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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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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 66
Photo of woosterbill
2.17/5  rDev -38%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at Prime 16 into a pint glass.

A: I watched the bartender pour this beer in the proper manner and hand it right to me, but in that 10 seconds what head it had was already gone. What remained was a thin patch of scummy tan bubbles drifting around a molasses-colored morass of a beer. Muddy and ugly.

S: Vague sweetness, with coffee, cocoa, caramel, and rancid bananas. Not good.

T: Dull, muddy sweetness. Old chocolate that's been melted and re-hardened; spoiled caramel, if that's a thing; moldy bread dipped in day-old coffee. The finish is both chalky and sticky somehow. I'll give it credit for having a good bit going on, but none of it's good.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of ultra-fine carbonation. Definitely this beer's strong suit.

D: Too sticky to be drinkable. And too gross.

Notes: This must be why there are so few American Dark Wheat Ales. Terrible, terrible beer.


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Photo of avalon07
2.41/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a muddy brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A very faint - almost nonexistent - aroma of wheat and malt.

T: Taste is barely noticeable. A tinge of wheat and malt, but mainly this is a thin, watery, bland, flavorless stew. Not remotely memorable.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not interesting. Not drinkable

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Photo of ChristianBlack
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color. Not much in terms of lacing.

Aroma of wheat, malt and spices.

This brew is actually difficult to classify. It's a dark wheat brew. I get that. But, I think I was really expecting something else. Something more complex. Instead it was pretty average and not all that interesting.

An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

It's drinkable. But, I probably won't go back to it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

six pack picked up at bilo mostly to use as extras but was able to drink one this past weekend to see how it carried over. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 02/05/2011.

the pour was decent with a dark brown color that yielded a big head of tan that faded quickly and only moderatly coated the sides of the glass. interesting, but nothing really to go nuts over. aroma is off chocolate, wet hay, moldy grain and campfire smoke, it just did not work for me, i wish it had, as i wanted it too. the flavor was a touch better as the chocolate died down and more of the grains and a touch of dark fruit came through which served it much better.

overall an ok beer but not even close to their best offering.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Recieved as an extra from mikesgroove.

A - Very dark and muddy looking orange/brown beer with a 1 finger off-white head that left random chunks and stick on the sides.

S - Smells like a wheat beer, bit of citrus, caramel malts, and smoke. Actually smells quite nice.

T - Unfortunately the taste did not live up to the smell. Carmel malts, burnt malts, some sort of lactic sour, and an unpleasant phenol like quality to this one. This actually tastes kind of bad. There is a little bit of smoke that helps to hide some stuff, but not enough.

M - High carbonation, medium bodied, the carbonation is a bit too high for my liking.

D - This beer was a bit of a disappointment, and did not live up to the nose. It didn't taste good, and was hard to finish.

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Photo of devilben02
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a muddy, near-opaque dark cola brown, with almost no head at all. The aroma is dark and fruity, with a light cherry-like sweetness and a little brown sugar overlaid on a bed of cereal grains. The flavor is likewise fruity and sweet against a nutty, dry graininess. There is also a bit of astringency and some mild but noticeable alcohol burn that distract from the initial flavor profile. It has a nice light/medium body, but the texture is a bit too drying. In the end, this beer has an interesting flavor profile, but a few negative characteristics drag down the overall impression.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- this beer had a huge head to it. Kind of like when you get a bad beer. Thick foam set on top of a dark brown beer with rusty orange highlights.

S- Wheat and dark fruit. Yeasty and malty. there's some faint smells of vanilla licorice as well.

T- I get some toasted barley and wheat. Some hints of dark fruits and vanilla.

M- Very chalky and dries out the mouth.

O- Not to overly impressed with this one. Didn't seem to have alot that just jumped out at me. So So.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black, with short-lived, quarter inch, froth foam that leaves scant lacing and a thin film on a Dogfish Head snifter.

Phenol up front and dominated by roasted grain and powdered chocolate.

The flavor follows the nose, the chocolate being more prominent, but is mostly grainy with a light, short finish. The balance is decent.

A medium body with watery texture and big, fizzy carbonation. Light alcohol.

I had this as a fresh bottle and later aged nine months with no significant effect. This is a decent beer that works well with sausage or kielbasa.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Murky super dark cola appearance with thin cappuccino head.

S: Rich caramel and toffee malt, roasted grain, sweet molasses, prunes, cocoa powder and stale coffee. Clove, cinnamon, and faint licorice. Cherry cola and bourbon fumes with big inhales.

T/M: Coffee, amaretto sweetness, bittersweet cocoa and loads of roasted grain. Really earthy and less fruity than I expected. Timid fruit sweetness in the after bite. No alcohol presence. Light-medium grainy body with an aggressively effervescent sting. Finish is dry and sweet.

O: This at first was drinking like a porter until the subtle sweet fruit came in on the tale end. A decent beer but not a huge success. I would drink this again but won't seek it out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with dark brown highlights. Quick head and very little foam.

Dry chalky yeast aroma with roasted barley and wheat malts keeping the aroma bready.

Chalky palates and flavor throughout the whole beer. Roasty and toasty malts with some dry powdered fruit flavors as well. Palate is pretty thin overall. Pretty easy to drink, but not full on flavor.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle says the ABV is 6% but the website says it is 5.6%.

Appearance: Pours into glass a very hazy/cloudy brownish color, doesn't let any light through the glass at all, small head that quickly vanishes leaving a blanket over the surface of the beer. Some patchy lacing remains on the glass with every sip.

Smell: I don't get a very potent smell off of this brew, there is some darker grains detectable, but not much of an aroma.

Taste: there is a good grain-y taste initially, I mean the buckwheat really has some serious flavor, and then *poof* by some form of beer magic it vanishes, leaving this taste vacuum without much else. The finish is surprisingly clean without any aftertaste what-so-ever. It left me startlingly bewildered.

Mouthfeel: very creamy texture in this beer.

Drinkability: its drinkable. I just wish that the taste remained longer or that something else was going on with this brew.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a muddy dark brown. brownish/whitish head is pleasant at first but quickly dies to virtually nothing. no lacing either.

S: milk chocolate. slight roast. the combination is sort of coffee ice cream-like. a fruitiness in there as well. cant put my finger on it exactly, but something else is going on there...

T: starts with a tasty roasted coffee flavor. plums. a lingering tobacco in the finish. sweetness as well. tasty palate.

M: pretty mild carbonation on a medium body. a little more fizz would help.

D: not familiar with this style of beer. i figured it would be close to a dunkel, but it is similar to a porter-like tasting brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some sweetness and spice. Taste is also rather mild, some malts, spices, a touch of sweetness, rather subdued flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a decent brew but nothing special.

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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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Photo of clayrock81
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brown body with minimal head and lace on top of a light citric and clove smell, but mostly I'm picking up some bread and sweet malt. Smooth and creamy with a light-to-medium body, a decent sweet edge of caramel and some chocolate and I pick up a touch of dough for light bready dryness. The hefe qualities, citric and spice notes, are very minimal and come across as slightly bitter. A dry finish to a beer, that while not bad, is not the most exciting.

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