KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige rocky head that reduced down to a few puddles of residue thus creating some excellent sheets of lace.
The aroma was of a roasted chocolate malt, a mild resin hop and a moldy yeast with notes of molasses and coffee.
The taste was very lightly sweet with a large dose of black malts and molasses early on and then became lightly bitter with a hint of coffee towards the end. The flavor lasted only a short time proceeding the swallow, with a malty coffee taste that was left to linger on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and a bit watery in texture with a nice medium carbonation.
Overall pretty much a typical Black Lager, nothing here to make it particularly memorable...
ordybill (303) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Dark roasted malt
Appearance- Has a dark coffee color with a tan colored head.
Taste- Strong flavor of roasted malt with a bitter flavor, nice
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation, has a creamy to slight oily texture that goes well with the flavor.
Overall- A nice Euro Dark Lager, I would order this if I saw it on a bar list.
RMcDaniel (6) - 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 (128) - 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 (126) - 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 (2640) - 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 (224) - 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 (426) - 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, itís become a pale imitation of a real dark Lager. Kind of boring.
Beardbeerman (196) - 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 thatís 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 (319) - - 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 (492) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 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. Itís not horrendous, but most schwartzbiers Iíve had have been better. Finish is light roast.