auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Escanaba brewpub. aroma is a faint flow of roasted malt. Pours a deep brown with off-white rim. Flavor is ashy, salty and sea-like. Flavors develop some dry chocolate character, a bit of oaky and some nice sweet caramel. This isn’t bad. Deep and sustaining. Somewhat complex and developing. A bit of soda-like flavor, but nothing sugary. Very dry actually, and I can appreciate that. A bit of pepper and herring meld with the roast and salt. Nice. Good examples of this beer are starting to grow on me. There’s room for complexity and good style done subtly here.
LinusStick (3073) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2008
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice and toasty schwarzbier. Aroma was ok. A nice blend of roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a pinky sized near tan head. Taste was a little thin in the front but all roasted malt and coffee in the middle and aftertaste. The finish didn’t carry it through, but had a nice warm toasted malt backbone. Not bad.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with faint head. Roasted malt nose with faint chocolate hintsd. More bitter than I expected but still plenty of burnt malt flavor.
ElGaucho (2339) - 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.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant surprise.
dark brown pour with a thin head.
Dusty chocolate aroma with nice roasted malt and light smokiness.
Flavour was chocolate malt, roasted malty hint of nuttiness and bittersweet molasses.
Body was a bit light, but still quite tasty.
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.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I would say this was the best of the bunch that I tried at the H and H in cranberry, pa. Poured dark brown/black color. Aroma roasted malts, caramel, and sweet toffee molases. Flavor is light and smooth yet roasted and sweet. Overall, went well with dark meat.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this one at the restaurant in Wausau, Wisconsin. Outstanding example. Very dark brown, clear pour with a thin head, raspberries, chocolate, coffee, orange, soy sauce, throughout. This is one complex brew. Love it.
Andrew196 (1204) - 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.
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12/27/07 - Winter Road Trip ’07 - Draft sample at brewpub. Pours black w/ red hues, off white/coffee-colored head. Chocolate and coffee nose w/ slight smokiness. Creamy mouthfeel w/ coffee and chocolate, sweet finish, malty. No discernable hops. Smokiness is there, but subdued. Rather watery, but good.