Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, beige edge head. Aroma of unsweetened cocoa, coffee, dark fruit. Taste is coffee and subtle fruit. Light body. Tasty.
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice one. One of the better Iíve had from Hallertau. This has really piqued my interest in the dark side. In my limited experience, it is rare for the thaste to be like the description, but in this case, it was pretty much right on. Easy drinking.
ALLOVATE (2334) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Schwarzbier for Saint Patís, well that is how I role anyways!
This one settles with a limp and lax beige pad atop a deepest ruby brown body. Pickd up quite a lot of charred red wood on the nose giving it a richness atop hints of burnt peanuts, brine, cola beer, fresh strapped leather and peppery spice. Bitter and sharp burnt malt gives it a tongue-spasming astringency that is initially hard to shake off. Otherwise it is light, delicate even and expresses a gentle milk chocolate, cola-like malt profile and late hit of dusty, herbal hops. Dry, powdery, smoky length otherwise short for flavour. It slowly grew on me, as I took in the bitter charred-ness of it. Quite clean cut and easy to drink. Not too shabby!! 33cL, BBE 04/13, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Pdubyah (339) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unlike the others 1,2 and 3 there is no earthy aroma in this B=but there is chocolate there. and that carries somewhat into the taste. but it isnít strong, but it is dominant.
This is an altogether better beer than 1,2 or 3. Much more enjoyable. However and but.... itís thin and without length
I do prefer this to those, and itís what Iíd pick from the bar
Cantabrian (775) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2012
2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Deception? Iíd say more of a shock. The aroma struck me with nausea. A number of unpleasant suggestions occurred to me, but I finally identified what it was: quite unbelievably, that leathery coffeish scent smells like caffeine after being digested and excreted. Yes, it smells like number 1 and number 2 after a good cup of coffee (and Iím NOT referring to Hallertau beer names). Nice try, but even then it didnít turn me off completely from drinking it. And it wasnít that bad. Smooth, medium bodied, chalky, and full of chocolates, roasted coffee, roasted malts. Quite Spartan, as the style preaches. Not a touch of fruitiness (well, I guess except for the coffee, which are technically not beans, but berries). Perhaps this is indeed what Schwarzbiere are all about. Just the charred scars, and not a touch of flair or flamboyance. I will pursue some true German Schwarzbiere before I completely give upon this style.
Jimthechap (1539) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve tried a number of schwarzbiers in my time. For me the benchmark ist Kostrizer. Billed as the East German Guinness is was a black lager that was dry, long and perfectly sessionable. Itís a style I quite enjoy and while I would say it is prone to abuse but to be fair I have a fairly open mind as thereís been few examples I havenít enjoyed. This one looks the part with a cream coloured head that vanished as soon as it was able, clinging to the sides of the glass leaving lace of a sort. Aromas of burnt caramel and roastiness and coffee grounds. It is typical of the style in this respect. The flavour is like other s.beers but a level above. The coffee is silky and more pronounced, easy drinking and just screams that you need to order a second while this is going on. It isnít the most complex of beers, but it does have charm, character and a certain attractiveness. In essence Thandie Newton in a glass. The finish is just long enough to let you know youíve enjoyed something lovely, but short enough to demand another. I really, really, really look forward to having another.
omega (680) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good full bodied black beer. Typically I find black beers lacking in length, whereas this beer has a good hit of roasted malt and cocoa that lingers.
inceptioj (44) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not really that exciting on the nose. Typical dark beer aromaís, some chocolate and coffee. Much more interesting in the mouth though. Deliciously smooth and creamy with predominantly milk chocolate flavors. Has a slight bitterness running in the background. Itís certainly much lighter than a normal dark beer but I think thatís the style they were going for. Very enjoyable.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely rich deep red pour, though head falters too early. Earthy coffee and licorice on the nose, very lively hoppiness in the mouth, but feels a tad too light for a dark beer. Lovely long bitter chocolate on the after taste. A very nice drop.
beer4eternity (201) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle thanks to Cam & Marita. Small creamy light beige good lacing mostly lasting head, thick dark brown/black hue with a wonderful ruby tiny. Full of a complex array of pleasant aromas - strong coco, roasted slightly burnt malt, Irish cream, vanilla, licorice, kelp, soy sauce, whisky, blackberry - yum, there are also other nice aromas there that I canít describe. Quite bitter but enough sweet to avoid the bitterness dominating, faint salinity. Medium body creamy oily texture soft carbonation sticky then eventually slightly peppery finish. Thoroughly enjoyable, probably the nicest Schwarzbier I have had so far.