JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly good. After a vacation to the Czech Republic I think I understand this style. This beer nearly hits the mark. Where it is off is that it is slightly too sweet, but only a little and not overwhelming like some dunkels. The beer is black, very thick and rocky head. Aroma of roasted malt, and dry, roasty flavor with sugar. Heavier than many of the style. Purchased at Surdyk’s; Minneapolis.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Heban Black Beer", says the label, "first Polish Black Beer", though, oddly, the brewer or city of origin is not given. Only Berlson Imports, Minneapolis, MN. A little web searching leads us to the Jurand Brewery.
Now, let’s crack open this black beauty and see what lies within...
Blackness, absolutely, in appearance, under a prodigious helping of creamy cocoa/ tan foam.
Nutty in the nose, creamy, lovely cocoa aroma, a hint of coffee, sweet, yet dry. Nice.
Tasting it...nice, full flavor, big chocolate, minor nuts, prevalent coffee tones. Brisk carbonation, nice sweetness, swiftly offset by bitter. Medium bodied, with a long, tasty, sweet finish. Very supple and easy-going in the mouth. Quite likable. Nice dessert beer. Mellow and tasty. Take your time and relax with it.
Stuck figuring the style though. Is it a lager or an ale? Could pass for a stout, but it really plays like a dark lager, and it is identified elsewhere as a Bohemian schwarzbier, so that’s gotta be it. I’m a sucker for a well-done version, and this is that.
Well worth the $1.88 for the 16.9 oz. bottle.
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appareantly the first "black beer" in Poland. I assume that also includes dark beers in general. The beer is however completely black with a thick head, although it’s not as thick as the picture on the bottle. The aroma is strong of roasted coffee and bitter cocoa-powder. Very good taste indeed. The coffee-theme is continued with an added sweetness reminding me of mudcake. The finish is short but strong. Good one, but hard to find in Warsaw.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with ruby hue , average tan head . Aroma of dark roast , citric acidic character , liquorice of dry porter . Medium bodied with woody burnt character , roasted grain , sweet caramel . Dry finish .
jerohen (1990) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Clear, very dark coloured, small head. Malty, somewhat sweet, not really roasted. Very watery. Not very special, but it’s a beer i could drink more in a row of.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Black/reddish coloured. Hard to say what the aroma is. A bit chocolate like. It’s malty and a bit watery.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottld. Milkchocolat aroma. Very dark brown color, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, light bitter, light roasted, hint of chocolat, hint of sugar, medium body.
skortila (4463) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Malty caramel aroma with some hints of fruit. Dark coloured beer with a good head. Taste is roasted malty, sweet, quite smooth. Watery body.
caesar (5043) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6th DRG. Ruby color, off-white. Bit roasted malt, some chocolat. Bit like schwarzbier.
MoritzF (8444) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) Dark brown colour with a bubbling beige foamy head, leaving some lace. Sweet and dusty malty aroma with candied orange peels and dark chocolate. Sweetbitter flavour, light to medium body, smooth carbonation. Toasted and dark malty taste, notes of dark chocolate; slim and light bitter malty finish. Unfortunately a bit thin Dunkel with a strange aroma, anyway quite drinkable. (Many thanks to bierkoning for the sample !)