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:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown w/ reddish highlights when held to the light. This beer has a massive two and a half finger chocolate colored head, which lasts for a while. The nose is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, and some phenol smells. The taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit. Very malty and chewy brew. Feel is medium full, with a definite chewy vibe to it. Big, full aftertaste. Overall, a nice beer, and an interesting style.

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Photo of CJS5
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Independant
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Retention isn't very good and neither is lacing.

Aroms is of roasted malt and cocoa. Some coffee in there as well.

Taste is quite roasty up front with coffee and chocolate flavors. Some dark fruit is slightly apparent towards the finish. Fairly mild bitterness with no hop flavor present. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Medium bodied.

Overall a pretty good beer. Drinks more like a porter than a wheat beer but enjoyable on a cold night.

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Photo of TheBoozeTraveler
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Mjmoon15
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14%

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 boudreaux
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of WillyMac
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Jimmys
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a muddy dark brown. brownish/whitish head is pleasant at first but quickly dies to virtually nothing. no lacing either.

S: milk chocolate. slight roast. the combination is sort of coffee ice cream-like. a fruitiness in there as well. cant put my finger on it exactly, but something else is going on there...

T: starts with a tasty roasted coffee flavor. plums. a lingering tobacco in the finish. sweetness as well. tasty palate.

M: pretty mild carbonation on a medium body. a little more fizz would help.

D: not familiar with this style of beer. i figured it would be close to a dunkel, but it is similar to a porter-like tasting brew.

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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 n00tz
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep woody color, slight haze, mild carbonation. Nil head, but a consistent ring of carb rimming the glass.

S - Heavy malts and some creaminess, sweet-woody and dark-fruity.

T - Dark malts, heavy sweet cream, wood and spice. semi tart

M - medium-heavy body. sweet creamy burp.

D - quite satisfying.

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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 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 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 djeucalyptus
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as usual, big thanks to marvin213 for the hookup on this one!

Pours a rich dark burnt caramel hue with a pleasantly foamy buff-colored head of a solid finger. impressive retention with solid lacing. Aroma is subtle and earthy with hints of cocoa, cinnamon, dirt and burnt sugar. hints of cherries and rum. Taste is mild wheat with some bright sour cherry and caramel highlights. cocoa and toffee through the middle with a light molasses and caramel finish. Not bad... with there was a bit more flavor - it seems a touch muted and muddled. but certainly ain't bad. Mouth is bright with ample carbonation. good medium body for the style and it works nicely with the hint of tartness in the barely slick finish. All in all, not a bad dark wheat. I'd drink one again any day.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Thin head with little lacing, color is a murky, mysterious, opalescent tudor brown. Aroma consists of notes of dark fruits, banana and brown sugar (and maybe a touch of coffee) Taste has some malty sweetness with some hints of alcohol. Some of the aromas are echoed in the taste. Not a delicious beer, but quite solid. Very drinkable.

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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 ChristianBlack
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color. Not much in terms of lacing.

Aroma of wheat, malt and spices.

This brew is actually difficult to classify. It's a dark wheat brew. I get that. But, I think I was really expecting something else. Something more complex. Instead it was pretty average and not all that interesting.

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

It's drinkable. But, I probably won't go back to it.

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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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Buckwheat After Dark (BAD) Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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