jgb9348 (4771) - 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 (908) - 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 (2378) - 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.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black hole and a dark brown head. The aroma is roasty, smokey and fruity. The flavor is very chocolaty with coffee, smoke, soft fruit, ash, and a leafy greeniness that lingers. The palate is huge, very very heavy. Very nice.
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick at his Portland beer tasting. Black pour with a medium light brown head. Big time roasty nose with coffee notes and some chocolate. Roasty coffee flavor gives way to chocolate before a smokey coffee finish. A lager? I guess. True to schwarzbier style? Hell no, but could care less. Delicious stout...er um, black lager.
944play (355) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz in Chapeau glass. Black with diminishing brown head. Smoky, bacony, meaty nose. Flavor lacks the savory goodness of the aroma; it’s rather chalky and mineral-forward, and precious little roastiness is to be found. Finish is very dry, uncannily fleeting and slightly astringent. This beer is bizarre. Listing should read 130ºL and 75% AA, though I would guess this beer’s AA to be more like 85%!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #337. Tasted 4/1/10. 22oz bomber. Pitch, opaque and brown. Webbed ring of khaki head. Aromas of syrup, toast and dark dried fruits. Cocoa dust undertone. Full bodied with a big malt flavor, super bright effervescence and oily slick finish. Toasty malts that are quickly kicked to the side by the stingingly astringent effervescence and carbonation. The bitterness really hits you in the grill, but just as quickly subsides. The lingering finish is rather slick with a bit of the bitterness hanging on. Nicely done!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing, bro! Hey! A Schwarzbier! Pours brown with a light-brown head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, coffee roasts, and some earthy hops. Tastes like a Schwarzbier should! Good stuff.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oil-can dark with a chocolaty head that leaves a *really* nice lace down the glass. Doesn’t get much better.
Aroma is chocolaty! At first I thought it was going to be Rogue’s Mocha Porter, to be honest. There’s some dark fruits in there, but pretty much I smell chocolate.
My first taste, I got hit with a metallic wave, which will ding the ’palate’ rating a bit, but it was my first impression. It faded to the background, but stayed present. Other than that, this is a fine Schwarzbier with plenty of smoky flavors.
Overall, it’s very good and even better than I was expecting from one of my favorite breweries, especially for their first attempt at GYO!