slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmmm. This is almost a very special beer. Almost. Black pour. Huge espresso and malted chocolate aroma. Hints of smoke and more chocolate and iced coffee flavor. Iím a sucker for the coffee and its good, but there is no balance whatsoever, only 17 ibu, and the utter lack of bitterness makes this cloyingly sweet as it warms."
furthur (332) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear black body with hints of red, skiff of graham foam. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee, faint raisin. Taste is raisin, pecan, cherry, black coffee, vanilla. Kinda sweet, but not bad, finish is bitter sweet. Palate is thick, but not syrupy, carbonation moderate. Better than I remembered, especially in comparison to other stouts Iíve been drinking.
drfabulous (4540) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
from the 22 once bottle. Light chocolate and coffee. Lager? Surprise surprise. Hides ABV well. tasty.
superspak (3161) - Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big roasted espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, molasses, light char, licorice, raisin, light alcohol, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of big roasted espresso, dark/roasted malt, and light yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big roasted espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, light char, raisin, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, light char, raisin, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted espresso, dark/roasted malts, and light fruitiness; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome coffee infused Baltic porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of espresso, dark/roasted malt, and light fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
mackRIS (37) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep a deep black reddish color. Aroma is strong coffee roast and chocolate and roast. Smooth with a lot of coffee and chocolate.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours, deep black with a small thin tan head, some lacing. Nice nose, coffee is huge, hint of malt, burnt grains. Deep thick taste, sweet on tongue, finish is big roast/espresso/coffee. very good.
maxwelldeux (4095) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a very small tan head on there. Nose is definitely coffee forward, with a very dark roast coming off this one. Taste is very smooth, and has a lot of coffee in there, with a bit of chocolate, and none of the sour elements I often associate with a Baltic. porter. Really nice and easy drink.
JFParnell (52) - Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really great coffee beer. The lager seems to bring out the coffee taste in the beer without adding to the bitterness of the beer. Very satisfying.
Bulk_Carrier (2529) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance well, all I have to say youíll never see any Schwarzbier that pours a smoother jet black color than this beer, holy smoothness - pure black, awesome one finger white to off white - maybe somewhat of a tan colored head, no lacing whatsoever.
The smell had a dark and very roasty espresso up front, some light milky chocolate does come out eventually.
The taste was smooth espresso and milk chocolate flavoring that pierces the taste buds in a fine sort of way; smooth espresso aftertaste, dry espresso/chocolate finish.
On the palate, this wants to be somewhat light, but due to the ABV and the darkness of it - I wanna say it actually sits pretty "medium" on the mouth. I say awesome try to Midnight Sun to try to make a somewhat sessionable Schwarzbier of that ABV, but this does hit ya after a while - this beast does show its strength - donít think this is any "kitten." Carbonation - wow exceptionally smooth - boy oh boy, personally I donít think Iíve ever tried any Schwarzbier this smooth if I ever find any Schwarzbier so smooth I will definitely seek this one just to compare.
Overall, Schwarzbier, this is a Schwarzbier (I wish someone could actually hear my tone right now), ok, Schwarzbier really? I need an emoticon in this review, but I donít know how else to say it, but this is one odd Schwarzbier to rate to style, though I absolutely love it for me as the espresso just overpowers everything else for the most part and the smoothness of a normal Schwarzbier comes out, the ABV does "bite" just enough to say "go easy with this" - its a beast in disguise that really says "donít take me for granted."
However, Iím trying to figure out why this is labeled a "doppelbock" on this website. Oh well, not my problem. Its a schwarzbier which is nowhere close to a true doppelbock.
monk191 (1219) - California, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting dark lager. Pours a deep black with a white head. Lots and lots of espresso in the smell and taste. Must enjoy coffee. Had on tap at taps.