davidm (1923) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 650ml. Great beer. Aromas of caramel, toffee, coffee, and cola. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and very long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy off-white head.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with just a hint of dark mahogany around the sides of the glass. Creamy decent tan coloured head falls away very quickly leaving just a thin layer. Some lacing, Good looking beer. Aromas are pretty much as expected with dark roasted grains, both espresso coffee and milk chocolate and some dark toffee. Nice. Flavour wise lots of bitterness thanks to the roasted grain. Creamy mouthfeel but and acrid and astringent aftertaste. An OK attempt. My daughter loved the bottle though. Thought the giraffe with thongs was very cute.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a tasting 15th of January 2011. Pours dark, thin light brown head. Aroma is of (surprise) coffee, flavour is of coffee but very thin in the mouth. As others have said, its good to see a brewer trying to do something different, but misses the mark a bit.
Maris (903) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 650ml bottle on 28/12/2010. Pours a dark mahogany. Has a strong aroma of coffee with some chocolate and raisins. The flavours are dark roast coffee, burnt malt, toast, dark chocolate and a bit of caramel. This one has a very nice sweet bitter balance, and the carbonation is spot on. A very nice, quite meaty dark drop.
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real dark body, looks black, short lasting light tan head. Aroma has roasted malt and coffee plus hints of dark chocolate and liquorice. Taste has lots of coffee but somehow it doesn’t seem over the top, some ash, dark chocolate and a medium body.
Stew41 (1662) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good stab at a coffee beer but not great. Very intense and clean nose of milk chocolate and coffee, and hints if roast. Palate is lean by comparison, perhaps the lager base being a bit restrictive, although the chocolate and coffee does hang around, albeit in a mild fashion.
BarossaLuke (536) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown to black in colour this beer lives up to its name with a good hit of espresso coffee straight off the bat. the coffee tends to dominate the aroma but the flavour has some more malt character to it. Lighter in body than it looks which i guess is as it should be as this is not a stout but a dark lager. Good to see an Aussie craft brewer daring to be different.
hawthorne00 (2216) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown tinged black with a large tan head that fades to 1 cm. Singed caramel and coffee aroma. Taste has roasted malt, coffee, slightly salted licorice. Roasted bitterness and grass in the finish. Solid enough beer.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very dark, almost black, with cola coloured highlights and a fluffy tan head that doesn’t last long. Aroma has at least as much roasted malt as coffee plus hints of dark chocolate and liquorice. Coffee certainly dominates the flavour though, however there are still hints of chocolate, liquorice and malt. Creamy but light mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long roasty finish. Although this is a little like carbonated coffee, it’s a very nice coffee beer, slightly one-note but nice.
floydian1 (814) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 650ml bottle (nicely designed). Pour is near opaque dark red-black with a medium-sized beige head of good duration. The nose is dominated by the roasted coffee beans with a slight background nuttiness. Nice smooth palate with those coffee flavours prominent and a nice bitter dry finish. It has a leaner body than a coffee-infused stout so I think the term "black coffee lager" (or schwarzbier) is accurate.