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.
patrick767 (3985) - 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.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slutfest! Black and slightly brown at the edges. Aroma is strongly floral hops. Flavor is light chocolate and floral hops. Not bad, but not really great either. Like the idea here though, hope they tweak it a bit and keep at it.
reggiedunlop (3649) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thin lt tan head. Aroma is roasty...light burnt notes...hoppy. flavor follows suit...some chocolate and caramel notes. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is roasty/caramely. This drinks more like a black IPA.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle
I picked this up because it was a cheap risk at $4.99. The outcome is a solid schwarzbier that is pretty typical for a Heavy Seas release. It’s not exceptional but at this price point it does not have to be to meet my expectations.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish black base and creamy white head play well against each other. Contained with the fluid base are light chocolate, mellow malts, and hops that merge into a semi-sweet texture. It might be a bit bland yet it gets the job done.
Flavor / Palate - The creamy filling of a custard donut fills the mouth with a soft texture. Playing it safe the flavors are a bit unremarkable after a few sips. Even so it has no glaring flaws. In fact it was a bit tricky to describe by the end. For a low cost bomber I’d recommend giving it a look.
alobar (3501) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cola brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma of grain, roasted malt, and chocolate. Nice flavor with grain,roasted malt, hint of smoke and a chocolate ending. Nice beer!
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Brad while watching Le Tour de France. Merci!
The beer is a dark chestnut color. Very dark, nearing black. Atop the beer rests nearly an inch of light beige head. Spotty lacing.
The aroma is subtle, offering hints of chocolate, roast.
Light, simple, mild roast. Easy drinking and soft on the palate. A touch of pine and bitterness. Overall, the flavor is a bit subdued and understated.
A decent beer. Nothing wrong with it. Good pairing with some spicy food.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2012
SpringsLicker (3439) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tall, long lasting off-white head.
Light roast malt aroma, light ash.
The flavor is light roast malt with just enough hop bittering to balance this one out nicely. Easy drinking. A great one for those who think they don’t like "dark" beer.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: Draft. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The nose has a good bit of roasted malt. The flavor has fresh brewed coffee, roasted malt, with a lingering mix of bitterness. The crisp finish is very nice. Great collaboration brew.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a deep dark red with a thin off white top. Scent is roasty and bready. Taste is toasted malt with earthy, woody hoppiness.