ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
FROM NOTES: July 11, ’12
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.
A: Very malty with distinct sweet bread notes. It has an interesting slightly tart cherry sort of acidity that melds with astringent roasted malts.
A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a frothy light tan head that has great lacing. In the glass, it reminds me of a porter....
T: Sweet malt, chocolate, tea with some very roasty malt flavors and hints of a tart cherry flavor.
P: On the light side of medium bodied, slightly watery and a very smooth finish.
O: Not a great Black Ale, but not a terrible one. Worth the try, but I won’t kill to get it.
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2013
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at Red Robin in Ann Arbor, Mich. No aroma???? Light coffee color. Very weak mouthfeel. Tinny, toasted malt. Easy to drink but nothing special.
commonmac (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2013
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can at Psycho Suzi’s. Black ale that basically fails all around. Described as what a typical homebrew tastes like except instead of it coming from a basement it actually was produced at a brewery. Sad. Bitter, coffee undertones as expected but just a very flat overall flavor. Not recommended. Ironically this black ale is the one who’s dead leaving all other black ales as the true widows.
bytemesis (3847) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours deep mahogany, medium creamy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is honey, grain, roast, cardboard. Flavor is the same, light to medium sweet, little bitterness, some dark sugars, molasses. Light body, high carbonation.
Mittenator (1482) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at L'Attitude in Marquette. Black with minimal head. Heavy malt. Thin and watery. Sweeter than I expected.
chinchill (2473) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From an undated 12 oz can purchased in MI last month. Served in a snifter. Pours clear, dark red-brown color, but nearly black in the glass. The nice tan head soon reduces to a ring but leaves a coat lacing upon tilting.
S: Lightly sweet with medium roast malts and little sign of dark roasted grains
T: Sweet upfront but more balanced by the finish. Still less dark roasted malt flavor than expected, and probably less than any schwarzbier I’ve come across.
M: Light carbonation; medium-light body; fairly smooth.
O: Somewhat light American Schwarzbier. As the brewer says, "Don’t let its looks deceive you."
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from can into 4oz sampler mug at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Appearance: A dark brown, basically black. Not much of a head, and patchy lacing.
Smell: Dark malts with maybe some hints of chocolate and coffee giving some character.
Taste: See: Smell. Tastes almost like a brown ale... the only reason I could see why it’s not is because of the color, for one thing, and that there’s a bit more of a stout character to this one. I actually really enjoy it... really just drinks like a brown ale mixed with a stout, to me. That’s not a bad thing. Very drinkable, and a low ABV.
I actually really like this beer. Tasty. Drinkable. It’s not a super complex beer by any means, but it’s a great option to have, especially coming out of a can.
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with a choppy aroma. Much lighter flavor than expected. Definitely getting more!
fakebeersnob (201) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Mediocre beer. After the head dissipates it resembles a cola. Really watery taste and mouth feel. Bit of a coffee and burnt mouth aftertaste. Not a fan.
GJF (1295) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Stubb’s in Ontonagon. A dark pour, a nice roasted quality to it. Just a bit too much cola to it.