umich03jm (2159) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a near pitch black color with minimal head. Big chocolaty aroma along with cream, roasted malt, and a touch of smoke. Taste is very chocolaty and creamy. Mildly sweet. Long smooth finish. Thin mouthfeel. Very enjoyable black lager.
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt notes; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Very clean flavor and finish as well. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier style. All around great complexity and robustness of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"kinda light in flavor and body, but a quite enjoyable brew. medium to dark brown, light tan head. slightly fizzy and light. aroma of light smoke, chocolate and coffee, with a hint of hops. flavor similar. clean and crisp, very drinkable."
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - SEP 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-11-13
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown color with a two finger brown colored head. The head fades rather fast to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell-The aroma is sweet of caramel and has a nice backbone of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.
Taste- The taste begins with some roasted malt and some sweet caramel upfront. As the flavors advance, some flavors of coffee and a bit more roastedness come to the tongue with the dwindling of some of the caramel. A toffee like sweetness replaces the caramel though, maintaining the sweetness of the brew. In the end a light smokiness comes to the tongue leaving a pleasant sweet and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average to light with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly thicker body may have been better for the roasted flavors of the brew, although the carbonation level was rather fitting for the drinkability and strength of the beer.
Overall- A rather decent black lager with a decent flavor and mix between sweet and malt. Rather easy drinking overall.
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Their description of a light beer disguised as a dark is perfect. All the rich malty goodness of a dark without the heavy palate and mouth feel.
rondphoto (2269) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Party Town / Florence KY Clear dark mahogany with an out-of-control tan head that slowly drops to 1"; globs of lace. Taste is more stout than schwarzbier - burnt toasted malt rolls through the palate without incident, yielding to mild bitter, and slightly sour, hops. Drinkable, but maybe not as fresh as is needed to properly appreciate it.
Chudwick (2206) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours black with khaki head and decent lacing. Nose is roast, brown sugar and coffee. Very roasty and a little smoky. I can’t believe I passed on this for so long.
bigtaster (581) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a pitted tan head clinging to the sides of the glass. Nose has chocolate, some marzipan. Medium to light body, smooth body. Flavors are a bit of burn and smoke, some some sweeter notes which linger with a hint of anise. Enjoyable.
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF week 2012. On tap at the brewery. Pours with a clear, deep brown hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are of brown sugar, malty, bready, low roast, nutty, and leathery. Flavors are nutty, roasty, coffee, mild bitter, light umami. Complex dark malt character. Pretty solid Schwarz. Fuller carbonation, light body and dry.
Aholmb1 (120) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - SEP 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: opaque black color, two inch tan colored head which is slightly dense
Aroma: chocolate, roasty, coffee
Taste: taste kind of watery at first, at the end have a slight coffee, chocolate taste, not too much flavor
Palette: slightly bitter at the end, light medium body
Overall: I was expecting a bit heavier beer but I guess being a lager it makes sense it's a bit lighter, I feel the flavor could be a bit more
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
airrick2003 (538) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: very dark ruby color, has a thin tan head that doesn't stick around that long
Aroma: dark roasted malt, coffee, kind of faint, smoky
Taste: subtle coffee, very slight hops on the finish, smoke
Palate: very light mouthfeel, slightly above average c02, leaves mouth dry
Overall: I suspect this may be an old bottle but I could not find a date on it, I like that it has more flavors than a lot of lagers
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone