DocLock (9675) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick jet black with tan head. Nose is like a hoppier regular Guinness. Tastes malty, with resiny hops, less malt character than regular Guinness, and a lackluster body. A disappointment that just might change the joke where Arthur Guinness, Pete Coors, and Augie Busch sit around discussing beers.
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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.
slowrunner77 (9609) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"light but pleasant aroma and flavor of roasted malts, caramel and/or mollasses. refreshing dark beer...nicely done. i was not a fan of Guinness til the foreighn extra got there (that beer is awesome) but this one is quite pleasant even though light. nothing that’ll blow you away, but quite nice all-around."
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown to black, with a medium sized beige to tan head. Roast, thin malt on the nose, grainy toast. Thin and roasty. Basic shwarzbier. Grain and roast. Meh.
djd07 (9519) - 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.
gnoff (9496) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 fl oz bottle at Burger & Beer Joint, Miami Beach, FL. Sampled on January 22, 2012.
Dark reddish brown to black color, huge lasting tan head. Sweet, cream, a bit roasted scent. Roasted, malty, cream taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
I’d drink it again given the chance.
BVery (9400) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Very dark brown to black pour with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted grains and a hint of sour fruit. Palate is thinnish. Taste is mildly roasty, somewhat metallic, and a grain theme throughout. Just okay.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep brown- black pour. The nose is lightly sour and kind of dirty. A little bit of honey flavour and some dirty sort of flavour. Meh - pretty awful.
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arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours dark black with nice lacing tan head, aroma brings notes of some weird vegetal, touch of roast, hints of grain maybe? Very fizzy and thin on the palate, taste is thin as well with hints of slight roast, some odd metallic notes, hints of grain, very slight hint of roast, leaving an unpleasant metallic and sweet combination at the end.
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Very handsome pour: deep, clear mahogany with a chunky light brown head that shows nice retention and lacing. Aroma is so weak as to be almost nonexistent, even after lots of breathing time. Vaguely sweet and papery. Much can be said about the flavour too. In a blind tasting I’m not sure if I would actually be able to say that there is roasted malt in here. Amazing considering the appearance and pedigree of this beer. If they’re looking to capture the bland lager-drinker market, they’ve made a good thrust in the right direction. Watery and lifeless, with hard carbonation. A shadow of a schwarzbier.