Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasty, chocolatey, lightly roasted flavor. The flavors will make you think its a porter, but you can detect the smell and underlying flavor of lager. Pretty glass makes for a delightful presentation. This style doesn’t get much respect, but I think I’d take this or, even better, Moonlight’s Death and Taxes Black over any but the very best porter. Can German brewers do anything wrong?
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2001
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I had the same problem with this beer as I had with Kozel Dark - it was flat, flat, flat; dead on my tongue. Since other raters have commented on the flatness, this seems less like an accident and more like a trend. The flavor is OK and the appearance is better than OK, but the lack of mouthfeel kills the brew.
Osmin99 (120) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2001
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
jonas (5594) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Has a bit of everything:
Bitterhops and cofffeeground for the nose.
Dark brown color and creamy
brown head for the eye.
And roasted a bit ashen flavors with a dry finish for the palate.
It might be a bit overhyped, but it is still a very nice beer.
drs (16) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a lager. Looks like a porter. Tastes like a lager. It’s good.
boto (1827) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better beers that I had while in Germany.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First few sips of this beer didnt impress me at all. Then as it warmed, ... well it got much better.
HighlanderOne (986) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 RERATE Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt and ocean. Solid black, thin tan head. Flavors of toasted malt, lager hops, caramel and a bit of cocoa. Very good drinkability. Still great stuff.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark and malty but not as much flavor as I was expecting.
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 28, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet grape juice-like nose. Semi mettalic at first. Eases the warmer it gets. Malty but not nearly as powerful as it looks.