Sundown Dark | Berghoff Brewery

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Sundown DarkSundown Dark

Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wheatyweiss on 11-30-2008

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by scootercrabb:
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4/5  rDev +35.6%

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Photo of deebo
1.53/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A-Dirty brown and murky with a tan head that quickly breaks down, plenty of tiny CO2 bubbles.

S-Smells like a lager and not a brown ale. Not much going on here, corn and ethanol. No hops or more importantly no roasted barley malt.

T-This is one fucked up beer, a bit sweet but not malty, lingering almost soy sauce like but not in a good way-salty without the umami. A bit of a bitter finish.

M-Highly carbonated, pretty thin a hint of grain body at the end.

D-This is a fairly drinkable beer, but is very unremarkable. I'd rather have Miller Lite or make that Natural Light or their Mountain Crest. Their is no reason to spend an extra penny to drink this one.

O-This is a shitty beer. Life's too short to have this one again.

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Photo of wmtxbb
1.42/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Very light body, dark amber color with absolutely no lacing or head.

Smell: Strong maize scent.

Taste: Creamy corn, overly sweet... moderately drinkable until this crazy metallic zing hits my mouth.

Drinkability: I can't drink this. Why would someone sell this? How could this sell? This brew, if you can call it that, needs to be scrapped. Minhas should start over.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.56/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the tap a superbly creamy and cratered off-white head, on top of a ruddy color. It's a very nice looking beer, no question.

There's a sweet nuttiness dominating the flavor, but also with a milk or cream type smell. Very slight mineral in the back.

While it doesn't taste like anything totally special, it still is a solid, enjoyable, tasty little beverage that does everything this style should do. Sweetness and nuttiness are mellow but very much the stars of the show, there's a cola flavor as well, almost even Dr. Pepper (or Mr. Pibb, whatever you like). Sweet cream and a very mild mineral bitterness pervade through the taste and into the finish. A slick, well-carbonated but also slightly creamy body delivers the flavor nicely.

Maybe it's because I haven't had a decent brown ale in a while, maybe it's because it's been freshly tapped, but this is a really good brown, from a brewer who rarely do much of great interest. I'll stand up for this beer (but only on-tap, no idea how the canned version fares).

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Photo of cliff1066
3.16/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of russpowell
2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a finger of sand colored head. Some head retention& lacing

S: Cornyness & faint leafy hops

T: Cornyness, a bit of sickening sweetness & leafy hops up front. Dryness, a touch of licorice & cloying sweetnes dominate as this warms. Finishes with some orchard fruit, cloying sweetness & metallic notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, grainy & too much carbonation

Drinks slow, this one is a nasty mess, damn near a drain pour, out of style & below mediocre in taste, avoid...

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Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep clear brown with mahogany highlights, almost no head to speak of.

The smell is light a sweet with a touch of toffee and cedar.

The flavor is very mild with a light sweet malt quality to it, hints of brown sugar and a very light bit of chocolate. Clean and sweet with almost no hops,

The mouthfeel is very thin with low carbonation.

Not terrible, but fairly average. Has that thin massed produced with the least amount of ingredients possible taste to it.

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Photo of osusullins
1.18/5  rDev -60%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love beer and view the wasting of beer as almost sacrilage. That said, I could only finish about a third of the pint that I had poured for me.

It poured a dark brown, but not opaque at all. Almost lager clear. Very carbonated taste, but not much head on the beer.

Almost no aroma. Some subtle malts, but my mind may have been reaching for what it thought should be there.

Taste was just awful. Sounds bad, but I've compared it to dish water. Very light bodied, with nothing stepping forward on the pallate but carbonation. I did not enjoy this beer and would discourage everyone I know from trying it... well, everyone I like anyways.

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Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dali27
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown in color. More carbonation than I was expecting. Creamy off-white head which disapates quickly.

S: Breads and slight nutty aroma. Sweet smelling caramel too.

T: More of the same from the smell. Bready maltiness with slightly spicy nut flavor. A little too sweet. Combination of flavors comes out artificial tasting. I sometimes like artificial tasting things, so this was not too bad with me.

M: Pretty thin, making this beer easy to drink.

O: Nothing great, but I enjoyed this one more than other reviewers seem to have. It 's kinda artificial and adjuncty, but it was easy to drink and certainly not the worst thing that I've ever comsumed.

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Photo of burns1066
2.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

While I don't think that this beer is as terrible as some of the other reviewers, it is decidedly mediocre. Very thin, unsubtantive mouthfeel, odd, soda-like carbonation, lingering and sickly sweet aftertaste, and a non-descript, almost un-beery smell. I might drink it again if offered, but I don't think I'd pay for it. There is nothing pareticularly memorable, either pro or con. I guess it's a pretty color...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler Pint. No date or info.

