KyotoLefty (7192) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pitch black with a pretty, high, tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, coffee, and hops, citrus and pine. Full flavor, chocolate dominates but a good deal of roasty coffee as well, more than I prefer, actually, and great hops all around. Bitter hop and roast finish. It is interesting to try to think about the lager characteristics of this. Definitely drinks like a black IPA. Enjoyable.
Concealer (896) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown with a foamy, tan head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, pine, coffee, and light grapefruit. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, pine, coffee and light dark fruit notes. Medium bodied, crisp with a dry and bitter finish. Lingering roastiness.
drsandman (543) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with small beige head. Aroma is woody cedar, pine hop, smoke, grassy hop, cocoa, coffee, caramel. Flavor is medium bitter, smokey, fresh grassy pine hop. Med mouthfeel, sweet chocolate / cocoa / and pine hop dry bitter finish.
Minderbinder (2349) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with medium beige head. Good lacing. Some resin. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, fruits, coffee. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, bitterness, a tad harsh. Palate: Medium body. Soft carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall: A tad harsh. Nice malt features.
mathieuc (1899) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jean-Michael for this one and many others that night! Pours a dark brown with a small offwhite head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of roasted nuts, chocolate and light coffee. Taste is of chocolate, roasted grain husks and is moderately bitter. It has a "charred" character that I’m not entirely fond of but still, this is a dark hoppy beer so I believe you can consider it to be normal. Body was medium, carbonation medium-high. Good beer, not something I usually seek but it was quite enjoyable overall.
czar (5258) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by John_Beer, thanks dude! pours unclear dark Brown, red tint, with a very nice light beige head, good retention and lacing. powdery chocolate, spicy roasted malts, dark coffee beans, coffee berries, dark red fruitiness, spicy citrus, c’s indeed. moderately low carbonation, light body, very dru roasty-never overdone bitter coffee-citrusy finish. very solid!
tom10101 (3614) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500 ml). Thanks to Jean-Michaël for sharing! Dark amber with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is quite fruity with roasted malt, light resinous notes and hints of chocolate. Taste is also fruity with roasted malt, chocolate, resinous notes and light citrusy presence. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. Fruity finish. Good balance. Easy drinking. Interesting Schwarzbier.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nearly black color, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma is hop dominated with notes of grapefruit and citrus. They completely overpower the chocolate malts and caramel sweetness. Medium bodied, moderate to high bitterness. Interesting take but not really true to the style. As a black IPA this would have scored higher.
Theis (14127) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black - offwhite head. Nce hoppy, ok bitterness, burned malts, light sopay notes, resin, citrus, licorice, light sweet finish. OK.
Jayb0 (1080) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good, especiallly as it opens up. Great looking with nice, thick tan head and lots of lacing topping a very dark beer. Malty and earthy, roasty, nice mouth feel, no off flavors, resiny. Pretty much excellent other than for me, just a bit too much hopping, which threw off the balance.