redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful deep brown with a light brown head. The beer shines garnet around the edges of the glass. A malty aroma of toasted bread and light roast then a little floral hop. The flavor is clean, not overly bitter and no astringency. The malt flavor is roasted but still sweet. The beer is surprisingly refreshing on the palate. This is a well made beer.
droomyster (14) - USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a one finger head of light brown froth that recedes after a few minutes. Sits blackly in the glass, brown edges are only betrayed with backlighting. Malty aroma of prunes and toast. Hints of dark chocolate, brown sugar. Medium bodied mouth filler, lightly carbonated, creamy texture. Surprisingly not very bitter. Long, slippery finish of roasted plums. Becomes breadier as it warms. Wish it was heavier. Overall pretty good, a pleasant drinker.
haukur (1344) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 black pour out of the bottle, very very interesting aroma and it gets even better when it warms up. Burnt flavor, malt, hops, toast, meat and all kinds of meats on the palate. I sence some coffee, maybe peppers ... this is VERY interesting and complex considering the style ... worldclass!
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very, very black – no translucence. Ephemeral head. Fairly laid-back aroma offers hints of malt and cherry strudel, but nothing that earth-shattering. The creamy palate and burnt flavours towards the middle and finish make this lager feel like a light stout, but it’s really not as obnoxious as it looks.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blackish cola pour w/ red highlites and a thick tan head. Some toffey and dark fruits in the aroma along with roasted malt. Much less aggressive flavor than I expected. Nice balance of chocolate tinged sweetness with deep roasted malt with a nutty element weaving its way throughout. Mouthfeel was maybe a little thin - but, then again, it is a lager. Finish was dry and pleasing.
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth, complex German schwarzbier. Poured the colour of molasses, with a big fluffy head. The nose is dry and spicy, with dark chocolate notes. Medium-bodied and chocolatey, with a smooth, dry finish. The bitterness is restrained but satisfying. Some sweet malt. (Bottle)
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
malty aroma. Pours a dark brown-black with a tan head. Malty body. A dry finish with a slight sourness.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large fluffy tan head, dark chocolatey body. Aroma has roasted vinegar and chocolate. Flavor seems papery and dull. Roasted malt is there to, and some sweety, earthy presence. Its ok.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to black pour with a good tan head that sticks around. Aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. Flavors of the same with mild-moderate hoppiness. Fairly dry and drinkable.
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black appearance with a brown lasting head. Very earthy, some chalk and roasted bitterness. Almost no sweetness.