George999 (197) - Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Coffee overtones, lingering alcohol flavor left on the tongue, carbonation is good, but the back end flavor is a little flat
stevoj (2533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This schwarzbier comes off like a malt liquor, minus the alcohol. None of the roast grain, coffee type bitterness, just malt, malt, malt. Appearance is also a muddy brown, not black. Terrible representation of the style.
mkel07 (3916) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The Beer Cellar April 2014. Quite a dark beer with some good smokey aromas that carry over into the flavour.
Darkmagus82 (1911) - - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-23-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep amber brown color with a two finger off white head. The head has a nice level of retention, but eventually fades to give a moderate level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt. Mixed with this are notes of a caramel sweetness as well as some molasses and notes of a more earthy hop smell.
Taste – A sweet taste of a brown sugar and caramel taste greet the tongue. A moderate roasted malt taste complements the sweet tastes well, and creates a base for the beer throughout the taste. More in the middle a lighter earthy flavor comes to the tongue. While light, it creates a much more balanced flavor overall. In the end the sweetness intensifies a bit. While the sweetness is mainly brown sugar in nature some flavors of a lighter fruit also grow in. At the end, a sweeter but pleasant roasted and lightly earthy flavor are left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is just below to average in intensity. The moderate body is good for both the sweet and roasty flavors with the carbonation level making it quite easy drinking. It is very nice for the style and flavors.
Overall – Good tasting and very easy drinking. This makes for one tasty session beer.
MarkoNm (1016) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JUL 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light brown color, clear, topped with a decent off white head.
The aroma is slightly biscuity, roasted malts.
The taste is sweet, caramel notes, with little bitterness in the finish. Slightly unpleasant aftertaste, metallic, burnt. Would be very nice without that aftertaste.
Syzzer (602) - Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Med brown transluscent color. Decent foamy offwhite, tumbleweed white head. Aroma is faint, some hint at molasis and honey but then tartness. Taste is slight burnt toast malt. Watery. Day one of Ben out of Oregon. 5.25 bd.
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle at the Public House inside the Venetian, Las Vegas on 4th July 2014. Slight haze to my brew, no head but very ’fizzy’. I thought this strange and almost interesting, it seemed to have a sour initial taste that became caramel sweet in the finish. My first US brewed black lager (I think).
CPH2200 (324) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pleasant aroma. Sweet and slightly roasted, probably ok but i find this style somewhat boring.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour produces a light tan head of good size that slowly fades to much thinner covering. Lacing is slick and spotty. Underneath the head is a very dark amber liquid with reddish highlights and decent clarity. Its aroma is malty and sweet, candy like and a little roasted. Hops add a touch of floral and light citrus perfume like notes. The flavor is sweet, malty, and bready with a light touch of caramel and a very slight hint of coffee like bitterness. There are also some nice mild roasted notes and well balanced hop flavor. The finish has more roasted notes and hop bitterness fading off the tongue. The texture is slightly thin and very drinkable with aggressive carbonation that has a little bite.
tectactoe (2845) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Bottle: Muddled brown, very light ruby tone with a thin, khaki film that recedes quickly to just a collar. Aroma with metallic tones, sweet toffee, hint of toasted bread, maybe some faint skunk... Very mild & unexciting. Mostly metallic caramel/toffee. Lots of sweet honey in the taste, caramunich malts, toffee candy, a touch of dry roast & some sweet prunes linger. Again, a little metallic note, a bit thin. Some lightly spicy, almost Saaz-like hops join the party late but this is mostly sweet. Not undrinkable but pretty damn mediocre. A stronger aroma & the absence of metal would do this beer well.