Spelt (231) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Close your eyes and the aroma would convince you that perhaps you were sniffing over a German pilsner. Nice noble bouquet. Perhaps a little sulfur. Very, very dark mahogany with a thick tan head that falls rather quickly (unlike the ale). Remarkably smooth mouth feel with a nice light level of carbonation. Flavors are not as bitter as I would have anticipated although the sweetness is subdued as well. Definitely some dark fruits and carmel notes. Light finish. Actually quite refreshing.
gsmitty80 (1874) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice light swartzbeer. Watery with a decent roast malt and a highly carbonated pour and mouthfeel.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown to black, with a medium sized beige to tan head. Roast, thin malt on the nose, grainy toast. Thin and roasty. Basic shwarzbier. Grain and roast. Meh.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel malt aroma on this dark brown brew. Roasted flavor with a sweet finish.
retinadoc (134) - - DEC 22, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not much going on with this beer. The jet black appearance and the relatively strong carbonation are the strongest features of this beer. Aroma is very thin. Appearance is black, obviously, with slightly reddish overtones. Taste is thin: very slight resin hops, slightly sweet caramel initial flavor, improving in amplitude within the mouth, with a slightly bitter finish. Not a bad beer, but definitely not a good one. Other schwarzbiers offer a lot more flavor than this one.
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick jet black with tan head. Nose is like a hoppier regular Guinness. Tastes malty, with resiny hops, less malt character than regular Guinness, and a lackluster body. A disappointment that just might change the joke where Arthur Guinness, Pete Coors, and Augie Busch sit around discussing beers.
Pailhead (5277) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of really light chocolate, nuts, and a hint of grass. It pours a dark brown with some red highlights when held to the light. It has a two finger beige head that leaves behind some spotty webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with light chocolate and caramel. The finish has some light nuttiness, roast, and a hint of fruit. It’s light bodied with lively carbonation that borders on being prickly. Overall, it’s sort of a Schwarzbeir-light. While there’s nothing offensive, there isn’t exactly a lot to like about it either.
shrubber85 (8240) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Woody chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with giant tan head.. Lightly sweet chocolate malt flavor. Very light body. No bad flavors but extremely light.
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black color. Tan head. Weak nose of malt and coffee. Flavor of toasty malts and coffee, but very weak and watery. Not the best black lager. Not as good as I expect from Guinness.
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured dark brown with a tight cap of beige head. The aroma was really sweet with toasted black malts and vanilla. The flavor found artificially-sweetened toasty black malts, vanilla, and a pinch of cocoa.. aspartamey on the quick finish.. OK, but not by any means exciting. Lighter-bodied with prickly carbonation on the palate.. clean and calculated.. too sweet.