Dunkler Stern | The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A delicious dark ale inspired by the schwartzbiers of Germany.

30 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 02-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by ThirstyBird:
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask..
Appears near opaque with a reddish highlight. Big lumpy tan head falls to a blanket.
Smells sweet malt, bready
Tastes dark sweet malt, a little cocoa, dry crisp aftertaste.
Smooth and silky. Medium body.
Very tasty and approachable brew. So good that I had a second!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via handpump, @ the Alchemist (Waterbury, VT) on 9/24/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown in the glass, with a ½ finger of creamy light mocha colored head. This retains with a smooth richness that absolutely DRENCHES the sides of the glass with thick foamy rings. The aroma is roasty and sweet smelling, with toffee and light burnt notes that are putting off an almost brown sugar like flavor in the nose. Earthy green hops and a fairly strong spice presence add some layers to this.

The taste is rich with cocoa and caramel flavor up front and (much like the aroma) is given an almost burnt sugary molasses feel once those roasted malts kicks it into high gear. Some green fruity citrus here work two-fold, adding both some extra bitter notes to this as well as a touch of extras sweet balancing nature. The finish is very dry with notes of spice and a bit of leftover bitter rind. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a wonderfully smooth and creamy feel from the cask that also manages to carry just enough crispness to zing the mouth with flavor.

This was pretty darn tasty take on the Schwarzbier style and I think that the cask conditioning really opened up the flavors here to a degree that I didn't really expect. Lots of sweetness and fruit are presnt but the roast and hops weren't ignored either and the smooth and crisp feel really kept things moving. It's nice to see them take this one out of retirement. It was good.

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Photo of Pamola
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Dark reddish brown with a one finger head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with a mild hop finish.

Taste: Malty and smooth. Light mouthfeel. Somewhat sweet and lightly chewy. Drinkable.

Verdict: A decent and drinkable beer. I didn't see too much that stood out other than this. A good beer to start with if it's your first time at the Alchemist.

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Dunkler Stern from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
4.21 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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