Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The most perfect beer? Not quite. But that doesn’t keep it from being my favorite. I believe that legend has it Goethe drank this brew for sustenance during times of illness. Works for me. Pours a dark brown with a fluffy, light tan head. I think of the aroma and taste as having some herbal qualities, like Ricola, but certainly not overwhelming. The body is very light and not overly carbonated causing it to be very palatable and refreshing. An excellent beer for just drinking or for enjoying as an accompaniment to a good meal.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really interesting and complex brew...licorice/coffee/roasted maltiness/bitter chocolate/burnt sugar...but surprisingly refreshing and light bodied. Not overwhelming and dour. I like these very much...
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very dark brown bodied beer, topped by a beige head, moderately services from within with large bubbles. The sharp effervescent aroma lifts swiftly from the glass. The actual flavour delivered to the palate is slightly down on what the image was inferring. I didn’t get any chocolate and in fact think that the comment is actually a desperate one, searching in vein for a descriptive syllable. The beer just doesn’t work for me.
vidbellegueule (30) - CANADA - SEP 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black lager beer!! beginner’s black beer, light taste nice brown head, oily body. Little caramel aroma. Finally, a thirst black beer. ( the glass is incredibly nice)
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really continue to like this style immensely as a whole. Beer poured a nice dark brown with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is a nice caramel milk chocolate with a bit of grain smell thrown in to denote is lighter mouthfeel. Flavor is very nice and drinkable, light caramel malt flavor and a plain, yet crisp refreshing finish. Overall, I was a big fan.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Dryish coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. Somewhat soft mouthfeel. Not bad, in my opinion.
rederic (3213) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml can, black brown color, with a frothy tan-colored head, with good lacing, grainy malty character, hint of chocolate aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, soft roasted malt, maybe chocolate malt, light coffee, bitter chocolatey note, leading to a light hops finish.
Snoro (301) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Bonne bière noir, pas trop forte au goût. Mais, bon, c’est une noir et je trip pas sur les bières noir.
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark brown. Sweet roast nose. Thinnish body with moderate carbonation; smooth body. Quite a few things going on, such as roasted coffee with cream, black licorice, and a little bitter chocolate. Finish is curiously drying. Nice sweet & bitter interplay.
can8ianben (1415) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Schwarzbiers always kind of surprise me. This one was no different. Very nice smoky malt flavour right away. I let it warm to get some more depth. It has a great nose, dark toasty and strong heavy grain. The weird part about these beers are their similarity to lagers. You can also smell some corn present, and you get a macro lager smooth finish when you drink it. Don’t get me wrong, you would never call it a pale lager, but it does have something to it that reminds me. The head was gone before I knew it, which gave me a big look at its dark black complexion.