Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark body that is blood red when held up to the light. Taste is very mild. Lots of malts and ceral flavors. Almost creamy. Reminds me of the way milk tastes in a bowl of ceral after you have eaten the cereal.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 My first schwarzbier... I like it. Probably the darkest lager I’ve ever tasted. Light brown head sits on top. Aroma is mostly of roasted malt but there is still that sweet hay lagery aroma beneath. Flavor is of roasted malt, pretty one dimensional. I really like the smooth texture of this one. Easy to drink.
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pretty dark color, with a foamy dingy head. Smells a little malty. Flavor is roasty, a little chocolate as well. Aftertaste is of weak coffee.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I detected notes of molasses and prunes in the aroma but found these qualities lacking in the flavor, which I found fairly bland. All I can say about the flavor is that it is slightly tart, slightly malty, and very watery.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 re-rate: Pours black which ever so slight a translucency. It was intimidating at first, but opened up to a surprisingly light tasting, crisp malt. A little sour aftertaste but delicious palate with coffee tones.
snook761 (1) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If it was good enough for Goethe, it’s good enough for me! Best beer in the world! (In my humble opinion!)
imdownthepub (10141) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, pasteurised. Black with white head. Smooth with low carbonation and a thinnish body. A tone of Prune juice in the flavour with a roasted malt giving off some coffee chaff notes. Good beer.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, brown head. Malty and roasted aroma with hint of chocolate. Surprisingly thin bodied, flavor starts only with carbonation. Ending is strongly hopped and with carbonation it makes beer feel crispy. Some coffee flavor comes up too.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured opaque black with a short lived tan head...smelled like boiled peanuts...tasted caramel, nuts, and malt...then a disappointing sour finish...I founda schwarzbier with a unique quality finally...
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with mahogany edges with a smallish off white head. Nutty aromas with small roast and wet malts. Musky sour hops. Flavors of big caramel, some roast, bitter and sour hops. Some spice notes. Mellow malt body with a sour body.