jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A rich deep brown to black color with a lush dark brown head. Toasted malts with some licorice and coffee. A medium body with a strong coffee finish and a dry chocolate cake flavor. Thanks to Rastacouere for the trade.
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Deep brown in colour. Aroma of roasted malts, and slight coffee and chocolate. Flavour is of licorice, coffee, with a nice amount of malt and some sweetness. Finishes with a medium bitterness and very refreshing. Thanks CapFlu.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. near black in appearance with a small off-white head. faint roasted malt on the nose. The flavour is roasty and smooth. thin body. finish was fairly dry. I didn’t really care for it too much at the beginning of my glass but then it kind of grew on me.
piscator34 (2198) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 edition. Pours black with a fair amount of carbonation. Muted aromas of malt and coffee. Flavors begin with espresso and chocolate malt, and finish with notes of roasted almonds. I'm never quite sure how to comment about the palate of Schwarzbiers, because I tend to associate their flavors with a heavy mouth feel, and they (by their very nature) tend to be lighter and more carbonated. Confusing, but still a delight. Thanks Lubiere!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color. Clear. Thanks Lubiere. Malty flavor. Tan head. Good beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a very nice creamy tan head and excellent glass lacing. Smoky, black patent malt, and chocolates aroma. The flavor is more roasted malt, with chocolate and coffee palying leading roles. Medium bitterness throughout. Dry medium body with a roasty semi-bitter finish. Nice beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head and spotty lacing. Roasted malts and caramel smell. Something sweet. Some spice. Alcohol and hops. Flavors of smoked roast malts, caramel bitter hops and alcohol Spice and tang in the palate, medium body and a bitter finish of roast. Thanks David!
sseb69 (1717) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 341 ml. Bue en 2010. Couleur noire, reflets rougeâtre. Arôme de pain grillé, malt. Notes de malt un peu de cacao. Bonne.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Very dark ruby colour, with a lasting creamy and frothy tan coloured head. Roasty and caramel aroma with a tinge of cofee. Light caramel and bready flavours with a lightly roasted coffee bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light but satisfying. A well created beer.
pootzboy (1677) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bomber purchased @ Metro Joanette 3/8/06
Pours a dark clear mahogany with red highlights and a smallish cap that leaves after a few minutes typical for blackbier.
Light subtle aromas of herbs, hay and roasted grain husks.
Adequate black malt spine, medium-light bodied, slick fluid mouth feel, Sharp roasty herbal character
Upfront the a light maltiness is quickly replaced by the dark roast cocoa-java tastes, some woodyness then the finish is where the perle hops get lightly bitter and blend with the roasted husk astringency to dry the whole thing up. Like a sharp dry pilsner with the roast cocoa-java bean tastes from dark patent malts.
Next to German dunkels I like Schwarzbiers...this one from RJ is not only very close to style but one of the better ones I’ve tasted and certainly the best in Canada. If it was available to me locally I would prefer it to Kostritzer.