MattShizzle (523) - 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.
Tricker (241) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bière noire de 4.5 % d’alcool. On dirait du « coke ». Elle ne possède aucun col au versement. Elle possède un odorat sucré, mais on sent l’aspect commercial. Elle possède un goût salé et sucré à la fois. Il y a un aspect métallique dans le goût. Elle a un goût léger de torréfaction. On goûte bien la céréale (orge). Correcte !
wildbeercat (268) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
440ml/15floz can from Irish Discovery pack into a Guinness glass; served cold.
Aroma: Pretty neutral. There’s some mild malt, but nothing that really stands out.
Appearance: Barely translucent ruby and brown body with a quickly dissipating, but foamy at first, light brown head.
Taste: Pretty malty, yeah. Decent, but once again, no notable flavors to call out. No chocolate or anything like that. Just roasty barley, and that’s ok.
Palate: Medium body. Carbonation is kind of prickly, but not excessively. Short finish.
Overall: A pretty decent one. I wish there were something in the taste or aroma that would remind me of Guinness draught or stout, because I don’t know if I could have picked this out as a Guinness brew in a blind taste. Decent enough though! Simple and good.
kidobutai (108) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Good dark head and decent lacing. Unremarkable aroma, but smooth drink, not bitter at all, nice lager.
60minuteman (497) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark color. Malt, barley, yeast. Very rugged beer. Acidic but not very bitter. Medium body
mike5326 (469) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle. Medium brown color, slight off white head. No real aroma. Taste is also bland with slight notes of pepper.
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psycotiko (24) - SPAIN - DEC 4, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Media pinta. De color negro. Engaña, aparenta tener cuerpo pero en el primer trago quedas decepcionado.
RJ815 (11) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and not too bitter. Might not be suitable for those who like a really strong taste, but I found it quite enjoyable. Paired well with sandwiches.
TaxiDriver (1441) - Stadland, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A light malty aroma, some hints of roasted malt, a little bit sweet. The small fizzy head disappears fast, the body is black. It tasted a little bit malty, quite bitter. The body is light to medium strong and lively.
OntBeerDrinker (346) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black w/little brown @ bottom. 2-3 finger head fades. Leaves little laceing. Smells like Guinness & a BAD lager. Taste:Barley flakes,roastedness, sour(ish), chocolate, & lager taste. It was good but be even better if it had a stout taste over the lager taste but the bottle I had, had a date that passed when I had it but didn’t say if it was best b4 or not. The lager part I found the worst part.
MrWomey (15) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Black lager definitely pours about as dark as any beer could. It mimics a Dunkel or Doppelbock in color thanks to roasted barley that’s been added. While this beer pours with a very large head and fine lacing, there is very weak aroma to it (exhibits small amounts of malt scents). Perhaps not as strong as similar beers in Europe, it does have a fair amount of carbonation, though its taste seemed nondescript.
The "Black" has a body that falls just short of being medium but drinks easy. It’s unlikely I’d buy this one again if other choices are available but was glad to try this beer that might not be marketed in the US forever. It’s short on taste, but if you don’t like beer it might be the right one for you.