sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the Brew pub: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma, dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt notes. Flavor, roasty, wheat, dark fruits, and some earthy notes. Pretty solid.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Cole’s. Slight brown light shines throughh, nice tan head. Nose is dry roasty malt, maybe some chocolate. Flavor is amazing - cocoa, very slight burnt but still sweet maltiness. Some cherry in the slightly caramel finish. Amazing body - light but not too thin.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery on 10/21/2006 at the 2nd monthly meeting of the Chicago Ratebeer group.
Dark ruby brown, clear. Thin tan head. Nose is thin malty and some caramel. Taste is tart tangy with copper thin caramel malts with some yeast.
BBB63 (5961) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chi-town gathering at Flossmoor: Deep brown hue with reddish highlights and a small fizzy head. The aroma was smoky, chocolate, caramel, raisin, walnut, and earthy yeast esters. The taste has a nice smooth malt character with a surprising hint of bitterness. Smoky and woody finish added depth. The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied. A nice refreshing black bier that is not cloy or chalky like many.
swoopjones (5643) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo, NY. My 1st Schwarzbier that I can remember & a pretty enjoyable one @ that. Medium bodied easy to drink beer. Good one to start with : Gold medal @ GABF
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 I dont know about some of these ratings but this is what i received on tap.pours a black medium body with a huge tan head must have been just tapped. Aroma was a faint smokey malt and flavor was smokey malt with a faint hop flavor. Very different to me but in a good way very smooth taste, i guess thats why i picked up a growler of it. A must try!
ElGaucho (2191) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 9/10/07 re-rate. On draught at Rayboy01’s Cajun Fais Do Do. Dry at 1st whiff; settles down. Dark, mostly opaque creamy tan head. Some lace. Nice Schwarz; moderate sweetness. Low carbonation. Subdued flavor. Very nice flavorful and drinkable beer. I kept the old ratings since this was the 1st beer of the night and I was parched. Ar 7, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 16. 10/22/06: Draught at brewpub. Not much aroma. Dry and malty. Excellent lace. Very nice brew; roasted malt with some sweetness and hop undertones. Rivals Hereford and Hops’ Schwazbier, which I think may be slightly better. Enjoyable. Underrated. Proof? Gold medal at the 2006 GABF.
blankboy (5957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Pours black with red hues and an average size diminishing tan head. Aroma is roasty and nutty with some chocolate, hops and a hint of smoke. Flavour of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, a nice amount of smoke and a bitter finish -- this is a pleasant surprise. Medium bodied. Not mind-blowing but it’s easy to drink, quite tasty and a good version of the style.
HogTownHarry (6058) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At Cole’s in Buffalo NY, shared with blankboy. Mostly opaque reddish-black with an average beige creamy head. Very dry and bitter aroma, nutshells, coffee grounds, baker’s chocolate and bitter hops. Tastes the same, but the bitterness is ameliorated some by hints of raisins and vanilla - it finishes surprisingly quick, nice balance (no cola taste here). I was impressed with the solid body, for a schwartzbier, lightly astringent, mildly carbonated and no aftertaste - really one of the best of the style I’ve ever had, really malty and not too sweet at all like most seem to be.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Rayboy. A nice looking dark pour on this one. A good amount of roastiness make this one a fine brew to welcome the Fall. Very sessionable for a dark beer.