mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with a nice dark tan head that settles to a nice foam cap. The nose is of rich, heavily roasted coffee and chocolate with toffee/caramel, dark bread and earthy tones. The taste starts with roasted coffee, milk chocolate and roasted malts. next comes a slight metallic taste followed by some big hop bitterness. The finish is a little boozy, though some maltiness lingers with strong roast/dryness on the tongue. Full-bodied and rich.
JanosX (28) - - APR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer. Thick creamy head. Flavours of chocolate, coffee, cedar and smoke. Very smooth and easy drinking.
alexsdad06 (6549) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by Tmoney99 years ago from notes. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small tan head. The aroma had roasted malts, coffee, earthy hops, and some orange citrus in the background. The flavor had earthy and citrusy hops, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Medium bodied with good flavor; one of the better beers I’ve had from Rogue in a while although I probably wouldn’t revisit this.
bg80 (44) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. Rich black with thick tan head and strong lacing. Medium body with roasty coffee bean palate. Not sweet, not sour, a little bitter on the finish, from the coffee. Decent.
chinchill (2624) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle served in a pint glass (from notes).
Pour looks a bit like used motor oil; this is a truly black beer. Completely opaque with an unusually dark brown head that reduces at a moderate rate to a thin ring.
Aroma: Not strong. Primary component is dark roasted malt. Very sweet, with lots of chocolate/smoky notes. Toasted malt and burnt toast, powdery cocoa, hints of coffee, and molasses.
T - Some sweetness initially, but certainly not as sweet as a typical German schwarzbier, and the finish is mildly bitter with a clear coffee note. Hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Mainly, there’s plenty of rich dark roasted malt flavor that is pronounced and lasting but not challenging.
M - nice medium-full body with some crispness from carbonation and/or hops.
O - recommended for fans of schwarzbier who also like an imperial stout: This schwarzbier heads in that direction.
jamestulloch (1826) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at CASC. Black body with a beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma of ham, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavour of chocolate and straw. Thin body with a smooth texture. Soft fizz. Decent. Tastes like a light Porter.
elbernays (758) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
660ml bottle from mchughs. Pours jet oily black. Coffee lactose chocolate nose. Flavour is sweet roast malts. Dry short finish with a fizzy lift. A bit light but nice.
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Julie loves a tinge of smoke up front pretty good aroma. V. Julie gives a 3.5
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slowrunner77 (6547) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"a good looking dark, thick black lager. you wouldn’t know it’s only 5% from the flavor. full flavored roasty goodness. not good enough to eclipse the style but chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of bitter hops make this a tasty edition to the Rogue family."
Beerhunter111 (9432) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit schöner braunen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, Vanille. Geschmack schokoladig, röstmalzig, Kaffee, minimal rauchig, sehr gut!
The_Osprey (2755) - 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.