KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The pour was a coca-cola brown with some reddish highlights and an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige creamy head that diminished quickly down to just a thin film and a small foamy collar, which did create some excellent sheeting of lace.
The aroma was bold and roasty of a roasted caramel malt and a mild leathery yeast with notes of caramel, chocolate, a mild dark fruit and a bit of ash.
The taste was roasty, malty and mildly sweet with a hint of caramel from the start with the finish being about the same, but with a mild fruity presence and a touch of smoke at the end. The flavor lasted quite a long time after the swallow with a nice smoky/fruity taste left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and a bit oily yet still rather creamy in texture with an almost prickly carbonation.
Overall very tasty and satisfying brew, one which had a nice bold roasty taste to it. Although I am not a big fan of this style, this one was quite enjoyable.
Bricktop86 (737) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 11, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap near black color with a tan head. Aroma is dark malt and some dark fruit. Taste follows nose.
katrinaez (1092) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great for a lager. Aroma is slightly sweet with a hint of raisin. Nice sweet toffee and roasted malts. Smooth and thick for the style, and has some interesting pepper and lemon to it. Grassy and a little hops. Well played.Great red orange color. Tap
vulcanmeister (224) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle a burnt copper with a satisfying slowly fading off-white head. Aroma is malty with a hint of clove. Mouth feel is medium, carbonation is medium, and flavor is sweet carmel, toffee, and smoky malt. A little on the sweeter side, but I have a sweet tooth so no problem there. Carmel slowly fades away to a touch of bitter hops. Very enjoyable beverage!
beertholomeus (1569) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours amber with a thin white head. Caramel, toffee, toast and syrup aroma and flavors. Medium light body and average carbonation. Caramel and syrup finish.
snoworsummer (4301) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle in Aspen. Pours clear copper brown with a thick, frothy beige head. Tastes like burnt malt, nutty, musky grains. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like nutty malt, musky grains, toasted toffee.
mjmoen (266) - - JUN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear dark amber color with tan head. Chocolate aroma and flavor, smooth
ordybill (1170) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Douglasville, GA
Aroma- Has a pretty good aroma of malt and sweet spice.
Appearance- This is a dark brown beer with a small off-white head.
Taste-the main flavor is malt with some sweet caramel flavoring tossed in.
Palate- this is a light bodied and lightly carbonated beer
Overall- I believe I have had this years ago but I remember it tasting different. I then read other comments saying it was now brewed under contract. That makes sense on why it tastes different. I thought it tasted better in the past, but not a bad beer.
miyauchi38 (1086) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
loubar (156) - Los Gatos, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, dark amber with reddish highlights and a light tan head of good size that slowly fades. Nose of sweet malt and a little toast. Taste is sweet caramel malt, a hint of black coffee and some light, grassy hops. Not overly complex, more like a lager than a schwarzbier. Not bad. Pleasant and easy to drink.
TH28 (332) - - JAN 16, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. No apparent package date.
Appearance: Deep amber, slightly hazy, and an off white foam cap.
Aroma: Getting some sulfur, followed by some bready, toasted malt
Taste: A salty, crystal malt flavor with some toastiness an herbal hop character. Just a hint of roastiness.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation
Finish: Lingering maltiness and some herbal hop character
Overall: If this is supposed to be a schwarzbier/black lager, itís missing the mark. This is much closer to a Vienna or marzen, but with noticably more crystal malt character. Completely missing that restrained roastiness that is the definition of the style. Not the worst lager Iíve had, but far from the best.