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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Up until the Second World War, dark beer was the predominant beer type in the Munich area. The hard water found in the region played a special role in producing this specialty. In his book “Beer International”, the world-renowned English beer writer, Michael Jackson, accurately describes the Ayinger “Altbairisch Dunkel” as: “A good example of its kind. Impenetrably dark with a golden-brown gleam when held up to the light, and with a warm aroma and malty taste, while summoning up coffee taste sensations on going down. It is brewed from five types of malt (two of which are torrified dark), and it is only lightly hopped.” It is produced using the traditional double fermentation process.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-13-2001

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a fiery copper amber color with ruby hues. The light passes through effortlessly and it has the look of glowing embers. Dark but with perfect clarity. There are plenty of bubbles rising up form the bottom and a fat head of almost tan foam that fell slowly and left good lace.

Nose is wonderful. it's dark fruit but lightly. It's sweet sugary malt. Light caramel. Toasted grain, a bit nutty and a the lightest scent like coffee or unsweetened chocolate. To the delight of the nose there is a trace scent of lager yeast and that adds to the brightness of the nose.

The taste is absolutely superb! First thing you will notice is that the body of the beer is soft from an overall mineral quality. It's not the least bit heavy but crisp and clean. It's as clear on the palate as it is in the glass. The fruits are raisin and fig, but they are not heavy or too rich. The toasted grain is amazing and rich with it's natural sweetness at the forefront and the caramel to back it up. Little bit of toffee notes underneath to add depth to the malt. Then it's nutty and bready too. It finishes dry with the overall tastes of the malts resounding at the back palate. There is just a bit of hop herbal in the finish to help it glide so gently.

This is one amazing beer. It has an incredible lightness. It has every flavor that you love about dark beer, from dark fruit to coffee and yet it's light. It's not chewy, it's not thick, it's not too sweet. The dry finish is something to behold as all that perfect toasted grain settles in to last and linger in the aftertaste. Full, spirited and vibrant.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Three finger tan foam cap gently subsides with nice lacings on the glass. Brown , almost like a light cola shade, with no visible carbonation.

Sweet malt, caramel, figs, sweet aromas.

Taste of malt wit habit of alcohol. Figs. No carbonation, no bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Looks and smells better than it tastes. Wanted more out of the glass. A good beer but not my favorite from one of my favorite breweries.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black in the glass, glints of mahogany in the light. Light tan foam on top, leaving behind spotty traces of lace.

Light roast in the aroma, dark malt, vague coffee.

Taste is roasty and dry, light bodied and straightforward. Very clean with a slight toasted marshmallow impression though not especially sweet at all. Carbonation seems light as well, though it helps the drinkability. Word is that draft may hit the states in January. Made a great pairing with spicy goulash at Laschet's.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber-brown with limited light tan head. Aroma is deeply malty with a potent ripe raisin/prune scent that is boozy and cloying but pleasant. Very interesting aroma for a thin-bodied lager. Palate is chalky chocolate, more prune/raisin fruit, brown bread (pumpernickel), a hint of cola spice, a sour top note that almost evokes fresh citrus but probably more like rancid marmalade, nice deep dark flavors. Some brown sugar and coffee show up and cling to the palate along with a bit of cardboard. The faintest whiff of apricot. Minimal hop bitterness. I like this style and this is a good exemplar. Ayinger is workmanlike, never bad and always cleaving close to style guidelines. Carbonation is right where it needs to be. A nuttiness like bitter walnuts accumulates and builds a bit ... Some metallic notes that maybe detract a bit but one can always return to the fermented prune aroma and be intrigued.

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Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,121 ratings
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