Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Pours a dark ruby with a thin off-white head, light grains in the aroma with a hint of chocolate, starts and ends very lightly bitter, thin bodied, subtle carbonation. It’s a bit sad that Guinness thinks it needs to make a lighter version of their stout which is lighter than most beers.
degbert (1285) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
TPSA. Pours medium brown with a cream ring. Nose is nutty and roasty; it smells promising. Then -- then the wheels come off. It tastes like stale corn tortilla chips dusted with bad freeze-dried coffee. No, no, no, no, and no. Finish is tight and unpleasant.
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark clear brown with a tall frothy beige head that has great retention. Aroma is toast, cereal grain, grassy, spicy and floral hops, a little honey and some light nutty notes. No real roasty character despite the appearance. Flavor is lightly sweet cereal grain, thick crust white bread, light grassy and floral hops. Palate is light bodied and fairly neutral up until the off dry finish. Think of it as a Schwarzbier Light, or Black Helles (actually that one sounds kinda cool, on paper), as it doesn’t really have any of the roasted malt traits present in any Schwarzbier and has a really low abv for the style.
wmubronco1992 (656) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black. Light tan head with good retention. Some lacing. Very mild roasted malt aroma. Just the slightest amount of bitterness. Overall very smooth and clean. Almost no mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Decent drinking beer, but nothing that wows you.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from a 12 oz bottle at the Jacksonville Craft Beer Festival, 5-20-2011. Not distributed in Florida yet, but should be by September according to the company rep. Its an ok schwarzbier, but nothing exciting. Very sessionable, almost a light beer at only 4.5% Sort of a dark malt pilsener with very little of what makes Guinness notable. Disappointing.
maneliquor (3379) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely black but doesn’t resemble many ’dark beer’ flavours. Easy drinking lager that is actually pretty good
Strykzone (5325) - 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 (1518) - 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 (2764) - 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 (2610) - Quad Cities, Illinois, 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 isn’t terrible.