joeneugs (2572) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from City Beer. It pours dark brown with a shrinking brown head. The aroma is outstanding with strong, sweet coffee, fudgy chocolate and subdued caramel and toffee backbone. The coffee aspect is not overdone. I don’t get any stale spent coffee grounds, just fresh brewed coffee. The chocolate, caramel and toffee round it out nicely. The flavor is just as good. Very sweet up front with most of the coffee roast coming midway and late on the palate. The body is very full, and the alcohol is felt more than tasted. If you like sweeter coffee drinks, you will love this. Great beer.
RoyalFlushing (321) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a deep black with a small mocha head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee beans flows from the bottle upon opening and is followed by hints of dark chocolate, vanilla and slight booziness. Taste is chocolate malt, coffee, cocoa, nuttiness, and dark fruit. Smooth finish with palatable espresso bitterness and chocolate flavors lingering. Great for winter, and all other seasons!
Ratman197 (8466) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roastiness, light espresso and light dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, espresso, licorice and dried fruit with a smooth lingering roasty espresso finish.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’12 bottle I think. Black pour with a quickly fading slick of tan foam and steady carbonation. Aroma is dark roasted coffee, rich fudge-like chocolate, expresso, and clean, dry bitter chocolate. Taste is dominated by roasted coffee and expresso with chocolate malt and a clean finish that presents with some sweeter malt characteristics including light raisin. Clean and semi-soft mouthfeel. Intense, imperialized Schwarzbier. Great beer.
Hopped_Silly (341) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From memory: Overt aromas of expresso and dark chocolate. Rich, thick and a touch sweet. Long finish of expresso. Simple, yet very delicious.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours dark brown/black with a tan smear that quickly deleted. Aroma for me is primarily something like treacle and hop. The coffee just oozes around the edges. Aspects of sweet dark fruit are stronger. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate and espresso, with treacle and a good dose of dark fruit. Espresso vs coffee: it’s a strong, gritty coffee, not unlike the rough stuff I make in the morning. Which comes out of an espresso machine. This is certainly not dry. It still seems to have a lot of treacle. But it is one incredible drink. Power to the flavor. And this is a schwarzbier? Whither goest das reinheitsgebot? :)
timfoolery (1066) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4oz taster at DBS. Lucked out to make it over here to taste Brewtality, what a gem. Best black lager I’ve had, and the expresso beans make the beer. Just an excellent beer, can’t get enough.
SHIG (3279) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2012 release: Poured a deep black oil with thin brown head that dissipated rather fast. Aroma is strong coffee, fruit, and sweet roasted malts. Taste is a complicated mix of roasted malt, rich coffee, and yet had a dark fruit character as well.
Freakout (16) - Alaska, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Original Release. Well...this beer has aged well. Nice subdued java aroma with a smooth roasted barley espresso taste. Well rounded palate and silky mouth feel after it warms a bit. Gotten better with age IMHO. Thanks Jabbles.
thorongil2 (912) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(tap - cask) very dark brown colour with a small brown head, aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate; creamy palate; mellow and balanced flavour