icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 It’s a light porter that’s easy swilling. Light on the tounge and finish. Serviceable.
mjg74 (2431) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark in color. Aroma is of roasted malts, with some coffee in there as well. Sweet roasted malted flavor. Very smooth and drinkable. Tastes like a porter.
jazz88 (2510) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown color with a light brown foamy head that lasted to the end. A light malty aroma with a touch of nuts and caramel. The lager elements come through in the thin flavor, but it does have a pleasant malt flavor and finish. A Trader Joes special.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Very dark ruby color, with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Flavor is sweet, sour, coffee and some dark fruits. Pretty good, but I did have one bottle of the six pack that was flat.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep coppery brown w/ a short lived beige head. Laces okay though. Light roasty and toasty character in aroma, sweet malt and seems like a little brown sugar and hints of diacetyl. Flavor is about the same but with a little sourness from dark grains. Higher carbonation, lighter m/f, but not watery, smooth. Very non distinct darker beer. Made for the real beer drinker, but not the "good" beer drinker IMHO. Is definitely not a Schwarzbier!
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
another bargin from trader joes .84 poured ruby with a small off light tan head that stay around long. aroma malts, molasses, some coffee. flavor weak malts ,coffee some sweetness with a touch of bitterness. not to bad for the price
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
attractive brown ruby with a frothy head. looks like clear coffee. toasty roasty malt in the nose, with the same flavors in the body. $4.99 for a six-pack--not bad. schwarzbier, eh? use the schwarz!
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown clear under a small short lasting tan head. Medium biscuity malt and lighter roasted bitter malt aroma. Smooth light bodied. Full malt flavours that fade quickly to a candy sweet cola like finish. Having not rated too many Schwarzes I guess this is maybe standard for this style that to me appears to detract somewhat from what is otherwise an excellent beer. Bonus points fo being served in super Virginian woods locale; "che’ Bohlke"
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 The color saves this one. Not a whole lot going on here. Thin head that dissipated slowly, not much nose, not much taste. Waste of calories, if you ask me. (6-4-6-3-10)
Re-Rate 5/15/06: Deep, dark black pour with a thick pale tan head, nose of a Snickers bar, and just as sweet in the taste, with notes of caramel, chocolate, cream and nuts. This is better than I had originally thought.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby/brown in colour, brown bubbles with no head. The nose is malty with soft or mild hops. The taste is smoked with malts, in fact, very smokey, almost burt and reminds me of a campfire. The body is medium and this is an easy drink.