lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Annapolis restaurant. Transparent dark pour with moderate head. Sweet roasted malt flavor, but very mild. Goes down very easily for a darker beer. Nice session beer.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent schwarzbier. It has a very roasted nose and a very light body for a beer this dark. Other than that itís pretty malty, with a slight coffeeish aroma and flavor. Worth trying if youíre at a Gordon Biersch but not worth seeking out.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Actually had on-tap at the GB brewpub in Seattle.
A: Large, tan head that diminished to about 1/2-finger or so. Body is virtually black and opaque... probably clear, but difficult to tell because the color is so dark.
S: Like the hefe, the aroma is a little weak... some roasted malt in there, but thatís all I got.
T: Very smooth, with roasted malts and light amounts of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Very nice.
M: Light-bodied, with a creamy texture and average carbonation.
D: Very easy drinking... the dark color may scare some away who arenít familiar with the style, but they should really give it a try. A good sipping beer.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught (Tempe). Light Brown head sits on top of a dark body with reddish highlights. Aroma cold mild coffee, slight sourness, light graininess, low hop, and some metallic. Flavor is not sweet, but not overly dry at the same time, watery chocolate milk. Light/medium palate, fizzy, somewhat dry, and not much alcohol presence. ď#1 Ale House Derby.Ē
toml219 (203) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving type: on-tap
Appearance- Dark Brown with a nice tan head
Aroma- Malt, Chocolate and Coffee
T/P - Very strong coffee flavor almost like drinking an iced cappuccino. Very nice mouths feel no strong after taste.
Overall- Very drinkable, not the best dark beer they have, that would have to go to the winter bock, but defiantly worth a try and would not pass one up if it was offered to me. It is one of the better beers that the brew, just not the best one
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque with ample head and lacing. A very smooth beer with a nice roasty backbone.A very thin mouthfeel and clean finish. A very good, highly drinkable session beer on tap IMO.
murawski (158) - USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Gordon Biersch in Washington, DC. Very nice dark brown ale (as long as you donít expect a stout). Poured very dark with creamy head with a light aroma of coffee & chocolate. Flavor mimics aroma, but not heavy at all -- smooth palate. An excellent dark beer for the summer (although I prefer true stouts in the winter). Overall, above average.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the San Diego location. A dark brown beer with a hint of chocolate/coffee aroma. Flavors were clean, dry with a little roast chocolate character. Well balanced and easy drinking.
Shanebrews (147) - - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I donít usually go for the black beers but I liked this one. I thought the head retention was adequate and the maltiness of the aroma was enticing. The body isnít too heavy. The palate is very creamy and pleasantly bitter.
futre7 (125) - Taipei, TAIWAN - SEP 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Some black beers are too strong. This one is a solid effort. Malt , coffee , burnt hops and perhaps a touch of toffee. Itís a quaffable lager and if your in GB and just drinking then itís a superb choice. Itís not too strong and doesnt get sickly like some black beers can.