Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Art of Beer Fest ’04: Deep dark opaque brown. Tan head. Grainy, roast malt, sweet, cocoa, light bodied, finishing with big bitter hops. A great idea, and a quite drinkable Schwarzbier.
mkobes (2136) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Andy’s. Deep brown in color with a big head. Good beer. Malty and roasty. Lots of malt. Decent Body.
ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just a hint of light gets through this almost opaque beer. Deceivingly thin for the depth of color, but then all Schwarzbiers are. The finish is a bit harsh, the roast bitterness is a little off.
MaiBockAddict (1498) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Andy’s. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasty maltys. Flavor is full of roast. Lots of flavor indeed, for a light beer. Decent body. Maybe a little too dry, but a real nice session beer none the less.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Blind Tiger. Pitch black with a tan hean. Taste was a nice roasted coffee and malt. Full bodied with a nice dry finish. Tasted like a porter but I guesss that shows what I know.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall, I think the mouthfeel and "aftertaste" of chocolate/cocoa is great, but this beer was too thin-bodied for my taste.
notalush (4208) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The last wort runnings of the Perkuno’s Hammer produces something that tastes strikingly like a watered-down version of it - quite chocolatey and roasty, with medium body at first, but everything falls apart in the finish - it becomes thin and watery, and a bitterness comes in that balances with the sweet chocolate flavors and first, but then totally overpowers everything - this doesn’t warrant its special, otop status.
JFGrind (1725) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this to be a truly unique beer. Using the second runnings of a baltic porter to brew a schwarzbier is a fantastic idea. Much like a small beer, Black Ocean was full of flavor for a light alcohol beer. All the dark chocolate / roasted malt flavor I enjoy in Perkuno’s Hammer transformed into a drinkable lager. Nice alternative to a heavy porter / stout.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmm. Dark, blackish brown, light tannish head, moderate malt aroma, flavor ... decent lager, malty, some chocolate and nuttiness, finished watery as hell, like the description said. Not bad, drinkable, but i expect more from this brewer.