brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Gordon Biersch San Jose. Dark brown color with a khaki head and some reddish highlights. A strong roasted malt note and some cola sweetness. Kind of ashy and a bit of a chocolate note. Maybe some hot cocoa mix. A bit of toasted grain to it, too. The flavor is lightly bitter and roasty. Toasted nuts, some grass, earth, and a bunch of chocolate. Good toffee and toasted bread sweetness. Not bad, I prefer it more roasty though.
BierMeHoos (212) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Gordon Biersch in Washington, D.C. The color is dark brown almost black. The aroma and taste are of toasted and malt with a bit of cocoa and even vanilla. The feel is a bit thinner than I would like. Overall it was decent but not great.
TEJA (1414) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught at G.B. in San Fransisco.
Beige 7 brown head. Medium brown color. Roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt taste with dark roasted caramell malt that makes it too sweet for a good Schwarz beer. Fine balanced bitterness.
ramboraffe (808) - SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Gordon Biersch, Atlanta. Clear dark brown with tanned head. Smell is sweet and roasted malty. Taste is sweet malty with roasted tones. High carbonation.
Darkmagus82 (1898) - - OCT 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-28-13-
Served on tap in a pilsner glass
Appearance – The beer is served a dark brown nearly black color with a billowy cream colored head of two fingers. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a toasted malt smell mixed with a bit of cocoa. Along with these aromas are some sweeter smells with some caramel and a bit of a sweet vanilla smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a caramel sweetened and toasted malt flavor. As the taste advances from the start, some other sweeter flavors of a vanilla nature as well as a bit of a sweeter cocoa come to the tongue. The cocoa remain quite light throughout the taste while the roasted flavors intensity ever so slightly more toward the end. With a slight increase in the vanilla and caramel at the end, the combination of flavors that is left leaves a slightly sweeter and nicely toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the lighter and slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. Both are decent for the combination of the sweet with roasted flavors of the brew and match the low abv of the beer rather well.
Overall – A goodt schwarzbier. Light in abv. with a decent amount of roasted and toasted flavors. A rather good session style beer.
berkshirejohn (4818) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Gordon Biersch, Buffalo, NY. Mahogany with a ring of cream head; coffee aroma; coffee taste; and a dry finish. Satisfying.
Travlr (14197) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draft at CLE. Very dark brown color, small white head. Aroma of coffee grounds. Taste is dilute Starbucks.
DocMcGrain (24) - Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like coffee, tastes like coffee and caramel. This is a really good porter, though they label it a lager. In any case, it has a nice finish and a full body without the bitterness that often comes with a coffee-style beer. Finish the night with this for sure.
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solidfunk (4706) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not so bad really, just, well, not so good. Pours dark maroon with some vague notion of head and lacing. Aroma has an IOU roast with a hint of coffee even. Light bitter finish. Average carbonation, as can be expected. Tap at brewpub.
Jethro6191 (475) - Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a big creamy tan head. Malty aroma. Roast, caramel, and toffee flavors. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat dry with a slight roast aftertaste.