Sigmund (5007) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Sampled 0,5 liter can.) ’Das Schwarze mit der Blonden Seele’. Fairly weak but decent aroma, smells like German Schwarzbrot. Roasted malt flavour with coffee and burnt toast. A bit watery mouthfeel. (Is that what the brewers refer to as the ’blonde soul’?) By all means, this is a very drinkable Schwarzbier, but the style unfortunately seems to lack the rich velvety mouthfeel of a stout or a Baltic porter.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A subtle wheaty grain mixed with a bit of sweet fruit greet the nose. A beautiful pour, consisting of a deep black-brown lake of tar and a lingering lazily laced foam, foreshadows a wonderful experience. Deep sweet blueberry tones mingle with a bittersweet chocolate flair, ending with just a hint of hops. This is a good example of a finely balanced beer. Give this to your friends that say dark beers are too heavy for everyday drinking. While I appreciate big bold dark beers, this is a fine dark session beer that I could drink all day. I think it’s a bit overlooked and underrated.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, almost reddish purple around the edges. Nose and body of toasted coffee/choclate flavors. Smooth, I like it as a session beer. Doesn’t fill you up but is satisfying. Finish is slightly bitter.
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 i used to really like this stuff but now i find it a bit underwhelming, thin and industrial. Clear dark red with fizzling head. Lots of prickly carbonation on the tongue. I poured a second bottle with the violent first pour, wait, then top-up German sort of approach and that did help a lot with the mouthfeel. Faint smells of chocolate, fresh baked bread (what motelpogo calls "dogfood") and grassy hops. Taste is pretty acidic and flat, lightbodied, but with elements of good stuff - nutty malt, coffee, licorice, but a tangy, metallic hop-extract bitterness reminds you this is made in an enormous factory with huge stainless steel things and control panels and people in whitecoats being told what to do by fat corporate arseholes round a board table.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color, large head. A medium bodied lager. Roasted malts, subtle sweetness. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. Dry finish is refreshing.
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A red almost black beer with a beutiful head. It has a slightly sweet aroma and a sweet malty and only slightly bitter taste. All in all a good beer that I’ll have again.
David (34) - Charlottenlund, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer with a good flavor and appearance.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice roasted, caramel flavor yet fairley light.
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice back beer.
solocup (49) - sandy, Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
great color and smooth taste. Small tastes of coffee and chocolate//unhappy with no carbonation