beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Dark cola black with a thinning red hue around the edges. Thin and stable off-tanned rocky head of froth sits atop and hardly ever moves, even while consumed by hungry, thirsty, desparate beasts such as myself on this day. Lacing seems to stick in a precarious leaf-like fashion.
Aroma is not much to speak (or smell) of, but is pretty clean and respectful with a solid showing of a black malt base. Tender and sweet with a simple little roast hint. Baked red apples dart across with some noting.
Flavors are good with the black malt taking full control allowing a light frothy body and simple sweetened edge to play under the medium roasted blackened malt. Not super tangy nor chocolatey. But it does have a bit of both emerging in different areas as it sits. Chocolate/cocoa tends to win out more towards the finish with a soft lingering dryness. The tangyness is whats left behind late.
Feel is adequate, if not all together, in harmony with the flavors, at first, it seemed a bit empty and plain with just a nudge of malt and roast, but as it warmed this truly entered into its own bringing a more substantiated character. Surely it should not have been served in a frosted/chilled pint glass.
Smooth and easy, with just the right amount of everything (once it warmed) to make this a pretty solid offering as a Schwarzbier; and damn drinkable too.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer that taste a lot like soda (or as they call it in these parts, pop). not bad, but nothing overly good.
maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It goes down good, before the grill, during the grill, and well after the grill. Nice mix of hops and malt. It just goes down good.
Andrew196 (1400) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well done, Im not too familiar with the style, but I feel like this one hit it on the nose. Excellent roasted malt, with a nice hoppy zip towards the end.....a bit on the thin side, but it went down well.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy roasted sweet malt aroma. Small, light brown head that is diminishing. Excellent lace. Dark reddish black in color. Moderately sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with average carbonation level. Has a hint of the nice hoppy finish that the Town Hall Altbier has. Very nice.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
large, smoky, dry lager. Deep brown (not black)with a slight white head. Huge malt character in nose and flavor. Nice lingering dry finish. Nice job.