JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild coffee nose. Pale beige fast disappearing head. Dark reddish brown color. Mild coffeyish malty and syrup taste with some hints of licorice. At the end bitterness. Slightly salty.
teddybeer (1484) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Thanks to fugitive]. Bottled. Dark brown colour with a light beige head with an average duration. Aroma is toasty with light hints of chocolate. Flavor is cocoa, with a toasty maltiness, and slightly sweet. Dry final.
humlelala (692) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33 cl bottle from On the Rocks, Plakias, Crete; Produced on May 25th 2012) Pours a clear dark brown with tan head. Decent retention and good lace. Aroma is definitely toffee and what to me resembles brown ale although it might be schwarzbier as I donít have much knowledge of the style other than that it is dark and bottom fermented. I donít detect many fruity esters in this beer. No hops detectable either. Oily texture, soft carbonation, medium body and a sweet finish. Taste follows the nose with sweet toffee being the predominant impression.. Once again pleasant to find well balanced non-pale alesmin the Cretan summer climate. Decently drinkable.
BlackHaddock (2367) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
September 2008: This brewery doesnít mess around with fancy names. The four fonts on offer at the only bar Iíve seen this beer at were: Lager, Black Lager, Red Ale and Weiss Bier.
Poured into the breweries own glassware, this beer was jet black with a good tan head on top. It looked impressive sat next to the nuts and warming in the early evening sun by the harbour in Chania, Crete.
The aroma was all about roasted and burnt malts, as was the taste. Sadly it was just like drinking a watered down, fizzy Porter or Stout. There was no creaminess or rich body to it at all. It was a lager, but black and with a smell (unlike most lagers).
The beer just didnít feel right, it looked so wholesome and inviting, but failed to live up to its looks. It was too fizzy and lacked body.
dreadnord (1000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark, thin looking with a small head that recedes almost immediately. Looks like a glass of coca cola with no ice. Nose is roasted marshmallows, small hint of smoke and a little bit of fruit. Flavor is sweet mostly. Toward the end it bitters a bit only to take on a metallic flavor. Also a bit watered down. Light bodied, mouthfeel is oily and slippery with a medium to long aftertaste. Drinkable, but I wouldnít order on purpose .
AlexGR (89) - GREECE - JAN 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown color with a small head. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted taste and aroma. Some hops on the finish. Not a fan of black beers. But it wasnít bad.
gunnar (3599) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours black as Coke with a small off-white head.Aroma is strong nutty malts, light smoke and liquorice. Taste is strong malty, very delicious, sticky caramel, dark chocolate. Light hoppy finish.
Sigmund (4222) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml shared bottle, kindly provided by our beerpal Jan Magnus. ABV 5%. Very dark brown colour, moderate beige head. Mildly roasty aroma, notes of chocolate and mild coffee. Fairly dry flavour, medium roasty, notes of mild coffee, hints of dark bitter chocolate. Tolerable hops in the finish.
Scopey (3253) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Craft Brewery, Athens. It pours darkest brown, with a thick light tan head. The nose is caramel, toffee, latte and light roasted malt. The taste is chocolate, caramel, lactose, filter coffee, light roasted malt and a touch of liquorice. Medium body, fine carbonation, foamy mouth-feel and good balance. Tasty and very easy drinking.
Hermod (2205) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33c bottle from Supermarket in Platanias, Crete. BBE 10/2011. Poured dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee as well. Flavor has roasted malt and coffee. Dry finish, lots of coffee that stays for long. Thin body, but overall a nice schwarzbier.