DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Bottleworks in Seattle, WA) This is a pretty old bottle I presume, and the beer has almost assuredly taken on characteristics that weren’t there originally, most notably, the fairly potent sourness. But I have to say, the sourness is actually quite nice. Rather than tasting like a schwarzbier, this is starting to remind me of some of the Flemish sour brown ales I’ve had in the past. Flavors include: tangy and acidic sourness, tart cherry, somewhat dark malt base with a hint of sweetness, and some wood and earth from the aging. The nose is sour, somewhat cherry-like, and slightly earthy. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and the sourness is very refreshing on the palate. The color is a medium-dark ruddy brown, but most certainly not black or even close. Half an inch of light tan head gradually settles to a wide ring. Though probably not intended, the onset of the sourness in this beer has been an interesting and thoroughly enjoyable development.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Schwarzbier Lager--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.75% ABV. 25 IBU’s? (3.25 / 5.0) Black Lager. Mild lace head. Light sediment. Hazy ugly brown red color. Fruity ester mild hop front. Sweet fruity mild toasted toffee caramel Porter Ale ester body. Tart citrus mild hop end. Disappointing. Poor Labeling. Sampled 3/6/2005.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clean black colour. Thin rocky head that fades quickly. Mild malt nose. Flat malty taste that lingers.