KajII (800) - 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...
alexmate (37) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A weird one this. It doesn’t taste like a lager, it tastes like a watered down Guinness. Malt, cocoa and light coffee on the palate, maybe a bit of a black tea notes as well. Much thinner consistency as well. Not sure who it was aimed, young drinkers, session drinkers who find Guinness too heavy? It’s an experiment which didn’t pay off for Guinness, but I would try it again.
Tried in Northern Ireland when it was first launched.
BeerAndPonies (171) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in yet another thrift shop find, a Stella Artois chalice. (It replaces one that I unfortunately broke before it had a chance to hold more than just two or three beers. A shame, as it had no wear showing on the gold rim and logo.) Pours an opaque near-black shade with a cocoa-hued head that leaves fine lace webbing. Doughy, roasted grains and malts, earthy and herbal noble hops, plus grass, and hints of straw, cocoa, and coffee on the nose. Overall flavor is very whole-wheat bready - similar to a brown ale, but without ale yeast’s spiciness, it lacks a little in dimension, but it’s appealingly smooth-drinking all the same. Creamy and chewy as well. Definitely a well-done dark lager, with plenty of body and a very welcome, sessionable ABV of 4.5%.
YigSvartka (274) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black hue with a beige head that settles rapidly. Lager driven aroma with notes of malt and honey, but with the addition of roast. Extremely thin bodied. Malt, hay, honey and roast flavour. Lacks robustness as expected, but quite refreshing.
tfontana (619) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Downtown Discount Beverage. Aroma is purple grape/dark fruits, noble hops. Appearance is dark brown--almost opaque--with small off-white head that fades quickly. Trace lacing. Taste is strong rich malts with dark fruit and mild noble hop bitter balance. Palate is light-to-medium bodied with thin texture and tongue-stinging lively carbonation with crisp finish. Overall, more fruity than a traditional Schwarzbier but good nonetheless.
snoworsummer (4475) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Tastes like raisins, dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like dark roasted malt, raisins, and burnt coffee.
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2015
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Funny how Guinness has these other products that I never think about.... and occasionally bump into running around the planet.This has a decent foamy head and black body, sorta the non-creamy version of the "proper" Guiness product if’n you will. Macro barley on the nose, nothing more, nothing less, adequate. Flavour is faint roasted barley. Really watery palate. Not sure what the point is, it’s sort of like a watered down stout. Odd thing, not awful, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
ozzy70 (654) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours black/cola colored. Minimal tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and sweetness. Taste was weak coffee and roasted malts.
ljthiessen (1075) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pretty dark brown pour with a decent tan head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, simple but not bad. Flavour is thin and metallic, not much going on at all.
altonbrownd (5419) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap in Annapolis, MD. Dark malty body with medium head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, barley. Taste similar of coffee, some chocolate. Then turns bitter. Okay.
Senka (1046) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 8, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
FTA. This was available all over Europe. I had this in TLL, Frankfurt and UK. A ok schwarzbier, but nothing more. Black - check, lagerlike - check.