JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from my buddy Steve - thanks, hoss! Nice cola-looking pour, decent lacing and overall gives the appearance of robustness. Nose, however, starts to undercut that impression quickly, as it’s mostly faded chocolate. Pleasant enough mouthfeel, but there’s not much of anything happening taste-wise. No bite, no depth to the dark flavors, just a mealy core with bland chocolate everywhere. Boring, almost like you’re not drinking beer.
MeisterD99 (33) - Lansing, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Dark (black) color, small tan head. Found the flavor to be very minimal considering the color of the beer. Sweet edges, molasses flavors. Not a favorite.
darksonbrewing (1) - Vandenberg AFB, USA - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft little to no head. Little aroma. Light on the palate with a crisp finish.
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BrownALEx (399) - Portland, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful black with a creamy tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is malty, I can’t put my finger on what else I taste but it’s good, no hops detected. Palate is medium bodied, very smooth. Overall this is a great beer, the best one I’ve had from Keweenaw. Very smooth, very black, very good.
Beaver (1599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz can. Pours brown with a fizzy tan head that quickly goes to a thin film.
The aroma is sweet cola-ey roasted malts.
The flavor is sweet dark fruits with a bit of a sour twang with a little grainy roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a cola like dark ale with a touch of sourness (infection?).
Dogbrick (10889) - 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 (349) - 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 (6503) - 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 (3305) - 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 (202) - 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.