Aggie80 (776) - 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!
vomit (160) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, this stuff is good. Not great. Much lighter taste than the hue would imply. But I would definitely slam some of these if I had some in front of me right now. I donít so I canít. In these troubled times our age-old friend Blatz is always there for you, so if I were you (Iím not) thatís what I would stick to.
Think about it.
BrownALEx (195) - 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 canít put my finger on what else I taste but itís good, no hops detected. Palate is medium bodied, very smooth. Overall this is a great beer, the best one Iíve had from Keweenaw. Very smooth, very black, very good.
thehoff (569) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
PPWD at Radisson. This was much better than the Pick Axe Blonde. This one was poured right from the keg, from the brewer himself who was a very likable guy. The beer is dark with nice tan head. Does look and act like a nice porter with some of those deep coffee and caramel flavors but much lighter. This was a very nice beer.
crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another experience with craft beer in a can which sadly canít be recycled for homebrewing.
Pours into my pinta dark brown/black. It looks mega stout like. It also has a small foamy tannish/off-white head tat leaves some lacing.
Smell is a mix of dark malts and sugar, namely brown sugar. There is a hint of nuttiness and not much hops.
Tastes roasty, nutty, dark, with some can taste in the first few sips and hints of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is pretty good, it is light, but not watery, it helps this beer to go down really smooth. That being said, it is a bit too light, seems like a good summer session beer but nothing too amazing flavor wise.
Overall it is a highly drinkable brew, nothing I would grab again probably, but worth a try at least.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 01-07-2010 23:26:26
mallons72 (146) - 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.
Alextricity (375) - Chesterfield Twp., 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.
Onslow (1018) - 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.
nuplastikk (3825) - 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.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black, thin head, effervescent bubbles. Roasted malt notes, hidden plums. Moderate roasted malt flavor, lightly sour. Medium-light body. Could pass as a porter, just ok.