jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is roasty, grains, chocolate, some hops. Taste is kind of bitter, chocolate, roasted malts. Decent beer.
nealblind (1648) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown long lasting cream head. aroma wheat smoke chocolate, wood. Tastes smoke wood, caramel, cocoa power. silky mouthfeel.
onceblind (6921) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 verson, aged 4, maybe 4.5 years. Black pour with a thin khaki head. Meaty licorice and dry cocoa on the nose, smokey roast, and something like clove. Big full flavor with some gentle smoke, gentle roasted cocoa, a touch of licorice, and finishes semi dry with some dark cocoa and light smoke.
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with beige head. Nose has spice, herbs, a yeasty edge, just a touch of roasted malt. Flavor is deep and rich - predominantly cocoa, some roasted nuts, with a pleasant residual sugar sweetness in the finish. Just a bit of palate cleansing bitter lager hops in the aftertaste. Great beer.
nickd717 (4102) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, all fancy-like. Pours darkest brown with garnet hues when held up to the light. The motherf***ing head is tan, enormous, and never goes away, like a jacked up Jersey Shore guido such as myself. Deal with it, bro. The aroma is nice, toasty with spicy, peppery noble hops. Somewhat sweet flavor with a touch of sugar coming through alongside the roast, ash, and bitter coffee. Dry and bitter finish. Medium-plus body with a dry and carbonated feel. Deece.
commonshawn (1011) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at bulldog ne. Nearly black with frothy white head. Malty toffee nose. Coffee, toffee, high malt. Creamy and thick. Small hop bite and bitterness. High alcohol taste. Full beer.
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at GABF 2015. Ib the tasting glass this was black with a tan head. Nose of roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. Touch of citrus. Medium body. Flavor has the chocolate and coffee but some smoke as well Finishes bitter but not too bitter. Very good
JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours deep dark walnut brown.... when held to a light the stem end of my glass glows a deep ruby.... Dark tan head sticks around for a bit leaving nice drapes of crusty lacing.
The nose is roasty.... a bit coffee like... some dark toast is rounded out by hints of malty sweetness.... smells pretty clean.
Flavor mirrors the aromas.... very clean... no fruity esters... just nice malty goodness.
The body is a solid medium... carbonation is good small bubble... everpresent.
Interesting brew... I would drink it sooner than later... I doubt cellaring will do anything to help an already fresh clean brew.
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 oz bottle on 01/27/15. Surprisingly, no real signs of oxidation. Pleasantly surprised. Pours pitch black with a huge tan head with great retention. This is one good looking beer. Great roast character on the nose with plenty of dark chocolate. Lots of chocolate in the flavor and a nice bitter finish. Finishes incredibly clean. Excellent.
Bill Becker (773) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours the complete opposite of white, lol. Nice offwhite head of foam that’s not a stayer but it makes up for it with the lacing.
I get smoke, chocolate, and an overall very malty nose With a mild hop bitterness in the smell. I dig the smell so....
Plenty of that ^ in the taste as well. Nice level of smoke with a very malty backbone that does not get overly sweet thanks to the ample amount of hop bitterness. It does finish decidedly on the malty side though and I am loving it. I notice some toffee as well. The abv is higher than I normally like for the style but it isn’t intrusive by any means.
Fairly light bodied overall, the mouthfeel is still quite good.
This is yet another very enjoyable Lager in a series of Lagers that I have tried recently. If you see it around your neck of the woods, give it a try!
miyauchi38 (1094) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Double black lager.