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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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BA SCORE
81
good

39 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 66
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.36%
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 ChristianBlack
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
2.17/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Cheers! (900 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.38/5  rDev -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. (502 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

HV (364 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of welldigger888
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (494 characters)

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. (498 characters)

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. (585 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of avalon07
2.41/5  rDev -31.5%
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 (483 characters)

Photo of mcann2pu
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (915 characters)

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. (317 characters)

Photo of upstatewoodie
4.73/5  rDev +34.4%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of southernbelle09
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
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! (862 characters)

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