BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Medium tan colored head. The body (as the name suggest) is completely black and delightfully sinister looking
Heavy roast notes and cocoa- not a really powerful nose, but makes me want to take my first sip even more to find out what is underneath
Very malty, coffee grounds, slightly bitter and perhaps some traditional Belgian Character to it. All of this is accompanied by a very long, persistent and extremely good finish. Very light mouthfeel and very drinkable.
nuplastikk (4938) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle c/o Elise shared at GTMW ticket line 2014. Unfiltered black-brown body. Foamy beige head. Medium bodied, roastier than most Belgians. Nice fluffy carbonation. Sort of like a Dunkel, belgified. Sweet and easy, rich, nice depth. Classic, well done.
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprised by the ratings below I thought this was a very solid beer. Pours very black with a nice lacy head. Aroma is somewhat subdued not as roasts as I would expect. Taste is very well-balanced rich toasty coffee chocolate. Very complex for a session strength beer. Finishes refreshing.
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bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is dark malt with a touch of cocoa nib type chocolate. Med body or so. Flavor is earthy, dark malt and not much coffee - but a little bakers chocolate seems present. Earthy, unsweet chocolate. Not really very bitter, except for the earthiness, and Iím not getting much in the way of fruity ester. Maybe a little yeast/spice. Yeah, sort of like Iíd imagine a Schwarzbier made with Belgian yeast. Donít know why it has such a low rating, except perhaps it is very different. Iím a drinkin it all!
dyetube (1279) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Choice Beverages in McKinney. Pours black with a this tan head. The aromas are malt, light milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is slightly dry and roasty with a medium body and good carbonation. Cheers!
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with tons of head. Smell is roast malt and coffee. Taste is dry cocoa chalky chocolate. Pretty tasty. Very drinkable. Dry and not very hopped. I like this one quite a bit.
Cavie (4000) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Zio Carlo. Pours a dark brown to black color. Tan head. Aroma is chocolatey with roasted malt notes. Flavor is easy roast, chocolate, malt and sweetness. Great.
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sinfull (1011) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisly underrated . Black color , medium beige head . Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Balanced taste of roasted malt , caramel and earthy hops. Decent ale.
lownote (227) - USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black from bottle with tons of head. Smells smokey and a bit chocolatey. Med/light mouth feel with lots of carbonation. Taste is roasted goodness with flavors of chocolate and chicory. Sweetness and a little hop as well.
Ratman197 (10830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, yeast, spice and toffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, roasted malt, spice, light vanilla and light yeast with a smooth lingering spiced toffee finish. Donít know how this got entered as a Altbier my bottle said Belgian Black Ale.