alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice smooth dark lager, with malty taste and smooth finish. No roasted malt flavor evident.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy aroma. Dark stout like appearance with off white head. Flavour has a red pepper and chocolate complex. This is a dry beer with porter like chacteristics. Good stuff.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very drinkable beer, albeit someone thin. Pours out to a nice, porter/stout-like black in the glass. Taste has hints of molasses and licorice.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark and BARELY able to permit a little light through. A nice, generous head also. Aroma is nice, though a little weak, in my opinion. Flavor is full and somewhat rich, though it doesn't last long enough on the tongue. It's good...but we need that lingering mouth presence to be really great. Nevertheless, a good one.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich,dark,reddish brown liquid,with a frothy,tan,lacey head. Aroma is predominantly malty with just little floral hop hints. Mouthfeel is slightly watery which detracts from the great flavors(toast,dark bread,roastiness,and just slightly bitter).Body is fairly big and full of flavor. Bought out of a cooler and drank bout hour later.Aroma and flavors intensified as it warmed.Good beer!
bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent beer. I have no experience with the style, but this is definitely one of the better beers I've had. It was pleasantly malty and very well balanced. I strongly recommend getting some right away.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark lager beer: good appereance with a ruby-red colour and a good head. Roasted malt flavour with light traces of chocolat and a good hoppy finish. Anyway, the taste is really well balanced and the beer very pleasant to drink.
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall a nice beer. Color and lacing were good, as was the aroma. Nice taste with a bit of a roasty finish. Found at my local German bar, which in the Milwaukee area is quite a feat considering the huge Miller influnce.
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.