Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +10%
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.
01-15-2012 02:16:55 | More by rangerred
3.78/5 rDev +8%
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.
12-23-2011 16:45:13 | More by mdfb79
3.35/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-21-2011 01:34:43 | More by Jimmys
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-28-2011 03:01:31 | More by aasher
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
07-20-2011 02:04:37 | More by n00tz
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-02-2011 18:38:22 | More by JayQue
3.33/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-05-2011 16:27:57 | More by tone77
3.5/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-02-2011 20:07:26 | More by THECPJ
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-21-2011 03:11:58 | More by djeucalyptus
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
02-19-2011 05:53:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
2.93/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
02-09-2011 02:23:51 | More by mikesgroove
2.83/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
01-26-2011 19:22:36 | More by ChristianBlack
2.17/5 rDev -38%
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.
01-26-2011 13:58:50 | More by woosterbill
3.3/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
01-07-2011 13:01:47 | More by clayrock81
2.9/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
01-05-2011 19:49:27 | More by AgentZero
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-20-2010 15:50:36 | More by lstokes
Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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