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

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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) AleBuckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 66
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
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:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 02-27-2009

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!
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Photo of upstatewoodie
4.73/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

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Photo of southernbelle09
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
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!

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Photo of Ralelen
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.17/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of thagr81us and signed by the brewmaster himself. It says "Al, Get your tick on!". Haha, awesome. Thanks Calton! This is style 102/104 for me.

It pours a very dark and dirty raisin brown in color with an off white head that quickly turns into a light lacing around my snifter. The nose isn't what I expected at all. I expected almost dunkel like aromas but instead you get a lot of crystal malts, which gives you a light cocoa aroma. Very interesting. You don't get too many American wheat characteristics but it is appealing. The flavors too are heavy on the crystal malts and light cocoa. You also get a slight fruity sweetness and light bitterness in the finish. Again, very interesting. It drinks pretty thicker in body but finishes light. Hard to explain but it doesn't drink like you'd assume it to for it's "weight". Overall it's a solid beer and reminds me more of a darker Irish ale or something of that sort and not a wheat beer.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as usual, big thanks to marvin213 for the hookup on this one!

Pours a rich dark burnt caramel hue with a pleasantly foamy buff-colored head of a solid finger. impressive retention with solid lacing. Aroma is subtle and earthy with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, dirt and burnt sugar. hints of cherries and rum. Taste is mild wheat with some bright sour cherry and caramel highlights. cocoa and toffee through the middle with a light molasses and caramel finish. Not bad... with there was a bit more flavor - it seems a touch muted and muddled. but certainly ain't bad. Mouth is bright with ample carbonation. good medium body for the style and it works nicely with the hint of tartness in the barely slick finish. All in all, not a bad dark wheat. I'd drink one again any day.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of n00tz
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep woody color, slight haze, mild carbonation. Nil head, but a consistent ring of carb rimming the glass.

S - Heavy malts and some creaminess, sweet-woody and dark-fruity.

T - Dark malts, heavy sweet cream, wood and spice. semi tart

M - medium-heavy body. sweet creamy burp.

D - quite satisfying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12oz bottle, with ABV listed as 6%, poured into a snifter. Pours dark reddish-brown, nearly black, with a small tan head. Retention isn't very good but has decent lacing. A thin layer of sediment coats the bottom of the bottle, with a bit added in the pour.

Aroma: Sweet malts with less dark roasted malt than expected given the appearance. Some alcohol esters, coffee and dark fruit as well.

Taste: features roasted grains, with what I beleive is bickwheat. Some coffee and chocolate here but more dominant in the finish and aftertaste. Some dark fruit mid-taste. Mild bitterness and only a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel: fairly smooth. Medium-full body. Slightly powdery finish.

Overall: distinct and moderately flavorful but mild.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Thin head with little lacing, color is a murky, mysterious, opalescent tudor brown. Aroma consists of notes of dark fruits, banana and brown sugar (and maybe a touch of coffee) Taste has some malty sweetness with some hints of alcohol. Some of the aromas are echoed in the taste. Not a delicious beer, but quite solid. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle w/ no freshness date.

A dark wheat ale for winter, seems very fitting. Mild crackle to the head as it drops down to a wisp of lace, haze was expected with the wheat in the murky brown color. Toasted biscuit and cocoa powder with an ale twang in the nose. Very smooth and slick, medium body. Toasty and very bready with a thick side of biscuit. Mild nutty yeast, light fruitiness and a kiss of alcohol in the middle. Peppery leafy hop bitterness is light but does balance. Drying finish with lots of toasted grain flavor.

Without a doubt this is an interesting and tasty winter seasonal, worth a try.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: muddy brown, with little lacing for head

Smell: sweet malts,

Taste: chocolate, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: overall a very nice offering from this company. Not a whole lot of brewers are using buckwheat in their beer.

the CPJ

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Photo of sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Murky, dark cedary brown with a ring of off white head. No lacing.

S-Light biscuity aromas, vague notes of grape juice, a hint of sourness, perhaps from the buckwheat.

T-A bit sour and grainy in the front, a medium grassy bitterness and an earthy grain in the finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied, finely carbonated.

D-Decent but one probably is enough.


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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been looking for this style to try for a while!! Pours a muddy dark brown with little light coming through. Fizzy light tan head with average retention and very little lacing.

Smell is malty with a kind of slight medicinal bitterness. Taste is similar, like a mild, sweet malty brew with a slight bit of medicinal bitterness at the end.

This beer is smooth and goes down easy. The bitterness dies down as you drink it. On the whole, an average malty brew. More flavor than most American Pale Wheat Ales.

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Photo of lstokes
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured very dark with a minimal head and smelled almost like apple taffy--I couldn't really keep my nose away, but not because I liked it. Taste is also very sweet--brown sugar, raisin, a little bit of citrus, wheat and a little bit of cocoa. It doesn't seem very deep--I was struck by the absence of an aftertaste.

The body is also on the light side, with high carbonation--this isn't a style I'm very fond of to start with, but I didn't love this beer and don't think I'll be drinking it again.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Dark, near-opaque dark brown, with about 1 finger width head.That went into white chunks.
S-Caramel, chocolate, toffee and fruit.
T-Malts, Raisin,Coffee. Taste some banana.
M-Medium feel, High carb.
O- Wasn't bad would get again.

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