Dogbrick (9455) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample shared by a friend. The beer is a dark brown color with a medium thin khaki head that dissipates steadily to a wispy film. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and charred malt. The finish is roasty with a mocha aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beermongers. A dark black but you can tell crystal clear like any good lager. Smells like spiced coffee caramel. This thing has a great body for an imperial lager, its sticky and weighty enough to hold the coffee but so crisp and smooth, that is until all the spice and subtleness of the schwarzbier base is washed a way by brutal, bitter, bright espresso. They sure mean what they say with the name. I try to drink this when I can, I love coffee beer and itís probably the most unique use of coffee in a beer Iíve seen. Midnight Sun hardly ever gets enough press for the cool stuff they do. But props to them.
Sammy (9563) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle from Windy City. The coffee is great, and I am not a regular drinker. Smooth mouthfeel, gorgeous foamy head and lace sheet. Residual flavours after the roast are licorice and some brown sugar and molasses.
Zymurgeist2 (1285) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Espresso roast is main aroma. Deep brown with a khaki head that leaves quickly. Roast and rich chocolate flavor. Complex layers of chocolate and velvet texture.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. AMW version, 2013. Pours very dark, decent amount of small tan head which dissipates quickly. Aroma as advertised, plenty of coffee, a nutty sweetness kind of like cold brew, with the roasty character of most dark lager/schwarzbiers as well. Body rich and thick with a boozy/sweet/almond finish. Effing delicious.
Iphonephan (4493) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryanís on Christmas morning. Pours a dark cola brown with a tan head. Malty nose. Flavors of licorice, espresso, and pumpernickel pretzels, Clean roasty finish.
mcberko (9349) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small beige / tan head. Aroma brings out lager malt upfront and espresso beans. Flavour brings out some dark berries, espresso beans, and some sweet cocoa. Luscious mouthfeel, bringing out lots of dark fruits and espresso.
daleharshman (976) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased a year ago at Holiday Wine Cellar ($13.99). Pours quite dark brown with only a half finger of tan head that very quickly dissipates. AROMA of espresso (dark and earthy beans), roasted notes, and lots of dark chocolate malts. FLAVOR is full of rich dark high-cacao bakerís chocolate, nutty roasted malts, some vanilla, and a significant dark coffee presence (with a bit of sugar and cream). Semi-sweet and unexpectedly soft on the palate considering how big a beer this is. The high ABV also stays completely concealed. Not sure about the style classification as a schwarzbier (especially with the big ABV), but itís a winner. (98, 826)
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
this one probably too old, but thecoffee has not faded at all. Huge strong coffee flavors here, pretty nice, roasty with a thin body.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Olive Tree Market: Poured a jet black liquid that looked similar to actual espresso. Almost no formation of head but did start out with some foam on top. Aroma does have strong evidence of espresso coffee bean and dark chocolate malts. The drink is strong with a taste of medicine that is probably due to the unmasked alcohol content. Flavor is also heavy with dark roast malts that when combined with the espresso seems to be overwhelming. Has a dry finish and a pleasant lingering resin of sweet sugar and dark malt.