rocbyter (2046) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sharp sweet robust aroma. Brown color with a medium tan head. Mellow beginning that gets first sweet then bitter by the finish.
rjplumer (930) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Plum, raisin and a hint of chocolate aroma. Black with a hint of ruby in the body. Thin off white head. Medium bitterness. Deep dark fruit taste. Strong but has a relatively smooth finish.
annunz123 (945) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt, nuts, chocolate, and some grassy hops in the aroma. Bittersweet flavor with some chocolate and fruit. Finish is more bitter than I expected, with some spice and a fair amount of alcohol. Not exactly what I expected, but pretty good.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of nuts, earthy, some slight spicy elements. Tastes of semi sweet malt, spicy, some chocolatey hints, mild bitterness on the finish. Interesting.
Jow (3226) - New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe it’s the fact I had one of tastiest meals of my life earlier or the taste of possible world series championship is in my mouth but I’m getting almost nothing from this brew. Nose if very light dark fruits and hops. Tastes of hops bitters, black currants, plums, and some middle eastern spice perhaps but mostly lightly flavored water. Crisp and hides alcohol but this bomber is going down like water.
mcox90 (1825) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Interesting pour, it appears ruby red as you pour it and you think to yourself, why is this called Black Steam. Then you look at your glass and it is indeed black, with ruby highlights. 2 finger beige head that recedes leaving copious amounts of lace. Roasted malt and lager yeast on the aroma. A bit of nuttiness as well. Some dark fruit and chocolate on the taste with some earthy hops. Neither bitter or sweet. Moderate bodied with a soft easy to drink palate. Decent enough brew.
puboflyons (2902) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is dark brown-amber with a silky beige head and a slight haze. Chocolate! That’s what I get immediately on the nose followed by am little raisin, a little black currant, and some burnt malts. The body is medium but it has an acidic feel to it too. The taste has an immediate rush of chocolate followed quickly by an assertive hop bitterness that is neither floral nor earthy but clearly there.
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Not too bad but not for me. Looks better than it tastes. But for a lager it does have a good flavor.
Travlr (19872) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Almost black, thin white head that settles quickly. Aroma of plums, prunes. Taste is chocolate covered prunes, boozy and thin.
AirForceHops (5767) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. Nose is chocolate, barley and yeast. Flavor is all over the place for me. Lager yeast, roasted barley, notes of chocolate and an almost ash flavor. Thin watery body with low carbonation. Nobody on the East Coast can really claim too much about the California Common style however, I never heard of or tasted a “black” example. For me this is just a very odd brew.