RobBestwick (665) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
spicey and roasted aroma, pours with a dark almost black hue and small head, flavours hint at figs and bitter chocolate, the palate is quite smooth and dry, this is a decent brew.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head, shows beautiful red highlights when held up to light. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, honey bran muffins and hops. Flavor of rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, and some floral hops. Medium body and just the right amount of carbonation. Nice, drinkable dark.
Radek Kliber (6682) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 26, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma was faint, slightly sweet roasted malt. Decent black, it has that little bite and roastiness, the texture is fine as well but all of that could be made at least one lever better. Finish could be more confident.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didn't know what to expect with this beer, but it looked interesting. I didn't smell much with this beer (as opposed to many of the other raters). Because it's a lager, but is dark, it kind of looked like cola, but with a bit of a head. The flavor is decent, reminicant of a typical lager, but with a bit of a sweet, molassas taste and a bit of "dark beer" flavor. If you're not a big fan of dark beers, this is a good one to try, and if you are a fan of them, it's a interesting change of pace.
CapFlu (4785) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 (5ooml can) Large, frothy, beige head and a near opaque body. Lovely aroma of sweet malt. Slight tin flavour transferred from the can and coupled with the velvety malt. Nice texture, Good.
ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Awesome dark brown to black color. Lots of nice bright white head. Decent malt aroma, with some rooty/licorice notes.
Opens up fairly flat, which is nice, was worried it would be too carbonated. Had a warm and smooth texture with a little bit of chewy malt throughout. Had a strong black licorice flavor mixed with some mildly sweet malt. No alcohol presence. I suppose it could have a bit more hearty malt and hops, but it keeps with the style very well. Body is medium and the flavor gets a bit dull after a while, with no deep complexities, but did not get watery.
TravelByBob (15) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer in Berlin, where it was the only darker beer on tap. Great flavor, smooth going down, and not too heavy.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a very dark color - comparable to Guinness with a medium foamy head and just a little lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me of roasted malts. The flavor is slightly thin/watered down, but still very smooth and tasty. There was a hint of coffee in the taste, but just barely. The malts were the main thing noticeable in the flavor. Easy brew to drink and fairly enjoyable - would be a little better if it were more full tasting and not so thin, but still good.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice easily drinakable schwarzbier. Soft texture, light chocolate, caramel and roast, really soft and smooth, i liked it, innoffensive.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had from bottle at Stuffed Sandwich on July 25th, 2003 - Day 25 of Blake's Beer Month™
After looking through the multitude of beers available at the Stuffed Sandwich, I asked Sam for a Xingu - he told me I had to try this beer first - no reasoning, just to try it. Oddly enough, this was my first Black Beer - didn't really know what to expect - and was pleasantly surprised. The beer pours black (duh) with no clarity and a small amount of carbonation. The head is light brown with good lacing. The aroma was faint - yeasty, malty, but faint. The flavor was lagerish - a bit dull - nothing too special. The beer was easy to drink and was just what you would expect from a black lager - lager-like taste with a completely black appearance. On with the Xingu!