MADhombrewer (18) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
.5 liter bottle dated February 2012. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this.
Appearance- Dark brown that lightens around the edges. Big thick tan head. Great lacing. 4.5/5
Smell- Earthy hop aroma accompanied with some roasted malt smells.
Taste- Roasted malt flavors are first. Nice even earthy hop bitterness in the end. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel- Nice even mouthfeel that trends to the thin side
Overall- This is a great beer. Very easy to drink and it is not trying to be something it is not. Very well crafted beer.
BroSpud (1582) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half Liter Bottle. Pours a dark burgundy with a lasting off white head which left a decent lacing. Nice hoppy aroma, big roasted malt flavors with a bitter hop finish. Not sure if it is a home town bias in play here but I am loving everything from these guys.
AirForceHops (2578) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Julio’s. Deep brown with red highlights in my mug. Thick, full white head having excellent retention and layers of lace. Roasted malt and light Earthy hop nose. Flavor does have the typical roasted malt, chocolate and German malt of the style. However, this is by far the most hoppy Schwarzbier I have ever drank. Strong bitterness in the finish, comparable to a strong IPA or black IPA. Roasted notes and German malt helps balance this brew. Tasty.
thornecb (4111) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a Sam glass. Significant pancake head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Sweet, dark chocolate, toasted nut and resin aromas. Medium to full bodied with dark caramel, roasted dark chocolate turning to pine in the lasting finish.
matalec1984 (115) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brought directly from brewery.
Footnote...I continue to be impressed by Jack’s Abby, as the brewery grows their beers continue to surprise me.
Aroma- A very balanced yet obvious nose consisting of fruity tones and roasted notes. Light floral notes can also be found.
Appearance - nice dark color almost black but some mahogany highlights. Large frothy off-white head that sticks with the beer throughout.
Taste - roasted witha v ery nice balance of hops. A little citrusy and florally with a good amount of bitterness that balances the beer nicely. Aftertaste is fairly bitter and long lasting.
Nice mouthfeel, easy drinker. Crisp medium bodied lager that is balanced nicely.
Def. will drink again.