The_Osprey (6556) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Keg at London Fields. Black with a small tan head. Aroma is musty orange, Turkish delight, definite liquorice, filter coffee. Yep, strong liquorice. Body is medium, quite foamy, low carbonation. Taste is coffee, ash, liquorice, slightly metallic. I’m not a massive fan of liquorice, and this affects my rating. Drinkable but not moreish.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from tap to glass at the farm in Independence. Dark hue with tan head. Aroma is malt, sulphur, roast, floral. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with a bitterness in the following and a clean finish. Overall this is an enjoyable brew.
Bulk_Carrier (3845) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a jet black pour and color. One finger white to off white foamy head graces the top of the beer in a gentle way. As the head dissipated, semi - thick foamy lacing strings it’s way down the sides of the glass.
The smell was roasty and sweet with a nice coffee bean to chocolate sweetness. A light bitter edge of coffee to touch the aroma pretty nicely.
The taste was sweet, roasty and a light bitter from the coffee edge.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but too much. There was a nice roasty to sweet sharp aftertaste and finish.
Overall, good Schwarzbier I’d have again.
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - AUG 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-30-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Served a black colored brew with a tiny tan head. The head fades almost instantly leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is strongest of a roasted coffee aroma. Mixed with this is a nice dark chocolate/cocoa smell. A light sweet vanilla and caramel smell are mixed with these roasted and dark aromas balancing them nicely and creating a great smell.
Taste – The taste begins with some slightly sweeter chocolate and roasted malt notes up front. As the flavors advance further a bit of caramel and some smoky and coffee flavors come to the tongue. These flavors last to the end of the taste where the coffee flavors get stronger and espresso like with the brew also bittering more in nature. These are accompanied by an emergence of some earthy hop flavors. When mixed with the bitter coffee, and roasted malts it creates a very pleasing slightly bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The chewier body is fantastic for the roasted and darker flavors of the beer giving is a big and thick feel on the tongue; well matching the coffee and chocolate flavors of the brew.
Overall- This was one tasty brew. It had the right level of bitter hop and sweetness to complement the darker and roastier chocolate and coffee/espresso flavors of the brew. Well done.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark lager, schwarzbier at its finest...dirty taster. So black and bold for the style. Drinks like a stout...smells like roasted coffee, delicious.
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a tan head. Aroma contains some chocolate, licorice, and nutty elements. Flavor is somewhat dry with some dark chocolate and coffee. Good mouthfeel on this one. Overall viva rogue.
Lubiere (12935) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep deep dark lager with a thick frothy dark brown head. In aroma, interesting mix of soy sauce, chocolate malt, caramel, quite nice. In mouth, a nice sweetish chocolate with peated notes, coffee grind, lightly smoked, quite nice. Bomber.
Iznogud (2614) - CROATIA - JUL 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at La Cerveteca, Barcelona. Pours black with brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate, bit hoppy and smokey.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deepest blackest beer I’ve had to date.
Pours thick like an imperial stout with a deep brown foam cap, dense and long lasting.
Smells nicely of complex rich malts, toffee and maybe pumpkin spice. Hops provide just enough earthiness and woodiness.
Very nice tasting with of course a complex malt base. Hints of chocolate and espresso.
Hops provide a nice earthy flavor but are not promident.
A very nice beer that’s smooth and full bodied.
A roasted dry bitter ending that lingers in the back of the mouth for a while.
I think this would be a good beer to cellar for a while to see how it would mellow out.
This is a rich and complex tasting beer good for one or two at a time to savor.
erickok (5451) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very black bodied and huge deep brown head, impressive looks. Smokey, roasted, dry, rye, oat, moderate hops. Drinkable, great body. But overdone malt bill for a Swartz but then again it’s an American dark lager. Could have been a bit simpler for a biter effect zit interesting mix of the low fermentation and American dark ale interpretation. (65cl bottle shared with Darren, from Saveur Bière)