anstei (1013) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Haast. Black but not pitch black, hints of brown. Little soft head. Roasty nose, but not extreme. Hints of liquorice in the taste, but altogether surprisingly light and refreshing. As others have mentioned, definitely sessionable.
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
good session beer pours solid dark with fine lacing a malty chocolate roasted coffee aroma a thin body & a clean refreshing sweet malty taste
Simmo (27) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours near black with a reasonable tan head that fades. Pleasant aroma of malts and coffee. Fairly smooth in the mouth, perhaps a little too much carbonation when first poured. Great taste with malts, biscuit, coffee, caramel and chocolate flavours well balanced. Flavours could be a little stronger but the beer leaves a pleasant, slightly bitter aftertaste and left me wanting another.
RafeAU (629) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
decent dark beer. bitter with roasted notes. sessionable. bottle somewhere in east sydney
Aidzy (14) - - AUG 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of my first dark craft beers and was quite enjoyable. Poured very dark, but was very viscous at the same time. Was met by less than an inch of head that disappeared quite quickly. No carbonation. Aroma was probably the best thing about the beer, with initial smells of dark chocolate. Taste was different from other dark beers, very rich chocolate cake which downed to the classic dark beer taste and finally to a coffee aftertaste. Not my favourite type of beer but as far as the genre goes, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
GoufCustom (1527) - HONG KONG - AUG 11, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle bought at Great Food hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty during the ‘New Zealand food festival’ promotion.
Clear deep blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy beige foam which fades in 20 seconds; Good sticky lacing and near zero carbonation; Sweet aroma of dark malt, with strong roastyness, nuts, caramel, toffee, cream, sugar, coffee, soy sauce, very light chocolate, biscuits and strawy grass; Mid to light sweet taste of strongly roasted dark malt, with light smoked meat, light caramel, toast, Cola, cream crackers, lemon, light lime, moderate bitter hops and grass; Light body. Thin and slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is thick, very malty, thoroughly roasted with light smokiness with flashes of smoked salmon and bacon. Beyond that, taste is a little short: mostly light caramel and Cola background, yeast, cream crackers and hops. Not much coffee, choco or cream. The fat black malt and light smoke somehow make up the deficit. Okay… Hoppiness is strawy nose. Good lemon, light lime and moderate hoppy grassy taste; Bitterness is moderate for an abrupt, very light bitter finish; Fairly dry after taste, Light smoky and malty to mouth.
Comments: This one moved away from the usual low malt-coffee-chocolate formula, in comes the strongly-roasted dark malts with fair touch of light smokes to complement the rich aroma, but otherwise the taste is a little bare. Still, you don’t come across a fulfilling Schwarz very often. A decent one!
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very malty aroma. Jet black colour with excellent head. Nice toffee malt flavour with smooth coffee finish. Heavy body with medium carbonation.
Morboso (145) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tastes like a okay black beer, nothing inoffensive but nothing struck me as exciting, I haven’t drank enough of this type to really offer much more, will revisit this review when I am more experienced with this type
bartlebier (3303) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle bb06/2014, bierpost, drunk 05/2014. Nice bottle and label design. More of a Schwarz/porter crossover, with obvious coffee-roasted malts, off-key (corn?) syrup elements showing up amid coy hop presence and somewhat tired yeast profile. Certainly not a bad Foreign Schwarz. Only what is that label text doing there "Some beers are easier to brew than others..." (follows: an interesting exercise in NZ brewing bathos).
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Shakespears’, Auckland. At least I think it was at Shakespears’.New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has roasted malts. Black coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is light roasted, has some coffee tones. Quite some carbonation. Thin, watery mouthfeel.