Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer pours a dark brown color with a medium thin tan head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grainy malt and slight hops. Light body with a slight vegetal character and flavors of toasted malt and a bit of earthy hops. The finish is short and leaves a overripe fruit aftertaste. Below average overall.
dekester1 (309) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served on tap at Keweenaw Brewery in Houghton, MI. Appearance was nice and dark (almost black) with a light beige head and eventual lacing. Aroma was of roasted malts with a slight fruity twinge. Taste was roasted malts - malty, coffee, slight chocolate - with a light to moderate hop finish. Palate was decent. Overall, not too bad but I think I prefer Point 2012 to this.
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can brought back by a friend. Clear dark brown pour with a medium beige head. Malty nose with a bit of roast. Malty flavor with a bit of chocolate and roast.
umich03jm (1831) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark black color with a small white head that quickly fades. Aroma is faint, light roasted malt, light chocolate, and cola. Taste is smooth but pretty bland. Slightly sweet, some roasted malt. Some metallic and cola characters make it weird. Highly carbonated makes the finish rather harsh. Thin body. Overall, a below average black ale but still ok to drink.
mallons72 (157) - livonia, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good - well balanced schwarzbier. I would definitely take this again in the can.
crajun (936) - , Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can rec’d from emeinz; poured in glass; dark cola pour aroma has a few things - molasses/toffe maybe some roasted things. taste is balanced - malt sweetness + the molasses balanced with some non bitter hops. good drinking; thanks Eric!
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at Ernies Irish Pub in Escanada, Mi. So glad to find this at a Bud Light bar. It poured a deep opaque brown and no head was seen. This beer was all about malts. Brewers grains, chocolate malts, maple, brown sugar were all tadted and worked together nicely. This was a p,easant surprise.
superspak (2454) - Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, raisin, toast, biscuit, herbal, and light coffee. Pretty nice and pleasant aromas with decent strength. Taste of roasted malt, toast, caramel, raisin, brady grains, and light chocolate. Pretty dry on the finish; with lingering notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and toast on the finish for a short bit. Hardly any flavor presence as you drink; but the light flavors that are there are pretty balanced. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a pretty decent black ale. There isn’t much robustness in flavor; but it is very pleasant and easy to drink.
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Dark brown pour, cream head. Mild lactose nose, lighter palate. Mild chocolate in the flavor. Some sweet molasses.
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This should have much better ratings. I think some may think this is a black IPA. No, this is a schazbier. Very light in flavor, aroma and body but quite dark in the pour. An. Excellent example of the style.