Friday, February 22, 2013

Backpocket Slingshot Dunkel

This dunkel, or German style dark lager, comes from the Backpocket Brewing Company of Coralville, Iowa.  They generally adhere to the Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, using only water, barley,hops and yeast. This beer is 5.3% ABV.

It pours a dark chestnut brown in color. There is a tall half inch of thick foamy head, somewhat creamy. The head is off-white to very light brown in color. The aroma is toasted malt, dark caramel, with a spicy rye-like note. The taste is toasted and roasted malt, getting almost peaty, nutty, dark caramel, getting close to molasses, starting sweet, but quickly turning dry. There is some strong tea and light tobacco. For all the flavors, it actually drinks easy and comparatively light. If you like dunkel beers, this is a must try.

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