Demise (57) - Wellington, - DEC 21, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted fresh on tap at the Founders Brewery and Cafe. Pours Pitch black with thin light tan head. Coffee, caramel and slight malt on the nose. As expected, coffee flavours dominate this smooth beer, with dark chocolate and caramel sweetness taing the edge off the dark malt characters. Slight hop is present with each mouthful, but the malt clearly contributes most to the almost burnt bitterness. Smooth, balanced, and incredibly full-bodied for a dark lager. Well-deserving of its great reputation.
Rangi (500) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very pleasant long black poor. Aroma is very slight mocha and flavour is more the same. Taste was thin. Easily drinkable.
Cantabrian (680) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Youi can really blame this beer for the lack of excitement. Itís a Schwarzbier, for Christís sake! If you think of it, the nice chocolate backbone is quite pleasant and makes it a good one!
omega (584) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A serviceable black lager that does little to excite the palate, which I find to be thin. Colour is nice and dark, but alas you canít drink the colour.
MadIndian (2222) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour. The first thing I noticed was a dominant roasted malt presence. Itís mixed up, although not so well, with chocolate, hops and coffee.
I liked this beer, but the balance was off.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours dark midnight black in clolour and boasts a voluptuous tan head. Looks solid in the glass. Smokey malt aroma as you would expect, a little peaty but pretty good. A touch thin in the mouth but it develops a smokey roast malt flavour on the palate.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light and refreshing with a character greater than the sum of its parts. Iíd like to try it on tap to see if the expected coffee and chocolate flavours come out of hiding.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 26, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: Mild toasted malt and weak chocolate
Appearance: Pours lack (about 24 SRM/Lovibond), large head dissipating quickly with minimal lacing.
Taste: mildly bitter, hint of sourness
Palate: Thin texture, light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, weak finish with a trace of astringency
Overall: Not a keeper.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large milk chocolate coloured head on top a very dark red/brown por aroma is coffee swweet malt caramel cocoa flavour vanilla coffee hint of creaminess chocolate tastes are not smooth or strong enough to make the drink work well light bitter sweetness okay finish dry dissappointing on the palate
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Coffee and roasted malt characterize the aroma, with some quiet notes of chocolate and hops. The flavor is more of the same. Light body. Very straightforward and well-balanced.
DuffMan (5814) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark chestnut brown with a moderate tan head. Nice roasty aroma with notes of treacle, chocolate, and rye. Medium bodied despite the lower ABV with nice flavours of chocolate and bitter roast with a mild ashiness in the dry finish. A terrific schwarz.