Panzuriel (1223) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a chilled pint glass. Black lager is a deep black brown opaque liquid with a very generous head of big bubbles. Nose is faint malt. Rather innocuous. Taste is dry malt black coffee bitters on a thin body. Slight fizzy mouthfeel. Finishes clean. No real heft. Rather like Guinness stout only watered down and half as awesome.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fresh 11.2 oz. unbottled into a Duvel logo tulip at 2:53:24, Oct. 2, 2011 - approximately 40* Fahrenheit - 4.45* Celsius. Did not "enjoy ice cold straight from the bottle" as per instructions from Artie Guinness himself; because thatís stupid. Pours a dark brown/black with creamy tannish head that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty great. Give it a whiff - very subtle notes of light bready, toasty/roastiness and some slight malt sweetness - super impressed with rather lame smell. Taste buds say: Light roasty, chocolate malt flavor, slightly bitter malt on the very end. Mouthfeels: Quite full-bodied for ABV, very light carbonation, smooth - but not slick or oily, crisp, and fairly dry on the very end. Itís amazing how Artie can make such a full-bodied and gorgeous-looking beer with such little actual nose and flavor. It reminds me of another couple of similar beers... Hmmm... Oooh, rite... Guinness Draft and Guinness Extra Stout. In a word - BoringTimesBeer.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep black body with a rich tan colored head. A nose of peanuts and bread crust up front. There is also some hint of wood smoke. The body is light and lifeless. This tastes a little smoky with hints of coffee and raw soybeans. The finish continues the soybeans with bits of grass. This is a weak effort.
keepersj12 (2443) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very bland is the best I can say about this beer. It looks good, dark brown with a tan head. Slightly malty aroma, very mild. The taste is again, bland. Just not a lot going on. The finish is watery. Nothing to recommend.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Very light coffee-ish roasty aroma with some light earthy notes. The flavor has lightly roasted malts, light bittersweet chocolate, toasted grains, and light earthy notes. Pleasant enough.
DrSilverworm (3979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 fl oz bottle. Nearly pitch black color (some clear brown around the edges of the glass), minimal off-white head. Toasty malty aroma, more wheaty. light bitter coffee taste. Hint of hops. light bitter taste. Carbonation a bit too pronounced. A decent dark lager.
seymour (1254) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Not sure what "cold-brewed" means, nor why they tell us to drink from the bottle, but this was definitely worth the try. I love Guinness Stout, and I must admit this retains many of my favorite characteristics in a cleaned-up lager version: black color with creamy beige head, malty sweetness, lots of roasted barley dryness, hints of coffee and chocolate in the bitter aftertaste. I wondered if this would taste like a watered-down Guinness Stout, a complex Baltic Porter, or a really neutral black lager. Answer: none of the above. This really is something new and unique. Check it out.
djd07 (2533) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothy beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt and licorice. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt and chocolate with a light bitter finish. A good schwarzbier from Guinness.
puboflyons (1667) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle marked: 15:13-L1208GF001. Dark brown pour with an abundance of soft, fluffy cream head and a lot of lacing. Mellow aroma of roasted malts and barley. Medium to full bodied on the tongue. The taste has a notable maltiness but a lower, subtle bitterness to cap it off. A quick drink.
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a decent almost purplish head. Resonable hop aroma. Very smooth flavor with a full body.