beastiefan2k (2694) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good shit. 500mL bottle poured into a plastic cup at a hotel room while I watch Mark Wahlberg in Contraband, which pairs well with the beer. Despite all this the beer looks good. It pours with a medium thick head that leaves behind a slug of lacing. The beer, well, its almost a perfect melding of schwarz and rauch, equal parts represented without either dominating. The shwarz has a great chocolate lagered aspect and a smoked element that is present but nicely subdued into the black lager. Super clean with no flaws and so damn quaffable, I drank this up like it was nothing in a few minutes. I only picked up a single but I see why these are sold in 4 packs that were priced for $10.50, which seems like a great price point for such quality.
MrMeadMan (33) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful aroma, bready and chocolatey. Full head with good retention. Dark brown with a hint of autumn orange. Smooth and delicious. Was expecting it to be more bitter because it was a "black lager" but it’s sweet malty-ness wins out. The smoke character is background at best, just enough to be appealing. Too many smoked beers are overly acrid but not this one. Overall a great beer and one that I will definitely get again.
Hansen (7177) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown and with an off-white head. Sweet aroma, caramel and, well, no smoke, or is there? Flavor starts sweet, a bit thin.
superspak (3076) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/24/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and smoke notes; with great strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fair amount of roast/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and smoke flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with no yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked schwarzbier style. All around great balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and smoke flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
umestre (11) - - JAN 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good beer, has a mixed malt combination but isn´t agressive. I looking for in this kind of beer the dark color with very few sparkling and head brown.
mansquito (3873) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Meuleman’s, Vermont: Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, light smoky malts, and some nice medium roast coffee. Taste is much the same. This felt to me like a Schwarzbier with some smoky notes rather than a full-fledged smoked ale. Very smooth and very well balanced. I like it.
BenH (2819) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Aroma is a little smokey, fruity. Taste is smokey, wood, dried fruit. Ok
McNeillR (1568) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby, visible carbonation and ringed creamy off white head. Crisp smoke, choc roast and a little tartish. Creamy enough mouthfeel after carbonation breaks. Finishes soft, light choc and then dark choc on the linger. Not overly smoky but a bit too gummy roast for me. Bottle, Garvies.
allmyvinyl (5176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of smoke, light roast, coffee. Taste is smoky, light chocolate. Finishes sweet and woody.
Stuu666 (5351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep brown, nose is light smoke and chocolate, taste is dry roast, light chocolate, very light smoke.
cgarvieuk (15949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing... soft woody smoke.. dry roast nose ... soft roast ... soft fruits ... ligth roast .. light smoke ... soft chocolte