Strykzone (4200) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is indeed black, or almost, with a funky brown head that soon leaves blotches and some lacing. The nose is molasses and that is also noted in the flavor. Citrus fruit and light cocoa, too. Feel is light but with some fizz. A nice beer and an interesting one.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is sharp roasted malts, touches of dark fruit, bits of chocolate and toast. Flavor starts with some of that dark fruit and sharp roast with a pale lager graininess that comes forth that is quite off putting as it really pushes out the subtleties of the roast and chocolate that were already quite fragile to begin with. Finishes bland, a touch bitter and roasty along with the grain. Light to medium body and a sharp carbonation. Bleh, not very good at all.
tmoreau (1918) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz. bottle from beer buddy, Brian. Poured to a czech-pils glass with a darkest brown color and ruby highlighting, thick, lasting, deep tan, bubbles and cream head foam, with waves and spots of clingy lacing. The aroma was a typical lager nose, Munich and Pils-like, mild roastiness, and a little cocoa & light grain. The flavor was clean, adding some moderate hop bitterness, no real sweetness, and some light creaminess to the mouthfeel. The body was less than medium, and the finish was subtly dry. Not a bad Schwarz at all, and reasonably sessionable.
cbfobes (1942) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from bottle, pours a brownish red with a thin head, aroma was of light malt and the flavor was much of the same with a slight chocolate touch in the finish, mouthfeel is watery but isnít terrible.
grimreaperguru (216) - santee, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a very dark ruby red with a light brown head.The aroma reminded me of a skuny pilsener.The flavor if you could call it that was a watered down sweet malt.The body was thin with little aftertaste.Overall I could drink it if offered but would not buy it again.
Finhead (1036) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep black pour with a tan head. It has a roasted malt aroma with slight chocolate. The taste is lightly sweet with an oily texture, lively carbonation, and a roasted finish.
messiah (11) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Awful. Over carbonated, and just too sweet. It has none of those typical dark roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that Guinness has, itís more like a dark version of miller lite.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear brownish pour, fizzy off-white head. Light roasted malt, bad lager malt, slightly skunky, and a bit of sweetness. Overall this was very boring, about what I expected.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle 1/4/11 (Binnyís Plainfield)-48į in Lager Glass-Pours black with a small loose tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and smoke. Taste of the same up front and in the middle but finishes like a pale lager. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad and would fill the void in a pinch.
andyhwcinc (1258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at the "green" Jewel in Chicago, IL as part of a mix & match sampler, enjoyed on Boxing Day (12/26) while watching Bears football. Aroma not really existent, malt if anything, also a bit of lactose but thatís stretching it. Appearance is like Coca Cola, pure black with a carbonated white head. Taste also a bit faint, hints of chocolate malt, noticeably carbonated, not bad at all, especially with the mass produced tag of "Guinness". Would probably drink if I was at a bar with limited options.