elelwarren (140) - SF Bay area, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Smooth, easy drinking. Aroma not parrticularly distinct-slight fruitiness. Flavor quite complex, with a combo of malt, light acidity, bubbly spiciness, cloves, slight fennel tones, and a touch of bubblegum, plus very subtle roasted grain. Alcohol is light, but I wasn’t in the mood for getting sloshed! Great California interpretation of the style.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Liar’s Club. Surprisingly great. Black with almost no head. Chocolate and grain aroma. Roasty burnt taste with a smokey finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at O’Briens (months ago). Almost fully black and opaque, with many bubbles clinging to the lower sides of the glass - reminiscent of a coke or rootbeer. Both aroma and flavor are roasty and herby, blackened malts, dandelion milk, hints of soy sauce and slight bitter chocolate finish. Kind of stoutlike with more crispness and carbonation. Light to medium body and tingly carbonation in the mouthfeel.
ABUSEDGOAT (2539) - California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Toronado. Blackish body, tan head that lasts fairly well. Aroma is very roasted with lesser chocolate and coffee notes, some caramel. Moderate hopping here, which is basically high for the style. Very drinkable, big flavors for such a low ABV. Good Schwarz.
WeeHeavySD (3367) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Tornado 1/4/08, recommedation from Bikesandbeer’s brother Marty. Porus black with a thin tan head. No noticeable armoa. Taste is sweet, mellow and malty, very drinkable, smoky and roasty and yummy.
BrandonMetal (1) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve had Death and Taxes many times over the years, having grown up in the Sonoma County region, and had it again for the first time in a while last night. The nose is sweet, caramel, roasty. The head is thick and tan and laces well throughout the pint. The flavor is slightly bitter java, cocoa beans, and a little burnt caramel. You can really get the flavor of the chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is nice, and beer is deceiving light as a black lager style. Overall, a really solid standby, though the pub’s apparently dirty lines lent a little residual sourness this time around.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz.
Black with tan head, opaque. Good retention and lacing.
Smell is very appealing; roasted malt brings cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee bean aromas.
Absolutely delicious, this beer tastes like a chocolate covered coffee bean. Hints of vanilla, slight hop bitterness, smoke. Excellent balance, flavors meld very seamlessly.
Perfect carbonation, full body, low alcohol all contribute to a superb mouthfeel.
Forget all day, I could drink this all week!
IrishBoy (4079) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Kern River Brewpub; Nose of caramel, molasses, and coffee; clear dark brown with a big, glass-lacing beige head; flavor of light hop bitterness, grain, caramel, and a light coffee note.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 I’ve had this on tap several times at Flavor and Black Rose, both in Santa Rosa, over the past 5 years or so. Having had it again today, I can say that this is a nice fairly rich, but still light bodied beer resembling a more full-bodied, tastier dry stout. It is black with a big, dense, brown head that lasts and leaves excellent, rich, even rings of lacing. The aroma is rich, dark toasted malt, nuts, molasses, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is similar, but without the caramel and with a strongly toasted malt emphasis, hints of chocolate and coffee, burnt toast, with initial sweetness balanced by a zesty, spciy bitterness. It has a long, mellow finish and is satisfying, smooth and fairly light while having fairly full body and flavor. It is not especially complex, though, and is ultimately fairly straightforward.
glennmastrange (2606) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Aroma starts with heavy malt notes of molasses, burnt, strong coffee and dark bread, light hop smell of herbs and light yeast of leather, with soy sauce and cola in the background. Head is a creamy/bubbly off-white and has excellent thick lacing and is mostly lasting. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic and finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is watery, light to medium and has a lively carbonation. The depth of the aroma sets this beer above similar styles.