5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   That’s pretty black.   Pithy citrus peel up front.   Flavors of black malt, soft roastiness, citrus peel and pith, some dank hoppiness.   Gets a bit brighter on the back.   Very unique and interesting, Black IPA with the smoothness of a lager.   Roasty backside, but with a sweet citrus peel.   Might say its more of a Black IPA than a Schwarzbier, but nonetheless its interesting.   Warming but not alcoholic.   Just noticed this was 9.3%, wow.   Very dark pithy finish.   Pretty tasty!   Thanks Bill!
dfinney23 (1680) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of tastes like a forest fire, in a good way. Pine and smoke and chocolate (left behind by the campers making s’mores who started the forest fire in the first place, no doubt).
jandd1983 (2572) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a pitch black color with a tan head. The aroma was of pine, citrus and hints of dark chocolate. The taste was hoppy with hints of lager and chocolate. It was medium-bodied with a slick texture and smooth carbonation. Good stuff. Thanks Johnny!
TXBadger (1394) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a black color with tan head. Pine, bread, and roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a bready note.
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and breadish. Liqourice. Roasted malty, liqourice and breadish. Dry and roasted. Lingering dark malty finish.
Meilby (7616) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, licorice, hint of chocolate and citrus and orange hops. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long licorice and citrus fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Bamsen78 (3142) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy tan head. Dusty aroma of roasted malt, with subtle notes of hops. Bitter and dusty flavour of hops and roasted malt, with notes of some spice and coffee. Lingering, bitter aftertaste with sourish notes. A weird Schwarzbier.
chrisv10 (11146) - DENMARK - MAY 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, hop and a little earthy. Flavour is roasted malts, chocoalte, caramel, liquorice, medium sweet, pine, grapefruit and bitter.
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. 22 oz bottle on March 15. The pour is dark black with some garnet or ruby spots around the edge. There is a nice khaki head that falls down to a ring with decent lacing around the glass. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a strong roast character. It’s got a light chocolate note on the front and middle with a light fruitiness on the back end. The flavor is quite similar. The hops really fade out and the roastiness takes over on the back end. The mouth feel is good, creamy, with medium carbonation and a delightfully dry roasty aftertaste.
DrSilverworm (6421) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at a bottle share in a hotel room after the most recent Jackie-O’s bottle release. Thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Very dark red color... Clear around the edges... Nice thin light brown head, that leaves great thicker lace. Some dark fruity hop, some cola. Earthy hop. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Moderate bitter, also moderate sweet taste. Very light bite, light sweet bite. Alright black lager, for me. Doesn’t quite pull off the black IPA masquerade, for me. Hard to ignore the unwelcome dark fruit notes.