Marheb (1638) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Version cask aged w/cacao nibs, une autre bombe chocolatée au comptoir NERAX. Bien concue, buvabilité surprenante.
SrSilligoose (3090) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a nice fresh bottle. wow. a big nice hoppy black roasty lager. real nice. clean. potent aroma of molasses kissed cocoa with a tight pine, citrus hop twang. nice. lasting bitter roast and pine. pretty tasty. like a nice blackipa, but lager. one of my favorites from jack’s abby. when this brewery is on it is a real treat.
radarsock (755) - Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Single 475 mL bottle purchased from Leary’s for $3.80. To snifter it pours a ruby-tinted rusty brown (shown as a mysterious dark tone in glass) with which a big, frothy tan head was erected upon. Two fingers in length. Wow; aromas of pine needles, squash purée, lager yeast, figs, topsoil, maple leafs, acorns, bourbon vanilla ice cream, molasses, and blood orange. I honestly could smell this all day. Tastes of piny and earthy hops, common figs, black liquorice, burnt rubber, ash, and plastic.Seaweed, algae, and walnuts too when let out to warm. Caramelized onions, yeast, growing heat, and nail polish by swallow. Good beer; I didn’t completely enjoy the flavors in its end-palate, but this is nevertheless a delightful Schwarzbier. I recommend buying a bottle.
lachrymalisis (374) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a little heavier on the roasted malt character than I prefer, but acceptable for the style. good hop aroma, but I feel it’s lessened by the heavy dose of high-dried malts. flavors are beautifully blended earthy-pine-spice from hops, and roasted, slightly acrid malt character. Good medium-dense mouthfeel, creamy and satisfying.
CamdenD (1054) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better beers I’ve tasted in a while. Well-hopped and still with a long palate and nuanced taste. Wow.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted earthy malts with some light smoke, cocoa, vanilla, and some pine and earthy hops.
T - Starts off with roasted dark and earthy malts with some light vanilla and smoke. Through the middle some cocoa comes through with some pine and earthy hops and a bit of bitterness. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and earthy malts with a bit of vanilla and smoke and a touch of citrus hop and bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly roasted and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really great smoothness and texture with a great balance of flavors. A really nice dark lager.
annunz123 (797) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt and citrus hops in the aroma. Flavor starts with malt and roast, and finishes with piney bitterness. Different, but it works.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to myspoonistoobig for getting me out a bottle of this one. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.
Pours near black with a thick tan head. Great retention and plenty of sticking lacing as it eventually falls to a thin cap.
The nose carries a bit of light Cascade and orange with some nice roasted malt in the background. The flavor follows suit, but the hops come more to the front, melding quite well with the roast. Roast with a touch of coffee plus orange peel and citrus. There’s a bit of light earth and pine in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a nice combo between the roast and bitterness through the finish.
Nice concept and well-executed. I think this could use a touch more in the nose, but other than that this is a really nice brew.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2012 500mL Bottle, purchased at Julio’s Liquors - Westborough, MA. I continue to be blown away by the work from these guys. Absolutely my new favorite brewery. This one cracks open with a rich and balanced hop and lightly toasted malt aroma. Fresh and efferevescent. The lacing is supreme. Flavors wane back and forth between a pungent pine and citrus hop punch and a gentle, but substantial, supporting and well built malt base. Fantastically clean fresh and drinkable.
MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Came out jet black with a huge 3 inch tan head. Light hoppy-coffee aromas. Flavor is complex: lots of chocolate and coffee malts. Great hop balance. Still, much lighter in body than a stout. Buy more complex too. light sweet and bittering finish. Very tasty and enjoyable!