Oakes (10935) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - OCT 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown and flat. The aroma is a smoky-molasses with lots of wood, maybe rye bread. Soft, sweet and smooth, with mellow molasses and a light hint of woodiness.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma provides a light puff of campfire smoke alongside charcoal and tobacco malts. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. Sweet, vinous and chocolaty with a touch of molasses or licorice… or both. Dark fruits. Lightly charred, warming finish. Kudos to dchmela for providing the bottle!
JoeMcPhee (7618) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very generous gift from geth_in_beer. Deep black beer with a thick tan head. Rich chocolatey aroma. Nice toasty, roasty malts with a fairly prominent smokiness throughout. A soft caramelly malt base backs up these darker roasty characters. Flavour is fairly sweet and roasty with caramel and dark toasted malts throughout. A bit of yeastiness behind the clean rich malts. Fairly insistent smokiness that lingers on the palate. A lightly salty roastiness, rich and quite decadent. Sweet but not cloying and there is a nice earthy bitterness on the back that dries it out. Very tasty and a bit surprise.
Sammy (7026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle shipped from the breer. 500 ml bottle with wax cover to be peeled by knife. Balck with dark head too. Mollasses and some roasted barley in aroma. Taste is lagerish creamy mouthfeel medium plus with a mix of the roast coffee, chocolate offset and sweetish caramel mollasses finish. High ABV for a shwartz.
jercraigs (6473) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008-08-02. Pitch black with a modest dark head. Sweet dark malt aroma, cocoa and a light roast. Flavour is similar, smooth chocolately malt, kissed by toasty roasty malt, just a touch of bitterness. Just a great, rich overall flavour. Smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty awesome, I can’t believe it took me so long to get to it. Many thanks Bobby. Bottle courtesy of OKBeer.
Radek Kliber (5906) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with medium thick dark top , plenty of carbonation below 4-br>Nose : Aromatic hops up front ,light nose , more murky malts shown over time .
Flavor/Palate : Medium full bodied with gentle smoky hints spread over palate. Rich yes soft grain hints with light hop ending. Light mocha with fruity subtitle. Slightly vinous ending but with out acidic bond. Alcohol well hidden. Mellow dark lager with stout like qualities , nothing like this crossed my mouth before , peculiar hybrid .
HogTownHarry (5632) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with garthicus, bottle courtesy of tupalev. Black-ruby pour, solid tan head. Milky, deep roast aroma - coffee and dark chocolate - with herbal/mint hop bitteness, some light molasses. Taste - drier, more cocoa and dry bitterness, hint of tart persimmon. Fairly thick and silky mouthfeel, lightly astringent, long deep roast bitter-smooth finish. Solid, excellent schwarz. Thanks, Jeff!
DuffMan (5184) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stocking stuffer sent from my sister-- thanks! Handsome bottle with a wax seal. Pours a mahogany tinted near black with an almond coloured bubbly head that reduces to a thin ring with scant early lace. Chocolate and burnt malt aroma. Same flavour delivery with a nice medium-heavy mouthfeel, generous malt profile, dry clean finish with low bitterness and medium sweetness. A very solid schwarz, with a higher alcohol content that is well integrated and not intrusive.
Beershine (5173) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black-brown with fizzy tan head. Lovely chocolate aroma. Lots of cocoa, carob, rain on asphalt. Clean smell. Soft creamy mouthfeel. Sweet, creamy, almost lucious, solid body. A tad too sweet but very chocolately. Like a creamy chocolate cake.
blankboy (5136) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of OKBeer -- thanks man, I owe you a beer! Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a large lasting creamy tan head -- nice! Aroma has lots of roast and smoke along with some chocolate, light hops, molasses and coffee -- smells great. Flavour of roasted caramel malt, peat, dark chocolate, green hops and alcohol. Long roasty bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied (+). Simply fantastic -- well done Garrison!