oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was expecting a lot out of this bottle, and ended up fairly disappointed. The dark malt is weaker than you want in a Schwarzbier, leading to a lagery fruitiness that covers up any benefits of including rye. The oily, slick texture feels great, but that doesn’t help the general blandness that plagues this beer worse than its horrible name. (11/08)
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber picked up in a trade. Poured amber in color with a small tan head. Aroma of rye bread, lightly sweet malt, and toffee. Tastes of rye, toffee, light chocolate, spices, with some mild hops in the finish. Overall pretty dry but with a nice body. Pretty nice.
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full bodied flavor of chocolate, rye, anise and molasses... well balanced with a touch of bitter
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark, reddish brown from the 22oz. bottle, with a lasting, frothy off-white head: Nose of nuts and hard roasted malt. Fairly hoppy bite. Ash-y. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Lasting duration, oily textured. Alcohol is fairly noticable. Drinkability: Pretty solid. Rebuy: Not my personally favorite style, so I might pass on a second helping. #257 on 26012010, DG.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a ruddy, dark brown. Medium sized, light brown head. Aroma of nuts, chocolate, smoked malts. Nice lacing present. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice malt flavor with hints of roasted nuts, spicy rye. Flavor is smoked and spicy. Nice first entry of the Midnight Series. KUTGW.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Somewhat transparent black pour. Frothy white head. Burnt malt, light chocolate and some piney hop aroma. Surprisingly creamy mouthfeel, rather pleasant medium body. Grainy, smokey roast malt flavors. Just slight lingering bitter at the finish. The frothyness is almost too much. Otherwise, this is a real nice brew and quite drinkable. If all dark rye beers are like this, I will seek them out.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear brown with beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, bread, spice, rye, touch of hops. Similar taste, grainy. Dry finish. Medium carbonation.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a nice khaki head. Aromas of some roasty toasty malts. coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Flavors are very much the same with the addition of rye and a supple amount of hops. Plate is pretty thin and could definitely take this brew to the next level.
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8 oat 08: on tap at the brewery
Sweet, carmelly, molasses aromas reminiscent of rye bread. little/no hop aroma
Dark brown with ruby hints, clear, tan head with good retention
Sweet, malty start with a good bitter bite and tangy/spicy rye notes throughout.
Heavy body, velvety, chewy, mouth coating. Medium carbonation
Big malty and a good bitter punch (but balanced more toward the malt).
hbchrist (76) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark, dark ruby, nearly opaque. The smell is hard to describe, but it is *appealing*. The taste hit me the wrong way. The first taste reminds me of a strong, slight yeasty IPA, but it quickly dissolves into a traditional tasting (to me) stout. As it fades, it left a sour flavor that reminded me of vomit. I will try another bottle just to be sure, and if the next round is better, I will edit my review.