beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark foreboding brown with a clearishness to its body that is fairly evident, even in a sensibly low light. Small, grey tinted paper top of firm foam slips off to a skim pretty quickly; leaving a whispy skim and a thin, firm collar ring. Tiny strings of lace stick.
Aroma is pleasantly forward with a very welcome amount of black malt sweeetness, very slight charred molasses and grain husk, a slim chocolateyness, and a gentle earthy dryness on top. Very nice nose.
Taste is just as pleasant. The black malt presense is so perfect here. Incredibly forward and absolutely tasty. A generously welcome amount of mildly preserved black malt sweetness is melded in with a well-rounded, firm crispness that lingers behind each sip bringing a tender pull underneath of earth laden, floating dryness of smokey husks, dark fruit skins, and a somewhat slimmer molasses. But the black malt is everywhere to be found. In three fold, palate soaking, goodness. Yum oh yum oh yum...
Feel is pretty damn firm with a smooth, semi snappy, medium body and a light threshold of dryness skating around within the finish and a very nice black malt sweetness altogether. Have I mentioned the black malt sweetness is all but fantastic? Well it is. It covers completely and makes the whole beer work for itself in an easy fashion of consumption that is inconceivably solid, smooth and effortless. Wow, what an excellent surprise from Baron out West.
Thanks to cvschaller for this gem of a black bier! Yumski yum yum...
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty unremarkable. Deep brown pour, light roast aroma with some cocoa/coffee tones to it. Taste is much the same, there’s just no single thing that jumps out. It’s not bad, and is a fine enough beer.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
GABBF 08 - This was just alright, not something I want to go searching after again. Kind of a mild malty aroma, with a little tiny bit of smoke, soda head fades away quickly. Bittersweet and bready, with some caramel maltiness, and a slight bit of roast. Disappointing for the style.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz via Capital Market. Ok, i have only had a couple of this style..but have been wanting to try a good one. This pours a brown/black with ruby highlights and a semi-tan head. Nose is all about roasted grains, and a little chocolate. THis tastes very carbonated, with lots of nut, some roastiness, and some berry notes. THe dark currants are there but they are buried undrneath the roasted malts. Mouthfeel is abit thin, carbonaton a bit high. But still..this is good for what it is..just drop the carbonation a bit and this will be outstanding!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spunky chocolate aroma with some fruit. Deep reddish amber in color, very little head (I want my schwarzies to be a little blacker). Slightly fruity flavor, some chocolate, noble hops and residual roastiness. Fairly clean. Kind of like a lager brown ale. Cheers to André.
cmonster (992) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber served in an English pint. Dark brown-black in color with a short gray-tan head. Roasty, burnt coffee aroma. Light body, mild creaminess. Dry, slightly bitter, roasted finish. Clean and straightforward sessionable lager.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/30/07 On Draught at the Seattle International Beerfest. Aroma is malty with smoke, caramel and butterscotch notes. Appearance is dark brown with an off-white head. Flavor is sweet malt forward followed by red fruit notes and candy flavors. Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with good carb texture for being such a low bite. Overall, an enjoyable light bodied beer that’s very easy drinking.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky chocolate nose. Blackish brown, with medium head. Chocolate smoke sweetness, with mild hop bitterness. Fizzy, light to medium body, semi-clean finish. This seemed like a "Porter Light", interesting and refreshing dark beer.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
GCBF. Pours a dark brown. Some malt in the nose. The flavour was not what I was expecing, malty but some other unwanted flavours as well, exaust, rotting vegetables. I wish I could try it again sometime.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Palace Kitchen. Kind of dark in this place so hard to see what exactly I was getting here. Looks to be a dark brown color with ruby highlights. Faint hints of roasted malt and chocolate in the nose. Light bodied, very similar to a lager, with roasted malt and chocolate flavors. A quality beer.