ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 9, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice dark lager, beep brown with burgundy highlights. nose of toasty bread.
thin mouthfeel but smooth. taste is basic roasted malt with notes of chocolate. has some hops in the finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Watery and thin. Overall, a nice black lager but could use a bit of a malt kick-in-the-pants. Errs on the mild side.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A silky smooth beer, with a nice mix of malt/hops and a hint of chocolate. It has the makings of a great beer, but the taste is too mild. Leaves a slightly bitter finish.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 28, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I do catch a hint of Saaz in the nose, but there’s not much else going on here.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber lager look in this schwarzbier. First whiff is full of the typical pilsner smell. Fortunately, as the beer warms, a malt-molasses aroma predominates. This rich malt-molassesness dominates the flavor as well. A tingling sensation encompasses the mouth as the sharp maltness soaks in. This beer has a large barley-feel. Not bad, but this beer has a quality of staleness.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt city, grainy smell and syrupy texture. Very little hop presence to my nose/taste. I didn’t sense Saaziness at all. Could this be oxidation? The best before dates were not notched, but instead it had a ’Code Number’ that looked suspiciously like a date (09 12 02). Anybody have a bottle handy?
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep in color, malty smell. Dry, but has a good texture in the mouth.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth stuff, I wonder what this would be like on tap. Not particularly ’Schwartz’ in color, but quite dark, light tan head peters out. Not as robust as similar DAB product, but at 4.9% one could slide this back all day and not be overpowered by the alcohol or aftertaste.
hairy (25) - liverpool, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
brownish in color,malty nose ,oxidized,good hop bite, roasty in flavor,oxidized in flavor,with a dry finish
Ducati (37) - Windsor, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried the Schwarzbier version, although the Dunkel was sitting next to it on the shelf...Hummm. Dark brown to black, very prominate decoction derived aroma, light bodied, some roast flavor. Bitterness medium to medium low. The main trouble I have with most European beers sold in the US is the oxidation, it’s a long trip from there to here!