drjay44 (3405) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a moderate, light beige head, with minimal lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 25) body.....nose is roasted malts, with cocoa, chocolate, light coffee, slight hop soice, balance to the malts.......taste is mildly sweet with heavy roasted malts, with cocoa, chocolate, hints of coffee, mild hop spice, finishing with moderate hop bitterness, and slight roasted bitterness, balanced......mouth feel, light body, no alcohol, moderate carbonation. This meets the Schwartzbier style quite nicely. It is clean, light and refreshing. Rating here to style, above to enjoyment. BJCP 8/3/16/4/8
piscator34 (2344) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Near black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of toasted nuts, light pale malt with a bit of caramel and cocoa powder as well. More cocoa on the palate as well, backed by notes of light roast coffee and minerals. Light bodied and clean finishing. Very nice overall.
Ernest (7318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Maui Brewing in Kihei.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, roasted grain, coffee), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of minerals and chalk.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Could stand a bit more bitterness but it’s a decent enough rendition. Nice mineral content. MBC brews are certainly better on tap at the source than in cans; still not quite high 3s quality, but solid and drinkable, some enjoyable.
Travlr (21416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Humpy’s in Anchorage. Clear brown color. Coffee aroma. Taste is bitter burnt toast.
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Humpy’s - Anchorage. Pours black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, prunes, leather and earthy hops. Flavor is bitter roast and chocolate malt, light earthy hops and bitterness, leather and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
liquidbread86 (156) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark in color, as expected. Taste more like a coffee porter than a lager. Maybe not as heavy as a porter.
bhensonb (14075) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours really dark brown with orange glints and a light tan head. Aroma of light fruits and dark malts. Med body, or so. Flavor: tastes like a schwarzbier. It’s lightly sweetly malty, has a chocolate hint, notes of light fruit, and light, light noble hop. Finishes a bit earthy. I am pleasantly surprised.
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours very black with a nice tan head and a light toasty aroma. There is a smooth roasted malt flavor with a moderately bitter finish. Fresh and clean.
patricks110 (2417) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable brew. Pours a dark muddy brown with a tan head atop. The aroma is malty with light roasted toffee and molasses malts, light hops are almost not present. A creamy malt base with a dry finish. Nice bready and molasses malt flavours that gives a good body to the brew. Overall, a good sessionable dark brew.
TimE (5034) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Off white head. Some nice dark fruit notes in the nose. Dry, decent dark fruitiness, lacks a bit of roastiness and bitterness is low. Simple, but pretty enjoyable.