Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale | RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) AleBuckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
rjrockers.com

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Dunkelweizen is overlaid with chocolaty flavors and fruity aromas, a beer that's so good it redefines the word bad. That's right...BAD is good!

Added by mikesgroove on 02-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
14.04%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12oz bottle, with ABV listed as 6%, poured into a snifter. Pours dark reddish-brown, nearly black, with a small tan head. Retention isn't very good but has decent lacing. A thin layer of sediment coats the bottom of the bottle, with a bit added in the pour.

Aroma: Sweet malts with less dark roasted malt than expected given the appearance. Some alcohol esters, coffee and dark fruit as well.

Taste: features roasted grains, with what I beleive is bickwheat. Some coffee and chocolate here but more dominant in the finish and aftertaste. Some dark fruit mid-taste. Mild bitterness and only a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel: fairly smooth. Medium-full body. Slightly powdery finish.

Overall: distinct and moderately flavorful but mild.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

six pack picked up at bilo mostly to use as extras but was able to drink one this past weekend to see how it carried over. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 02/05/2011.

the pour was decent with a dark brown color that yielded a big head of tan that faded quickly and only moderatly coated the sides of the glass. interesting, but nothing really to go nuts over. aroma is off chocolate, wet hay, moldy grain and campfire smoke, it just did not work for me, i wish it had, as i wanted it too. the flavor was a touch better as the chocolate died down and more of the grains and a touch of dark fruit came through which served it much better.

overall an ok beer but not even close to their best offering.

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Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle w/ no freshness date.

A dark wheat ale for winter, seems very fitting. Mild crackle to the head as it drops down to a wisp of lace, haze was expected with the wheat in the murky brown color. Toasted biscuit and cocoa powder with an ale twang in the nose. Very smooth and slick, medium body. Toasty and very bready with a thick side of biscuit. Mild nutty yeast, light fruitiness and a kiss of alcohol in the middle. Peppery leafy hop bitterness is light but does balance. Drying finish with lots of toasted grain flavor.

Without a doubt this is an interesting and tasty winter seasonal, worth a try.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/22/11 notes. Big thanks to the staff at Stateline for digging around the back and finding this one for me. Style #100 of 104 reviewed. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Had lasts for two to three minutes and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, bready malts, and light chocolate. As it warmed up much more sweet fruit came out. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, fruity malts, and toasted malts. Also light chocolate and bready malts. More roasty than the nose and less fruit, a tiny step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good beer; much better than I was expecting. I think as it warmed up it got better and more swet dark fruits came out, though the taste was still dominated by roasted malts. Something I'd have again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of thagr81us and signed by the brewmaster himself. It says "Al, Get your tick on!". Haha, awesome. Thanks Calton! This is style 102/104 for me.

It pours a very dark and dirty raisin brown in color with an off white head that quickly turns into a light lacing around my snifter. The nose isn't what I expected at all. I expected almost dunkel like aromas but instead you get a lot of crystal malts, which gives you a light cocoa aroma. Very interesting. You don't get too many American wheat characteristics but it is appealing. The flavors too are heavy on the crystal malts and light cocoa. You also get a slight fruity sweetness and light bitterness in the finish. Again, very interesting. It drinks pretty thicker in body but finishes light. Hard to explain but it doesn't drink like you'd assume it to for it's "weight". Overall it's a solid beer and reminds me more of a darker Irish ale or something of that sort and not a wheat beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some sweetness and spice. Taste is also rather mild, some malts, spices, a touch of sweetness, rather subdued flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a decent brew but nothing special.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brown body with minimal head and lace on top of a light citric and clove smell, but mostly I'm picking up some bread and sweet malt. Smooth and creamy with a light-to-medium body, a decent sweet edge of caramel and some chocolate and I pick up a touch of dough for light bready dryness. The hefe qualities, citric and spice notes, are very minimal and come across as slightly bitter. A dry finish to a beer, that while not bad, is not the most exciting.

