bartlebier (2559) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,2L draught sample@Internationales Bierdorf, Tettnanger Hopfenwandertag 2014. Brewed partly with roasted Tettnanger, now that is a great, original novelty! Pours like a powdery darkbrown velvet porter, although apparently brewed as lager (Schwarzes?). Aroma has quite some tobacco leaf, must be that roasted whole cone hop, as well as dark chocolate. Taste verges more into powder chocolate, on a whipped cream velvet yeast bed, with some floral bitters finishing it off. At only 6,5% one of the more original, elegant yet daring brews of this all in all still conservative beer venue.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Raisins and toasted bread crumbs thrive within a pillowy texture, as a citrusy angles and a bitter herbal touch conclude this memorable dark lager.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam sits atop the brown-edged blackness.
-The mouthfeel is creamy yet not sweet or heavy.
-This is not a lagered Porter recipe, thankfully.
-The flavour profile is balanced.
-This is far from linear, contrary to most dark lagers on the market.
On tap at La Tana del Luppolo, Bologna and at Il Santo Bevitore, Venice.
jackafholmes (675) - - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg from Balvotore, venice. Dark brown opaque beer with dirty white head. Tropical ipa aroma, smoky too. Tasty, very bitter with a bit of liquorice. Medium body, low carbonation. Very nice.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Malt and light roast aroma with light grapefruit. Caramel and light roast flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and light roast lingers with light citrus.
Taboada (510) - Compostela (Galiza), - JUL 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap tasted on 07/07/2014. Dark brown colour with a creamy persistent beige head. Aroma is intense with notes of roast malts, hops, chocolate and caramel. Taste is dominated by the typical notes of a Black I.PA. with the surprise of caramel and toffee. Carbonation ok. Aftertaste is a little dry but no excesive. Next one please!
jorge76 (24) - ITALY - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at why not , alassio , Italy .. Another good beer from birrificio Italiano , coffee powder chocolate and liquorice are the strongest taste you get but still the citrus of the hop is remarkable ..
Vaiz (3821) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in Italy. It says on the bottle ’blacker than the blackest black’, but it’s more like a dark brown pour. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, caramel, cookie dough, molasses and bready yeast. Flavor is quite bitter, spicy, creamy and slightly watery. Decent balance. Interesting brew.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAY 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle served in a goblett glass. Dark brown, can’t see through it, with a nice, "marshmallowy" and persistent light beige head. Powerful and rich aroma, very very hoppy (mainly citrus and pine), slightly roasted with notes of coffee powder, light toasted malts and roots/earth. It does smell way more like an BIPA than a Schwarz, wich I personally don’t mind. Liquid espresso coffee during the first sip, smooth and velvety, moderately sweet upfront, preceding a nice, citrusy and resinous bitterness. Solid malty backbone, even though it’s so easy to drink and slightly watery as it should be. Lingering chocolaty and hoppy aftertaste. By no means a traditional dark lager, but a pretty damn tasty experiment!
fiammanghilla (826) - Genova, ITALY - APR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pompa @ luppoleria.
Scura con riflessi rubino e schiuma media ma persistente.
Corpo un po' acquoso, tostata e ben amaricata.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold
logattogigi (44) - - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colore scuro, poca schiuma. Profumi di caramello ed erbacei. Corpo molto leggere, carbonatazione quasi assente, molto fresca e beverina. Buon uso dei luppoli tedeschi, giusto equilibrio in bocca fra tostato, erbaceo e caramellato.