MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressions from the Gaststübe:
-Ample head sits over the opaque blackness.
-Roasted malt bitterness and molasses efficiently attract in both aroma and flavor profile.
-Huge malts and perfect carbonation make for a smashing body.
-Dark chocolate and nuts roam in this very fine schwarzbier.
-Not the most complex example, but it’s so rich and satisfying!
From the bottle at the brewery.
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very deep dark burgundy-chestnut beer with a medium beige head, rather persistent. Rather surprising estery-flowery nose (this is bottom fermenting beer, after all). Some sweet-bready-malty notes too, at least - but again in the finish... almond and banana? Dry, roasted grains, with a soft sweet underbuild. Bit of cacao, burnt grain hulks; acorn tips or something similar. And retronasal again some esters - remarkable. Not a lot of body, bit watery. Esters etc. made me expect a chewier texture. Interesting because it seems to make a link from Franconian Braun to Schwarzbier or even Porter. But it could stand some beefing up. Seems well attenuated, however.
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barrel Draught at the GBBF, Kensington Olympia 05/08/2004
Dark coloured and slightly rich on the palate with sour fruit aroma. Some dryness in a lasting malt finish.
pivnizub (9004) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Dark ruby to darek amber coloured, thin, lasting beige foam; faint aromas of roast malt, coffee and liquorice, a bit cardboardy, too; demi-sec, malty, bitter (cacao) flavour, quite light bodied, "half-dry" malty finish with a light chocolatey bitterness. A well rounded, pleasant Schwarzbier..........
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown color with a beige head. Sweet light roasted body. Light malty palate with notes of chocolate and fruits.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at GBBF 2005.
Dark brown coloured. Quite hazy. Very malty profile and sweet finish. A nice Schwarzbier. Very complex and soft.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 A Mes rate:
Cask at the Beer Circus. Same odd fermenting yeasty smell as the Braun. In fact it’s pretty yeasty all round. Strange stuff. Slight toffee in there. A little lifeless and thin really. Not really that much going on other than the yeast and whatever that tangy stuff is. Nice mellow finish. Yeah it’s ok.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur cuivrée tirant vers le brun, faible mousse blanche. Arômes de raisins secs, de prune et de malt grillé. Flaveurs de grains grillés, de noix, de raisins secs et de minéraux. Finale légèrement amère, texture aqueuse, corps d’épaisseur semi mince. Bouteille, Landbierparadies, voyage Europe 2005
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean, fresh, grainy aroma has some sweet nuttiness. Clear copper-brown with low but lasting, off-white head. Somewhat vegetal, sweet, nutty, cereal malt flavour with fair bitterness. Light body is smooth with decent fine-bubbled carbonation. Sampled at GBBF 2005.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught (GBBF): Beautiful ruby red. Short beige head. Malty sweet flavour with some choc too. Medium bodied, not bad.