of wheat, bread dough & yeast act as the base. Fruit overtones - plum, pear & candied fruit notions; smells fairly sweet. Touch of earthiness.

The initial flavor is wheat & toasted grain; both linger throughout. An earthy hop note follows with a subtle bitterness. Juicy; hits of plum. Seems to be a spot of dry cocoa, as well. The yeast is downplayed compared to the nose.

Medium body with a decent bit of graininess in the feel. It's also juicy, so at times it seems lighter. Moderate carbonation; smooth at first, becoming slightly more agitated toward the finish. Toasted wheat lingers.

Buckwheat After Dark is pretty solid for the most part. It has more depth of flavors than I was expecting, for whatever reason. If nothing else, it has encouraged me to enjoy it quickly.

Ryan011235, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +13.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of CJS5
4/5  rDev +13.6%

CJS5, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BrandonJones
4/5  rDev +13.6%

BrandonJones, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +13.6%

wrightst, Sunday at 02:38 PM
Photo of cackalacky
4/5  rDev +13.6%

cackalacky, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of swimfire
4/5  rDev +13.6%

swimfire, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of TheBoozeTraveler
4/5  rDev +13.6%

TheBoozeTraveler, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 12-oz bottles poured into a weizen glass. A murky molasses body with 3 fingers of beige head that rises above the glass for a bit before settling down. A skim of foam sticks around. Scattered sticky lacing.

Pleasantly fresh nose, nutty and toasty malts, tangy yeast and some fruitiness. Tastes pretty much as advertised, with the addition of some light chocolate flavor. Crisp and clean tasting, with a nice balance between tangy wheat and the nutty/toasty malts. A brief flash of lemony bitterness before the dryish finish.

Overall impression: Pretty nice brew here- recommended.

PDXHops, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a murky deep brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and grains. The flavor was of malt, rye, and bananas. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew at all. However it was not really what I was expecting from this brew. This is not necessarily a bad thing by the way. Flavors were very nice and balanced, I just wish the aroma would have been a little more pronounced as I had to search high and low to find it. Can't wait to find a bottle of this to compare.

thagr81us, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ reddish highlights when held to the light. This beer has a massive two and a half finger chocolate colored head, which lasts for a while. The nose is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, and some phenol smells. The taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit. Very malty and chewy brew. Feel is medium full, with a definite chewy vibe to it. Big, full aftertaste. Overall, a nice beer, and an interesting style.

jayhawk73, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Retention isn't very good and neither is lacing.

Aroms is of roasted malt and cocoa. Some coffee in there as well.

Taste is quite roasty up front with coffee and chocolate flavors. Some dark fruit is slightly apparent towards the finish. Fairly mild bitterness with no hop flavor present. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall a pretty good beer. Drinks more like a porter than a wheat beer but enjoyable on a cold night.

rangerred, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/22/11 notes. Big thanks to the staff at Stateline for digging around the back and finding this one for me. Style #100 of 104 reviewed. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Had lasts for two to three minutes and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, bready malts, and light chocolate. As it warmed up much more sweet fruit came out. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Also light chocolate and bready malts. More roasty than the nose and less fruit, a tiny step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good beer; much better than I was expecting. I think as it warmed up it got better and more swet dark fruits came out, though the taste was still dominated by roasted malts. Something I'd have again.

mdfb79, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Apex
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Apex, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mwar, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of welldigger888
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a growler into an irish pint glass, murky dank looking concoction. very medium brown of the opaque variety. must be unfiltered.grains seem to dominate the nose with some hints of sourness and dark fruit.nice grainey flavors dominate here with enough hop to pick out but that is all. with all of that said this beer seems to really come through on the mouthfeel & drinkability for me. nice fresh even medium mouthfeel and carbonation make for a very sessionable beer.

welldigger888, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very deep brown. Chocolate color when held to light. Cloudy. thin head falls to a disappointing wisp.
S- Wheat, mustyness, a faint cocoa powder aroma.
T- Caramel a bit of faint tea like hop bitterness. Slight cocoa and fruit flavors.
M- Light, though not overly so in body. Very high carbonation. finishes very dry.
D- all in all a decent, though not necessarily standout beer.

jsprain1, Dec 13, 2010
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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.