dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap at location in Washington, DC. Nice dark color with mild nose. Good overall roasted flavor, light, slightly sweet, and smooth. Finishes slightly bitter.
magsinva (1100) - 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.
mike67 (1092) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Gordon Biersch Dallas, TX. Pours almost black hue. Aroma is coffee and some toasted malt. Body is creamy, medium-full. Taste is similar to aroma. Long coffee finish. On the whole, it is nice brew.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Decent brew on tap at the restaurant in SF. Very smooth, nice and malty. Lots of roasted character. Nice full body with a smooth finish. Solid schwarz.
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap-Annapolis location-Poured black w/a tan, carbonated head. Sweet roasted aroma. Flavors of roasted malt, nuts, a little caramel; had a lot of carbonation to it. This is not one of my favorite styles, I just find them to be too muddled-I prefer more traditional dark beers like a porter or stout, but this was a good beer for this style.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 on tap at the brewery in San Diego, California / may the schwarz bie with you! not bad at all. a light dark beer, as it should be. roasty, dry, but not sour--although it reminded me of guinness. smooth, good.
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the Taipei location. Pours a dark amber color with lasting tan lace. Slightly dry dark malt character. Dry finish. OKAY.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 Beautiful dark brown color. Very sweet aroma. Tasted malty and almost fruity.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the San Jose location. This beer is a handsome black with a pillowy light tan head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is dark, dusty, roasty and perhaps sweaty. It is medium light in the mouth; very smooth with a crisp finish. The roastiness is on the subtle side, but provides the main flavor here. This is the best beer I’ve had from Gordon Biersch and the best beer I’ve had in San Jose. What a great session beer.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed: 3/12/12. On-tap at the Burbank, CA location.
Came out a deep unassuming black. A small beige sheet of head capped it off. The nose carried notes of coffee, mild cocoa powder and faint aromas of leafy veggies. Moderate carbonation here. Decent feel. Good roasted flavors noted, as well as a bit of a hop smack on the finish. Semi-sweet dark chocolate, mild graininess. This was a good beer, and really hit the spot on this mid-afternoon stop. I’d like to see this one in bottle form.