porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle via trade from <!-- A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 target=blank -->Degarth<!-- /A -->, thanks Joe!) Pours very dark mahogany, birch-beer brown with a big tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hint of sour, also bready prior to head receding. Some sloppy lacing. Mouthfeel smooth, soft, pleasant, a bit thin. Flavor of light roasted malt with some very light chocolate in finish. A bit of bitterness. A little tingly in finish. Pretty good but SA Black Lager is better.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle it pours with a creamy head that dissipates in a couple of minutes. The aroma is lacking, but the taste isn’t. Kostritzer is a very sweet, caramely beer, that goes down easy. It’s not as big as it looks, but it’s very well balanced.
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black pour with a tan head that fades quickly. Flavour of slightly bitter chocolates and hops with a dry finish. As with most schwarzbiers it dark in colour, but not heavy like a stout. A winning combination in my books.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml Can: Pours pitch black with a dull tint of red; bubbly, light tan head that was gone quickly. Aroma of sour caramel, caught a small amount of hops, odd for a dark beer. Flavour comes through with a heavy roast and bright chocolate, an excellent blend of sweet and malty bitter. The hops come through in the taste as well, with a dry mouthfeel immediately after. Only my second schwarzbier, but quickly this is my favourite style - I only wish this was available by the case near here.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft as a dark pour with tan lasting head. Nose is lageryeast and chocolate. Coffee and sweetmalts com eout. Flavour is umami, bread, and somewhat enigmatic. possibly willamette hopping. Mouth is quite chewy with a watery clean finish.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Ruby-black body with dirty tan head. Sampled on the recommendation of my 85yr old grandmother- a native Thuringian- on recent ancestral pilgrimage. This beer’s balancing chocolate bittersweetness earns it deserved comparisons with Guinness. Wish I’d brought a few more specimens home.
(Re-rate) Good to see this now getting some UK distribution. Shrubby Noble hop, black pepper, slight wood and iron aroma. Would not be able to guess the colour of this beer blind. Smells like a proper Czech pils. Sweetish grainy flavour again with herbal Saaz notes to the fore. Late chocolate powderiness, the merest hint of roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate, nut and shrub afters. Elegant, and with much more of a delicate hop presence than I realised 2 years ago.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Very dark brown colour allmost black with a nice head. Very light aroma of sweetness, caramel and hints of roastedness. Light fizzy flavour with notes of malt and some roastedness too.
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a cocoa colored head. Sweet caramel aroma with light roast. Chocolate, caramel malts with some backing fruity/grassy hops. Refreshing and easy to drink.
Ron (3422) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One bottle from BOTW. Poured a large tan head that was almost chewy and part of it hung around for awhile. Aroma of rosted chocolate. Slightly sweet flavor and light amount of hops. Very enjoyable.
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle... Black, some ruby hints when held to light. Quick tan head. .. .. Roasty aroma, lots of malt. . .. . Malty w/ a nice roasty flavor. Nice balance w/ mild hoppiness. .. . Medium body, smooth. … Very tasty. Medium body w/ loads of malt and roast.