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 (666) - 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!
alexanderj (3414) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with a big slightly creamy head. Aroma of froasted malt, caramel, coffee, with some arthiness. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, earth; some earthy like hops in the finish. Those didn’t shine through as much as I thought, but it was still quite a good, and easy drink blacklager.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am loving this beer. The body is really something special; creamy, as some schwarzbiers, but not overly so, nice carbonation level maintained. Really great roastiness in the flavor - very grainy, almost an earthy ryeness. Bitter chocolate, but not strong. Some good bitterness - 35 IBU ain’t zero. Super fresh and clean aroma, if you call fresh wet Spring earth and grain fresh. Fits together well. Just a little of an acrid, coffee roast palate. Looks good, tastes good, smells good. Not smooth, hoppier than many. Whew!
So easily drinkable.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, very dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is more like a Porter. Lots of dark roasts with some coffee and a moderate chocolate-caramel sweetness. A good amount of nuts along with a light hop. Flavor pushes this even more into the Porter realm. Lots of roast with some coffee and a touch of burnt malt. More of the nuts, moderately sweet caramels and chocolate, and a light hop. Finishes very dry from the roast along with a light, resiny bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste after a medium, very smooth body. Nicely carbonated too. Overall, a very cool schwarz. Definitely pushing the envelope when it comes to style (did I hear Baltic Porter?), but very bold and tasty. I like the smooth, easy drinking body and dry finish a lot. Nicely done.
jgb9348 (5098) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pitch black coloured body with a thick dense (three centimetre tall) brown head. Nice look - 95% opacity! Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, a touch of caramel and some nuts - perhaps some mild smoke in there. Lightish-bodied; Mild roasted malt flavour with some caramel, nuts and hardly anything else. Aftertaste shows a mild flavour with a creamy malty flavour with no strong tastes, just some burnt sugars. Overall, a pretty subpar beer, aside from the look, which is really nice. Lacking in flavours, character, complexity and just about everything you’d want in a beer. Buy this if you want a stouty looking mild ale, pass it up for a real schwarz though if you want flavour. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 05-April-2010, and I was just happy to see that this wasn’t another re-labelled rogue beer they decided to try to con beer drinkers to buy.
Gachupines (1075) - USA - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black appearance with a brownish head. Aroma is roasted malt and a little chocolate. Taste is somewhat bittersweet chocolate. A little cloying in the finish, but still very good. I would definitely have it again.
Dorwart (2443) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 inch plus dark brown head of very fine and dense bubbles. Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate and some mild hazelnut coffee. Color is a dark brown. Lots of roasted grains, bitter coffee, some light nuttiness and some raisins. Bit of cloying sweetness in the back of the throat. Relatively dry and a bit chalky. Finishes strong roastyness and lingering coffee. A pretty good schwartzbier.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pitch black short tan head. looks like an imperial stout. very roasty aroma. smells like an imperial stout, kind-of. lacks the pronounced hoppiness of that style. pretty much straight roasted malt. flavor is extremely roasty, with some lagerish characteristics. the roasted malts just keep on giving and giving.