jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap in DC. Black pour with white head. Almost no aroma. A very watery taste complemented by a clean coffee finish
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
True to its name, black fading to brown near the surface. Dark and smooth, but a tad watery. Aroma nearly absent, just a hint of sweet maltiness. Smoky notes cut through the mild hop bitterness; the brew was otherwise quite dry. Enjoyable with food, though I don’t think it could have held up so well on its own.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good deel black to brown color contrasted well by a white fairly foamy head that then disapates. A little chocolate roasted coffe malt on the nose, a bit thin mouthfeel, satifying taste that does finish somewhat dry and crisp. Pretty good selection. Great building in DC.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark black foams up a nice head from the tap. Aroma of roasted coffee, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. A very smooth, light bodied beer that goes down very well, a bit to well for my taste. My only complaint is that the palate is a bit too light.
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 it’s pretty malty, with a slight coffeeish aroma and flavor. Worth trying if you’re 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 that’s 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 aren’t familiar with the style, but they should really give it a try. A good sipping beer.
toml219 (209) - 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
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. “#1 Ale House Derby.”
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.