radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at NOVA BrewFest. Poured a dark ruby color, some translucency, off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, toasted, touch of nut, caramel. Flavor was caramel, sweet malts, touch of grass. Interesting colab.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bought this on the cheap and that’s about its worth, I’m sorry to say. Some of the Heavy Seas collabs have been kind of fun, but this was a sort of disspiriting attempt at a schwarz. Thin body, faded papery nose, and a taste that’s barely moderate in its roast qualities - more like artificial chocolate, a dash of pepper, and some ash. Not top notch for me.
unclemattie (3997) - Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Dark brown color. Off-white head. Decent roast aroma. Roasted barley taste, charred flavor. Finished with a bold wooded hop character under all of the roast. Light bodied, full of flavor. (3367)
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small tan head., light off white lace. Heavily roasted, earthy, light cocoa, ash. Medium bodied, roasty, ashy, lightly astringent. Easy drinking, not a ton of flavor, but solid and inoffensive.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark garnet brown and sits black in a glass with one finger of fizzy dark tan head. Nose is kind of musty/bready, smells like a pils for sure. Grassy notes with some toasted bread and burnt popcorn. Medium bodied, bit more than I’d guess from the style. Light bitterness from the grain, slight acidity as well. Just a hint of coffee and bakers chocolate on the finish.
Butters (3658) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at the at 18th Richmond gathering. Clear dark brown pour with fair offwhite head. Very vegetal smelling and tasting. Maybe they were going for nutty? I’m getting the pilsner on the flavor a little bit, but the heavy burnt/peaty malt is breaking this beer. I didn’t really care for this at all.
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. deep brown with a large, creamy, beige head. strong pilsner malt and noble hop nose with only a hint of roast. light and crisp, refreshing palate. flavors of toasted nuts and honey-like pilsner sweetness. mild roastyness and low hops. nice idea.
obguthr (3386) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grainy, light cola nose. Clear chestnut, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Grainy, then nutty flavor, walnuts. Hints of charred oak. Thin mouthfeel, astringent. A little on the weak side.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours near black with a roasted malt aroma. It has mild hops bitterness, roast character, a medium body, and overall is fairly good but not that special.
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with ruby highlights when held against the light. This beige head. Sweet brown sugar nose with some light toasted grains. Sweet brown sugar taste with lots of roasted grains, burnt toast and an almost campfire smoke to it. Apple and pear fruitiness. Nice sweet beer.