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Peter Straub's Special Dark - Straub Brewery

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Peter Straub's Special Dark
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Straub Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: k75 on 10-28-2007)
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Reviews by nukem5:
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3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium amber color with a nice big foamy cap , rich and creamy clinging nicely to walls of glass, very nice pour and very appetizing.

S: Heavy grain bill loads this one up, there is a few notes of hoppiness to this beer but just hints scattered here and there. Lots of toasted malts some caramel.

T: Taste is immediately grainy with a light floral hop taste in the back end, mild and refreshing.

M: Mouthfeel on this one is light and refreshing for a "dark beer" this is very crisp like a lighter lager would be not to heavy great for a session beer.

O: Overall a very good experience drinking this one and cant wait to drink a few pints more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 06:40:22 | More by nukem5
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3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured an odd light copper sort of iced tea like with no head. The aroma was nice straight up malt with maybe a hint of caramel. The taste was a bit of a let down from the smell, but still a decent malty beer. The feel is light and wet. Not a great beer simply drinkable, and there's no sin in that. Just happened to see and had never had a Straub's. It was worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:01:33 | More by claytri
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2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #168
Served On: 05/27/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was from a case I bought at Self Serve Beverage in York, PA.

Look: Poured from the 12oz. bottle (screw top). Color was a fairly clear copper. Some sparse carbonation bubbles were floating upward. The head was virtually nonexistent.

Smell: Aroma consisted of a roasty sweetness. Some standard ‘beer’ notes were detected. Maybe some adjunct also came through.

Taste: Upfront slightly roasted note with a touch of sweetness. Then a dry corn or rice adjunct character seemed to dominate the middle. The finish was rather clean with the roasted note retuning for a few moments.

Overall this is a basic beer. I would certainly take this over a BMC offering any day. Plus the Straub’s is a brewery near my hometown in Western, PA – so that should warrant a point or two. I mean - this isn't quite your dad's beer, but it's close.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Man, my local trader, tone77 laid a buncha bottles on me on our last trade and now he is coming by on Monday with more! I gotta get caught up or I will be drowning in beer!

Here we go! I am sure that you have heard the adage "Once you've had [dark], you'll never go [bark]" and I am on a sudden Dark kick, thanks to both tone77 and this honey honey across the bar from me on Sunday. I would have loved to buy her a drink, but I was in the minority among the clientele and I have learned that lesson previously. Maybe a return visit ...

From the bottle: " A unique Amber Lager perfected through generations of family brewing"; "Brewed with Pennsylvania mountain spring water".

I went with another aggro pour, resulting in a finger-and-a-half of dense tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery color that on a natural redhead makes me crazy. I was in love! Nose had the characteristic lager sweetness, but without the nasty adjuncts that often get in the its way. A redheaded fellow Pennsylvanian from our Northern Tier?!? I was ready to elope! I would gladly relocate, but southcentral PA may be more compelling to many. The beer simply danced across my tongue, perhaps a bit thinly/lightly than I may have desired, but the taste was clean, unadulterated lager with just a hint of roastiness. Finish was semi-dry with a light cocoa-like sweetness that lingered. Come back, baby! I promise to go slower the next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 22:21:18 | More by woodychandler
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3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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I had this in a bottle in a bar in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania while visiting my wife's mom. I'd never heard of this brewery so now was the time to try it. Pours a deep copper reddish brown with a decent sized white creamy head. Smells of lightly toasted and bready malt with hints of caramel and very faint spicy hops. Taste is smooth lager like and easy to drink. Lightly bready toasty caramel malt with barely enough spicy hops to keep it from being cloying. Medium body and carbonation level with a smooth slick mouthfeel. Decent enough macro style lager, but certainly nothing to go out of your way for.

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11-22-2011 17:32:19 | More by johnnnniee
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with one of these. Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears a fairly clear color of light amber. Some fine particulate floats through suspension. An initial surge of about a finger's worth of yellowish stained head appears and quickly fades to a thin film across the top. A light swirl brings back a thin layering across the top and produces some fine spots of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is lightly fruity and a faint touch of citrus that quickly dissolves. A faint hint of solvent alcohol is present. More smells reveal a bit of cereal grain to biscuit sweetness or crackers to the aroma.

The taste is lightly fruity that blends into a biscuit type of grainy sweetness. There are minor notes of butter present that accent the biscuit feel to the flavor. A light touch of fruity hops and alcohol is noticed towards the backend. The brew finish quite crisp.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall not a bad brew, it is fairly easy drinking. Perhaps the best attribute is the crispness to the finish. While I would probably not seek this one out, it would make for a fine brew to pair with some brats and you could effortless throw a couple of these back if you didn't care about what you were drinking.

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

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3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Aiello's in Ridgway, PA. If I had to be in Ridgway with family I should at least be drinking.

Pours a pale amber with a thin frothy lacing of head. There's noticeable carbonation rising to the top throughout. The nose is grainy with a note of sugary sweetness. The taste is grainy and straw-like up front with a sweet, syrupy, almost candy-like, chewy caramel finish. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, clean, and light.

This is another easy drinking beer from Straub. The only real difference between this and their regular offering is the sugary, caramel finish, but it's enough of a difference to make me prefer this over the original.

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11-14-2011 00:26:26 | More by tdm168
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Peter Straub's Special Dark from Straub Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.