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Photo of avalon07
2.41/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a muddy brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A very faint - almost nonexistent - aroma of wheat and malt.

T: Taste is barely noticeable. A tinge of wheat and malt, but mainly this is a thin, watery, bland, flavorless stew. Not remotely memorable.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not interesting. Not drinkable

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Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with dark brown highlights. Quick head and very little foam.

Dry chalky yeast aroma with roasted barley and wheat malts keeping the aroma bready.

Chalky palates and flavor throughout the whole beer. Roasty and toasty malts with some dry powdered fruit flavors as well. Palate is pretty thin overall. Pretty easy to drink, but not full on flavor.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. 6%abv according to the bottle. A very bronze looking pour, half finger of white head.

Bready malt, raisin a little apple in the aroma.

Taste is also balanced caramel, malt, tea, yellow raisin. Some light red fruit and lighter chocolates. Finishes with this pretty much.

Lighter mid body, coating bubbles. Fairly typical wheat mouthfeel. Drinks very easy. I guess you could say it is a dark beer fan wheat beer.

A different style for sure. I like it. Definetely the best I've had from RJ.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: muddy brown, with little lacing for head

Smell: sweet malts,

Taste: chocolate, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: overall a very nice offering from this company. Not a whole lot of brewers are using buckwheat in their beer.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into an RJ Rockers shaker. Poured a murky deep brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and grains. The flavor was of malt, rye, and bananas. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew at all. However it was not really what I was expecting from this brew. This is not necessarily a bad thing by the way. Flavors were very nice and balanced, I just wish the aroma would have been a little more pronounced as I had to search high and low to find it. Can't wait to find a bottle of this to compare.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Recieved as an extra from mikesgroove.

A - Very dark and muddy looking orange/brown beer with a 1 finger off-white head that left random chunks and stick on the sides.

S - Smells like a wheat beer, bit of citrus, caramel malts, and smoke. Actually smells quite nice.

T - Unfortunately the taste did not live up to the smell. Carmel malts, burnt malts, some sort of lactic sour, and an unpleasant phenol like quality to this one. This actually tastes kind of bad. There is a little bit of smoke that helps to hide some stuff, but not enough.

M - High carbonation, medium bodied, the carbonation is a bit too high for my liking.

D - This beer was a bit of a disappointment, and did not live up to the nose. It didn't taste good, and was hard to finish.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of woosterbill
2.17/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at Prime 16 into a pint glass.

A: I watched the bartender pour this beer in the proper manner and hand it right to me, but in that 10 seconds what head it had was already gone. What remained was a thin patch of scummy tan bubbles drifting around a molasses-colored morass of a beer. Muddy and ugly.

S: Vague sweetness, with coffee, cocoa, caramel, and rancid bananas. Not good.

T: Dull, muddy sweetness. Old chocolate that's been melted and re-hardened; spoiled caramel, if that's a thing; moldy bread dipped in day-old coffee. The finish is both chalky and sticky somehow. I'll give it credit for having a good bit going on, but none of it's good.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of ultra-fine carbonation. Definitely this beer's strong suit.

D: Too sticky to be drinkable. And too gross.

Notes: This must be why there are so few American Dark Wheat Ales. Terrible, terrible beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been looking for this style to try for a while!! Pours a muddy dark brown with little light coming through. Fizzy light tan head with average retention and very little lacing.

Smell is malty with a kind of slight medicinal bitterness. Taste is similar, like a mild, sweet malty brew with a slight bit of medicinal bitterness at the end.

This beer is smooth and goes down easy. The bitterness dies down as you drink it. On the whole, an average malty brew. More flavor than most American Pale Wheat Ales.

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Photo of Damian74
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A-Dark, near-opaque dark brown, with about 1 finger width head.That went into white chunks.
S-Caramel, chocolate, toffee and fruit.
T-Malts, Raisin,Coffee. Taste some banana.
M-Medium feel, High carb.
O- Wasn't bad would get again.

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Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -14%

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