Slingshot Dunkel | Backpocket Brewing

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Slingshot DunkelSlingshot Dunkel

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Backpocket Brewing
Iowa, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Don't let the Slingshot's color fool you, it has a light body and smooth complexities that will remind you to never judge a book by its cover. Or, more likely, it'll just remind you that beer is a pretty darn good thing.

Added by drpimento on 02-16-2010

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Reviews by afinepilsner:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV

A - Slingshot pours a deep copper in color with excellent clarity below the well-formed ivory head. Sticky clumps of lace clutch the glass with fortitude for one inviting-looking beer!

S - Munich malty sweetness gives Slingshot a wonderful aroma of fresh-from-the-oven nut bread thickly sliced and drizzled with a dribble of toffee.

T - Nuttier than the nose suggests, the thick, dense bread flavor carries over with more malt heft and sweetness dusted with just a hint of cocoa before finishing quite cleanly.

M - Crisp and lighter in bodied than expected for it's color, Slingshot is smooth and easily drinkable with just the slightest lingering sweetness on the tongue.

O - Munich Dunkel might not be the most popular style in the craft beer world but this German-style brewer has nailed the classic dark German lager with Slingshot. Nutty, bread-like maltiness never becomes too sweet or aggressive, just finishing cleanly for a really tasty, easy drinking beer!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Sampling right now on 8/14/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .30l 'Dinkel Acker' glass boot.

Pours a pretty darker amber in color with a good almost 2-fingers beige head that settles down to about 2mm on top. Nice lacing is seen when sipped, some in rings even. Lots of streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass but perfect carbonation and isn't overdone. The aroma is of malts with a hint of toffee and caramel. Even more going on with the taste than the aroma suggests with a hint of nut and cocoa even. Very smooth and very easy to drink. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Truly a really good brew!

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Photo of Brent_B
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chip26
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoon
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kazam55
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, deep, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted bread, a slight hint of smoke, black pepper, caramel and brown sugar. Like a true German Dunkel should!!

Taste: Great! Tons of toasted malt up front, bready and earthy, flowed by a slightest hint of smoke, as well as some brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of black pepper and a touch of floral hops at the finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth and creamy, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol what-so-ever on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn tasty beer! It’s an excellent version of a Bavarian Dunkel.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean Mahagony color with a mild head.

The smell was dominated toasted caramel malts and a hint of bready munich.

The flavor was pretty nice, a big toasted bready malt flavors balanced out quite well with a touch of spicy hops. I love the flavor of munich malt and this seems to have plenty.

The mouthfeel has a medium thickness with a light dry finish.

Easily the best offering from old man river. A nice tasty sessionable malty lager, something of a rarity these days.

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Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of apasternak
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Hideaway in Chaseburg WI. Review from notes.

Tap handle said Einfach Dunkel, which was traced to Old Man thanks to Google and Mike @ Toppling Goliath. Einfach = "unpretentious simplicity" gotta love that.

Nutty amber brown, collar of lacing, wispy skim, slow moving visible carbonation.

Sweet estery aroma, apples and nutty toasted malts.
Flavor is similarly sweet, nutty (almond or walnut), with a mild dry bitter aftertaste. Mild and easygoing, light bodied. A pint or three would be easy to session. This was good stuff, it's not everyday you get to try a Dunkel from Iowa.

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Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A cloudy chestnut amber body, kind of motionless a bit with some fast rising carbonation that's hard to see, and a bit of yeast chunk at the bottom. Head forms large on the pour but in control with a foamy three finger tan top and soapy retention.

Nice solid, nose if a bit grainy. Clove like spices and some sticky smelling yeast. Hints of peanut strangely which seems a bit off putting.

Palate is a bit surprising, with a little bit of a light body. Interesting fruity estery tones on this similar to grape and cherry. Hinted crispness that falls a little flat with a mineral water action. Hop herbality seems very unoticeable in this, but drinks well and quite easy. Much more caramel like warmth comes out as the beer warms.

Overall not too bad for a dunkel

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Photo of burtonryan
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigTravor
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisited this one after a long absence. 12-ounce bottle, poured into a weizen glass. Hazy, dark caramel-sauce color, with a voluminous, thick, light tan long-lasting head that left very pretty rings of lacing as it settled. Big aromas and flavors of caramel and dark bread, with a light grassy herbal note. Lots of pleasant bitterness on the palate, with a tinge of tartness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is substantial. Finish is dry and crisp, with a touch of lingering bitterness. Very well done, and would seem to be a fine representative of the style.

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Photo of bismarksays
2.57/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A- light, much too light for a dunkle. Barely too dark for a helles. Almost no head.
S/m almost no scent. Straining to find one....I guess I would say malt extract. Flavor is rather bland. No big Munich malt notes at all. None. It is smooth though.
M watery, but smooth. No crispness, just a fading away
O No glaring flaws, but no discernible character either. Honestly, it reminds me of an extract homebrew. If my buddy had home brewed this, I would drink it. I would however not pay for it.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Slingshot Dunkel from Backpocket Brewing
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