MeisterD99 (25) - 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.
koleminer20 (349) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draft at Danís on January 24. The pour is a darker brown, with a lot of ruby around the edges. There is no head to be found, and as such, no lace exists. The aroma s really light. There is a little bit of maltiness present, but itís really thin. The taste is quite dull. Some malts are detected, but there isnít anything else. The mouth feel is extraordinarily thin and watery, with flavors not hanging out at all.
blackflag321 (431) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour from can. Cola-brown. Aroma-sweet, molasses. Taste- malty, a bit watery.
cbfobes (2107) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at The Looking Glass, pours black with an off white head, the aroma is pretty meh, a little bit of roast and chocolate, but thatís stretching, the flavor is sweet with some caramel and malt in the finish, meh.
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, í12
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 wonít kill to get it.
StoutDr (37) - 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 (165) - 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 Suziís. 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 whoís dead leaving all other black ales as the true widows.
bytemesis (2435) - 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 (1055) - 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 (1269) - 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 Iíve come across.
M: Light carbonation; medium-light body; fairly smooth.
O: Somewhat light American Schwarzbier. As the brewer says, "Donít let its looks deceive you."
Alextricity (417) - 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 itís not is because of the color, for one thing, and that thereís 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. Thatís not a bad thing. Very drinkable, and a low ABV.
I actually really like this beer. Tasty. Drinkable. Itís not a super complex beer by any means, but itís a great option to have, especially coming out of a can.