DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was totally a two tailed lager. On one end the roasted malts dominate and make for a very pleasant Schwarzbier. On the other some not so terribly fresh hops skunkify what was a good experience. The pour was a dark dark ruby to a light black with a frothy and somewhat creamy very light tan head (which i like a lot!!). The aroma is pretty bad...stale hops, something malty, but really an astringent hop nastiness. I like to describe it best as the smell of a school bus..specifically school bus nylon. The flavor is a 180 however as the roasted malts dominate. Thoroughly enjoyable array of roasted malt and nice dryness attack the palate and finish fairly smooth given the high carbonation level. Palate feel is mildly rich, but not overly so...some chocolate notes, very pleasing aftertaste. Now if they could only master using fresh hops we'd be good. Worth another try though.
k2 (146) - USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good dark German larger. Smooth finish with a great off white head. Not overpowering but very malty.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear dark ruby color with a thick tan head that gradually subsided. Aroma of malt, faint chocolate, and lightly sweet. Roasted malt flavor initially with a roasty, light hop bitterness, faint cherry, and faint smoky aftertaste. Astringent, dry, and low carbonation.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy off-white head with a roasted malt and chocolate aroma. These flavours come out well in the smooth body also.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mohogany colored crystal clear beer; light beige head, nice lace. Munich malt aroma with some caramel and very, very slight roast; Well balanced, clean like a lager should be, slightly roast flavor and nice even aftertaste. Finishes a little dry; appropriate carbonation and body for a lager. Very easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little bitter with with some fruity taste. Quite a bit of malt with some roasty chocolate taste. Smooth beer.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
malty nose with some roastiness and not much sweetness. dark brown to black body with wonderfull clarity and a brown head that lasted through the tasting. very malty flavor but not sweet, much like the aroma. hop bitterness is apparent balancing out the malt quite artiscitcly. the finish gets dry and dark fruits do show up and linger a little bit. the medium body and medium carbonation make this a smooth beer down the gullet. this is a well balanced beer between the sweetness of the malts and the slight bitterness of the hops and even the roastiness.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at a german beirgaarden in Fort Lauderdale. Very nice black color with nice tan head which lasted pretty long. Nice aroma of roasted malts and some german or european hops, maybe tettnanger or hallertauer. Very nice sweet and smooth flavors cut with some chocolate malts. Very easy to drink. One of my new favorites of the style.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I rated and drank a 2.5 liter boot full of this stuff with my two best football buddies at some tiny little German haus in Germantown Wisconsin. I"ll never forget it!!Black as night, as it aught to be. Dusty chocolate brown dense foamy head. Lots of malt. Roasted grains, hints of dark chocolate. Lots of barley, great thick mouthfeel.