Jamesthebrit (331) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first beer that I aged in a cellar.... Bottled Jan 2012, so... about 1.25 years old. Poured into a tulip...
A: For what this is, the beer looks amazing. Pitch black, somewhat thick. Head is tan and creamy. Great lacing. Best looking lager I have ever seen.
S: Pretty complex on the smell which, again, for the style is impressive. Roasty, acidic, a tinge of sour, malt. Pretty much no hops. Chocolate... citrus.
T: Tastes pretty amazing. The difference in flavor notes between the acidity and the roast is interesting. A yeasty note as well. Finish is very lager like being extremely clean. Alcohol cuts though a bit. Drinks a lot like a porter.
P: Sits pretty smooth but the alcohol begins to cut through as does the acidity. A little light on the mouthfeel.
Overall this is a pretty amazing beer and hopefully a success at cellaring. I was only able to get one bottle so I guess I’ll never know. Otherwise as this is, for a lager this beer is killer. Great flavor notes. Very complex. Great finish. Only a couple downfalls being the acidity that cuts though and the alcohol is a bit excessive. Otherwise a very impressive beer.
stevoj (2719) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Albertsons, poured into my Kostritzer chalice. Pours out inky black with soft tan head. Big aroma of roasted malts, taste follows with lots of toast grain bitterness. This is right on the zone and could proudly stand with any German Schwarz.
hman43 (511) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours with a big head that is brown with lacing. It is dark brown with little light coming through the glass. It has aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. It also has a bit of a smell of herbs. The roasted malts come through heavily in the flavor with moderate bitterness and smooth.
JMCtime (67) - Washington, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and rich. Lots of flavors. Some malt, some chocolate and a little sweetness. Overall very good.
IndianaRed (2760) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap dark brown, mahogany edges. Thin wispy light tan head. Roasted earthy aroma and flavor. Strange musty notes, a bit off, or maybe I just dont get it. Big for a Shwarz and Im not sure I love it.
crossovert (8821) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark pour. This is a stout-like schwarzbier, i feel bad giving it a super god rating because it is not to style whatsoever. Huge cocoa notes and a smoothness that is lacking in many other imperial lagers of this type.
commonmac (603) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Butcher and the Boar. Bumped pint glass. Black in color with half finger of persistent head. Aroma has a smoked quality with coffee, chocolate, and caramel playing well together. Lacing is strong. Rich chocolate with a high depth of flavor. Well balanced. Very professional effort. Hops are there too. Impressed by what the brewery has done here...very smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. Seek this beer out.
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Now here’s a style that usually has a lower abv, but the amped up recipe works quite well. Wonderful aroma especially of malted chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Nose kept returning to the glass. Otherwise, very solid across the board. Flavor much the same as the aroma...maybe a little sweeter than is typical for the style, but it was delicious and complex. Well done! One of my favorite’s in style."
drpimento (2419) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is about two years old and not stored in ideal conditions but still overall reminds me more of an ale than a lager. Aroma is good & true to style. This beer reminds me more of a porter or a brown ale than it does a Schwartz beer/Black Lager. Body is quite soft. Excellent beer on it's own just doesn't seem so much to me true to his style.
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bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(1L bottle) Pours a dark mahogany (near black) body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, some burnt grains, and licorice with a dry finish.
zoucrew102 (791) - - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2012 Cellar Reserve. Roasted barley aroma with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Pours black with a thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Roasty flavors disappear into chocolate and caramel malt notes, before finishing dry with just a hint of bitterness. Nice brew.
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