Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 10, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled 50cl. Poor nose with hints of hay, honey and metal accompanied by dark chocolate. Poor. Sweet buttery taste with hints of grassy hops and raisins. Metallic and sulphury. Cloying. Some tar sneaking in. Residual sugars in the finish. A mediocre Schwarzbier. Rather dissapointing.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml from Sam’s, Durham. Cheap-ass screwcap should have clued me in, but I’ve been digging quality black lagers lately. Alas, the key word is "quality," of which this brew has almost none. Dark brown pour with decent carbonation, the beer gives off a faint aroma of roasted malts that is mildly promising. But while initial sips seem okay, with faintly spicy flavors mingling with modest roasting, it gets awfully watery awfully quickly. A washout of a beer that I considered sending down the drain.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a super dark cola color with just a hint of red at the corners. Aroma was toasted malt and chocolate.
Flavor was pretty thin. Some decent malt playing in there, but it was to thin and to bready. "Meh" beer all the way.
nearbeer (4769) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 500 ml screw top, bb 14.01.09. Nearly opaque dark chocolate with a small lasting head. Aromas of molasses, fresh sweet corn and a whiff of woodsmoke. Tastes of molasses, cola, corn, peppery dry grass, bitter wood. Light-medium body is tingly and dry, but a bit too frothy.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle--Poured a light dark brown-black body with a hefty beige head. Slightly oxidized, crisp and creamy. Finished spicily hopped and mildly toasty. Not bad. Not great/
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
There’s not much to this, the taste is thin with a taste of cola and licorice. Its kinda of thin, the rest of the beer taste weak.
glaze0101 (79) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark with a fizzy small white head. smooth and sweet heavy malt flavour with a hint of berries. Overall rather bland.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 22, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml screw top bottle... classy! Anyway, pours clear, dark walnut with a fizzy beige head. Very sweet caramel nose, grassy and grainy. Light body. Sweet caramel and grain flavors, earthy and lightly chocolaty. A bit of dry bitterness in the finish, a touch of charcoal. Meh.
pivnizub (10019) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle:Deep amber coloured, clear, small, sowly vanishing off-white foamy layer; papery caramelly nose with a grassy, german Pilsner-like background; mainly dry, bitter 8sweet) flavour, light-bodied for a beer of 5.2% ABV; Pilsner-like, again. grassy-bitter fnish. Cheap colored Pils........
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brownish-black color. Aroma of chocolate/coffee as well as a hint of nuts? Flavor of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and bit of caramel.