3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 bottle-conditioned 33cl 2013 batch. hazed dark brown body with a fine-bubbled tan head with some retention and lacing. malty aroma with a lot of toasted grains and black patent char and dry licorice notes, but also a subtle gaminess (wet dog hair, animal scat / soil). medium-light body, medium sweetness, mild bitterness. very much in the vein of Czech tmavy: lots of chewy dark caramel malt and charred black malt but absent the roast of German-style schwarzbier. crunchy, toasty and lightly husky malt flavor. good calcium / mineral character plays nicely with Munich-like cookie batter, caramel, vanilla and nut character. rich, chewy, round, enjoyable malt savoriness. thankfully the early gaminess goes away after some time, or I get used to it enough that it’s not an issue. quite good, but for the price I will buy Session Black in bulk and be happy enough.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12.7 ounce bottle from The Libation Station in Johnson City, TN. Pours a dary hazy brown color with a large brown frothy head. Fair head retention and lacing. A bit of skunk when the bottle is first opened which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of sweet malts with a hint of dark fruits. Taste is bitter malts, some graininess, faint raisins and VERY faint chocolate. Thin-medium bodied.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose of roast coffee, roast chocolate and smoked malt. Taste is lacking - mostly likely smoked and roasted chocolate malt. Body is very thin. Lacks complexity.
Ernest (5923) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers).
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Simple and dull aroma, equally bland in the mouth. Looks nice, but otherwise a snoozer.
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, dark amber with big tan foam, aroma of chocolate and and nuts flavor has some grainy sourness and a dishwasher finish
DuffMan (5816) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy effervescent brown pour. Big bubbly head that is short-lived. Aroma is of dark caramel and corky yeast. Bitter roast is the main flavour, although it is quite weak. I get no chocolate or coffee really, but there is a yeasty quality. Finish is mildly bitter, short and dry. The body is quite thin. Lacking complexity, lacking body, this was a disappointment for me.
marcus (5639) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brown ale poured with a creamy head that starts flowing when the bottle is opened. It tastes like a porter in that there are chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The malts are not cloying or sweet but rather nutty with a good deal of carbonation in the mouthfeel. It’s a seemingly underated beer.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12.7oz bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) clear orange-brown with lasting bubbles. Nose of sweet dark brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Taste of brown sugar, some fruits, with a creamy but watery body.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This American Dark Lager pours a deep brown color from a 33cl. bottle. Medium to large sized beige foamy head. Good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is dark malt, caramel and slightly sweet. Medium bodied dark beer. The malts are slightly roasty, touch of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops are earthy and slightly spicy. This beer reminds me a little of some of the dark beers I drank way back in the old days. A little darker malts, slightly more flavor and body than the lighter stuff. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Nothing really outstanding here, but it is a very nice drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Minibar in Queenstown. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is malty, with roast, hops, and caramel. The flavor is more of the same, along with some wood, molasses, and herbal notes. Medium bodied. Dry and roasty finish, with a roasty aftertaste. Good example of the style.