WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black. Moderate dark tan head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt and a hint of caramel sweetness. Flavor is noticeably more bitter, essentially replacing the caramel with lots of coffee and burnt toast. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, with some bitterness and alchol in the finish. OK, but probably not something I’d go out of my way to get.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
could be the darkest beer I’ve ever seen. darker and a little thicker in texture than other beers in this style, but the flavors are true to the style. flavors are sweet, but well balanced and not overpowering
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Black. As in buh-lack. Dark burnt tan head, creamy and dense, comes right up even off a frosty cold pour...and then leaves almost as quickly. Looks like an ad for big fat mash bills while it’s there, though. Protein rich. Not much lace, though, nor head retention. Roasty, somewhat ashy and a bit smoky nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb, bordering on thick and viscous. Chewy and velvety for sure. Ashy, roasty mid-palate, a little bit of good coffee and maybe a bit of campfire in there. This is every bit as much a schwarzbier as I am an emperor penguin, but it doesn’t matter a bit what Rogue or anyone else wants to call it. It’s good stuff. At 5%, are you kidding me? This much body and this much flavor, but so clean? I could drink this all day if the price was right.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with good amount of light brown head. Cola, dark malt, and chocolate malt aroma. Flavor is the same, sweet yet bitter from the roast and smooth mouthfeel.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW. Bottle. Pours an abyss with a coffee foamy tan head. Deep roasted malts, viney hop tones, very fresh. Light caramel and a minerals, mild hop resins. Soft palate very session-able lager with a mild roastiness and fantastic hop tones amongst the malt. Fantastic.
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a deep mocha head and patchy lace. I’ve never seen a schwarzbier this dark. The nose is amazingly deep, rich and lasting, especially for a lager: dark chocolate, cocoa, lightly roasted malt and caramel. Light to medium-bodied and fairly slick with a lingering roasty and slightly bitter finish. Roasty, chocolatey and lightly ashy with a mildly herbal green, hoppy finish. I love it when I gamble on a beer and it pays off. This is easily among the best beers of this style that I’ve sampled. Good stuff.
BeerandBlues2 (12048) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by jbye4334. Pours opaque with a moderate, brown, frothy head. Aroma is moderate dark malt, dark chocolate bitterness, smoke, oak, and light fruity esters with some dark fruit (prunes, raisins). Flavor is moderate dark malt with dark chocolate, prunes, oak, smoke, raisins, and bitter hops. Full bodied, smooth texture, and high carbonation.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours a watery looking opaque black with a big tan head. Smell is very mild, a mix of roast and a touch of lactose. Taste is very gentle, with a touch of sweet chocolate, giving way to a nice roasty flavor with some bitterness in the finish.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle; pours dense black with huge chocolate colored head; appearance overall is that of a rich stout; aromas of husky grains, chocolate, a touch of smoked malt, toasted malts and some sweet grassy hops; ashy, earthy, dry chocolate with roasted nuts and mild raw smokiness; bone dry in the finish and ashy; pretty heavy for a schwarzbier with tangy sweetness and plenty of chocolate again; almost thick texture and mouthfeel; style is kind of tossed out on this one but in the end it is a very tasty brew and my fav from rogue in a long time
swanmann (726) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An unmistakably lush, DARK chocolate brown brew with light brown, orange hued foam poured from the bottle. I smell chocolate, but my allergies are making it very difficult. It tastes like espresso, creamy, sweet and bitter. But the hops up front open the flavor wonderfully. The finish lingers deeply bittersweet. Yumm!