Ruppert's Dark
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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English Dark Mild Ale
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3.89 | pDev: 5.14%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by granger10:
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Clementine's in South Haven, MI. Waitress told me it was brewed by Southern Tier, so I guess this is where I put it. Lots of old school type signs referring to Ruppert's Dark Ale and it's priced cheaper than the macros.

Pours a pitch black color with mohagany references when put to light and a medium bubbly tan head. Not many bubbles rising to the top but the head holds solidy. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma is strongly roasted with lots of black patent malt notes. A bit of tobacco and hints of smoke arise. Low biting bitterness and acidity linger.

Taste is really strong on roasted barley and black patent notes. I love this flavor but I could see how it could be offputting to some. The roasty flavor doesn't impart any coffee flavors like one might think but more of a chocoate bitterness. Slight toasted bready flavors hold the base. Hops are quite weak though bitterness seems rather high from the grains. Finish is cut short by the acidity and by what I believe to be a lack in alcohol.

Mouthfeel is odd. I like the roastedness but it could get a bit overbearing. Body is lighter but not really creamy enough. The low carbonation helps for session purposes but I'd like a bit more liveliness. The same can be said for the lower alcohol feel to the beer.

Drinkability was good for 2 pints but I wanted no more after that. The black patent character just got too strong and without any other dominant flavor to counter, I was done. But up to that point I really enjoyed this old school style beer and will definitely get it again when I'm back at Clementine's.

As for style, I have no idea. There's some Dark Mild qualities and some Dry Stout qualities along with even some Schwarzbier qualities. I'm going to email Southern Tier and see if they could shed some light on this beer.

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Photo of aayooper
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft from Clementine's in South Haven, MI. It seemed quite odd to find this rare beer there as their beer selection was not very good - with the exception of a Bell's beer or two (brewed 30 miles away). It came served with a small head that quickly dissipated. The color was dark full brown. The taste was very close to a dark ale with a nice roasted malt and very mild citrus coming through. A sweeter tasting beer, but not over done. This was a good session beer for a cold rainy afternoon. Very drinkable and a nice surprise.

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Photo of kingothewoods
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I also had this beer at a restaurant called Clementine's in South Haven, MI.

Very dark brown color almost black. It did have a little head on the top but not much. Loved the smell of coffee, heavy roast malts, and chocolate.

All the smells come through with the great taste. The locals suggested this one to me and they were right on. This one wasn't heavy like I expected so I had another.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of AlMarzo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of breakingbland
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Clementine's in South Haven

The aroma was almost too subtle to be noticeable. The taste was typical for this style -- roasty malt with some black coffee -- but not too rich or notable. Was surprised to learn that this is a retired beer. Must be brewed under a special arrangement.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Ruppert's Dark from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 7 ratings