bytemesis (2435) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark black with a medium tan head that dissipates with good lacing on the glass. Aroma is shwarzbier-esque, roasty, nutty, a bit of toffee and cardboard. Flavor is roasty, a bit of coffee, cocoa and ashtray; kind of like a porter. Light sweet and light bitter. Medium body, bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all.
johnnnniee (1957) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Andover Liquors
Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that recedes rather quickly. Aromas of caramel and roasted coffee with a hint of cream and chocolate. Earthy spicy hops provide a hint of balance but confine themselves to background notes. The flavor is pretty heavy on the roast and caramel with only fleeting hints of chocolate. Earthy hop flavor keeps things from cloying. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a silky bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew, heavy on the roast, but nice to drink.
Steve_0 (2122) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, with friends. Pour is deep brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Roasty, grainy, light smoke, cocoa, a hint of coffee, earthy, and bready aroma. Taste is coffee beans, toasted malt, earthy, sightly grassy, husky, light vanilla, graham crackers, and grain. Medium body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Not bad.
NielsenRatings (8124) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Steve_0’s palace, courtesy of Stephen. Thanks! Pours a pretty clear reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Dusty, powdery herbal, kind of burnt aroma. Decent body. Some caramel and chocolate and dough. Again, it’s a bit powdery. Well balanced. Pretty easy drinking and surely better than 90% of the American made Schwarzbier but not killer.
arminjewell (5591) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, roast, coffee, hints of bread, yeast in there with a touch of earth. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, slight dark fruit, spice, nutty notes into a bit of vanilla, finishing dry, slightly spicy.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Roasted coffee malt aroma with a subtle nuttiness. Light chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. Slightly sweet and chocolatey at the finish. Very clean and thin finish.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a hazy dark brown with a near white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has lots chocolate with a bit of dark grains, nuts as well as a hint of coffee and smoke. Flavor has more sweet chocolate with a bit of roasted malts and a touch of coffee.
Scrapersnbeer (1395) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dirty cocoa and nut aroma. Dark brown color under a pleasant looking tan cap. Bitter chocolate taste, not getting much wheat effect here. Overall effect is like a bitter porter, only thinner with a lot more bite. This beer is not so evil and is readily enjoyable.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a dark black, aroma was roasty taste was a chocolate and roast, a nice offering enjoyed this one
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of umich03jm
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy roasted nuts, light chocolate, and a touch of caramel. It pours a a cloudy brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin layer outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a chocolate and light caramel. The finish has moderate roasted walnuts.