A - Pours a lightly red-brown color with a solid finger of off-white head. Low retention that left bits of lacing on the glass and a very thin blanket of bubbles.

S - Toasty, crisp malts with a little hint of cocoa and chocolate. No real hop nose and a pretty one-dimensional malt aroma.

T - Toasty malts in the background with a hint of that chocolate flavor but totally overwhelmed by a strong metallic mineral flavor. No hops in here. The metallic/mineral thing went away about half-way though the beer but was way off-putting at the beginning.

M - Light-medium in body with a dry, roasted-like finish and a crisp carbonation tingle.

D - A very average beer overall. Nothing terrible (besides the initial metallic thing which went away) and nothing exciting or good. A plain-jane dark beer you could have a few of but why would you want to?

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Photo of WhatAlesMe
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Pours dark brown. A thin head forms then fizzles out. Visible carbonation.
(S) Smoky with a mellow sweet aroma of caramel. Slight bready smell.
(T) Sweet taste upfront, almost like cola or even Dr. Pepper. Then fades out to a smooth, slightly dry and bitter after taste.
(M) Crisp carbonation. Not bold bodied.
(D) A very good beer. Nice and refreshing, but not as heavy as expect from a darker beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light hazy brown color with a finger of beige head and no lacing.

Aroma is light sweet malts, maybe a little nuttiness and metal.

Taste is pretty much on par with the aroma, but there is this bubblegum-like sweetness (which has now made an appearance in 3 out of 3 Minhas beers I've had---WTF??) that is not helping make this a pleasant experience.

Feel is smooth, slick, fairly light on the palate, with decent carbonation.

It's not undrinkable, but it's definitely not very inviting. If that errant sweetness wasn't there this would be decent.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light brown-copper color with a small off-white head that fades fairly quick to a fair coating. A little bit of lacing.

Toasty, burnt coffee smell with quite a bit of corn syrup-esque sweetness. Has a bit of a chalky mineral nose to it, somewhat reminiscent of a British brown ale. Smell is pretty faint and not exactly mouth watering.

Taste is mostly sweet caramel and toasty malts. Not much in the way of hops and is pretty light bodied, but it does have a bit of a creamy feel to it and mineral flavors. The taste is a bit better than the nose and is pretty drinkable. It is not exactly impressive, but it is not a bad tasting beer. Tastes more like a British Brown to me.

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Photo of dstc
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby brown color, rather clear. Big foamy light tan head falls real slow. Nice sticky lace.

Has a roasted malt taste that is backed by a big metallic "WI beer" aroma. Looks good and at first smells good but typical WI beer smell comes through.

Starts with the sweet roasted malt taste but like the smell is backed by a big metallic not so pleasant taste.

Rather thin in mouth for how it appears. Not too carbonated. Very average.

Looked like it might be good but not really. Just average. Nice try though.

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Photo of Ri0
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of MillRat
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly rich brown color with average carbonation and a thin white head that faded but didn't completely disappear. Aroma mainly of caramel malt with a little hint of nondescript hops.

First impression is a bit of hops bitterness, that swiftly shifts into a caramel - tinged sweetness. A little interest in the interplay between the caramel and sweetness with a just enough hops in the background to keep it just shy of cloying.

There's a little richness to this brew, but mainly from the sweetness rather than a good base malt body. I could drink another, but I'd rather have something else.

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Photo of JALIEN
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of sweemzander
2.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a clear dark brown color that produced a quickly dissipating gray head.

(S)- A sweet roasted molasses aroma combined w/ a weird funk that is almost mineral-like.

(T)- That funk returns in the taste. Has a roasted nuttiness, but not much else.

(M)- Good carbonation level. A balance of what it offers.

(D)- An alright beer that is what it is. Nothing fancy, just a really basic brown ale that you can have a few of, but I would much rather grab something else than this if I had a choice.

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Photo of CHL
2.06/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown with rapidly receding off-white head. OK so far, but the smell is seriously deficient, especially for something purporting to be a dark beer; just a slight sweet malt, no hint of hops or even much grain.

Taste follows that. Strong sweet bias (which I like), but nothing to back it up. Malt sweetness, but no malt. Tastes metallic going down. The mouthfeel is thin, and consequently seems too carbonated. It is like soda--bad soda.

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Sundown Dark from Berghoff Brewery
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 56 ratings