carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An oily pour with just a mark of head. Rich, dark chocolate and burnt hazelnuts, espresso and no bullshit. This is a well crafted lager.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Huge complex LAGER, that has changed many minds about lagers. Burnt cocoa and rich honey and molasses notes. Lite smoke at first that leaves very quickly. Mocha and lite hop finish clean and relatively dry. great beer.
jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pitch black coloured body with absolutely no head. Aroma of burnt malt, some caramel and a bit of overroasted coffee. Not the best aroma around, thats for sure. Medium-bodied; Burnt malt flavour with a smoky nuance behind. Aftertaste bittered by all the flavours-no sweetness at all! Overall, great to try, but lacking in so many dimensions! I sampled this pint from draught at Toronado in San Francisco, California on the second day of 10-June-2004...our first was spent in Sydney, Australia.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Opaque, medium-tan head. Licoriche-chocolate smell; typical schwarzbier. Full-bodied and rather nice. Raisin, prominent malts. Good stuff.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at toronado. cocoa powder aroma, quite smooth and grainy if a little dull in the finish
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, minimal ring of white foam crowning glass. Smells of espresso beans and coffee. Taste is more bitter than sweet with a comfortable hop force. Coffee, roasted dark and lovely, gently wrapped in mocha. Aftertaste is drying and bitter hops, almost IPAish. Sampled on draught at Toronado in San Francisco, CA.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Toronado. 05.22.04 Pours black and thick looking. Smells like a smoked out campfire in the morning over burnt coffee. All charred malts and minimal head. Chewy but thin texture. I didn’t realize this was a schwarz until just now and my impression makes much more sense. Probably my favorite of the style so far.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2004 Tap, Toronado, San Francisco. A pretty unique dark lager. Mashy/oaty, quite ashy and salty, pretty big hit of hops and bitterness. Pretty tasty, but a little unbalanced.
auto (163) - California, USA - APR 3, 2004
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
(tap @ hoptown pleasanton). i think the waitress may have used our sample as her ashtray because that's what it tasted like. this is one beer that i had no desire to drink after a sip or two. really shitty.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 Sewer aroma with burnt onion. Tastes like cigarettes. I think i gotta rerate this one.
dark brown. vanilla cappuccino aroma. flavor is vanilla & toast. burnt wet cigs-> AGAIN!