opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 30, 2000
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this was a damn good beer!! I have only had a few Czech beers, but I will vouch for this nations beer making abilities any day of the week. This is a very smooth beer, with just a little sweetness to it. The name, ’Black Lion’ is a bit deceiving if you are expecting a ’dark’ beer. This beer is a rich caramel color, a deep red, really a beautiful beer. And the flavor is something to write home to your mother about too!
adamantine99 (1) - USA - JAN 19, 2002 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe a dessert-like beer for North America, but really a lovely balance of sweetish malts bitters (hops) and aromas to go with. Very pleasant.
Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet yes, but a good balance of malt sweetness and caramel sweetness. Well balanced bitterness keep this sweet character in czech as well (smirk). A well made beer that speaks of good ingredients. Pair this with more adult deserts that feature the flavor of bitter chocolate.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown purple color; slightly thick, tan head; Nose of chocolate roasted coffee- yummy. Good coffee character- lots of roasted malt. Not shabby at all- could give Kostritzer a run for it's money.
thedm (5497) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew poured a smnall head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles. It has a dark browm semi-transparent body with a mild malty aroma. The moiuthfell is smoothe from start to finish. Its flavor is a mild molasses malty caramel clean one that is very pleasing to the palate. This is a very nice beer to drink on a summer evening.
Braudog (6219) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Retired? Poured dark black with sticky tan head and toffee aroma. Smoky wood flavors on a smooth beer ... quite nice.
starkat2k (5) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 20, 2006 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red/brown in appearance, not much head. This is moderately pleasant, no bitterness, and easy on the palate. No body. Great aroma, though.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty dark brown color (ruby when held up to a light) with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor were bursting with burnt tones, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The aftertaste was very sweet with a root beer character. Bubbly, crisp feel...semi-dry finish. Very enjoyable.
cornfedboy (3) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark color with nice foamy head. Coffee-like aroma. NIce flavor but leaves a water-downed after-taste.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2003 Deep malt fruity aroma, very bock like, slightly roasty. Thickish mouthfeel, medium bodied with fair carbonation. As expected from aroma, emphasis is on the malt, gains a little dryness and bite in the back, finishing with a coffee roastiness.