onceblind (3529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at 2011 Denver Brew at the Zoo. Very dark clear ruby brown with a light khaki head. Very faint aroma overall, but theres some black malt, with some light coffee and toffee in there. Body proves to be just too light. Light dark malt tones, light coffee, light toastiness. Good, just light and unexciting.
Block (1178) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not to bad. Black pour with a light and slightly roasted aroma. Flavor is smooth. Would go good with a pizza.
BiddleBrau (858) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Atlanta - Dark mohogany, no head. Roasted malt nose. Roasted malt bitterness. Thin palate. Good flavor not overly done.
TBone (11716) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught@Gordon Biersch, Downtown Seattle (ABV 4.3%/21 IBU)
Dark nut brown color, small beige head. Caramel, some coffee and chocolate in the nose. Light-bodied. Active carbonation. Sweetish with toasty maltyness and some coffee. Stylish although unexciting Schwarzbier.
wilnatp (506) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap (Honolulu), Pour is clear brown. Palate is light but nice roastiness on the flavor. Great if wanting fuller flavor without much weight in the body.
jcwattsrugger (10889) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Miami]–on tap-pours a Schwarzbier tight foamy tan head and copper color. Aroma is roasty medium malt-some toffee. Taste is roasty medium malt-some toffee, some spice hops.
magsinva (843) - Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the DC location - pours a dark brown with 2 fingers of white foam. Not getting much aroma, coffee and caramel, I’m getting hints of charcoal, which means its on the fine line of burnt. Taste is a little sweet a little bitter, and then it disappears. Its ok.
DiarmaidBHK (3122) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours lehigh brown from tap at DC location which is really, really odd since this is supposed to be a schwarzbier. Not a lot of aroma from this one. Som faint hints if roasted malt on the tongue. Finishes clean. Meh!
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another predictable true to the style beer this one is nearly the same as the previous. The flavor profile might be different but at the end of the day you have forgotten all about it five minutes later. Given the choices here this falls in the category of "safe but boring".
Aroma / Appearance - Inky black at the center it transitions to a hazy maroon around the fringes. The foamy top looks less like a cohesive head than the remnant of soap left after cleaning a drain. The subtle smokiness is far too subtle and the maltiness too strong. The imbalance here creates an experience that is meh.
Flavor / Palate - Blackened iced tea, old hops, and dregs of cocoa slip across the tongue. An ashen finish does not add much depth at all. If this were the only choice I might order a full pint just so I don’t have to drink water. However given the options locally this would be far down the list.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the DC location. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a slight tan head and a bit of lacing. The nose is darkly-roasted malts with some light chocolate as well as a moderate amount of earthy hops.
The taste is a bit more subdued. There is some nice roast, but the chocolate and earthy notes from the nose are quite a bit more muted. The feel is nice and pretty roasty. Fairly dry in general with a nice finish. Drinkability is decent enough, but there’s not enough there to keep me hanging on.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-13-2010