ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by ygtbsm94. Respectable schwarzbier. Lots of cola and dark chocolate, just a bit of chalkiness from the yeast to detract.
markwise (4564) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks sebletitje for the share. Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Nose is slight smoke, malt, herbs, and light coffee. Flavor is similar with malt, slight coffee, some smoke, and some herbs. Medium bodied and pretty nicely mild overall.
argo0 (11818) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94) Medium beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, caramel, some molasses, smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, caramel, some earthy, light smoke. Sticky medium body.
Reid (1989) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market, S.Salem. $4.29
black beer, with an excellent tan head, that seems so thick and creamy.
Malty chocolate milk aromas, with a subtle hazlenut back ground.
Taste is of mild esspresso coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and gooey caramel. Nice.
Ok on the palate..has low carbonation, which i liked.
Overall a very nice easy going beer.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured a deep ruby-almost black with with a beige head. Aroma was very toasty with grains and dark fruits. A good carbonation the palate. Lots of roasted malts with dark, brown sugars with a chocolate influence. The finish was dry.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94 on 7/26/09: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of smoky roasted dark malt and a touch of graininess. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate flavor with a nice smoky finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable brew.
Ibrew2or3 (7212) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours clear striking mahogany with thin off white head. The aroma is pretty bold with pleasing levels of earthiness, smooth smoke, chocolate and roasty malts. The taste is smooth and nearly creamy yet with a fairly thin body pushing up notes of roasty malts, chocolate, earthiness, bitter chocolate, a touch of spicy hops and faint smoke. The malts dry it out a bit into the finish. Smooth tasty sessionable solid brew.
sebletitje (7027) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cheers to googzoid10 for the trade.
Heater Allen has the talent of nailing down basic beer styles and this one is another good example of their craftmanship.
Dark brown, light tan head.
Aroma, chocolate malts, cocoa powder, earthly nose, mild touch of smoke.
Flavors, nice roasted malts, chocolate and cocoa with touch of molasses and smoked malts. Solid as per usual, light palate with a mild touch of hop bitterness. Dry with a mild spicy finish.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Thanks, BVC! Pours translucent blackish brown, no head. Just a little chocolate and bread in the nose. Light, watery body and carbonation. Chocolate citrus taste. Dry finish. Could use a few more bubbles.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2009 Updated Rating 11/30/09: bomber from John’s Market - thin, cola brown pour with trade head to the edges; toffee, cookies, lager yeast sweetness and faint smokiness; texture is quite light with sweet malt and light toffee, caramel and nutty flavors; get some smoke again that wasn’t noticeable when first sampled; thin overall, but quite nice with the touch of smoke being what stands out this time IMO
Original Rating 2/18/09 (3.4 overall): 22 oz. bottle - thanks bvc! light brown with thin off-white head; very mild compared to the shorts that we tasted at the same time; roasted caramel, chocolate, malt and quite dry; thin texture