ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I wanted to like this beer, I really did. It was perfectly mediocre, with a mildly cereal malt nose and no hop character. Dark brown and slightly hazy, the beer felt undercarbonated. Out of a can (as sampled), it retained as little head as one would expect from a storebrand soda. Given the taste and mouthfeel, I would call it a passable boat beer if you’d like to drink local and can get it.
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a short lived tan head.
S: Not a very appealing nose on this beer. Burnt malts and a definite acidity, presumably from the dark grains. A bit of a butter aroma, too.
T: A mild, mellow roast flavor along with some almost pleasant notes of creamy milk chocolate. Unfortunately, a fair amount of acidity and some metallic notes, especially on the finish.
M: The body is light to medium with a fairly light carbonation.
D: Nothing about this beer really did it for me. The nose was certainly not appealing and the flavor wasn’t really any better.
wmubronco1992 (583) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a can. Opaque black color. Medium light tan head that dissapaited quickly. Minimal lacing. Very mild weak coffee aroma. Has some roasted malt in the flavor, but honestly pretty weak. Nothing offensive here. I guess if the objective is to help people make the jump from macro swill to something greater then maybe this helps with that gap. It is very easy drinking, just not memorable. I will say however that I appreciated that it was in a can. That was kind of cool.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Old Chicago Okemos. Pours deep brown with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was muted initially, but eventually opened up with roasted coffee, light sweetness and faint smoke. Flavor never really developed beyond a slight roastiness with an earthy finish. Very light in body, with spritely carb. It seems that Keweenaw’s intention was to discredit the novice’s fear of dark beer, and in doing so completely gelded the brew.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 can - Pours very dark brown with a one finger light tan head. It smells mainly of roast malt. It tastes of roast malt with some acidity and some off key metallic and rubber band flavors. Fortunately the roast malt is the strongest flavor, but those others really bring down my enjoyment of this light-bodied brew.
drywallman (320) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one was on tap at Ethel’s on 250 in Bayfield, WI. It arrived with just a little lacing and was very black as expected. It had a moderate malt body which the molasses may have augmented. Hops were not noticeable as expected, but balanced the malt nonetheless, since the brew was not overly sweet. it was deceptively smooth, and a hit with my wife who drinks porters and stouts almost exclusively.
nuplastikk (4091) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Deep brown-black with a beige head. Mellow dark malt aroma. Medium bodied. Sweet burnt chocolate notes, and a mild earthy hop balance. There is a smooth maple syrup taste as well. Pretty good stuff.
Onslow (1080) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12 oz can0 . Yep - it is black all right. As black as a U.P. mine with the lights out. Aroma of roasted malt with a few cheesey overtones. By no means a light beer, but the body and palate are surprisinly light considering the black appearance. I expected something thick and stouty, and this is more like a medium porter. Very quaffable a refreshing, while still full bodied and tasty. Lively carbonation. Flavor is domingated by the roasted malts - not too sweet with a rich and complex toasted malt flavor. Just a hint of hops makes the finish pleasnatly bitter and clean. Not a complex beer but certainly an excellent one.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can… Pours dark and sits black in my glass with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The nose is roasted and a touch lactic. Medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced, but bland and uninteresting with light acidity. Crisp, mildly tangy finish.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can acquired in a trade. Poured a dark brownish black colour with a small light brown head. Aroma is semi sweet, dark roasted malts, brown sugar and coffee beans. Taste is pleasent, but very light on the palate. Initially taste is slightly metallicy, withhlavors of black licorice and smoke.