bluevegie (3028) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinkable Schwarzbier, black in body with short lasting tan head, notes of cocoa, liquorice, coffee and caramel. Fairly smooth, light in body and a dry finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep woody brown with very little head formation. Sweet malty nose, some molasses and or maple syrup, and a touch of roast. Fairly thin mouthfeel with decent clean roasted malt and molasses flavors though not really in a sweet way. Tastes of barley cereal a bit or maybe a heineken dark but less adjuncty tasting...not really much to it though. way too light bodied for me and the flavors donít really stick to the palate. Then again, itís kind of like barley tea in that respect..just a splash of flavor essence. It is what it is.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired from an Asian market I went to for cheap seafood and then noticed, "Hmm, I havenít ticked this yet." Now the brewer calls this jet black, and Iíll almost give them that. Just some dark brown around the edges when itís held up to the light. A small tan head fades to a thick foam ring around the glass. Big roasty aroma, charcoal-like and hinting at the beerís ashy dryness. The flavor is great, rich yet balanced and not overblown. The roastiness dominates, lending campfire flavors, and some very slightly sweet caramel and chocolate malts sit behind that. Nice palate, with some body to it but not at all heavy. Clean and crisp on the finish, with a medium level of carbonation. From a brewery that has left me unimpressed in the past, let me just say that I am impressed with this one. Itís an excellent example of the style, and one of the best beers Iíve had from Japan. Stood up to and even complemented some tri-tip I was eating at the time of this tick. A nice beer to appreciate on a night when Iím a one-tick pony (work to do).
ARMed (572) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer exceeded my expectations in all factes with the exception of aroma. The aroma was faint, undiscernable and almost non-existent. The color was deep black with a red hue when held directly into the light. A thin tan pillowy head was formed with the swilling, soon disappating back to the black lid of the brew. The flavor was fine and smooth with a nice velvety finish. There was no hint of abundant alcohol and the palate was clean and crisp with a ever so slight balance of malt and hops. The beer was certainly smooth and creamy. Overall, a very fine dark smooth porter-like brew.
doublebock (487) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color, with just a thin layer of head and little carbonation. Aroma of burnt caramel and peat. Smoky and roasted malt flavor with some anise . Surprisingly like a solid German dunkel.
improvjock (312) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a black with little tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is of rich coffee with a hint of sweetness. Has a dry finish. Not my favorite style, but itís not too sweet and not too bitter. A nice beer.
BMan1113VR (7691) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Small tan head that is quick to fade over a near black body. Aroma of coffee, leather, light wooden and must notes. Taste is dry, cocoa, smoke, coffee grounds and leather. A little bit sourish. Dry mouthfeel. Better than their Vienna.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dryish, vegetal, funk, farmhouse and white sugar aroma. Light espresso notes. Light carbonation, medium body, with a nice roast bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light bodied, sweet mochachino nose. Mouth is a bit too sweet for my liking, but still a decent beer, especially for coffee lovers.
omhper (18329) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at RBJG park session. Almost black, fairly rich head. Licorice aroma with lots of coffee underneath. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Caramel lures underneath all the coffee. Medium bitterness.