Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a generous tan head. Nose is hoppy-- citrus, herbal, grassy. Tastes caramel, mild notes of chocolate. Big malty backbone with balanced with citrusy hops. Complex, not heavy, finishes mildly bitter. Very nice!
tectactoe (2737) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Pours black-hole black with only the darkest of rubies shining through the very edges. A foamy, beige head settles & fizzles quickly to a collar. Up front nose brings pungent, piney hops overshadowing a bold, roasty backbone. Criss-cross of herbal hops, ash, roast, leaves, grass, & a mild kiss of black pepper. Smells almost more like a "Black IPL" than a true Schwarzbier. Taste further confirms that notion. Brash, piney hops collide with your tongue first, over top a heavily roasted malt bill. Notes of bitter citrus peel, grapefruit pith, cocoa powder, ashy roast, burnt bread, a touch of roasted caramel, & herbal leaves. Sharp mouth feel, high carbonation. Like I said, this seems more like the lager version of a Black IPA, but either way, good stuff.
yankeefan21 (134) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma- mostly smoke and burnt grains.
Appearance - dark porter color with a frothy off-white head.
Taste - pure smoke and a salty burnt grain flavor. Another one trick pony by Jack’s Abby. Aftertaste is fairly bitter and long lasting, like burnt toast.
This was the one beer of the night we didn’t finish. I get what they were going for but it was too overdone for my tastes and lacked anything with regards to subtleness.
The Gavmeister (28) - , SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Craig’s...grapefruit and coffee bit of smokiness...pretty thin...not enough body...
McNeillR (1504) - SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light murky brown, dusty head. Neat nutty, cheap choc and bitter caramel bite. Smooth enough carbonation and finishes a little tinny bitter, linger is coppery.
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BenH (2763) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of grapefruit and coffee, resin. Taste of coffee, grapefruit and pine. Decent body with a bitter finish.
Stuu666 (4833) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is very chocolatey, pine, taste is dry, roasted, chocolate, bitter, fruity.
allmyvinyl (4877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel. Taste is light herbal, more chocolate. Finishes dry, nice.
cgarvieuk (15627) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... dark brown ... big big tan head ... soft sweet toffee charcoal nose soft malts ... soft toffee roast ... dark sweet malts ... dark roast ... light bitter ... real nice balance ... .
anders37 (18184) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty piney hoppy caramel aroma. Roasted malty piney hoppy bitter caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty piney hoppy caramel finish.