MattShizzle (544) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle - free sample at distributor. Dark, but pretty clear. Roasty aroma. Flavor is pretty bland. A bit like a US mass market lager with a bit of roastiness added.
RMcDaniel (5) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This black lager is a heavy consistency but not appealing with food. It is, however, a beer is be okay drinking without any food. I'd still rank it only a bit above average overall.
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Carlisle (116) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark color with tan head and some lacing.
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Oldschool_Mike (112) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a black colour with a very little off white head. Aroma is light roast and a touch of sulfur. Taste is roasted malts and a sulfury sweetness. I am assuming from the yeast. Decent black lager.
tectactoe (2519) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Dark brown body with a light-khaki cap that fades quickly. Metallic aroma with toasted grains, roasted barley, a hint of dark malt, maybe some coffee? Kind of vague & light. Flavor is crisp, notes of roasted malt, mild ash, grains, & again some of that metallic twinge towards the back-end. Over carbonated. Pass.
Dal9000 (220) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours blank with a chocolate foam. Molasses aroma. Sweet molasses malty flavor immediately on the tongue. The sweetness grows with each taste.
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exeter (399) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a good head that quickly died off. Dark brown in colour. Tastes of toasted malt and caramel. Very sweet. Mouth feel is thin. Like most Guinness beers, it’s become a pale imitation of a real dark Lager. Kind of boring.
Beardbeerman (143) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle served in a Guinness pint just out of the fridge:
This one pours an aqueous opaque black robe letting loose a frothy maple head with a rough structure showing moderate retention. You can see some rough lacing here and there but it quickly dissipates.
The nose is somewhat sweet but you mostly get the roasted barley expressing notes of grounded coffee beans. The roasted aspect of the nose is well executed.
On the tongue, you get a diluted version of the original stout. The barley is less present and the brew has less body so that’s kind of a downer. It has however a moderate bitterness that stays a while on the back of the palate.
Overall this brew is an ok version of what a black lager should be with the barley of a stout trying to make its way to your palate. Good but not great.
FestDecBeet (289) - - DEC 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: pours dark. With a light brown head.
Smell: slight bitter taste. Roasted malt.
Taste: roasted malt. Bready.
Feel: thin mouth feel. Medium carbonation.
Overall: ok beer. Nice flavor.
First drank: hime 12/1/14
Maxbier (446) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
16oz can. Dark ruby black with tan head. Aroma of roast/toast and wet sneakers. Light body, not to bad at first- roasted barley, toasted nuts. As it warms up and you trudge through it ounce by ounce it becomes less and less drinkable. It's not horrendous, but most schwartzbiers I've had have been better. Finish is light roast.
wedgie9 (2241) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tasted on 11/21/14 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at the grocery store in a mixed sixer. Pours nearly black dark brown with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is malty dark bread with a bit of a marshmallow note. The flavor is about the same with just a touch of bitter char. The body is light with lively, fizzy carbonation, and a short malty dark bread finish.