peteinSD (957) - 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.
ngeunit1 (1534) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Roasted malts, coffee, a bit of cocoa, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, lager yeast, touch booze.
T - Roasted dark malts, coffee, bitter cocoa, molasses, black licorice, lager yeast, vanilla, hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, roasted, dry finish.
D - Nice big schwarzbier. Great balance.
Jesterdeal (1042) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of dark molasses, bitter coffee and meaty smoke. Pours black with a swirly cocoa head. Taste is sweet with creamy espresso, molasses, and slight roasty coffee. Great thick taste but a light sweet mouthfeel. Solid!
dhunter151 (205) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a small head that dissipated quickly. Taste: sweet malt, molasses, espresso. Light carbonation.
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b3shine (2229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to oversized snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks timfoolery). Looks good; cola with beige head that quickly dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes solid; espresso all the way, followed by dark malt. Nice on the palate. Good beer.
JohnnyJ (3529) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly murky dark brown, with a thin tannish head. Sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, light espresso beans, light smoke, and light molasses. Notes of raisin. The coffee was noticeable, but not a dominating flavor. Pretty heavy beer, especially for a lager. I enjoyed it, interesting.
MikeJslc (468) - Utah, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, clear, tan head. Aroma of cold coffee, cocoa. Flavor of milk chocolate and caramel, coffee, cocoa, clean.
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Gription79 (1574) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Mike. Spicy coffee, chocolate, caramel, milk chocolate in the flavor. Very nice. A well balanced beer.
jtclockwork (5039) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of espresso, coffee, baker’s chocolate, tootsie roll, black licorice and lightly smoked malts. Medium body.
blklab2007 (1613) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Alaska’s most wanted series. Pour has a very dark brown color and a thin coating of off white head that fell to a ring on the glass. Aroma has bitter coffee, dark baking chocolate, more malt as it warms, and weaver hits it dead on with the tootsie rolls. Fantastic descriptor! Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation medium low. Flavor brings in some malt, espresso beans, light bitterness, chocolate, and my new favorite tootsie rolls! Much better as the bottle warmed up.
kmweaver (3142) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, purchased at City Beer (from the non-Crew Brews release; just the normal current bottling). Pours a deep, chocolate-brown color; modest, fine-bubbled dark-tan head that readily departs. Dense Tootsie-Roll notes, caramel, and well-roasted coffee in the aroma; some pronounced, vinous alcohol as well, slightly warming. ’Schwarzbier’ is a stretch here. Medium-full body; light CO2; hefty, slightly viscous mouthfeel. A big, on-point black lager with well-integrated coffee additions (the coffee plays a role, but doesn’t steal the show) along with plenty of caramel, fruity alcohol, and some darker smoky malts as a tertiary note; a bit of oxidation. Like an imperial schwarzbier, which I’m not sure was necessary. Medium-length finish: dried caramel, dark and milk chocolate, toasty malts, coffee.