NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stoutish appearance, almost opaque, but ruby around the edges. Nearly flat, with meager carbonation supplying a tiny ring of froth. I've never ground up malt before, but this beer smells like what I imagine to be a tub the finest, freshly ground dark malts. I've never encountered such an intense malt presence, save for Celebrator. Cocoa powder, carob, and a vague cinammon smell I recall from both the Dark and Oktoberfest. Not quite as intense on the palate, but still deliciously semi-sweet. Light bitterness trickles in at just the right moment to slow down the malt train. Courtesy of my good friend Tom, this is the third beer I've been able to sample from Calumet. I've made a concerted effort not to reinforce a positive bias toward this brewery in my ratings, but I can't help but rave about these beers. Each seem to epitomize the freshness and small-batch quality that craft brewers should strive for. Thanks Coug.
nuplastikk (4741) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at OF. Opaque black-brown color with an excessively large off-white head. Smooth and chocolate centered, a very nice beer. Lots of creamy chocolate flavor, with a very smooth body. Easy drinking and full of flavor. A great dark session beer.
bp (814) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
draft: dark black, frothy white head, aroma of malts, taste is sour, malty with a thin body, don’t care for the lingering sourness from this one...edit: after reading the other ratings here I wonder if I was given the wrong beer or if there was a problem with the keg I was drinking from...
madvike (2970) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ The Old Fashioned - Pours deep black with a small tan head. Not quite the total eclipse I was expecting, as you can see some light get through it at the edges of the glass, but dark nonetheless. There wasn’t a ton on the nose, even as I let it sit for a bit. It’s milky, with some sour malt and a little baking spice. Taste is nutty with some nice dryness. Bready, bitter malt on the finish, and smooth and velvety down the throat. Goes down real easy, but full enough to satisfy. Calumet continues to impress me.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing this dark pour. Roasted malt aroma, slightly grainy in character. Light mouthfeel with a roasted/burnt coffee malt flavor.
sthlm (1235) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Growler, thanks Skyview] Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is very odd, a little roastiness but a strange almost moldy scent is also in there. Taste is coffee and roasted malt with a little bit of chocolate. Quite smooth. An ok beer, but it really didn’t work for me, and the aroma was pretty strange.
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer tasting at Cellars Lex/Larpenteur. Thanks Bob (Skyview) for this treat! Roasty notes and a nice flavor here. Unfortunately the sample was served too cold and from a growler it was undercarbonated, which lessened the experience. I think this would be a nice beer with the right conditions. Glad I was able to sample.
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Shared by Skyview. A good schwarzbier. Simple but good roasted aroma. Flavor is like an oatmeal stout, with the roasted flavor the dominant character. Rich malt, and oak in the aftertaste.
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A growler courtesy of Skyview. Dark brown color with a medium head. Very complex aroma of dark fruits, smoke and coffee. Bone dry malt flavor with ample chocolate. Slightly floral finish. Friggin delicious.
Skyview (5272) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewpub in Chilton, Wisconsin. Pours a dark, near opaque, clear brown brew with a creamy and thick off-white head that slowly disipates to a fine film and off-white head. Some spotty lacing but still quite thick. Aroma of sweet black malt, toasted multi-grain malt and a touch of sweetened coffee. Taste is medium to full bodied, very light carbonation with a grainy texture. Flavors has mostly dark toasted multi-grain malt with little hop presence. Finish is slightly dry with a dark toasted malt aftertaste along with a short lived mild bitterness.
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap at the brewery. Pours very dark brown with a rapidly-dissipating light head and some lace. Aroma and flavor is malts, with nice balance and not overly coffee-flavored. A good Schwarzbier from a brewery I’ll have to explore more!