anders37 (21693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ SF Beer Week Opening Celebration 2013, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty weak bready caramel aroma. Slightly roasted malty caramel flavor with weak hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty caramel finish.
bhensonb (13528) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours very dark brown with a slight tan head. Nice chocolate aroma with mild florality. So Black California Common. Interesting. Medium body with sharp carbonation. Flavor is smooth dark malt with mixed milk/dark chocolate. There’s definitely some hoppy bitter in the finish. It’s a very nice beer.
marcus (8606) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a huge tan head that won’t go away and a treacle aroma. There is a smooth dark malt flavor with a very dry finish. Easy to drink.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Light roast and caramel aroma. Light roast and caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and light roast lingers with a light mineral note.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle with the red label. Black Cali Common, eh? Massively audible release of carbonation when uncapped. Pours with mostly head (medium brown, large bubbles, huge in volume, creamy, medium lasting) over a near black to deep cola hued body. Some brownish red-highlight that make it seem pretty clear. Retention is pretty solid. Roasty, bready, malty and lightly leathery aromas. A touch smokey, earthy, spicy. Bacon, jerky. Medium apple like esters. Brown sugar. Flavors are dry, roasty, bready, medium crisp, estery, raw apple, low acetaldehyde, smokey, leather, medium roast, grainy, fruity. Resembles a black version of Shelenkra (sp?) ’s Helles, albeit with a few more yeast biproducts. Dry, lively, somewhat small bodied. A bit crisp. Pretty sessionable. Feels smaller than 5.5% with minimal heaviness. Pretty solid.
Strykzone (6176) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This poured black and had a really big beige head. It bordered on being a gusher. But the foam was very light and drinking through it was not a problem. A roasted aroma. The flavor was also roasted notes with treacle. Some cooked brown sugar. A fizzy feel that eventually left my tongue numb. I needed a lighter beer tonight and this fit the bill nicely. It was flavorful and interesting.
joeneugs (5270) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Bevmo. It pours a very dark brown color with a massive, pillowy tan head of foam. The aroma is light toast, cocoa and caramel. Smells thick with oats and lactose. The flavor is full with caramel and toast. Light astringency and a tad watery on the palate. It has a savory, roasted and lightly tart finish. Something seems a bit off with this bottle, but still not a bad beer.
hayduke (4437) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was a shared tasting with Strykzone on Facebook Chat
This poured the appropriate black you would expect from a Schwarzbier and raised a big bubbled and robust head. The nose was roasted malts and some treacle. Medium in body it had the smooth clean lager mouth feel. The flavor was roasted malts and the treacle like the aroma. Right on the mark for this style beer and very easy drinking and enjoyable.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Overall decent black lager but nothing to write hone about smooth dark tasty and good to go
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a deep brown color; thin, fine-bubbled light-tan head. Restrained levels of roast and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Medium-light to medium bodied; a pretty robust lager that seems to be channeling Moonlight Death & Taxes, although it doesn’t have the same degree of malty richness as Brian’s beer; there might be a touch of green apple / acetaldehyde here, but it doesn’t really mess up anything, and gets included alongside a prominent mineral note; a tasty black lager showing a fair amount of chocolate, cocoa, and restrained roastiness; well-handed stuff. Medium-length finish, with a lasting mineral bitterness and roasted malt notes; cocoa; nicely dry.