Maverick34 (2588) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Wow cold brewed! thanks for telling me bottle. I apreciate Diageoís attempts to diversify to non traditional styles but the marketing on this was embarrasssing. Itís ok though.
JFGrind (1912) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Before I popped the top I read the label and these words food out, "Enjoy ice cold straight the bottle". I assume these words are for macro drinkers. Rather bland Schwarzbier more like a dark pale lager with a hint of roasted malts. Whatís next from Guinness, Black Ultra Lager?
sailracer (439) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a thin black. The flavor is of roasted malt, kind of like a stout yet has a lager like quality to it. Not overly carbonated. Decent overall.
matthewjk (978) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark reddish brown from 12 oz bottle. Not terrible. Smooth. Roasted barley is nice, but thin as hell and no aroma I can detect. Sessionable? Sure.
unclemike (2547) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown to black with a creamy, tan and semi lasting head. Aroma is roasted malty and light breadish, mild cornish too. Cornish, toasted malty and dark breadish. Light metallic and bitter flavoured. Dark roasted and dry finish.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very dark brown, not totally black, with a nice tan head. Aroma is mildly roasty. And flavor is mildly roasty. Shockingly little going on here. Sent a search party out for flavor and couldnít find hardly anything even after I boldly ignored the bottle instructions and allowed it to warm up - in a glass. At least nothing offensive here. Carbonation is actually sort of prickly and distracting, seemed sort of odd and out of place.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a black body and a quickly fading tan head. Aroma had a roasted malts and a slight peat presence in the back. Flavor was well balanced roasted malts were mild and the smoke we delicate. Although it was balanced it was rather light which was disappointing. Slightly over carbonated, not bad but not good either.
alexanderj (3414) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle; poured a dark brown, essentially black, color with a cocoa colored head. Aroma of minerals, cocoa, caramel; aroma was a bit off for me. Flavor was a bit bland, they were likely targetting a mass appeal with this one. Some roasted, cocoa and mineral-like notes. Not bad, just not much going on.
nearbeer (4168) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl. Opaque black with a ring of cream. Mild aromas of coffee, caramel, and a whiff of earthy vegetables. Flavor starts the same, but develops more char, and then touches of iron, tart apple, sour cream, and brown sugar. Medium body is well-balanced, but has a bit too much carbonation.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... Pours nearly black with a small, flimsy, mushroom-colored head. Good creamy retention. The aroma offers light notes of dark chocolate and espresso, but is mainly just bland as I had to really dig my nose deep into the glass to pull out anything at all. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is mildly roasty and perfectly balanced, but for the most part, itís just bland, mundane and fairly lifeless. Finishes crisp and a tad roasty, but mostly just clean.