Lothore (571) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Deep black with little to no head.
S- Roasted malt, coffee, hints of vanilla.
T- Tastes very rich, burnt toast, coffee, deep roasted notes.
M- Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation.
D- I get this whenever I see it on tap. It was listed as 4.2% alcohol on the menu and I can’t think of another 4.2% beer with this much flavor or character. Highly recommended.
forkwhy (1) - - MAR 16, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black with a brown head. Smell is very roasty chocolate coffee with smoke, not to be confused with smoke in a smoked beer. Mouthfeel is nice and light like what you would expect from a clean lager or as clean as you can get with this style of beer. Although I would say technically this is a schwartzbier I would rather call it an American black lager. The flavor profile is way more intense than a german black beer, tastes just like it smells. To me this is my go to beer in the Bay Area.
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Toronado. Pour is dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor are both of burnt wood, chocolate, creamer, and coffee. Light bodied and light finish.
kevinsenn (1209) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Monk’s Kettle. Black with a foamy tan head. Creamy and roasty aroma. Smooth creamy roasty nutty taste. Silky smooth body. Great!
mcberko (7776) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado San Francisco, pours black with a reddish tinge and a small beige head. Aroma of light coffee, some toasted malt, charcoal, and bitter unsweetened cocoa powder. Flavour is similar, with a wonderful balance of unsweetened cocoa powder and black coffee grounds. Exceedingly dry and fairly light on the palate, making this very easy to drink. Wonderful stuff.
Brain_Parasite (70) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark beer with a tan head. A sweet caramel aroma with a little bit of coffee. Smokey, roast flavors of coffee, walnuts, caramel, and bread. Refreshing and tasty.
VastActiv (3312) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Toronado, San Francisco. Colour is black with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, chocolate and roasted malts.
Nocturne (927) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado, SF. Black with a short light brown head. Aroma is malty and contains some nice dark fruit notes. Long, delicious chocolatey taste. Additional notes of tobacco along with a black cherry fruitiness. Very good stuff.
Paz (71) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pour is dark with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and burnt wood. Taste is coffee, dry, musty. Very nice
joshwoodward (567) - - AUG 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a pint on tap at Toronado in SF. Very interesting -not too smoky, light and refreshing, quite dark and toasty.