wlajwl (3486) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 Mild roasted maltiness in the aroma while the appearance is darker than most other black lagers. The flavor is of roasted malts and rather thin in body. Decent but could have been more flavorful.
dlovell2 (539) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with amber tint and tan head. Roasted malt smoky aroma. Roasted malt flavor some chocolate and smoke. Thin feel in mouth.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour is light brown. no head. smell is roasty. taste is watery and roasted like a not so strong black tea.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a sixer poured into a fluted pint glass. Dark brown pour with a foamy tan head that fizzes away quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet grain, and lager yeast. Tastes like Guinness Lite. I won’t have a problem finishing the other five, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
johnnnniee (1957) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Curious little bottle attracted my attention when I wasn’t really looking to buy beer. I’ve had a lot of Guinness over the years and while I don’t drink it much anymore it’s still got a special place...
So anyhow this pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. No widgets in here to release nitrogen and keep this head stable for an hour. Smells, yup it smells, just like a macro lager. Pilsner malt, grainy, grassy, corny. There’s a faint and I mean faint aroma of roasted grains, but I would imagine most of the color from this thing came from sinamar. Taste follows the smell really well and ends with quite a dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, thin watery mouthfeel. Maybe this would make a good gateway beer for someone, but for me this one was a let down. Nothing exciting here at all.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at azwine 8/30/11.
it appears to be pretty dark... bordering a dark porter colored blackish brown with a lasting tan head.
there is a sweaty, dusty note in the aroma which reminds me of a bag of oats. also, i can smell, sulfur from the yeast, roasted barley, mild nutty coffee and milk chocolate with some vanillin in it.
more of the same from the flavor only it is rather muted and watered down. the first few sips taste more like the glass than a beer. it is clean on the finish and leaves an aftertaste of roasted barley. the mouth feel is slick airy and soft at first. something happens to it as it sits because it ends up watery. so, the moral of that story is to chug it!
there is nothing special about this. it tastes a lot like a guinness light would taste. it is not bad, just mediocre. 6/4/5/2.5/13/3
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
If you have had Guinness or Harp then you already know what you are getting here. Anyone expecting more will come away unimpressed. This is a light, carbonated lager with roasted malt. Is it a world beater, no. But if this was the low bar of beer then it would be 75% better than our current low bar. Pours a nice brown/black with a sparkly tan head. Watery and light with roasted notes and sparkling soda in minor amounts.
alobar (2595) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour cola brown with no head. Cream-colored rim. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and some earthiness. Body is a bit light and watery. Not a great beer, but not bad either.
Jabic (374) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ar: Light malt, a bit of moss, and coffee.
Ap: Very dark brown, red highlights - medium light tan head with big bubbles - moderate retention.
T: Roast and a touch of coffee up front - some earthiness with light bitterness - quick, ashy finish.
P: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation - falls a bit thin on the palate.
O: Decent black lager - nothing special, pretty underwhelming.
LinusStick (2740) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Blah. The only good thing about this beer is the aroma. The aroma was a thick dense roasted coffee. Pour was a nice enough dark brown with some rising bubbles and a one finger tan head. Taste was very thin and watery. There’s literally no flavor upon first sip. The strong carbonation numbs the cheeks and gums. After the swallow the mouth is left with some coffee and dark roasted malt flavors. Very bland and boring