hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 7-17-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a small beige head that mostly diminished, brown body and a good amount of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt and roasty. The Taste mimics the Aroma. The Palate is lightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. This is an easy drinking beer but lacks character and no WOW factor. This is not a bad beer...it just did not leave me wanting to drink this again.
Koelschtrinker (9488) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dunkel, aber nicht schwarz, ergießt sich das Bier ins Glas. Ein frischer, reiner Malzgeruch steigt dabei vom Glas auf. Frisch bgeinnt dieses Bier auch, der Antrunk ist eher hopfig-bitter als malzig, wobei der Malzgeschmack während des gesamten Trinkprozesses nicht so ganz die Oberhand übernehmen will. Wenigstens im Mittelteil is ein mittelmäßig starkes Malzaroma nehmen, anschließend kommt noch mal ein kurzer Schub im Nachgeschmack. Ein mildes Schwarzbier, für meine Geschmack einen Tick zu mild.
Test vom 28.11.2005, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 7,10,13,10,9,10 - 10,10
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 bottle, got it in a sampler with 5 other brews.
Pours a dark brown with hints of copper on the edges with a nice off-white head that leaves good lacing and a froth atop the beer.
The smell is right on for the style with notes of caramel, slight chocolate, pils malt and a pinch of hops.
The taste is richer and bolder than most schwartzbiers which isn’t necessarily a good thing, but it is decent here. It has a large smokiness to it along with some bittersweet chocolate. There’s not much hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is watery which doesn’t help this flavor.
The high drinkability that is usually present in this style is altered a bit by the mouthfeel.
I’ll go with Koestritzer over this anytime but this is cheaper.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-28-2010 21:50:04
Grima (2002) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pitch black with a slight reddish tinge. Smells sweet malty, a minimally roasted note comes through. Starts malty sweet, subtly roasty. Pleasantly bitter coffee-like aftertaste.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This stuff pours a nice black color. The head is small but does leave some nice patches of lace. Nose is mild roast and sweet raisin malt. There is a pleasant drinkable quality to this beer and a nice maltiness as well. Slightly sweet but w/ just enough carbonation to cut through, this is a rather well put together beer. The bottle I am drinking right now does not justify a super high score but I am putting this on my list of things to try in Germany to see what it’s like perfectly fresh.
Finhead (1036) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick tan head. The nose is malty with notes of chocolate, caramel, and toast. The texture is silky smooth with soft carbonation. The taste is sweet with a quick, dry finish and no aftertaste.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - JUL 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown color/ tan head. Mild roasted nut, chocolate aromas. medium bodied. Thin chocolate, medium roast, sour malt flavors with a lingering tobacco juice finish.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Deep brown-red color, with big, foamy, beige head. Eastern Euro pungent caramel chocolate aroma, with some milky chocolate tones as well. Straightforward and enjoyable enough. Doughy, watery mouthfeel. No bittering balance to speak of, true to style I suppose. Smooth, malty chocolate finish. A interesting beer to try, not exactly world class.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle 3/7/10 (Binny’s-Downers Grove) 43° in Lager glass. Pours medium to dark brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and slight chocolate. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, and slight coffee. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty for this style.
Leighton (8684) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, brown-red with a foamy beige head. Nose of bread and lightly toasted malts. Flavor is mild blend of chocolate, caramel and some fruit. Some earthy character. Light to medium in body and well carbonated. Finish is sweet, roasty and a bit metallic.