Arcobräu Schloss Dunkel

Total Score: 7.15/10 Caramel1 DarkFruits1 Bread1 Stein1

Today’s brew comes from Moos Germany [must insert cow jokes at some point in this review] is a fine upstanding Dunkel by my new German fancy Arcobräu. Arcobräu was until recently a figment of my imagination in a municipality that is a paradise to dairy farmers and their bovine property alike with lush rolling green hills, troughs as far as the eye can see, and buckets strategically placed wherever cows are likely to stand. In fact the dairy farmers liked this place so much they named it after the noise cows make. Turns out Moos exists in reality and now I’m off to find the county of Meow on Google Earth. I will report my findings post haste.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a fancy DAB stein.

A: Clear deep almost cola brown body with a firm 1 inch off-white head… German brewers always take pride in their head and it shows here. 8/10.

S: A rich tapestry of aromas with caramel, macerated dark plum and figs, a touch of bread and is that a hint of banana or am I going crazy? [probably… to both] The aroma of this brew suggests a malt heavy beverage, which is totally fine by me, bring on the malts I say! 7/10.

T: Flavour is a little more subdued than expected but still tasty nonetheless with the above noted caramel/macerated dark plum and figs/bread with an odd but added note of cola, some light nuttiness and a slight metallic aftertaste. The finish is Munich dry with a hint of hops. Overall the flavour is solid if a little weak. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a medium carbonation – good for the style and good for that belching contest I was planning on entering, aka my average beer drinking session. 8/10.

D: Soooo, no major complaints with this Dunkel aside from the usual cry of “more flavour” – then again 4.7% ABV Dunkels aren’t usually flavour-bombs so one might say my opinion is slightly unjustified, but I won’t… shuddup. Also that cola taste and the metallic note detracted from my flavour score… but other than that it’s all G brah. The big question is will I have this again when I can get a Weihenstephaner or a König Ludwig for cheaper? My money is on the cheaper/better Weihenstephaner [I love those guys!]. 7/10.

Food match: Sauerbraten mit Kartoffelklöße, Rotkohl und Spätzle will serve you well on your Dunkel quest… giant Pretzel mit senf if you’re saving room for more beer 😉

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