wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark appearance, with small off-white head. Has a nice, dry and burnt flavor that adds to the bitterness. Flavor is also chocolatey and roasty. Nice beer.
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark appearance. It smells like smoke and chocolate. Hmmmm. The flavor is fairly watery and dry with a hint of dark chocolate and grapes. The aftertaste is a bit dry. Nothing fantastic but a nice brew anyway.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A big fully black beer with a smallish head. Flavours were mostly sweet toasted malt, chalk and burnt toast. Aroma was a bit one D and dominated by toasted malt. Had quite a few of these in a 500ml stein (enought to end up doing the chicken dance).
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands.
Appearance: nearly black in color, though transparent in spots, and reddish brown at bottom, with a fat, fuzzy, creamy tan head.
Aroma: soft, sweet, cocoa-y, hints of gentle spices, nutty, earthy, with further notes of espresso & chocolate.
Taste: thick malt dominates the profile here, with a soft texture, after some initial play on the palate. Very creamy, nice taste.
But alas, the good bits don’t last terribly long. It thins out, becomes tinny, metallic, feels altogether too light.
A very nice schwarzbier, very smooth mellow, but I’ve had better. Or more to the point, "bigger." Good for what it is, though.
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a very dark shade of brown, with a nice frothy head. It has a malty.roasty aroma. The taste is nice and malty with some chocolate and roasty flavors on the finish...not a bad brew of an often forgotten style.
Cornfield (5541) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle, this poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a huge frothy brown head. The aroma was of roasted chocolate and burnt coffee. Some sweet malt flavors, both chocolate and coffee. Quite a dry finish. Good brew.
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from the LCBO. Pours incredibly dark, very nearly opaque, but with very little head. The aroma is roasty with only a hint of sweetness. There is an initial hit of roastiness on the first sip, but this is quickle taken over by malty sweetness and some chocolate. Pleasing aftertaste.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black! Aroma is some chocolate and mostly malt/oatmeal. Slightly oily mouthfeel, flavor is coffee like, sweet. The butteryness is distracting and right after that you get hit with this tongue numbing dryiness.. Sorta chalky. It’s different..but I enjoy it.
ogivlado (5891) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled(330ml). -dark brown, frothy head, aroma of roasted malt and light fruit, soft carbonation, dry and moderatley bitter finish, nice beer
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with cream head that lasts. Roast malt chocolate flavour fairly sweet and full bodied. I enjoyed this and will try again.