Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, - JUL 21, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Oberphalz. Pours greyish amber with a large white head. Mild tartness, bread, sugar and grain. Thin and weak.
kappldav123 (4292) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle looks interesting. Beer in the glass brownish, nice head. Starts mild, quite malty, mild-roasty, not too dry. Some earthy hints. Finish with some fruity notes of plum. All in all well balanced and quite drinkable. Not bad!
boddhitree (56) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought Friedenfelser Zoigle Schwarzer Ritter (Black Knight) on Biershop-Bayern. On the bottle it mentions Hop extracts as an ingredient, which tells me at least theyíre honest. They also list pale (or it could be Pilsner) malt, water, hops and yeast... too bad most German breweries are not specific on which ones.
On the website, their only marketing market says Ein Bier, so eigenstšndig wie sein Name. (A beer as distinct [ or, that stands out] as its name.) Thereís not another word on this beer on their entire site.
4.8% and a huge mountain of foam that just wonít end, even 4 minutes after pouring the beer in the glass. Bubbles are bursting from nucleation points inside the side and streaming to the top as if this were a Kristalweizen. Color is dark amber, almost fully copper, a very pretty color - roasted orangish brown, dark but but still transparent. The aroma isnít very overly strong: sweet, toasty malts with hints of bittering hops.
The first sips through the foam gives a huge roasted malt taste, very little of the sweet, toastedness I was expecting from the aroma, but there is some light honey flavor, or is a darker caramel from a Caramunich malt? It tastes kind of like a German bauernbrot, a sourdough bread thatís brown and earthy.
Finally, thereís quite an amount of bitterness near the end of the taste, mostly grassy, noble bittering hops, quite bitter as I drink more of the glass, though.
Overall, quite a nice, interesting beer. Very malty, almost like soaked German bread, and bitterness combined. Is that what an amber Zoigl should taste like? This is quite drinkable, quite unusual and... one more thing, I now taste slight sour notes under the bitterness, which again reminds of a bauernbrot. Iím not sure this is good or bad, but it makes this beer far more complex than I expected. Itís a unique beer, worth trying for sure and drinking more of it, as itís got a lot going on.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Itís fairly hazy, orange-brown with a creamy, lasting head. The aroma has notes of vegetables, sourness and caramel. The flavor has slightly sour notes (not the good way sour) of burnt sugar, caramel, malt and light fruit. Itís slightly off.
kevnic2008 (6618) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark beer with a minimal beige head. Licorice and dark dried fruits and some malt both in aroma and flavour.
OllieBBommel (865) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Plastic bottle@tasting, 50cl. Cream colored head, shrinking. Hazy dark brown color. Aroma grass silage. Taste ???. Palate thin, CO2. Overall down the drain.
Grzesiek79 (2734) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, barnyard, spruce, butterscotch, cooked vegetables, vanilla, smoke, brown, minimal head, rocky head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, astringent, bitter,
Grima (2001) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer in glass is dark bronze-colored with a good foaming. The smell is very subtle and restrained malty sweet and roasty. Starts sour malty, with good roasted caramel and light bonds. The aftertaste shows yeasty and sour, long-lasting. The further course gets eben more sourish, and the full bodied malt aroma gets a slight bready. Unusual, but delicious Dunkles!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
No best buy date on the bottle that I can find. Smell is of soured molasses and caramel, a bit woody. Taste is sweet and sour, with earthy elements. Relatively thin. I kind of like the raisiny taste elements, and I love the ABV, not even remotely noticeable, but this is just not a hearty beer and most people will not like the sourness. Slightly weird dunkel. Bottle-conditioned!
Ungstrup (27681) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, straw, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of lactic acid, cardboard, caramel, and straw. Not good - I think it is off.